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  1. Default Big Sky MT to NJ

    As first timers would appreciate any advice please on planning trip from Big Sky MT to Red Bank NJ......sites to see, daily mileage recommendations, routing would be really appreciated...thank you

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    The most direct route would be I-90 or I-94 through Chicago, and then I-80 all the way to Jersey. It's a trip that will require a minimum of 4 days - and that's driving about 10 hours a day, leaving very little time for anything other than seeing what's right along the road. RTA's Map Center can help you find ideas that are close to your direct path.

    Beyond that, we don't really have enough information to help you much more. Without knowing how much time you have, what kinds of things you are interested in, and the places you already know you want to visit, there's not much more we can provide in the way of specific help.

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    Default Start with the maps.

    As Michael said, we just don't have enough info to go on to offer meaningful help. To get started you should study a good paper map and do some of your own research by searching around the site here at RTA. Once you have a few basics laid out we can help to fill in the blanks.

    Is this a summer trip ? I have moved your thread to summer roadtrips, as the forum it was in wasn't really appropriate. If it is to happen at another time of year, let us know and we can move it to the correct place.

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    Default One for each State.

    As mentioned above, we really don't know what you are looking for. Your best bet is as adviced by Dave, get some good maps. I would recommend a map of each State along your route. You are going to need these on the road anyway, as it is not wise, nor recommended that you rely solely on your electronics for navigation. Many have done so, at their peril.

    Lifey

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    Thank you very much for your advice...much appreciated

    Essentially we have about 6 days to get back to NJ so we need to choose "stop offs" wisely and be realistic on daily mileages

    we are going to be driving a Dodge Dakota pick up

    what do you think is a sensible average mph I should use for the planning process?
    is it best to make hotel reservations before we depart or play it by ear?

    again thank you for your advice much appreciated

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    Your route is about 2300 miles. Most of us use 55-60 mph as an average, which would include your stops for fuel, rest areas, and food, but not include any sightseeing you might do. Michael suggested that this is 4-day minimum, but if you have 6 days, you are looking at roughly 400 miles per day. That would be *roughly* 7 - 7-1/2 hours on the road each day, giving you time to enjoy a hotel's free breakfast, the pool or hot tub in the evening (if there is one and it's open).

    As far as "to reserve or not to reserve", that is up to you and when you are going to be making this trip. If you are planning to travel over Memorial Day Weekend, reserve. If you are stopping in a touristy area on a weekend, reserve. If you aren't doing either of those, you might be able to play things by ear and stop where you like without reservations. My husband and I use that as a rule-of-thumb these days, after getting stuck in touristy areas twice on a weekend without reservations and had to pay rack rates both times. We learned!!!!


    Donna

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    thank you this advice is very helpful

    am seeing 3 route options
    I94
    i90E to US22
    i90 to i74

    any thoughts on best option please?

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    First of all, there really are thousands of possible route options, not just 3, but more importantly, of the options you do have, I really have no idea what you might even be looking at.

    I-94 doesn't go to New Jersey, and I-90 doesn't ever meet up with US-22 or I-74.

    What are you thinking about in terms of route (ie where are you thinking of going, beyond a headline that some online program might have spit out) and we still don't know what you are trying to get out of this trip.

    Are you just trying to get there is the shortest/fastest way possible? As was mentioned, with 6 days, you've got some opportunity to do a little exploration or take something other than the most direct route, but you've got to help us, before we can start helping you, or even guess what might be the best option for your specific trip.

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    Default Map where you want to go.

    How far you travel each day and which route you choose is about what it is you find interesting and want to see and that goes back to studying a good map and doing a little research. For example one day it might suit you to travel 150 miles and spend time at a place that interests you and another day do 550 miles with little to no sight seeing. I presume the 3 route options you are seeing are coming from a computer program, but if you look again there will be many more options open to you. You can drop and drag the blue route line on Google maps and 'play' with the routes. Don't get tied into thinking there are only the options a program will show you, decide for yourself. We will be more than happy to help fill in blanks and fine tune your trip once you have a couple of dots on the map, but right now we are back at square one of not knowing what your interests are.

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    It's been suggested before, but I'd like to chime in and repeat...you do need some good paper maps. It seems like you are relying on electronic mapping programs or a GPS, which will never give you the WHOLE picture. You can get a good atlas at a big box store such as Wal-Mart or Target, or if you're a member, go to AAA and ask for a USA map, and the individual state maps that you will need. Electronic gadgets are wonderful ... but they have caused some to perish. We purposely take an entire box of maps, tour books, atlas, PLUS our GPS, on our trips.


    Donna

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