# How can I find the fastest path by car to reach a US state from a given US location?

How can I find the fastest path by car to reach a US state from a given US location? I.e., I'm located at address x and I want to know the minimum driving time to reach US state y.

• I am curious, why a whole state and any place within that state? – Willeke Sep 16 '20 at 18:52
• Nope. Drill down until the map display shows the actual border, then right-click to place a "Directions to this Location" pin at that location. You'll easily be able to get the destination within meters of the border. – DavidSupportsMonica Sep 16 '20 at 19:26
• @FranckDernoncourt A country has at best a few dozen commercial airports. There are an infinite number of geographic coordinates along a border. – choster Sep 16 '20 at 20:18
• If you restrict the problem to interstates only, it might be possible but there are usually lots of roads that cross US state borders. Routing problems are notoriously difficult to solve. – mkennedy Sep 16 '20 at 20:49
• There are some obvious common-sense heuristics, of course... since travel is usually fastest via major highways, identify the (relatively small number of) major highways that enter the state from the general direction of your starting point, find the point where each one crosses the state line, compute travel times to those points, and take the minimum. – Nate Eldredge Sep 16 '20 at 22:10

2. Get directions by car from your starting point to somewhere (anywhere) in your target state
3. Slowly drag the destination marker around along the state borders and watch the duration shown in the tooltip
4. Use your mind to keep track of when the duration is lowest