Advice on driving cross-country and back?
March 4, 2008 12:17 PM Subscribe
How long will it take, and how much will it cost, to drive cross-country and back?
posted by lunit to travel & transportation (16 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Hi all. I'm planning a road trip for this summer, and I'm looking for some idea of what to expect.
The plan is to drive from Providence, RI to Seattle, WA via a northern route (through Chicago and etc). From there, we'll go down the West Coast through Portland, San Francisco, and LA - stopping in each major city - and then drive back via a southern route, preferably through Las Vegas, parts of Texas, and New Orleans. Eventually we'll want to end up back in Providence. I'm open to suggestions of cities to make sure to stop in, as long as they're compelling.
We're tentatively budgeting to make the initial drive out to Seattle in a week, spend a week on the West Coast, and then drive back in a week. Is that realistic, or should we count on it taking longer? We don't really need to see the tourist-y spots, but it'd be nice to spend at least part of a night in each place we stop.
Assuming we can stay for free with friends in cities across the country, what is a reasonable amount of money to allocate for this trip? We'll have 4 people in the car (gas/4). While we'll be low on funds, we'd like to realistically estimate the amount of money we'll need for gas, food, etc., assuming we travel modestly.
Any advice, anecdotes, etc. would be very helpful. Thanks!