Interstate 80 links New York City and San Francisco, California. Just the inclusion of these two mega-cities makes this one of the most important of these east-west superhighways. But there are also many great places along the way which should be important stops on any cross country trip.
New York City – One of the most exciting and interesting tourist destinations in the world demands at least three days on anyone’s itinerary. There are too many attractions to list but several of the very best, like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art must be mentioned, at least.
Easton – The home of the Crayola Factory should be cited as a stop, especially if there are kids on the trip.
Akron – Here is the home of the Professional Football Hall of Fame and a necessary diversion for fans of this popular sport.
Chicago – Although mentioned in an earlier post on I-90, this great city is not far from I-80 and should be considered for a several day excursion because of its wealth of attractions.
Cheyenne – This classic Western town is now grown up and a reasonable-sized city, but it has preserved much of its past so is worth a short stop.
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area – Many water activities await the visitor here along some spectacular scenery as the Green River has created the gorge and Red Canyon.
Salt Lake City – This city is known as the headquarters of the Mormon (Jesus Christ and the Latter-Day Saints) Religion. Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City is popular with visitors who are curious about this sect, interested in the well-kept grounds, or want to see the famous venue of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Reno – This smaller version of Las Vegas is all about gambling and bills itself as the "Biggest Little City in the World." Another popular area in the vicinity is Lake Tahoe, a beautiful Alpine lake which has been developed for tourism for many years.
San Francisco – The "city by the bay" is a world tourist destination with numerous attractions to entice the visitor. From Alcatraz to Chinatown to the Golden Gate Bridge, there is more than enough to do here to occupy three to five days.