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Old 02-19-2018, 02:00 PM
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Obviously it depends on the destination and events going on at said destination, but generally speaking... probably 8-10 hours.

I live about 4.5 hours from the beach and have several times woken up at 5am, driven the 4.5 hours, spent the day on the beach, gotten some great fresh seafood for dinner and then driven back home, arriving at midnight, give or take. Makes for a long day, but hey... it's the beach.
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:22 PM
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Probably no more than 4 but I'd prefer less than 3. Fortunately we have many options within 3-4 hours of our home for a nice long weekend.
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Old 02-19-2018, 07:30 PM
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no more than 4 hours each way and it would have to be a 4 night minimum.
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Old 02-19-2018, 08:14 PM
Location: Raleigh
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We do Raleigh to Gainesville and it ends up 9 hours with stops. I need gas only once, just before we leave SC. I usually set the cruise for 77MPH.
The things that cause us to do this are external to the trip itself. Flying takes just about as long since "you can't get there from here."
Our other regular trip for less that 5 days is to Harrisburg PA which takes about 7 hours. We move a lot of cargo on those visits.
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:08 PM
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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I once took my family across 1/2 the country for a quick weekend trip 20 hours each way because we couldn't afford plane fare for 5 people to visit someone in the hospital.

Luckily, 4 out of 5 people took turns driving so it was not terrible. Coming home was harder though since we were all tired as all heck.
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:20 PM
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When I lived in Pittsburgh on a job assignment, I used to drive anywhere from 4.5 to 6 hours to visit my wife in East Lansing for short weekends. I would leave on Friday afternoon and come back on Sunday night. That's pretty much at my threshold, but if it's a longer weekend, I might stretch it and just stay overnight halfway to my destination either coming or going.
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Old 02-21-2018, 11:24 AM
Location: Illinois
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Probably 6.

Leave house, drive 0.75 hours to airport to get there 1.25 hours before the flight. Fly 1 hour. Taxi, exit, get ground transport to where you are staying, call that an hour. You are really looking at 4 hours door to door to take a plane to a destination that is a one hour flight away. Driving a couple of hours longer than that to have the freedom of leave time, stopping, being in your own private vehicle, is worth it. Plus, it's likely cheaper.

If a place is more like a 2-3 hour flight, you get way more scale on time saved by flying.
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Old 02-23-2018, 11:38 AM
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My wife and I have a vacation home about 600 miles from our normal residence. It takes between 8 1/2 to 12 hours depending on which way we go and how many stops we need to make on the way.
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