Questions tagged [road-trips]

Travelling over a large distance in a car. Usually through multiple states, provinces, or countries. Some other tags related to travel by road (whether or not in a car, or for large or small distances) are listed in 'tag info'.

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How to avoid accidental trespassing while exploring rural US?

I am planning a road trip through some rural locations in Tennessee and North Carolina, US. The intention is to visit some places of particular interest (e.g. filming locations of certain movies). ...
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Is it safe and legal to sleep in my car in California (L.A. area)?

I will be visiting California and some parts of the US West Coast in the coming September. I'd like to rent a car for travelling, and to reduce travel expenses I would like to sleep in it some nights. ...
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Longest uninhabited road segments

I am wondering about the road(s) where the traveller must travel the furthest to meet some (sort of) civilization, e.g. a place where they could get some food or help or some fuel, electricity, etc. ...
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Car rental vs. buying a car for 1 month, when visiting the USA?

I would like to visit a few places in the states sometime next year, and I was thinking of doing a road trip while I'm at it. I could start in either Los Angeles or Montreal, and then I would like to ...
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What does this road sign mean? (Germany; red circle and X on a blue background, with a right-pointing arrow.)

Okay, I don't know why I'm having such difficulty finding an answer online. I found an example of the sign on Google Images but the hosting site is down and there is no cache, and searches using "blue ...
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Is there an easy way to calculate the total cost of tolls for a trip within the United States?

Is there a convenient way to calculate the cost of tolls between two arbitrary points within the United States? I'm planning to take a trip along the Eastern seaboard and will be passing through ...
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How to access the internet during a road trip in the USA?

I'm traveling from Europe (Belgium) to USA soon. While on a road trip from New Orleans to Miami, I'd like to access the internet without paying exorbitant amounts of money on roaming fees. I was ...
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Long road trips in Iceland - where to relieve ourselves?

We are planning for a road trip in Iceland. The trip consists of Golden Circle in a day, and another day to Jokulsarlon from Reykjavik and a third day of returning from Jokulsarlon. I understand ...
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Is the Cairo - Cape Town Highway passable?

The Cairo - Cape Town Highway sounds like a very interesting route to discover Africa by car. The Wikipedia web site says that some parts are still not finished. So my questions are: Is this highway ...
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Do road signs showing a country and a city as destinations really exist?

I was watching the movie "The Day of the Jackal (1973)", where Jackal was driving on a road, past this road sign. It shows one country(Italie) & one city(Paris) on the road sign. I never saw a ...
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Driving through Croatia: can someone tell me where I took this photo?

While driving through Croatia I stopped on the highway to take a photo of a view I liked and I thought "I want to find it later in GMaps". As I had the GPS off, and as I have a terrible memory when ...
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How to buy a car for a road trip in the United States?

For tourists coming to the US, getting a car is a great way to get around, especially if you want to see the national parks. Rental, especially for younger drivers, can be very expensive, so buying a ...
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Is it possible to cross Switzerland without using a vignette?

We're planning a road trip from Germany (Frankfurt area) to Italy (Milan area) next summer. The main focus is on driving on nice roads so we want to avoid driving on highways. We don't mind if we have ...
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Vehicles required/allowed in weigh stations on US interstates

On US interstates, there are weigh stations for trucks. Are they for trucks only? What are the exact categories of vehicles that must/may enter? If I rented a UHaul or Penske truck, would I be ...
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How much do roof racks hurt gas mileage?

I'm going on a big national car trip, and I want to increase cargo space by getting a roof rack, but I'm wondering how much the additional drag will increase my gas bill. Is there any way to figure ...
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Is it possible to get from Canada to Greenland by road or ferry?

Are there any roads (or ferry service) that would allow a person to travel from Canada to Greenland without taking a plane?
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What are the fake police checkpoints in Mexico looking for?

I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place to ask this, but my reason for asking is travel; and travel safety (as well as sheer curiosity). Last week I came across a clearly1 fake2 police ...
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Las Vegas - What is good to do there?

I've been told that unless you have a good plan for Las Vegas, you're not going to have a clue what to do when you get there. I and my two brothers have a trip planned in October from the 2nd to the ...
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Are there European equivalents of “Route 66”

Is there an equivalent to Route 66 available in Europe? Here I am not talking about the actual road with the number 66, but about a "trajectory" with a mythical connotation to its name. I did not ...
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Is it safe to drive the Baja Peninsula?

I want to drive from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas but I've heard of people being pulled over by corrupt cops and being hassled by people on the peninsula. I speak fluent Spanish and I'm pretty street ...
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How far away can I get with my car starting in Amsterdam?

It is a question I have been dreaming about since I can remember. Could I for example drive to Argentina from Amsterdam, or can I drive all the way to South-africa? What are the extremities of a get-...
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Solo driving in Iceland in late March

I'm from San Francisco and am planning to visit Iceland March 22nd - 31st. My goal is to do a lot of photography at Vík and Jökulsárlón. I decided to rent a car instead of joining tour groups. I am ...
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Unplanned backpacking across several European countries

I'm an undergraduate student, and upon graduating from my university a year from now, I want to travel solo across Europe. I want to be on this vacation for a month and a half. The catch is that I ...
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Can you actually do a road-trip in Greenland?

There is of course the epic Top Gear episode where they went for the North Pole. I came across this short youtube film on some driving the only "freeway" in Greenland. It seems you can drive on ...
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When travelling through Dagestan by car, how far can risks of crime, harassment or political/cultural trouble be managed?

Is it currently safe to travel with a car through Dagestan? The car has a Russian license plate and both of us travellers (one guy, one girl) look European (with dark hair in case this matters). The ...
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Is it safe to take a road trip going through Northern Mexico? What precautions should I take?

To get to southern Mexico from the US you obviously have to drive through the North (or fly). The British Foreign Office advisory makes it sound like the northern regions are a lot more dangerous ...
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How accurate is Google Maps for travel times?

I have this route planned in Google Maps as a rough plot for travel times to 4 locations from Tokyo Tower, it's by no means finished. Now I am well aware that there are other factors such was road ...
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Are there any legal requirements for renting a car in the US as a foreigner?

I am planning a road trip in the US with some friends and plan to rent a car for the purpose. Are there any legal requirements for renting a car. Do they require a US driver's license? Do I have to ...
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Where are some interesting places with wildlife, nature-views, and/or historical sites in the very North of Finland, Norway and Sweden?

We'll be driving from Östersund (Sweden) to Narvik (Norway), Hammerfest (Norway), Kirkenes (Norway) and Haparanda (Sweden), in that order. We'll be making the trip next summer. These are quite long ...
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Road-trip in USA: can a foreigner buy a car?

We are planning a road-trip in USA (and maybe part of central-america). Our first idea was to rent a car on each stage of our trip, but we realized that this option is about $1000 per month and breaks ...
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Travel guides that covers the International E-road network?

During the last days I read a lot about the International E-road network in Europe. Since I'm a big road trip fan, I really would like to follow more or less one road in the near future. Does anybody ...
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Car rental in Ireland for under-25 driver

I am going to Dublin in a month and would like to rent a car there in order to be able to make a little road trip around Ireland. I am 24 years old and my friend is 23. I have seen here Renting a car ...
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Can I pump my own gas in New Jersey, USA?

I've read conflicting reports online so I'm hoping someone can clear up my confusion.
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Can I travel by car or van with unusual objects like furniture?

I am visiting several countries in Europe by car. Namely France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and maybe a few others if possible. A friend currently living in Paris and moving near Amsterdam offered ...
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Where to find free printable road maps/atlases online?

Where can I find free printable road maps online? I sometimes go on trips which require driving from town to town - before the internet, I'd have had to buy a basic road atlas for this. Now I can ...
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Driving from San Antonio to Copan Ruinas, Honduras

I and some friends are taking our vehicles from the US to Honduras. Once we get to Honduras, we're golden. However, navigating the space between San Antonio and Copan Ruinas is tricky. I need some ...
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What measures can one take to keep a motorcycle safe during a road trip?

I'm mostly thinking in terms of theft prevention. I have heard solutions from, "Keep her chained in the parking lot," all the way up to, "Get a ground floor hotel room and ride/push the bike inside ...
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What kind of a car do I need to travel along the Panamerica?

Today I read a nice book during work that lists some great roadtrips. Besides others, the Pan-American Highway is described there. Unfortunately it is not mentioned what kind of car you need to do ...
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Is two weeks enough time to drive from Tallinn to Stockholm and have enough time to visit the major cities along the way?

I'm thinking of using our two-week Christmas holiday for some light low-budget travelling. Was thinking of taking the ferry over to Tallinn from Stockholm (I'm assuming one exists, here), with our car,...
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Travelling Roman Roads

There is a question on mythical roads in Europe. I think that there are a couple of mythical and historical roads in Europe: the ancient Roman roads. It should be possible to follow their tracks ...
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What should I consider if I want to lend my camping van to friends?

I agreed with some friends that they can borrow my camping van for a short roadtrip in Europe. I'm currently thinking about what should be done before the trip, and here's the list that I came up with....
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Planning French autoroute drive, aires

I'm planning to drive from Caen to south of Poitiers. Just wanted to figure out where convenient rest areas (aires) with cafe or restaurant facilities are on the route. So far I've completely failed ...
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Can I make an interesting route from Spain to Switzerland for a 2-4 day journey?

I'm going from northern Spain to Switzerland crossing France and part of the Alps by car. The exact starting point is not defined, but I suppose it will be "La Jonquera" (AP-7 highway) or Andorra. The ...
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Are the roads in Norway in good condition?

My family is planning to go on a trip to Norway. We are going by plane and some friends said that when you go to Norway, you have to drive a lot with your car. That's why we're going to use a rental ...
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Traveling by own car from USA to Panama

I have been thinking about driving from USA (Texas) down to Panama. My concern is about safety, such as whether the risk of getting robbed or killed would make this sort of trip dangerous? One ...
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Road conditions in Latvia and Lithuania in Winter

I am planning to drive from Vilnius to Riga between Christmas and New Years Eve. I would like to know how the road conditions usually are in this time of the year? Especially on the smaller roads. ...
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Pet Travel: UK to Romania by Car

I have a road trip planned in July (England - France - Belgium - Netherlands - Germany - Austria - Hungary - Romania and back) on which I will be taking our three dogs, but I am wondering if there are ...
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Entertaining family stopovers on a driving trip from Pittsburgh, PA, to Chicago, IL [closed]

We are planning on driving to Chicago in November. We will be taking a 14 month old toddler, so driving straight through, stopping only for gas and food, is probably not going to be practical. I'm ...
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Understanding Greek road signs

I will shortly be driving around Greece. I do not know Greek, but I would like to learn the Greek alphabet, so that I can recognise road signs for town/city names, so that if there is a sign that is ...
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May kids ride in the back of a 5th Wheel in the US?

I'm investigating changing to a 5th wheel RV - that's the kind of travel trailer that you tow behind a pickup. In such a setup, there is no access from the driver in the truck to the living space ...