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  1. Default Summer Road trip from College Station, TX to Portland OR

    Hi roadtrippers,

    I just got offered a job in Portland OR and I will be moving there at the end of May from College Station, TX. Me and a couple of my buddies are planning on taking this opportunity to road trip there. Our goal is to see as much stuff (natural wonders, popular destinations, small lesser known stops...the kind) and keep the driving to about 4-5 hours a day so that we can see more stuff and relax. Some places we definitely wanna see are the grand canyon, hoover dam. We also want to visit Las Vegas and San Francisco. Thinking of doing it in about a week to 10 days. Also planning on doing this drive in a BMW M3, manual and only two people know how to drive a stick (not certain yet on the car, open to suggestions). Any suggestions for places to see, routes to take?

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    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Before you start looking for places to add to your itinerary, you would be well served by looking at your basic travel plans, route and timing in particular. As it stands, driving only four to five hours a day, it would take a minimum of 10 days just to make the one way drive by the most efficient route that hits all the places you've already listed. If you also plan to send more than a half day at any stop (and the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and San Francisco all deserve more than just a few hours!) then there MUST be days where you drive longer than five hours.

    The second major problem/decision facing you is that this is a joint exercise. Yes, that means that you get to share the driving and expenses. And yes, it's easy enough to sign on to the exciting prospect of a RoadTrip. But when the three of you contemplate such an endeavor, you may very well be visualizing three completely different adventures. I would therefore urge the three f you to sit down before planning proceeds too much further and take the RoadTrip Compatibility Quiz to make sure you're all on the same page about your goals and expectations. I would also urge you to build significant time into your itinerary where you can each go off on your own for several hours to a day at a time.

    Only once you've addressed those two items should you be looking to add stops to your plans. They needn't be major stops. You're already going to be pressed for time as is. But I applaud your intention to take it easy on the road and relax a bit each day. Actually one of the best ways to do that without adding additional miles of driving is to make use of the many relaxing stops that are just off the Interstates on your way.

    AZBuck

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    Between Las Vegas and Yosemite is Death valley and Yosemite NP's. If the Tioga Pass is open when you travel [CA120] I would certainly recommend the drive across DV to US395 and head north to CA120. From San Fran you could head north to the coastal Redwoods, driving the 'Avenue of the Giants' in Humboltds Redwoods State park. You could consider getting a few more hours/miles under your belt at the start of your trip and then slow up to spend more time at the places you mention.

    Also planning on doing this drive in a BMW M3, manual and only two people know how to drive a stick (not certain yet on the car, open to suggestions).
    That reads as though you are renting ? An M3 would be extremely expensive and come under a specialist type rental I would presume. I doubt it would be available for a one way rental [?] and if it was it would be subject to one way drop fees, although most rentals would be. Another thing is that to rent a car if you are under 25 years of age, usually also carries extra fee's and all together can add up to be quite significant. Generally speaking a mid size sedan offers the best combo of value, space and comfort.

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    Thanks AZBuck. Taking the compatibility quiz is certainly a good suggestion. We will do that as soon as possible. And you are right, driving only 4-5 hrs a day will take us too long. Maybe 7-8 hours a day will serve us better. That way we can get to each of our way points and spend the next day touring that place and then start driving again late in the afternoon.
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 03-07-2016 at 06:52 AM. Reason: removed quote of entire previous post

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    As AZbuck and you suggested, we definitely need to increase our driving time per day maybe to 7-8 hours.

    As far as the car is concerned, I was actually planning on buying one so one way rentals and stuff shouldnt be an issue. I have read good reviews about the M3 being a good GT car and something that I have always wanted so thought would ask the people here if they had any opinions about that since the car you chose definitely is an important factor in how much you enjoy the trip
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 03-07-2016 at 06:53 AM. Reason: Removed quote of entire previous post

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    If you can afford a $60k+ luxury car, then I'm certainly not going to tell you that you shouldn't! However, what I would say is that when thinking about a car, I would certainly be thinking beyond just a roadtrip. You're going to be on the road for a little over a week, and presumably you'll have the car for at least a couple years. However, typically, what you want in a day to day car isn't that much different than what you'd want in a roadtrip car.

    I will also point out that buying a new car just before a move can be a bit of a headache, because you end up having to get the car registered (and pay registration fees) twice in a short period of time. I don't know what you have for a vehicle right now, and if that would work for your trip, however, I'll also note that Oregon doesn't have a state sales tax, so that might be a big reason to wait until you arrive to purchase a new car - with the notation that I have no idea what OR charges for the other taxes and fees that often go along with the purchase of a car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    If you can afford a $60k+ luxury car, then I'm certainly not going to tell you that you shouldn't! However, what I would say is that when thinking about a car, I would certainly be thinking beyond just a roadtrip. You're going to be on the road for a little over a week, and presumably you'll have the car for at least a couple years. However, typically, what you want in a day to day car isn't that much different than what you'd want in a roadtrip car.

    I will also point out that buying a new car just before a move can be a bit of a headache, because you end up having to get the car registered (and pay registration fees) twice in a short period of time. I don't know what you have for a vehicle right now, and if that would work for your trip, however, I'll also note that Oregon doesn't have a state sales tax, so that might be a big reason to wait until you arrive to purchase a new car - with the notation that I have no idea what OR charges for the other taxes and fees that often go along with the purchase of a car.
    I have a car that most probably wont make the trip without breaking down atleast once. So I was going to sell it and buy a more reliable car that is meant to be driven long distances. My new job will also involve driving on highways quite a bit so I was thinking if a car can stand the long distance driving that is involved in a road trip, it should suit me well for my daily use. As far as buying one just before the move, I have read on forums that you can buy a car in one state and tell the dealer to register in another and use the 30 day tags that the dealer gives you to drive across country. Am I misinformed?

    As far as the roadtrip itself is concerned, We have agreed on Grand Canyon, Death valley (expecially now that its blooming) and Hoover Dam in Arizona and Probably Yosemite and Redwoods in california. Between Texas and Arizona, we were thinking of checking out Albuquerque and Santa Fe in NM. Any suggestions for stuff to see between College Station, TX and Albuquerque, since that leg is still looking like 12 hours of straight driving? Any more suggestions for stuff to see in AZ or NM? The drive from redwoods in CA to Portland is still like a 10 hour drive, any stuff to see along the way?

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    It looks like you are using the mythical travel times of online mapping programs. College Station to Albuquerque is 750 miles - which is more like 14 or 15 hours on the road in the real world. It's also quite a bit farther than we recommend for a single day on the road. Santa Rosa would be a much better target to stop for the night - and that would be a good 11-12 hours on the road. If you go up via Amarillo, you'll be following the path of old Route 66, including attractions like Cadillac Ranch. RTA's map center can help you find more specific ideas.

    As far as the 30 day tag, that might be possible. However, the problem is if you are buying the car in Texas and you are still a TX resident, they may be required to do the registration paperwork immediately. It's something you'll just have to look into a bit more in depth yourself.

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    That makes sense. Santa Rosa will be a good stop from what I read about it. And your reply also tells me that I should atleast add an hour or so to the drive times that are provided by google maps.
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 03-09-2016 at 03:55 PM. Reason: Removed quote of entire previous post

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    Adding 20% to online mapping program time estimates is a good rule of thumb. You can also figure that a 70-75 mph cruising speed on the interstate will equal roughly a 57mph average over a full day on the road.

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