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Americans have been drawn to the open road since the days of covered wagons. For the exception of ponies being replaced by mail trucks, the invention of automobiles, and expansion of paved highways, not much has changed. People still love to pack up the car and take a road trip.

We think you’re ready to embark on your own cross-country adventure. Literally, we think you should go from the East Coast to the West Coast. And here’s how you do it below.

New York City to Chicago

What better place to begin your trip from the East Coast to West Coast than in the Big Apple? Start the engine of your car rental and head southwest until you get to Philadelphia to load up on fuel. Not for your gas tank, but for your belly. A good ol’ fashioned Philly cheesesteak should do the trick.

Several hundred miles and a couple of states later the grand skyline of Chicago comes into view across your windshield. As you cruise along Lake Shore Drive, take in the magnificent splendor that is Lake Michigan. It’s so big you’ll think you’re staring out into the ocean. Loop around and cruise down The Magnificent Mile where such landmarks like the Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, and the Chicago Water Tower are located.

Chicago to Kansas City

Westward ho, we go! Leave Chicago in the rearview mirror and make the 510-mile trek through America’s heartland to the border of Kansas and Missouri. If you came looking for the best barbecue of your life, you’ve come to the right town. Make your way to the 18th and Vine neighborhood for a plate of finely smoked meat at Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue. This place has been in continuous operation since 1946 and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

Kansas City to Denver

Say goodbye to the Midwest because you won’t be coming back. At least not for now. Hop onto Interstate 70 and head west for a good 600 miles until you climb to an elevation a mile above sea level. Check your surroundings. You’re in Denver.

The capital city of Colorado is a great place for a stopover on your way from east to west. Especially if you consider yourself an avid sports fan. This is one of 13 American cities with all four major league sport teams. Depending on what time of year you’re passing through, you’ll be able to catch at least one professional game ranging from baseball to hockey.

Denver to Las Vegas

Do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do you? If so, keep driving west on I-70 through the Rocky Mountains and across Utah, passing through towns like Green River, Salina, and St. George. You’ll eventually come across a city in the middle of the desert lit up so bright you’d think it must be visible from space.

Vegas isn’t for the faint of heart, but since you’re trekking across country, we think you’ll be alright. Test your card shark skills out at one of the many casinos along The Strip and then catch an eye-dazzling Cirque du Soleil show.

Las Vegas to Los Angeles

You feared, you loathed, and now it’s time to get the heck out of dodge. Well, not dodge, but Vegas. The last leg of your journey will take you 270 miles through what seems to be an endless desert landscape. The desert eventually gives way to suburbia which finally spills into the sprawling metropolis that is LA. don’t mess around star-searching in Hollywood, head straight for the sandy beaches of Santa Monica and think about the epic journey you just completed.

There you go. A step-by-step guide of the best options of what to do and where to go when you travel east to west. After this trip, your new nickname will be coast-to-coast.

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