Long Distance Car Trip

Old Jan 2nd, 2009, 08:09 PM
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Long Distance Car Trip

Anyone know of good websites for long distance car trip planning?

I am thinking of perhaps driving cross country, or at least through a few states and would like a website that can help me to navigate which roads to take, as well as possible suggestions for lodging and roadside food.
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Old Jan 2nd, 2009, 08:24 PM
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Google Maps will do all of that. You can type in "Chicago, IL restaurants" and get suggestions for the area. Once you know your destinations and general route, you'll be able to ask for restaurants, etc. here or from other sources.
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Old Jan 2nd, 2009, 08:31 PM
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Doesnt AAA have that service?
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Old Jan 2nd, 2009, 08:49 PM
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This is a good site for scenic byways:

http://www.byways.org/

Order a free brochure form them:

http://www.byways.org/map_request.html
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Old Jan 3rd, 2009, 07:18 AM
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My favorite is freetrip.com which will give mileage to go and miles driven, the amount of time required to drive and time driven, and hotels of your choice from start to finish in your price range.

Once you have your main route planned, you can work out your side trips the same way. 

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Old Jan 3rd, 2009, 08:13 AM
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wow! so much good information. thank you everyone. I am going to check out the sites you mentioned.
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Old Jan 3rd, 2009, 10:27 AM
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Because I'd want paper maps for the car trip I'd probably go the old-fashioned way & get a "Trip-Tik" from AAA, and their guidebook for lodging and roadside food.

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Old Mar 1st, 2009, 10:16 AM
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Suze, thank you for the recommendation. I looked at the trip tik online and I can just print out the various places I want to go. Now all I need to do is get a friend to go with me, and voila!
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Old Mar 1st, 2009, 10:28 AM
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Have a look at Jamie Jensen's book Road Trip USA - full of great long distance drives on 2 lane blacktop where possible.
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