USA ROAD TRIP, Video and concluding remarks

Video from the trip is done! Check out some of the highlights from the trip in this video.

Huge props to my mate Jesse Nanton for going through all of the GoPro footage and composing an awesome original song to go with the video footage of this trip.

It was one hell of a trip. The grandiose plan was devised on a regular night while Mikey and I were hanging out. We decided to follow through and now have some memories that will last a lifetime. The final itinerary looks like this.

March 10: New Jersey. Cherokee, NC. Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gatlinburg, TN
March 11: Knoxville, TN. Nashville, TN
March 12: Memphis, TN
March 13: New Orleans, LA
March 14: Houston, TX. Austin, TX
March 15: Austin, TX
March 16: San Antonio, TX. Roswell, NM
March 17: White Sands National Monument. Albuquerque, NM. Santa Fe, NM
March 18: Denver, CO, Lafayette, CO.
March 19: Rocky Mountain National Park
March 20: Boulder, CO. Lawrence, KS. Kansas City, MO
March 21: St Louis, MO
March 22: Louisville, KY. Magnolia, KY
March 23: Home

Rough route that we took
Rough route that we took

14 days
17 states (NJ, PA, MD, VA, TN, NC, MS, LA, TX, NM, CO, KS, MO, IL, IN, KY, WV)
6020.9 miles

6020.9 miles
6020.9 miles

A lot of time people hear of a trip like this and they think it’s impossible for them to do it because of time or money constraints. Sure getting two weeks off can be a little rough, but in half that time Mikey and I were able to make it from New Jersey all the way out to Roswell, New Mexico. And in only three days we were able to make it from Kansas City all the way back to New Jersey. You can definitely make time for an awesome adventure so don’t let that keep you cooped up.

As for the money, it didn’t end up costing a tremendous amount for what we were able to see and do. In the 14 days we slept in the car 4 times, stayed with people we knew three times, and checked out reviews online to get good deals on cheap places. Most were from $40-60 a night with only Austin and New Orleans being outside of that price. Gas is reasonable considering the cost of alternative travel options. If you don’t have a car you can score a cheap car rental price with unlimited miles. Grabbing a cooler and buying a bunch of good healthy food at the supermarket was great in many ways other than the low cost. It was fast and kept us fueled up. The hotels and motels always offered free ice to keep our stuff cool. When we went out to eat we usually went out for an awesome dinner. There’s a ton of great stuff to see in this country and a lot of it’s free or really cheap. The price break down looked something like this.

Gas: $630
Places to stay: $570
Food/Drink: $1100
Supermarket: $150
Admission/Misc: $300

Total: $2750

Per person: $1375
Per person per day: $98

I overestimated on most things because I’m too lazy to go through all of the receipts. You could definitely take this same trip spending a ton more or a ton less money depending on what you do or don’t do. Adding some more travelers would let you chop away some of those costs as well. I’d think the price is fair for a once in a lifetime trip that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I will follow up with the answer. Let me know about what adventures you have planned. Best of luck!

3 thoughts on “USA ROAD TRIP, Video and concluding remarks”

  1. I feel like I found gold coming upon this! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this out. My boyfriend is laid off and I’m done with school right after Christmas so I’m trying to convince him to take a trip like this.
    Would you do it again?! Was there anything you would change? Was the trip from Kansas City to NJ absolutely brutal?! Seriously, sleeping in WalMart… GENIUS! Hope you don’t mind me asking questions but I would really like to copy your trip in about a month or so!

    1. Of course. Hopefully you saw the previous five posts that break the individual days out into much more detail.

      Would I do it again?

      Sure. The only thing that would keep me doing this exact same route over again is that there are so many great places to see in the world. I think if I do a road trip again it would probably be out west since there is so much that I want to see out there that I never have. But there was nothing wrong with this trip. I loved every part of it and am very happy to have done it. It’s definitely a trip that I still talk about all the time and I will remember forever.

      Was there anything I would change?

      No. For everything that didn’t work out, something else did work out. A perfect example was that Houston, Texas seemed like a dead city and a waste of a stop. Bummer. But what worked out better than we thought was heading to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas that same day. We didn’t know SXSW was going on before we started the trip but we called the audible and headed over a day earlier. We didn’t plan to go to New Orleans either before we started the trip but we went and that was one of the best days of the trip. We didn’t plan to go to New Mexico but we decided to go for it. New Mexico was incredible. I think it is important to plan a rough outline for where you want to go and what you want to see, but be flexible and willing to change your route to go further than you intended or shorter than you intended. This includes booking hotels the same day or even waiting until you get there, not making reservations until you get to destinations, etc. Have a route planned out for if you want to not drive as far and have a route planned out for if you really want to drive a lot.

      Just because this tripped worked out amazingly for me and my friend, does not mean it is the perfect trip for you. Use it as a starting point or for inspiration. But feel free to change out maybe a night at the club for a night seeing a play. Or a day in nature with a day at a museum or whatever. Switch places every night like we did or spend a couple nights in fewer locations. Go for 2 weeks, or 2 months, or 4 days. There are many many changes you can make to accommodate both of your tastes.

      Was the trip from Kansas City to NJ absolutely brutal?

      The entire trip since we left Colorado was a ton of driving. But it is still great to see what America looks like. We went from KC to St. Louis. Then to my sister’s place in Kentucky. Then finally home, so we had a couple days to break it up. Like any other part of the trip you have to decide how much driving vs. seeing you want to do. We decided a couple longer drives on the return end of the trip would be better than driving a lot in the beginning so we were happy to do it. Driving across Kansas is painful. But even the painful flatness of Kansas is not something I would have done differently. 6,000 miles is a lot of driving for two weeks, much more than many people will enjoy. But I sure did enjoy it all and find myself thinking about the trip often.

      If you have any other questions then feel free to ask. Best of luck to both of you and let me know how your trip goes.

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