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  1. Default dallas to NYC in February

    Is this trip do-able with the winter weather? I don't really know what to expect. My fiance is afraid of flying and we have our hearts set on honeymooning in New York. Any advice?

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    Default Of Course It's Doable

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    People make this trip every day in almost all kinds of weather. There are just a few things to keep in mind. At 1550 miles, it's going to take you three days to drive one way, minimum. If you want to stop and see anything along the way, time to do that will be extra. You should also schedule at least one extra day so that should you encounter inclement weather that makes you uncomfortable driving, you can just pull up and sit it out and enjoy watching it and playing in it rather than trying to drive in it.

    Keep your route simple and on the Interstates which are the first roads cleared in the event of snow. In your case, I-30/I-40/I-81/I-78. Of those routes, only I-40 in eastern Tennessee and I-81 in southeastern Virginia cross what I would consider to be mountainous terrain, but both roads are themselves pretty flat and straight.

    Don't wait until you get to New York to start the honeymoon. There are many picturesque towns along that general route, and I'm sure you can find any number of romantic places to take breaks and spend the night if you're willing to look around a bit. Give some thought, too, to what you might like to see en route. Use the search function to find other discussions of areas you'll be driving through and see what other people have recommended.

    AZBuck

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    Default This may be...

    sacrilege, but your question gave me a thought.

    If your fiance doesn't like to fly, and you don't want to deal with the challenges of driving, how abou taking the train? No, it isn't a road trip in the usual sense, but it could be a fun way to go. Besides, you aren't going to need your car in Manhattan anyway.

    One Amtrak route goes from Dallas to Chicago to Pittsburgh to NYC, and it looks like another route might go from Dallas to New Orleans to NYC.

    Just a thought. Otherwise, Buck is right. It shouldn't be a terrible drive, and if the weather turns troublesome you can always find some cute town to cuddle up in for an extra night or two.

    Happy honeymoon

    Craig Sheumaker
    co-author of the travel guide: America's Living History-The Early Years

    PS - Do you know where the term "honeymoon" comes from? I just found out. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon. My kind of custom!

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    Thanks for the advice!
    I was hoping we could do the trip in 2 long 12 hour day drives...when I mapquested the directions from Dallas to Newark, it said it would take 23 hours or so, and I thought we could just push through in order to have more time in the city. Hmmmm.....

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    Thanks for the train idea! I actually looked into that too, but it's crazy expensive to do w/a sleeper car, and I'm not sure how comfy we'd be sitting in train chairs for 2 days straight...I did think it sounded fun though--

    Belinda

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    Default MapQuest: Land of Alternative Reality

    Quote Originally Posted by belinda View Post
    I was hoping we could do the trip in 2 long 12 hour day drives...when I mapquested the directions from Dallas to Newark, it said it would take 23 hours or so,
    You could only drive this distance in two 12-hour days if you have a police escort. If you stop for fuel, food and allow for the nearly guaranteed weather and traffic delays in February, the absolute fastest you can legally drive this route will be three days (driving nine hours per day). If you pared that to two days -- you need to be ready to spend nearly 14 hours per day on the road....And my idea of a honeymoon does not include 14 hours of driving....

    Mark

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    Default 2 Days

    I personally think you can do it in 2 days. My boyfriend and from the Bronx, NY to West Palm Beach, FL straight, only stopping to rest for a bit, stretch, eat, and use the bathroom. We didn't stop a lot because we packed up the car with snacks and drinks.

    It took us about 26 hours to go around 1250 miles. We also left at night so we beat all the NY/NJ traffic. We would take turns napping while the other person drove and we had no problems at all.

    And we didn't have to drive illegally... we stuck with the speed limit which is around 65 on a lot of major highways.

    The only thing I can see possibly slowing you down is bad weather... like a lot of snow.

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    Default Speed Runs are possible

    Quote Originally Posted by mja108 View Post
    I personally think you can do it in 2 days. My boyfriend and from the Bronx, NY to West Palm Beach, FL straight, only stopping to rest for a bit, stretch, eat, and use the bathroom. We didn't stop a lot because we packed up the car with snacks and drinks.
    Speed Runs are certainly possible -- in good weather -- but a speed run in February is problematic at best. Here are some excellent tips for conducting a speed run (any single day in excess of 650 miles is considered a "speed run") and here are some more tips about roadtrip snacks. I am still amazed that you could cover your route in only 26 hours -- through some of the most congested highways in America. My personal best speed run was Los Angeles to Washington DC in about 30 hours -- Not Recommended! (I can guarantee that the speed limits on that particular trip were "advisory" only...) My co-driver was a professional driver and we were very diligent about sleeping every 4-6 hours and we still were seriously sleep-deprived when we reached our destination.

    Mark

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    Default Two Days? - Nope

    I've done that drive from New Orleans to New Jersey and from Shreveport to New Jersey. It's a long haul and there are lots of traffic jams along that route. The shortest amount of time I've made it in is 2.5 days, and that was really pushing it. Others on this board will tell you that I'm a bit optimistic about drive times and my capacity for driving, so when I say give yourself at least 2.5 days. Give yourself 2.5 days.

    Also the route is a lot different than just going south to Florida, there are a lot more states/mountains to cross heading off through the Southeast.

    Laura

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