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Rest stops / amenities on US road trip?

Driving from central Illinois to DC area, only have limited experience driving in the US. What's the best route and what to expect (rest stops, food, etc)? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Jul 16, 2015 - 11 answers

Fun parts to not drive be on a freeway from St. Louis to Chicago?

We're renting a tiny sports car and driving from Chicago to St. Louis and back on a 5 day weekend to visit some family. On the way back I would love to take the car off the freeway and maybe drive around some corners. [more inside]
posted by Uncle on Jul 9, 2015 - 13 answers

Road Trip AUS - Where To Stay?

Road Trip AUS - usually when I roadtrip (in the US), I'll just stop for the day when; somewhere particularly nice turns up; I'm tired and reach the next motel. Is this style of roadtripping possible in AUS? From the research I've done so far, I'm not too sure, and I'm concerned about hassles involving pre-booking hotels to ensure a place to stay each night: for me, in a roadtrip, I'm looking for the freedom of not having to make daily schedules. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Jul 4, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me plan the best road trip ever

One woman. One old-ass Prius. 157,724 miles of highway. Help me plan a summer road trip that (a) maximizes awesomeness, and (b) minimizes horrible death? [more inside]
posted by the thought-fox on Jul 3, 2015 - 33 answers

Places around Champaign, IL with a 10 month old within driving distance.

I live in Champaign, IL. My and wife have gone to Chicago a couple of times, so let's skip that. What other places in driving distance (say, 3 and a half hours to 4) can we go? ..... (More details after the break) [more inside]
posted by harisund on Jun 21, 2015 - 18 answers

Roadtrip: Sacramento to the Gorge

Driving from Sacramento to the Gorge in WA in September: where should we stop along the way? [more inside]
posted by kmr on Jun 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Fun Ideas for Visiting Kansas City with Kids for a Baseball Game

I'm roadtripping from Minneapolis to KC over the 4th of July with my brother-in-law and our 3 kids (9 and 10 year old, high energy boys). We're staying with my uncle in Liberty. I'm looking for fun things to do in KC and on the drive up/down I35. Our primary goals are spending time with family and hitting a Twins/Royals game. Tentative itinerary and specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by agog on Jun 7, 2015 - 14 answers

Renting a car for southern CO road trip - do I want an SUV?

I'm planning on flying into Denver and doing a solo roadtrip for a few days in southern Colorado, but I'm pretty unfamiliar with the territory. Should I get an SUV, or is that unnecessary -- especially given that I've never really driven one? (Itinerary suggestions welcome!) [more inside]
posted by veery on May 26, 2015 - 13 answers

Gift ideas for road trip?

What would you give as a gift (single item or basket of useful stuff) for someone planning a long road trip? I've thought of audio books, picnic kit, car games, etc. but was hoping others might have good ideas.
posted by Kat Allison on May 11, 2015 - 20 answers

Long car rides and family get-togethers

I've planned a day-long road trip to spend about a week at my cousin's farm. My husband and I with our 4-1/2 year old daughter are planning to drive 10 hours to get out there. We'll stay a week. My mother lives another 4 hours from where we'll be staying. We decided not to tack on a trip out to see her and so she invited herself on our trip. I'm of two minds about this. [more inside]
posted by amanda on May 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Car rental for Las Vegas to San Francisco

My partner and I are travelling to the US Southwest from Toronto in early July. We fly into Las Vegas and out from San Francisco. What's the best/most reputable agency for picking up in LV and dropping off in SF 10 days later? [more inside]
posted by The Notorious SRD on Apr 27, 2015 - 10 answers

One night in Nashville (and the world's your rocky mountain oyster)

In Nashville for a random Wednesday night in May. Where can we stay that will allow us to see a bit of the city and have a fun night preferably without driving? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Apr 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Help us plan a road trip through the southern US!

Need help planning our road trip through the Southern United States! [more inside]
posted by too bad you're not me on Apr 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Summer road trip from Chicago with infant

My wife and I have a new baby and a serious case of cabin fever/wanderlust. We're considering taking a road trip this summer. Is this a terrible idea? If not, where should we go? Would Gatlinburg, TN be fun? [more inside]
posted by jordemort on Apr 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Where and what should we eat across America?

I'm going on a road trip from Boston to San Diego in June, and we want to find some fun places to eat--restaurants (from holes-in-the-wall to fancy), cafés, ice cream, food truck, foods found in only your town. Anything and everything goes! We've got time, so we can veer off our path, too. I can use the internet of course (and I will), but I would love to hear from locals who know stuff the internet doesn't (especially in smaller towns/rural areas). Here's our route. And a map is also attached [more inside]
posted by namemeansgazelle on Apr 11, 2015 - 23 answers

Yellowstone in April - what's open?

Considering a trip to Yellowstone starting on April 17th, but the information on the site is sparse about what's really available. Any MeFis with experience here? [more inside]
posted by hampanda on Apr 5, 2015 - 8 answers

Mapping for road trips for groups

Husband, son and I will all be embarking on an adventure soon across the US. Our dogs will be joining us in their own grand quest to mark everything we see. Assume for this we have no deadline, no end date, no....scary pressure hanging over our head. We have some general ideas of what we want to see, but we need a way to start marking up route possibilities, and sharing them with each other (well, the dogs don't care much - if there are national monuments of dog parks, they have no idea about them). The problem is finding the right tool/app to do this. [more inside]
posted by routergirl on Mar 30, 2015 - 15 answers

Reputable Place to Stay On Drive to Florida

I'll be driving from Wisconsin to Panama City Beach, FL next week and we are looking for a place to rest our heads somewhere around GA or TN. Can you recommend a hotel on (or close to) the highway where we won't be shanked in the middle of the night? Our route will be on I-65, thanks in advance!
posted by robadobdob on Mar 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Road Trip Unknown unknowns

We are driving from Germany to Turkey later this month. I thought we had most of it sorted, but this comment in a post about Europe talking about vignettes in Austria made me realise there are probably quite a few things I didn't know I needed to know. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Mar 5, 2015 - 9 answers

But will we see a moose?

I am planning a road trip from NJ to Mackinac Island, Michigan the first weekend of August. We are thinking about taking the long way home and stopping off in Montreal. Here's the catch. I know nothing about Quebec or Montreal. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Feb 22, 2015 - 14 answers

Best Road Trip Destinations?

What are the best road trip paths/destinations leaving from the center of the United States towards. . .anywhere else? We're leaving from the Kansas City metro area. We don't know when, and obviously don't know where. We're open to suggestions, and need some help narrowing it all down. [more inside]
posted by RainyJay on Feb 22, 2015 - 13 answers

Driving from Portland, OR to Phoenix, AZ.

Google Maps gives me a range of times between two routes depending on the time of day I query, so I'm curious if anyone has personal experiences between these two routes and suggestions for others. I'm trying to minimize driving time as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by gucci mane on Jan 28, 2015 - 13 answers

Car Rental 101

I've managed to make it into my 30s without ever renting a car. However, in May, my SO and I need to rent one for a road trip. What's your advice for getting the best deal and what are things we should make sure we do and/or make sure we avoid? Details: [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Jan 23, 2015 - 27 answers

My favorite small town in my state is _____________.

Please tell me about your very favorite small (or smallish) town in your state or province (US/Canada, only, please). [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jan 17, 2015 - 68 answers

Buddy trip things to do - Georgia/Alabama/Tennessee

I am meeting up for a weekend with some guys from college (all in our 30s) and looking for a good spot to meet up/things to do. We all live in the southeast and it would be good to find something in between Atlanta, Birmingham and Chattanooga. Obviously we could stay in the one of those cities and there would be a lot to do, but I am curious if there are some hidden gems or fun places outside of the cities. Thanks in advance!
posted by frednorton on Jan 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Cross-country Road Trip in January

I'm moving from NYC to Seattle this weekend. My brother will join me and we'll be driving a big SUV. Leaving Friday night and hoping to arrive Monday afternoon. I need mapping advice. [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Jan 6, 2015 - 21 answers

Good places to eat between Jersey City and Bristol, TN?

We'll be making a long car trip sometime later this winter from Jersey City to Bristol, TN. We'll pack a cooler, but any suggestions for good restaurants to eat at on 78 West to Harrisburg and then 81 South to Tennessee? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Dec 23, 2014 - 12 answers

the road is calling; help me answer the call!

where should i go/what should i see/what should i do between portland and zion? [more inside]
posted by violetk on Dec 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for a good RV one-way transport website

What is a good website for finding cheap renting deals on RVs to travel one-way to the destination the company needs the RV moved to?
posted by yoz420 on Nov 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Nonfiction Podcast Series for Road Tripping

ISO: Nonfiction podcasts, spread over multiple episodes, not Serial but in that vein of long-form audio storytelling. Help! [more inside]
posted by Stacey on Nov 24, 2014 - 12 answers

How to make a time-lapse movie from lots of very boring video?

I'd like to make a time-lapse video from a bunch of very boring normal-speed video files produced by a cheap dash cam. What's the easiest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Nov 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Pacific Northwest road trip

We want to drive from Contra Costa County, CA, to Anglicon 2015 in Seattle. We'd like an interesting drive up and back down that balances sights and time, and would like to hit Portland along the way (and maybe tiptoe into Canada after Seattle). We have lots of specific requests, so we'd love some help. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Nov 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Recommendations for kid-friendly quick stops from Boston to DC area

Any recommendations for quick stops from Boston to DC area with a four year old? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Nov 6, 2014 - 21 answers

Roadtrip to see the Day of the Dead in Baja?

This Halloween weekend, I would like to surprise my wife with a daytrip to Mexico to see a traditional Día de Muertos observance (we live in San Diego county). I would like your help, MetaFilter. What are some good places, within a couple hours drive, for us to do so, and is there a specific time that would be best? Is this even an appropriate thing to visit as (visibly non-mexican) tourists? Help me plan this.
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2014 - 5 answers

Tour de Northern California

We are (likely) headed to northern California for March 7-14. What should we do, and how should we divide our time? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Oct 22, 2014 - 12 answers

Road trip in Washington/Pacific Northwest around New Year's Eve

The Mr and I would like to take a 3-5 day road trip out of Seattle this December/January, including going somewhere that it would be fun to celebrate New Year's Eve. We are not interested in skiing or winter sports. We are interested in food, wine, and cultural events. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Oct 20, 2014 - 6 answers

I-90 East road trip, where do we stop for pie ? Diner reco needed

You are driving from Buffalo to Boston on the I-90. It’s past 9pm. You need a good diner (coffee, pie, grease) to stop at that isn’t too far off the highway or too close to Boston, to break up the drive. Where do you stop?
posted by walkinginsunshine on Oct 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Have you been to the Forevertron?

The Forevertron website says it's closed Tuesdays-- is it actually closed off? [more inside]
posted by shaka_lulu on Sep 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Things to do in Yosemite

Things to do in Yosemite when you only have one day and also the park is on fire! I'll be in Sequoia, finishing a backpacking trip on Tuesday, 9/22 around 10am, and was planning to drive up towards Yosemite from there. I want to be in San Fransisco by the evening of 9/24. I've never been to Yosemite and I'd love to see it, but not sure specifically where to go and what to do. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Sep 16, 2014 - 9 answers

How much vacating can we get done in 72 hours, anyway?

I need some fabulous 72-hour vacation ideas from DC! Mr. bowtiesarecool and I enjoy travel when we can, and we're in a good life stage for it (good jobs, some discretionary income, no kids, no sick relatives, no pets, no houseplants, easy to up and go when we want). Mr. bowtiesarecool has three-day weekends every week, but basically no leave beyond that. Please help me come up with an idea stash of fun, worthwhile ways we can get the heck out of Dodge in those three-day, two-night chunks! [more inside]
posted by bowtiesarecool on Sep 10, 2014 - 29 answers

Road Trip From Medford to Reno Via Lassen

We are driving from Medford, OR to Reno, NV with a stop at Lassen Volcanic area in two weeks. I was curious about the roads between these places. [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Aug 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Drive From Seattle to Las Vegas - What To See? Where To Stay?

We are driving from Seattle to Las Vegas in early September. I'm looking for sights along the way and places to stay - unique or just a hotel but no camping. [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Aug 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me plan a day trip from San Francisco to the Monterey Bay Area.

Where should my boyfriend and I go and what should we do on a day trip to the Monterey Bay area? [more inside]
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Aug 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Hit the road, Jack!

Driving from New Jersey to Cleveland in one day. Are there any sites worth seeing? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Jul 18, 2014 - 2 answers

Dashboard camera advice needed (not to film insane stuff)

We are driving cross-country and I wanted to record the trip. Basically, I want to take a still image every minute we're driving. Later, I want to stitch it into a time lapse video. I want something that has good image quality, can plug into car cigarette lighter, and has enough memory so a daily download of eight hours of images is enough. I see a lot of dash cams on Amazon, but none of them have enough information to tell me whether the still photo idea will work.
posted by soulbarn on Jul 14, 2014 - 12 answers

PA to ME road trip

My girlfriend and I will be taking a road trip from Pittsburgh to Port Clyde, Maine and back to visit my vacationing parents. Where should we stop along the way? [more inside]
posted by Turkey Glue on Jul 12, 2014 - 8 answers

From the Portland Airport, to the Redwood Forest...

I need to quickly firm up planning for our August vacation in Oregon and Northern California; we have about 10 days to spend and I haven't gotten very as far in terms of specifics. Degree of Difficulty: 16yo daughter and non-drinking husband [more inside]
posted by drlith on Jul 10, 2014 - 8 answers

San Francisco to Boise

Is it crazy to drive from San Francisco, CA to Boise, ID (around Labor Day weekend)? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Jul 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Road trip to Canada in three parts

The short of it: (1) Do you have any personal experience getting into Canada and re-entering the US with only a driver's license and birth certificate? (2) What is the drive like between Toronto and Ogdensburg for someone who has really only spent time in cities and driving on major highways up and down the East and West coasts? (3) What should we do in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid on Jun 27, 2014 - 37 answers

Fun stops between Chicago and Detroit

We'll be flying to Chicago, spending a day or two there, then driving to Detroit. What are some fun, interesting, or picturesque stops between the two cities?
posted by exhilaration on Jun 26, 2014 - 14 answers

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