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View Poll Results: Number of Hours (Round Trip)
2-4 7 14.89%
4-6 9 19.15%
6-8 3 6.38%
8-10 8 17.02%
10-12 5 10.64%
12-14 2 4.26%
14-16 0 0%
16-18 1 2.13%
18-20 0 0%
20+ 12 25.53%
Voters: 47. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 07-07-2012, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I'm just curious.



If you needed or wanted to go some place, or go do something, what is the longest amount of time you are willing to spend in the car driving there and back?

You could be going to a pro sports game and have to be back home in the next 24 hours, for example.

Or a wedding, funeral, amusement park, shopping mall, historic site, geographical wonder, friends and relatives, a concert, gambling, dance competition, fireworks show, etc., etc., etc.

If you had a day, day and some change, in available travel time to go see or do something, what's the most amount of time you are willing to spend in the car before deciding the trip to the destination is impractical, improbable, or just not worth the limited time there, to make?
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Assuming that I had sufficient time for the drive, I would never fly anywhere. Driving my own car is my transportation of choice, even if it is coast to coast and took a week.
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:28 AM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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I actually have never driven a car in my life, I am 22 years old, but I would say once it's more than 10 hours or so, driving is no longer reasonable to me.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:33 AM
 
Location: now nyc
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I can't drive a more than 4 hours straight, well I can but that's when it starts to get very very uncomfortable. That's when my leg starts to get stiff and I start to get physically worn.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:58 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Longest I had ever driven in one day was from Denver to St. Louis (800 miles) on a cross country drive. I left Denver at 7:00 AM and got to St. Louis at 11:00 PM. I had considered stopping in Kansas but I really wanted to get that part of the drive overwith as it was so monotonous and boring. It was too much and I ended up getting sick the next day. Now I'd say 500 miles is my limit. I just recently drove from Boston to Santa Fe back in April and I broke it up into 8-9 hour segments.

One thing I have to consider now living in New Mexico is if I'm craving a big city and Albuquerque isn't cutting it is a 7 hour drive to either Denver or Phoenix. 14 hours round trip, I'd say I might do a long/3 day weekend for a roadtrip like that. I guess it depends on where one lives. 6-7 hours on I-95 on the Bos-Wash corridor feels a lot more draining than say 6-7 hours on I-25 from Albuquerque to Denver where I can set my cruise control most of the way.

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Old 07-07-2012, 10:05 AM
 
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For a good doctor, probably 4-5 hours maximum. For a good meal, probably 1 hour, for a good pedicure, probably 15 minutes.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Are you asking about a day trip? Because my cut off for a day trip is no more than 2 hours one way. A weekend trip is around 3-4 hours one way. But if I'm spending a more extended trip, I'd be willing to drive up to about 6-7 hours one way before considering taking a flight instead. My family used to drive from PA to NC every summer which was about a 7 hour trip and we'd stay for a week but when going to Florida to visit relatives, we took a flight.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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30 minute cab ride max.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:59 AM
 
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My cutoff for a day trip is about 2 hours. For longer trips I like to start in the evening so it breaks the trip up. I get pretty uncomfortable driving more than 4-5 hours, though I've driven 6-10 hours because I wanted to get home.

I am planning a road trip next month but will stop at tourist attractions and walkable villages along the way to break up the trip,
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:38 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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For a day trip- 2-2.5 hours each way.
For a weekend- 5-6 hours each way.
And only for something really special.
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