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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

Seeing volcanic sights en route to Seattle?

Road trip filter! We're spending today (and tonight) in Portland and want to be in Seattle by mid-afternoon tomorrow. On the way, we'd like to visit a volcanic (or geological) outdoorsy spot. The original idea was to hike the Ape Cave lava tube, but looking at a map, it may be too far out of the way if we want to leave Portland at 9am and reach Seattle by 4. Any good alternatives?
posted by itesser on Jun 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Please navigate me to a good car GPS for the USA!

I am an inexperienced driver, and I am about to be taking a number of long road-trips alone across the US this year. To aid me, I am looking for the best GPS that is reasonably priced. Can you recommend one for me? [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear on Jun 20, 2014 - 48 answers

Vague road trip question

I want to take a road trip this summer but have no idea where. I'm willing to drive within about a 10 hour radius of Champaign, IL. Specifications inside. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Jun 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Have toddler, will travel, but how to minimize protesting?

Can you suggest some good classic (read: legally free) ebooks for little people around the age of 3? We're planning for a road trip, and we have a long list of good distractions, but I want to lighten our load of books by utilizing our Kindle Fire and the wonders of the Internet Archive and other sources for high quality digital books. Do you know of any good sites that compile such lists, or can you suggest some good picture books from such sources? And any suggestions for distracting a little person on a road trip would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 4, 2014 - 21 answers

a road trip without any ability to drive

BeMyTravelAgentFilter: Help me figure out a way to make a trip from the Bay Area to New Orleans doable and affordable - when driving is not an option. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 4, 2014 - 23 answers

Cat, road trip, hot weather, weak AC in the car

Moving this weekend! With a cat. Three hours in the car. Air conditioning in the car is not awesome. What can I do to ensure the safety of the cat? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on May 23, 2014 - 15 answers

RoadTripFilter: Philadelphia to Omaha. What's fun to do?

I'm bringing a car to Omaha in very late June, early July. Dates are flexible. We're planning to take 2-3 days of driving split between two people. What are the best routes in terms of scenery and attractions to do overnight along the way? We are staying for about a week and flying back one-way to PHL. Ideas for what to do in Omaha are also needed. At least some of the activities in or around Omaha should be suitable for people under 21, although they don't all have to be. Museums, parks, sciency stuff, and hotel and restaurant recommendations all welcome. Assume an upper limit of $200 per person per day for 2-3 people, although this is fairly flexible both directions.
posted by skyl1n3 on May 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Sketching road trip from Vancouver BC to the Oregon Coast

We are planning a road trip from May 3-9 (maybe to the 10th) down to the Oregon Coast but we are not sure what to do! Our plan so far is to drive to Astoria on the first day and stay a night or two. Then what? [more inside]
posted by sadtomato on Apr 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Roadtrip from Hammond, Louisianna to Vancouver, BC

I will be in Hammond, Louisiana this October and wanted to make a road trip back to my home in Vancouver Canada. The current plan is to buy a vehicle in Hammond or New Orleans, then drive through Texas and up the coast. I am an artist, so visiting sites like Marfa to see the Chianti Foundation and visiting LA to see the MOCA and the Hammer are priorities. I am asking for advice on art sites and routes with the most interesting or essential things to see. I've visited a few places in the US but this is a big trip for me I may not be able to make again so I'd like to make the most of it. If you are American, assume I know nothing. The obvious for you may not be that obvious to a Canadian. Thanks!
posted by Staples on Apr 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Fres-Nah

Where's a good place to grab lunch on the CA-99? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Apr 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Help Me Have a Lovely Southern Maine Experience

O MeFites of a Maine Persuasion, please recommend to me things and places in Southern Maine in mid-May. [more inside]
posted by julen on Apr 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Kentucky-Tennessee-North Carolina road trip

We're planning about a week long road trip from Louisville to Mammoth Cave, south towards Nashville, east towards Great Smokies and ending up in Asheville NC. Looking for your suggestions for places to eat, places to stay, things to do along the way. [more inside]
posted by sararah on Apr 18, 2014 - 17 answers

Say Yes! to Michigan! (and Wisconsin, and maybe a bit of Indiana too)

What are the must see spots, best time of year, and best route on a road trip around Lake Michigan? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Apr 17, 2014 - 25 answers

I'm looking for a "Roads I've Driven" type app.

You know those websites and apps that let you color-in a state or a country after you've visited? I realized this weekend after a long road-trip that I'd love to a see a map of all the highway routes I've driven across the country. Does any such website or app exist? Thank you!
posted by jefficator on Apr 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Help planning route from Boston to Vegas

I'm leaving at 10am tomorrow from Waltham, MA and driving to Las Vegas. Stressing over the weather. I plan on taking it slow...driving maybe 8-9 hours a day and not at all after dark. I've never driven in bad weather so I'm really nervous. If I take Northern route I'll be in snow in Denver and if I take Southern route there are severe thunderstorms (and poss tornadoes?) in OK and TX by Wed. and Thurs. I'm driving alone and this is my first road trip. BTW I have a Nissan Rogue that will be packed full. Looking for advice planning route home...details appreciated! Thanks!
posted by camfys on Mar 30, 2014 - 6 answers

help us plan a route from Vancouver to San Francisco

the other half and I are planning a road trip from Vancouver to San Francisco in early May and we're looking for some advice on route planning and potential stops (and stopovers.) [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo on Mar 25, 2014 - 15 answers

Sanity check on teenagers and their whims, please!

We have a teenager that wants to visit his internet girlfriend and is being increasingly pressuring. We're resistant, feel that we are right in being resistant, but just wanted to check whether we're being reasonable or not. So, given the details (and SO MANY DETAILS) below, should we be stopping this teenager visiting his girlfriend in another country? Or should we let him go? [more inside]
posted by sockpuppettastic on Mar 17, 2014 - 68 answers

Visiting Marfa, TX (via El Paso)

I'm flying into El Paso to visit a friend who just moved there. We're going to drive to Marfa, TX for a few days! What should we do there? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Mar 10, 2014 - 16 answers

Driving from Pittsburgh to Austin: if you had to, how would you go?

What’s the most swift, interesting, safe, and/or inexpensive route by car through the Southeast? [more inside]
posted by lordcorvid on Feb 22, 2014 - 9 answers

Can a cheap tablet handle down+uploading photos on a long road trip?

I'm planning a cross country trip to California from Chicago and back and I need some techie help as to whether a tablet could assist me in sightseeing photo preservation. [more inside]
posted by agregoli on Feb 8, 2014 - 11 answers

good stops on the way to DC?

I'm planning a road trip from Bloomington Indiana to Washington DC toward the end of March. Will be traveling with a 4 years old and am looking for some suggestions of places to stop along the way. [more inside]
posted by steinwald on Jan 31, 2014 - 10 answers

Best Driving Route from Vegas to Boston (avoiding CO)

My brother is moving to Boston (Waltham area) and he's driving there from Vegas tomorrow morning. What is the best way to get there (avoiding Colorado) and what cities would you recommend stopping for a motel to crash along the way? Can it be done in 3 days? He's traveling alone and would like to avoid snow when possible. Not looking to sight see. Just want to find the simplest way to get there. Thank you.
posted by camfys on Jan 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Road Trip!!

Need some advice on places to stay/eat/etc... [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Jan 7, 2014 - 21 answers

How to move a classic car halfway across the country?

My friend was recently gifted a 1946 Chevy Stylemaster by his grandfather. His grandfather lives in Pueblo, CO and he lives in Maryland. Anyone done this before? [more inside]
posted by heathkit on Jan 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Help us plan a Southern road trip from Chicago!

We have 7-10 days for a road trip (leaving from Chicago in a couple days) and are thinking of exploring the South by car. Where should we stop, and what should we see? Thoughts we've had include driving towards Florida or Savannah and hitting Cattanooga, Asheville, Bowling Green, and/or Nashville. We will have one dog with us, so bonus points for State Parks or Forests where we can hike with her, but we'd like to see some towns or cities, too. Thank you, hive mind!
posted by walla on Dec 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Suggest an audiobook for a long, boring drive.

The week after Christmas Mr. Ant and I are driving from East Tennessee to Central Florida and back, which is about 1600 miles. A good audiobook would help a lot with the boredom. [more inside]
posted by workerant on Dec 20, 2013 - 21 answers

Road Trip! Suggested eats and roadside attractions?

It appears as though my wife and I will be driving from Toronto, Canada to San Diego between Christmas and New Year's because that's what life presents you with sometimes. We're on a timetable so we can't stop at every cool thing, but it would be nice to find some scenic spots and local chow that isn't Denny's. Route and other details inside. [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Dec 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Baltimore to Boston Road Trip: Costs?, Tips?, Anecdotes?

Hi all, We're going to be renting a car in Baltimore around December 20th and taking it for about a week (till approximately the 27th), with the intention of driving down to Boston and back. Has anyone done the trip? Any thoughts on good local dealerships to rent a car from? What about how long it will take? Routes to avoid? General cost of tolls? Places to stop and eat lunch? Any help is appreciated!
posted by Violet Blue on Dec 11, 2013 - 30 answers

California / Southwest road trip itinerary advice

Boyfriend and I are planning a round trip (by rental car) through California and the Southwest and we'd love some input on the first rough draft of the route. We're going for 23 days in September next year and would like to stay in fairly affordable hotels and motels (no camping). [more inside]
posted by Skybly on Nov 23, 2013 - 34 answers

Roadtrippin' in basically winter. Where to?

Imagine you're leaving New York City in a rental car. You have one week—November 30th through December 7th. You're first spending a few days with your Grandmother near Washington DC. Where would you go after that? [more inside]
posted by ulfberht on Nov 14, 2013 - 6 answers

Weekend Civil War Roadtrip around the SE US?

We'd like to take a three-to-four day road trip originating and terminating in Atlanta, focusing on Civil War history this weekend. Looking for suggestions on sites and itinerary ideas. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Nov 13, 2013 - 7 answers

Anything worth stopping for on a drive from Brooklyn to Emerald Isle?

Driving from Brooklyn, NY to Emerald Isle, NC — via the NJ Turnpike, Delaware 1 and US-13, and Route 17 past Norfolk VA into NC. Anything truly worth checking out along the way, or taking a reasonable detour for? [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Nov 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Please help save our road trip!

So, the National Parks are shut and husband and I are on a US road trip of a lifetime, during which we were due to visit/camp at many of those National Parks. Boo! Please help us salvage our trip and tell us about your favorite State Parks/hikes/non-NPS camping spots in OR, CA, AZ and southern UT! [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Oct 1, 2013 - 27 answers

Sacramento to NYC by way of 40 hours of driving

Driving cross country for the first time from Sacramento to my soon to be new home in NYC with my dog and my brother. Tips, advice, route help are all welcome, please. [more inside]
posted by veronicacorningstone on Sep 22, 2013 - 25 answers

It's off to the mountains we go...towing a trailer!

I'll be towing a UHaul trailer 4500 km across Canada next week with my 2005 manual Toyota Rav4 (4 cylinder), including across 2 mountain ranges. As a relative newbie to towing, how do I not doom my transmission or new shiny vehicle to a early demise? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Sep 11, 2013 - 19 answers

Pleasant stops on a road trip between Philadelphia and Buffalo?

I'm planning a road trip from Philadelphia to Toronto in October. I'm thinking of breaking up the trip by staying a night somewhere in between. Somewhere with a cute hotel, a nice breakfast and somewhere to wander around before taking off the next day. Just by google mapping it, I'm thinking Ithica, but id be welcome to other suggestions. Secondary question: are there any great hidden food spots to catch on the way? Thanks!
posted by cacofonie on Sep 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Archaeological, historical sites worth seeing in Southern California

So my mom (from Ireland) will be spending September with me in California, she's been here many times and we've covered most of the West Coast on numerous road-trips. We will almost certainly do another this time, probably about 10 days travelling down the coast from San Jose to San Diego, then we'll most likely swing east through the deserts and work our way back along the Owens Valley towards Lake Mono before crossing the Sierra back to the Bay Area. Apart from finally stopping at Hearst Castle and visiting The Getty in LA (which has been closed every other time we've been in the area). We're looking for sites of archaeological, historical or geological interest. When my mom asks about archaeological sites she's thinking things like Chaco Canyon in NM. The Google has mostly failed me, so here's hoping Mefi can do better. So I'm looking for places to visit with interesting history that are reasonably accessible, (4WD and dirt roads to get there is OK), she can walk but not hike up a hill. As a bonus question, I'm pretty interested in geology and so I'm going to go find some really old rocks (they're kinda scarce in Nor Cal) and maybe some trilobite fossils. But I'd love to hear other ideas.
posted by Long Way To Go on Aug 27, 2013 - 17 answers

Help us plan our trans-American odyssey!

A friend and I are planning a month-long roadtrip down the West coast of the United States - starting in Oregon, and possibly going so far as to cross Texas and finish up in Louisiana somewhere - to take place sometime in the new year, and we'd appreciate some advice in re: must-sees and logistics. [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Aug 12, 2013 - 28 answers

Roadtrip to Niagara: it worth it to take PA-5 and NY-5 along Lake Erie?

We are taking a weekend roadtrip from Chicago to Niagara Falls. We're driving on the USA side on the way there and the Canada side on the way back. All day Friday is dedicated just to getting there. The obvious route is to stick to interstates I-80 and I-90. But it looks like there's a state route that runs right along Lake Erie, and I bet that's a lot prettier. My thought was to take the interstate through Indiana and Ohio but then switch to the state route all the way through PA (right through Erie) and up through NY too. For those around upper PA and western NY, is the state lakefront route worth the (estimated) 2 hours of extra travel time? Or should I stick to the interstate?
posted by AgentRocket on Aug 8, 2013 - 9 answers

We Can and WILL Force the Hand of Amazing (East Coast Road Trip-Filter)

East Coast Road Trip-Filter: a friend is having a very rough year but is finally taking three days (Aug. 24th - 26th) for much-needed road trip. She may not get to take another one for a while, so we want to make the most of it. My question: what can you recommend within a ~400-mile radius of Philadelphia (places, activities, events, gatherings, WHATEVER) that might be mind-blowingly memorable? The kinda stuff that makes you blurt, "Holy CRAP, this is AMAZING!"... the kinda stuff she and I can enthusiastically reminisce about for years to come. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Aug 1, 2013 - 12 answers

National Lampoon's Nebraska Vacation

Some friends are road-tripping from Seattle, WA to visit family for a couple weeks in Lincoln, NE starting next weekend, and trying to save money where possible. I'd like to give them a gift of a meal or something else they can use along the way or during their stay in Nebraska. They are 2 adults, 2 kids around 10 (give or take) and an 18-month-old. I need to be able to buy it in Seattle or buy it online and print it out. Budget $40-50, but that can stretch for the right need. Click here for snowflakiness: [more inside]
posted by Sunburnt on Jul 22, 2013 - 5 answers

What's awesome on I-10?

In two weeks, I'll be driving solo cross-country on I-10. Trying to make the trip fairly quickly, so I won't have much leisure time. BUT - close to the highway - are there any restaurants, spots of immense scenic beauty or other roadside attractions that I shouldn't miss? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Jul 22, 2013 - 24 answers

Trip to Nashville/Mammoth Cave on a budget?

I'm looking to do a mini road trip to Nashville from Aug. 2nd-4th and drive through Mammoth Cave on my way home on the 4th. I want to maximize awesomeness while minimizing cost. I'm pretty open in terms of ideas, but I like museums, music, and antiques, and I plan to at least do one of the tours of Mammoth Cave when I get there. I will have camping equipment with me but I'd prefer to have shower facilities while in Nashville. Any suggestions? Things to see? Free attractions? Ways to save money (especially on food)? Favorite Mammoth Cave tour?
posted by quiet coyote on Jul 16, 2013 - 8 answers

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