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    Default From UK thinking of a road trip in Summer 2010

    I'm 23 this year and live in the UK and in the summer of 2010 my brother (who is currently 18) and I have thought we'd like to drive across America. We've come up with a vague route so far which starts in Boston and goes down to Florida via Rhode Island, New York, New Brunswick, Washington DC and Atlanta, then across to New Orleans and up to Minneapolis via Memphis, Cincinnati, Chicago and Milwaukee, then down to Houston via Sioux Falls, Omaha and Tulsa, across to El Paso, up to Salt Lake City via Albuquerque and Denver, down to Los Angeles via Las Vegas and up to Seattle via San Francisco and Portland. We're planning on taking 60ish days to do it, which includes a 5 - 7 day stop in Salt Lake City to stay with some family.
    The way we've planned it, according to the internet, the longest drive is about 650 miles in a day on about 4 occasions. Looking about on here, I've seen it said that 500-550 miles should be about the maximum in a day, but sharing it between the two of us, I think the odd 650 mile drive should be OK.
    We're still very much in the early stages of planning it, I still have to work out how much it's going to cost us among a lot of other things. I've only just realised that our route seems to take in quite a few toll roads, which I've started looking up, but they seem really confusing.
    Anyway, I just wanted to find out a few things so I thought I'd ask some questions here

    1) Renting a car - I've heard it's alot of hassle for visitors to buy cars in the US, plus there'd be the problem of selling it at the end anyway, so I guess we'd be looking to rent a car. How much would this cost for 60ish days for a reasonable car? How does the whole renting it on one side of the country and leaving it on the other side of the country thing work? I know that kinda thing is possible here, but your country's a lot bigger! I've never rented a car before anyway. Are there any problems that you could imagine with us renting a car? Are there any websites I should look at for this?

    2) My brother will be 19 at the time we're planning on doing it, over here you can do anything when you reach 18, but in America I obviously know you have to be 21 to do some things like drink and go to casinos (in some states) would there be anythign important that he couldn't do as a result of being under 21?

    3) Short of looking up each toll road individually, is there any way to find out the price of these? Also, on some do you pay different amounts depending on how far you travel on them?

    4) In between Minneapolis and Sioux Falls, we were considering driving up into Canada, and when we're in El Paso, driving down into Mexico, mostly just to say we did it, it seems a waste not to! Would there be any problems with going over these borders for visitors to the US?

    5) Would there be any other problems for non US citizens?

    I'm sure there are about a hundred other questions that I should ask, especially if the trip starts to look more viable as I find out the answers to these questions, but I can't think of them right now. If anyone has any other tips or advice or anything, it would be very much appreciated. I'm sure all of the things I've asked and need to know are probably already answered and easy to find on this forum, so I'm sorry for just starting a new thread, but it makes it a bit easier for me and I can get some more specific answers.

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    The way we've planned it, according to the internet, the longest drive is about 650 miles in a day on about 4 occasions.
    Traveling 650 miles occationally shouldn't be a big deal, however, I wouldn't recommend trying to cover 500 miles a day every day either. It just wouldn't leave you with much time to see or explore anything beyond the road. I'm not sure what exactly your plan it, but keep that in mind.

    It does look like you've really built a big zig-zag of a trip, going north and south repeatedly. Its a big country, and its easy to forget just how long it takes to get between places. You might also be better off doing a big circle lap around the country.
    I've never rented a car before anyway. Are there any problems that you could imagine with us renting a car?
    Your age will be one problem. Being 23 means you'll be looking at a young driver surcharge, that's pretty standard for anyone age 21-14. Drivers under age 21 generally are not allowed at all, so you will likely have to do all the driving.

    If you did a one way trip, you'd also be looking at a drop off fee, that can also add a few hundred dollars to your total. This might be another reason to look at doing a loop trip.

    Costs change so much its impossible to throw a number out there. You'll have to shop around. There are no shortage of travel sites like the expeidias and travelocities to start browsing, but you can also go to the agency web pages directly too.

    would there be anythign important that he couldn't do as a result of being under 21?
    Its not just that he won't be able to drink, but he simply won't be allowed into most bars/clubs. There is also the car rental issue discussed above.
    3) Short of looking up each toll road individually, is there any way to find out the price of these? Also, on some do you pay different amounts depending on how far you travel on them?
    There is no one way to look them all up, but it will be a very small part of your overall trip costs. I really wouldn't worry about it too much.
    4) In between Minneapolis and Sioux Falls, we were considering driving up into Canada, and when we're in El Paso, driving down into Mexico, mostly just to say we did it, it seems a waste not to! Would there be any problems with going over these borders for visitors to the US?
    Crossing the border itself won't be a big deal, however doing it in a rental car may be a challenge. You may be allowed to drive it into Canada, but you will need to get permission in writing. Almost no companies will allow a rental to be driven into Mexico.

    This is also a good place to again note the vast size of the US. From Minneapolis, you're at least a 5-6 hour drive to the Canadian Border, one way. Minneapolis to Sioux Falls is about a 250 mile trip that you can do in 4 hours going direct, if you stop in Canada "on the way," the distance balloons to nearly 900 miles and close to 16 hours on the road!

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    Jerry Guest

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    4) In between Minneapolis and Sioux Falls, we were considering driving up into Canada, and when we're in El Paso, driving down into Mexico, mostly just to say we did it, it seems a waste not to! Would there be any problems with going over these borders for visitors to the US?
    Driving into Canada is usually not a problem. You do have to tell the car rental company, when you pick up, that you will be taking the rental car into Canada. They will place a non-resident insurance card in the rental car, that you will have to show at the border, along with your passport.

    You will not be able to take the rental car that you pick up originally into Mexico. Travel into Mexico is only allowed by certain companies when the rental originates in a participating city, usually participating rental locations in certain cities in Texas, California and Arizona, only.

    Hope this helps!

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    Tony J Case, Super Genius Guest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    This is also a good place to again note the vast size of the US. From Minneapolis, you're at least a 5-6 hour drive to the Canadian Border, one way. Minneapolis to Sioux Falls is about a 250 mile trip that you can do in 4 hours going direct, if you stop in Canada "on the way," the distance balloons to nearly 900 miles and close to 16 hours on the road!
    If you have your heart set on Canada, save it until you get to the Seattle part of your trip. We're only about 2 hours away from the border (plus crossing time). You can be in Vancouver and back in a day, easy - and still have some time to look around!

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