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Old 10-27-2012, 09:18 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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We once drove from home to Dallas (6 hours one way) and back in one day. But that was for business and we had a third driver since we were bringing home a car my husband bought online. Left at 6 am, test drove the car ('76 Caddy hearse), signed papers, had lunch then headed home. He drove the hearse and my friend and I took turns in the truck.
Normally anything over 3 hours away, we will spend the night since we like to eat at local restaurants and have time to see the sights.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:05 PM
 
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Depending on what there is to do, about 4 - 6 hours drive one way for a day trip.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:31 PM
 
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About 200 miles each way in a day. With the number of cheap hotel options (Hotwire/Priceline), why take the risk of driving while fatigued?
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I'm in California. I flew to Vegas for the day once several yrs ago. I arrrived in the morning & left that night. It only takes 45 min to fly there.

I've driven to San Diego for the day a few times. It takes 2 hrs 1-wa, so that's 4 hrs on the road.

Anything else to me, it's worth spending at least 1 night.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:16 AM
 
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As long as I can fit it in into a 12-16 day. I have driven four or five hours to attend an event I thought was worth it and turned around a came home after. In some parts of the country you have no choice as everything worth doing is a long drive away. The Inner Mountain West is as bad or worse than the Mid West.
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Central Mass
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For a real day trip, I've driven from Sacramento to Monterey. That's ~210 miles.
Most I have done is from Detroit to Green Bay then back. Wasn't a real day trip - got to GB, bought a car, drove back. But that was 445 miles each way, or about 7.5 hours if you aren't stuck in Chicago traffic.

I'd say 200+/- is a good limit.
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:26 PM
 
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For a day trip I once did a spur of the moment solo 1,000 mile loop in about 14 hours.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Warren, OH
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Depends if I'm alone or not. My son goes to college five hours away. He does not have a car on campus. If one of us were to drive out there, pick him up then drive him back after Thanksgiving, it would make no sense and it would cost more.

Over five hours, generally we fly. Automobile travel always costs more than you think on long trips, between stops and gas.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Wouldn't go more then 2.5. 5 hours of driving in 1 day for a day trip (there and back) is more then enough for me.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:21 AM
 
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It would depend on if there were things I wanted to do, such as taking pictures, eating out at a certain place, going to a specific attraction etc. In general I would be willing to drive 4 hrs. one-way.
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