Solo January roadtrip from western Indiana to RI. Up to a week to do it in (if I really wanted to), want to visit a friend in State College, PA on the way. How can I make this the least amount of terrible?
I was going to take I-80 the whole way until I saw this
question, now I'm not so sure.
I have up to a week to make this trip and I'd like it to be as interesting as possible. Obviously, it's not the ideal season for sightseeing, but you have to do what you can with what you've got.
So, with that one stop in state college as my main restriction, what are some interesting routes and things I could see along the way? Interesting little towns, touristy spots, I could brave the cold for short-ish (2 to 5 miles?) hikes. I've never been to Pittsburgh... worth a slight detour? How much of a hassle will it be navigating it with a car?
And the overall question-- Is it at all practical and worth it to avoid i-80? If everything in between me and RI is a desolate wasteland right now and I should just load up on tunes, stay on the turnpike and get it over with, that's okay too. (I spent my childhood in IN, OH, KY, and MI so I don't think I'm totally starry-eyed about the possibilities here.)
I'll be leaving sometime within the next few days. Thanks!