Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. Default DC to Central and Midwestern US : Need Advice of My Finished Itinerary

    Hey guys,

    My girlfriend and I are going to do a road trip to central and midwestern US starting July 17 from DC and we plan to finish these following places within 25 days. If possible, I plan to drive 5 or 6 hours per day. That would be great if you guys can give me some advice of my itinerary, such as places to stop, routes, time, any advice is welcome!
    I know when ask advice about road trip the answer I will get is "depending on the interest", but I prefer to see something could stand for the local. Here are my itinerary (by Google Map):

    1. DC -Cleveland, OH 7h (400 mi) no toll

    Our interest is Mackinac Island, but it will be 13 hour driving time from DC. We have been to Pittsburgh, PA, Columbus, OH and Cincinnati, OH before, therefore, I guess Cleveland might be a good place to stop. Any thoughts?

    2. Cleveland, OH - Mackinac Island, MI 6.5h (440 mi) no toll

    3. Mackinac Island, MI - Milwaukee, WI 6h (400 mi) 2 tolls

    4. Milwaukee, WI - Pella, IA 5.5h (350 mi) no toll

    5. Pella, IA - Minneapolis, MN 4h (280 mi) no toll

    6. Minneapolis, MN - Bismarck, ND 6h (420 mi) no toll

    7. Bismarck, ND - Rapid City, SD 5h (300 mi) no toll

    8. Rapid City, SD - Omaha, NE 7h (530 mi) no toll

    9. Omaha, NE - Kansa City, KS 3h (185 mi) no toll

    10. Kansa City, KS - Oklahoma City, OK 5.5h (370 mi) no toll

    11. Oklahoma City, OK - Little Rock, AK 5h (340 mi) no toll

    12. Little Rock, AK - Nashville, TN 5h (400 mi) no toll

    We have been to Nashville before, the reason we stop at Nashville is dividing the distance between Nashville and Bloomington where we went to school. Any other places we could stop?

    13. Nashville, TN - Bloomington, IN 4h (270 mi) no toll

    14. Bloomington, IN - Falling Water, PA 7h (440 mi) no toll

    My girlfriend wants to see Fallingwater House.

    15. Falling Water, PA -DC 4h (190 mi) no toll


    Thank you so much for your time!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Joplin MO
    Posts
    9,270

    Default

    Welcome to RTA!

    Briefly, you need to redo your math. If you only want to drive 5 to 6 hours a day, you have to limit each day to no more than 300 miles. Computer mapping program drivetime estimates are very optimistic, they do not account for any delays or stops whatsoever, and assume driving at the speed limit. Use 55 mph average for Interstates, 45 to 50 mph for other roads.

    All your legs are doable in one day, but not in 5 to 6 hours.

  3. Default

    Thank you so much for your quick response! Well, I think 5 or 6 hours is in general (for some parts of my trip)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    4,545

    Default

    Travel time rules of thumb that I use:

    Most mapping programs will give you good mileage readouts.

    Mapping program travel times are fantasy, and do not allow for real-world stops for fuel, food, potty, traffic slow downs, construction (!), or accidents that happen just before you get some place.

    When traveling on interstate highways, divide the mileage by 60 to get a good travel time estimate. For instance, 500 miles = 9 hours.

    When traveling on 2-lane highways, divide the mileage by 45 or 50 (depending on how many small towns are along the route, if it's labeled as a scenic highway.

    When estimating time in national parks, you can't use this rule of thumb at all. The fastest you'll drive in any NP is about 30 mph, and that's if there's no animal jam, no stopping at scenic viewpoints, and the guy ahead of you wants to do that speed.



    Donna

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Green County, Wisconsin
    Posts
    13,063

    Default

    Looking at your first couple legs, I see a few strange red flags.

    DC to Cleveland - 7 hours seems about right, but to do it in that time you're going to be spending a fair amount of time on the PA Turnpike and Ohio Tollway.

    Cleveland to Mackinac Bridge - 450 miles is going to be at least 7-8 hours, and you're again going to have tolls in Ohio.

    Mackinac to Milwaukee, the only toll you'll have on the direct route would be on the Mackinac Bridge itself, so I don't know how get 2 tolls there. I can tell you that 6 hours to cover that 400 miles is a fantasy - especially noting that the first 250 of those miles to Green Bay are all on 2 lane roads that go through several towns and cities. You're looking at 7-8 hours minimum here.

    I have to agree with GLC, looking at the outline of your trip, you've got very few days where you'd be driving just 5-6 hours a day - nearly every leg you are underestimating your drive times by at least an hour, and in many cases your estimates aren't even close (5 hours to cover 400 miles from Little Rock to Nashville? Do you have a police escort or an airline ticket planned in that leg?). Most of the time, you'd be driving at least 7-8 hours a day, and while that's possible, I think you'll find that is also very tedious after a while - as you'll be spending nearly all day in the car nearly every day, with very little time to actually see any of the places you plan to visit.

  6. #6

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by dmtl815 View Post
    Hey guys,

    My girlfriend and I are going to do a road trip to central and midwestern US starting July 17 from DC and we plan to finish these following places within 25 days. If possible, I plan to drive 5 or 6 hours per day. That would be great if you guys can give me some advice of my itinerary, such as places to stop, routes, time, any advice is welcome!
    I know when ask advice about road trip the answer I will get is "depending on the interest", but I prefer to see something could stand for the local. Here are my itinerary (by Google Map):

    1. DC -Cleveland, OH 7h (400 mi) no toll

    ...therefore, I guess Cleveland might be a good place to stop. Any thoughts?

    7. Bismarck, ND - Rapid City, SD 5h (300 mi) no toll
    8. Rapid City, SD - Omaha, NE 7h (530 mi) no toll

    Thank you so much for your time!
    Leave early in the morning (5a would be great, at least by 6a) to beat the morning rush hour (even though you will be traveling away from most of the worst traffic).

    Cleveland has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a half day was fine for me. Cleveland Indians baseball (but they will be in Minnesota that day). Hungarian Museum and cuisine. Plenty of pubs & restaurants around the baseball stadium area.

    There is much to see around Rapid City, SD: Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, the Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, Devils Tower National Monument. Wall Drug for those who like crass commercialism ;)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-19-2009, 03:32 PM
  2. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-14-2007, 12:57 PM
  3. Hotels in South Central Oregon and/or Central Idaho
    By Alex Miller in forum Planning Summer RoadTrips
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-04-2003, 02:30 PM
  4. Hotel in South Central Oregon and/or Central Idaho
    By in forum Fall & Winter RoadTrips
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-01-1970, 12:00 AM
  5. Hotels in South Central Oregon and Central Idaho
    By in forum Fall & Winter RoadTrips
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-01-1970, 12:00 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • Find the Perfect Hotel
    Search RoadTrip Motels
    Enter city name

    Loading...



  • MORE STORIES