traveling all 48 states how long would it take?

me and a whole bunch of friends are planing a big trip after we graduate, we want to go to every state and end up in cali at the end, we live in new york, we would prob start in main and just keep driving, our

question is how long would it take,what would be the best rout to take? we would prob rent an R.V so we don't have to rent hotels, we would go see some big attractions in every state, what would be the best oppositions for us to do this? just list some things that we might need or other things that you know that will help us along the way.thanks

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  • 10 years ago
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    You will probably be better off buying an RV if you plan on stopping in all 48 contiguous states. The mileage charge alone on a rental will make it unaffordable. An RV gets very very low gas mil age so you will need a pile-o-cash for that. You would need more than a few months to see every state. It sounds like a ton of fun but I could never afford to do it.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Renting an RV for that kind of trip just isn't economical. Mileage rate would kill your budget. even a big one. Could put a couple hundred into a decent tent and camping gear, and most campgrounds are only $10 to $25 a night- way cheaper than a motel. And some do have shower facilities. Might look at camping every other day, and staying in a motel to do showers if none are in the campgrounds. Best bet is to buy you a 50 state Rand McNally atlas at Walmart, and plot out a road trip using the big 48 state map usually up front. There is also usually another map that shows approximate drive times. You can hit a lot of states in the east, but out west drive times are way longer even though highway speeds are usually 75. Just a heck of a long way across most of the large states.

  • 10 years ago

    The world record for visiting the 49 states (excluding Hawaii) is 7 days 0 hours and 20 minutes. The 48 continguous states can be done in 6 days (obviously just nicking corners of some of them).

    RV is bad idea. RV's get horrible gas mileage. So what you think you will save by not getting motels, you will more than make up with extra gas. And motels in some parts of the country can be gotten for less than $50 a night.

  • John
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    It takes a day and a half just to drive across Texas, east to west. If you just think about one day in each state, that's 48 days. Add another day to drive from one to the other, and that's 96 days - three months. Double that number because you don't want to just grind down the highways, and you have 6 months. Turn it into a really fun, fulfilling adventure and it turns into a year. That's not even thinking about money. The US is about 2600 miles wide by 1600 miles high. That means that you'll need to drive 1600 miles south, 500 miles west and then 1600 miles north, 500 miles west and 1600 miles south ~again~, if you can visualize that. Literally criss-crossing with each leg being 1600 miles. I'd suggest going south to Florida, west to California, north to Washington and then east, back home, and forget about hitting all 48..... Or just drive to California and spend the money on surfing lessons.

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