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Old 10-02-2013, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Southwest Michigan/Miami Beach Miami
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From Southwest Michigan..
NYC
Chicago (of course)
Detroit (Of course)
Toronto
St Louis
Charlotte
Philly, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Memphis, Indianapolis, (the four Ohio major cities)
Kansas City
DC
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Within 12 hours of the Charleston area:

Basically any part of East Coast south of the New York area
Any part of North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee (even Memphis is just a 10 hour drive)
Most of state of Mississippi except for far SW part (Natchez and south)
Louisiana east of the Mississippi River (including Baton Rouge and New Orleans without stops)
All of Kentucky
Southern Illinois (most areas south of I-64)
Eastern Arkansas (including Jonesboro)
Missouri bootheel (including Cape Girardeau)
Pennsylvania except for very northern part of state (Bradford, towns just S of Binghamton)
Entire state of Florida except for Key West
Most of Ohio (excluding Toledo area)
Indiana south of Indianapolis

Basically any city in this zone can be visited within 12 hours.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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From Louisville, CO:

East:
Omaha, ~9 hrs, so 3 hrs into Iowa somewhere
KC, ~10 hrs, so 2 hrs into Kansas

South:
~11 hrs to Las Cruces, NM (NM/Mex border), so somewhere 1 hr into Mexico

West:
Las Vegas, NV

North:
An hour or so north of Billings, MT

Note: Google says 7 1/2 hrs to Omaha, but that includes ONLY drive time. As my daughter once said, "You can eat in the car; you can pee out the window; but you have to stop for gas"! We've never done Omaha in less than 9 hr, this with years of experience on this trip. So I added a little time to each of the Google estimates to get the above.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Omaha, ~9 hrs, so 3 hrs into Iowa somewhere
3 hours into Iowa after Omaha would put you past Des Moines almost to Iowa City.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:41 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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The longest drive I've ever done is Montreal to Washington, D.C., which is supposed to be 9 hours.

But I could swear it felt way longer than that, probably because of the traffic backup at the Canada-U.S. border.
Border crossings and going back roads with red lights and local highways make road trips seem way longer. Best is to take interstate even if it's 20-30 miles farther as far as mentally on a long road trip. Time will go by faster.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Essex County, MA
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From Boston(in 12 hrs or less by car):

Portsmouth
Hartford
Providence
Toronto
New York City
Montreal
Quebec City
Philadelphia
Burlington
Portland
Baltimore
Washington DC
Pittsburg
Halifax
Detroit
Cleveland
Ottawa
Buffalo

13 hrs to Charlotte & Cincinnati
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:20 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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From Raleigh: Draw an arc that goes from Gulfport to Jackson to Memphis to St Louis to Chicago to Lansing to Toronto to Portland (ME). Most places on Interstates or other major freeways to the right and below this arc is reachable within 12 hours.
One major exception includes the Florida Keys. I have driven the Raleigh/Miami route too many times to count and it typically takes me 11 hours (driving slightly over the speed limit and not stopping for anything other than one fuel stop). Another hour south of Miami puts one in Key Largo.

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Old 10-03-2013, 10:40 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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From Boston(in 12 hrs or less by car):
Halifax
Fun Fact:
-Driving from Boston to Halifax, Nova Scotia is 658 miles and about 10 hours (about the same diatnce to the VA/NC state line)
-Nautical distance between Boston & Halifax is only 406 miles and flying takes just an hour.

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Old 10-03-2013, 11:31 AM
 
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From Portland, OR in 12 hours you could make it all the way to:

Banff, Alberta
Jackson, Wyoming and the Grand Tetons
Big Sur, California
Yosemite National Park, California
Provo, Utah
And almost to Prince George, BC or a little further to Calgary, Alberta

Everywhere in between you could reach in terms of cities would include, Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria BC, Boise, San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Reno, Salt Lake City...
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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If you think the western US is isolated, Perth, Western Australia, my hometown is a 3 hour FLIGHT from the nearest major city. No major city within a 12 hour drive, not even a day's drive. Adelaide is a 2-3 day drive. So I would say none. Imagine if San Francisco was the only city with over 1 million metro west of the Mississippi. That's how isolated Perth is.
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