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What’s the best driving route from North Carolina to California?

My wife and I are taking the family on a massive road trip across the U.S. this summer. We’re starting in North Carolina and heading to California. What’s the best route to take?

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Sarah Gray · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
A cross-country road trip is a great way to spend some quality time with your family! The best driving route from
North Carolina
to
California
is actually a straight shot west on I-40. This route covers about 2700 miles and takes you through states like
Tennessee
,
Oklahoma
, and
Arizona
.
If you want to add a little variety to your vacation—which is what road trips are all about—head north for a bit on I-64 and I-44 through Kentucky and Missouri before joining up with I-40 in
Oklahoma City
.
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