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Cross-Country Road Trip Itinerary v. 10, Quick-View

May 23rd, 2009

This would be the “quick view” version, if only I were giving versions names rather than numbers. Er:

Date Location(s) Miles
7/15 Orange County, San Simeon, Big Sur 369 mi.

Big Sur, Monterey, San Francisco 147 mi.
7/17 San Francisco, Pt. Reyes, Napa 108 mi.
7/18 Napa, Yosemite National Park 201 mi.
7/19 Yosemite
7/20 Yosemite
7/21 Yosemite
7/22 Yosemite, Lake Tahoe 197 mi.
7/23 Lake Tahoe, Lassen Volcanic National Park 221 mi.
7/24 Lassen
7/25 Lassen
7/26 Lassen, Crater Lake National Park 255 mi.
7/27 Crater Lake
7/28 Crater Lake, Oregon Coast 201 mi.
7/29 Oregon Coast 206 mi.
7/30 Astoria, Portland, Eagle Creek 173 mi.
7/31 Portland, Mt. St. Helens 72 mi.
8/1 Mt. St. Helens
8/2 Mt. St. Helens
8/3 Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier National Park 120 mi.
8/4 Mt. Rainier
8/5 Mt. Rainier, Browns Point 75 mi.
8/6 Browns Point, Olympic National Park 121 mi.
8/7 Olympic National Park
8/8 Olympic National Park
8/9 Olympic National Park
8/10 Olympic National Park, Browns Point 179 mi.
8/11 Browns Point
8/12 Browns Point, Mt. Baker 130 mi.
8/13 Mt. Baker
8/14 Mt. Baker
8/15 Mt. Baker
8/16 Mt. Baker, North Cascades Highway 281 mi.
8/17 Curlew, Glacier National Park 380 mi.
8/18 Glacier National Park
8/19 Glacier National Park
8/20 Glacier National Park
8/21 Glacier, Whitefish, Yellowstone National Park 529 mi.
8/22 Yellowstone, Jackson, Victor 146 mi.
8/23 Victor, Sheridan 350 mi.
8/24 Sheridan
8/25 Sheridan, Devil’s Tower, Mt. Rushmore, Custer SP 318 mi.
8/26 Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park 29 mi.
8/27 Custer SP, Chadron, Badlands National Park 225 mi.
8/28 Badlands, Minuteman Missile NHS, T. Roosevelt National Park 362 mi.
8/29 Theodore Roosevelt National Park
8/30 T. Roosevelt NP, Voyageurs National Park 579 mi.
8/31 Voyageurs, Boundary Waters 108 mi.
9/1 Boundary Waters
9/2 Boundary Waters, Duluth 122 mi.
9/3 Duluth, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore 294 mi.
9/4 Pictured Rocks, Mackinac Island 124 mi.
9/5 Mackinac Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Chicago/Wayne 487 mi.
9/6 Chicago/Wayne
9/7 Chicago/Wayne
9/8 Chicago/Wayne, Nauvoo 476 mi.
9/9 Chicago/Wayne, Ann Arbor, Dearborn 313 mi.
9/10 Ann Arbor, Dayton 196 mi.
9/11 Dayton (USAF Museum), Akron 197 mi.
9/12 Cuyahoga Valley, Niagara Falls, Palmyra 330 mi.
9/13 Palmyra, Adirondacks (Lake Placid) 270 mi.
9/14 Adirondacks, Vermont (Underhill S.P.) 73 mi.
9/15 Vermont (Underhill)
9/16 Vermont (Underhill, Belvidere), White Mountains (Sugarloaf) 119 mi.
9/17 White Mountains
9/18 White Mountains
9/19 White Mountains, Acadia National Park 223 mi.
9/20 Acadia National Park
9/21 Acadia, Newport (R.I.) 360 mi.
9/22 Newport, New Haven, New York City 184 mi.
9/23 New York City
9/24 New York City
9/25 New York City, Philadelphia 104 mi.
9/26 Philadelphia, Annapolis, Quantico 192 mi.
9/27 Quantico, Shenandoah National Park 99 mi.
9/28 Shenandoah
9/29 Shenandoah
9/30 Shenandoah, Monongahela National Forest 260 mi.
10/1 Shenandoah, Charlottesville, Appomattox, Richmond 206 mi.
10/2 Richmond
10/3 Richmond, Williamsburg, Jamestown, Cape Hatteras 193 mi.
10/4 Cape Hatteras, Raleigh-Durham 213 mi.
10/5 Raleigh-Durham
10/6 Durham, Great Smoky Mountains National Park 306 mi.
10/7 Great Smoky Mountains
10/8 Great Smoky Mountains
10/9 Great Smoky Mountains
10/10 Great Smoky Mountains, Congaree NP, Charleston 352 mi.
10/11 Charleston
10/12 Charleston
10/13 Charleston, Savannah, Okefenokee, Pensacola 653 mi.
10/14 Pensacola
10/15 Pensacola, Mobile, New Orleans 200 mi.
10/16 New Orleans
10/17 New Orleans, Natchez 172 mi.
10/18 Natchez Trace Parkway, Vicksburg 220 mi.
10/19 Natchez Trace Parkway, Nashville 220 mi.
10/20 Nashville, Mammoth Cave National Park 87 mi.
10/21 Mammoth Cave
10/22 Mammoth Cave
10/23 Mammoth Cave, Cathedral Canyon 319 mi.
10/24 Fredericktown, Springfield, Joplin 313 mi.
10/25 Joplin, Petit Jean SP, Hot Springs National Park 299 mi.
10/26 Hot Springs, Denton 327 mi.
10/27 Denton, Austin 225 mi.
10/28 Austin, San Antonio 81 mi.
10/29 San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Ft. Stockton 330 mi.
10/30 Ft. Stockton, Big Bend National Park 147 mi.
10/31 Big Bend National Park
11/1 Big Bend, Guadalupe Mtns. National Park 284 mi.
11/2 Guadalupe Mtns, Carlsbad Caverns NP, Roswell 145 mi.
11/3 Roswell, White Sands, San Antonio (NM), Santa Fe 377 mi.
11/4 Santa Fe, Chaco Culture NHP 186 mi.
11/5 Chaco Culture, Four Corners, Cortez 149 mi.
11/6 Cortez, Canyonlands National Park 147 mi.
11/7 Canyonlands, Capitol Reef NP, Grand Staircase-Escalante NM 232 mi.
11/8 Grand Staircase-Escalante 145 mi.
11/9 Grand Staircase-Escalante, Lake Mead 272 mi.
11/10 Lake Mead
11/11 Lake Mead, San Diego 385 mi.

So, clearly, the trip ends with a whole lot of long, boring, consecutive-day drives across the desert. Oh. Well.


  • Orange County to Mt. Baker: 2,775
  • Mt. Baker to Acadia NP: 6,531
  • Acadia NP to New Orleans: 3,322
  • New Orleans to San Diego: 5,062

Which totals out to 17,690 miles over 120 days, meaning 147.4 miles per day. (The most efficient 48-state route is around 9,000 miles, fwiw.)

Good luck to us all.


  1. July 6th, 2009 at 07:00 | #1

    I noticed that SD is on 11/11….if you push it 1 day to 11/12, you could celebrate the end of your trip with my birthday (a HUGE SD celebration/tradtion – they usually shut down the streets in downtown).

    Just signed up on the feed for my iPhone so I can keep track of your trip. And why the hell are you taking the GMAT again? PhD?

  2. July 6th, 2009 at 14:45 | #2

    Supposedly PhD, although there are some that would say I’m taking it for recreation.

  3. July 9th, 2009 at 16:27 | #3

    Your plans look great. Are great. I do wish you all the best. Perhaps some dumb suggestions here, Think about The Biltmore Estate, Ashville, NC, close to the Smokeys, end of the blue Ridge Trace. Also, give yourself more time. Also, include a loud wistle in case you need to attract attention when lost, etc.
    I will continue to kibitz, that is what I do. I can say, every place you list, I have been there. The back roads are the best to see what is worth while to see. Back roads are slow, much construction going on in most of the country. State web site usually will tell you. Found under State Govt. sites.
    Good Luck, and I will follow your route. All coast routes, can be slow. There is a lot of old people out there, and they go slow.


  4. July 9th, 2009 at 20:28 | #4

    You’re the second person to bring up Asheville, so I guess that means it should happen. I’m hoping to add days. After the west coast, the only reservation I have is for Boundary Waters, so things can move back as needed. I just don’t want to freeze to death camping in the high country at the end of November…

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