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  1. Default From east coast, through the north, down the west coast, and back the heartland way

    Just a thought for next summer, any reactions will be great to read b/c i am still trying to find out if this could be a realistic trip!

    Overall it would be about 7500 miles of driving, starting in New Jersey stopping to stay and hang out in the following cities: Chicago, Minneapolis, Rapid City, Idaho Falls, Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Denver, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh before returning home.

    I am not really sure in how long I would stay in each place but each place is on or less than 800 miles apart from the previous location so we should be able to drive to each city in just 1 day.

    Also im still trying to figure out how much this will cost, i figure gas will be at least $1000 and i am wondering where i can find cheap places to stay.

    Again any help would be nice, thanks.

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    Default A State Too Far

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Quote Originally Posted by thizzy

    each place is on or less than 800 miles apart from the previous location so we should be able to drive to each city in just 1 day.
    I'm sorry, but the first thing that you'll have to come to grips with as you plan for your trip is that 800 mile days are simply impossible. I realize that you might be using some computer based mapping that is telling you that you can drive such distances in a day, but that only works in virtual reality. Out here in the real world, 500-550 is more like it when you take into account traffic, eating, fuel stops, bio breaks, driver fatigue and the like.

    Quote Originally Posted by thizzy

    i figure gas will be at least $1000
    That too is pretty unrealistic. When you factor in side trips and the like, real world values for mpg, and a best guess for what gas prices will be next summer, I'd expect gas to cost you at least $1,600 and possibly as much as $2,000, but in any case, not $1,000.

    Unless you're willing to camp, you will need to count on at least $50/night for the low end chain motels and more like $75/night for a slightly better room, and maybe $100 or more if you intend to stay downtown in cities or near major attractions or national parks. You can usually find campgrounds for around $20-25, but using them will require a little up front investment in equipment and the time to learn to use it.

    But it's better to face the reality now when you still have time to prepare and plan.

    AZBuck

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