National Park Road Trip Costs | Gas, Repairs & Highlights

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What’s going? Tow Truck. A tow truck. Yeah. Why? Breaking car. The car is broken? Yeah. Oh, that’s a big bummer. [Laughter] [Music] Hi, I’m Alexandra. And I’m Evan. And we are Within Hiking Distance. From the end of August 2017 to the beginning of March 2019 we been on an epic 18-month road trip traveling around the western
United States visiting National Parks, Monuments, and State Parks. We wanted to share our experience so that if you’re thinking about doing a road trip you might want to know what where the gas prices in the different states, and the kind of repairs we did on our car,
as well as the highlights. Let’s do it! We drove a 2002 Lexus RX300 during our road trip. When we started our travels
the car had almost 160,000 miles on it so it had already had a high mileage. We also came up with some interesting analyses and insights from our travels. During our road trip we drove 28,775 miles. If you think about it, the circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles. So we actually drove more than around the globe. From the 28,775 miles that we drove, we used 1,519 gallons of gas,
for a total of $4,418. The average price of gas during our trip was $2.91. We spent 18 months traveling 11 states in the Western US.
We spent an average of 1-4 months in each of them We were able to collect a lot of
useful data on gas and other travel expenses along the way. [Music] During our 18-month road trip we found out the least expense states for gas were
New Mexico, Idaho, and Arizona. New Mexico had an average price per gallon of $2.15. Idaho had an average price per gallon of $2.50. And Arizona had an average price per gallon of $2.54. For the most expensive states for gas in the Western US, California came in at #1 with $3.52. Then Washington State had an average price per gallon of $3.14. Nevada and Oregon tied for third with an average price per gallon. When I did my calculations, there was only a difference in 1/10 of one cent. Their price per gallon was $2.90. Here’s a view of our chart with all the western US states ranked from least expensive most expensive. Montana, Utah, and Colorado are right in the middle with the average price of gas
ranging from $2.63 cents to $2.86 cents. The only state where we do not have
enough data for this ranking was Wyoming. We only filled up once and that was in Yellowstone National Park. The duration in which we moved from place to place was between one night and one month, with an average day of 1-2 weeks. We would try not to drive more than 4 hours between destinations. But there were a couple times we drove nine hours between spots. During our travels we never got a speeding ticket. But we did encounter some car issues. [Music] In Moab, in November 2017, we had an exhaust leak where we had to have the pipe fixed. In April 2018, we had an oil leak in Oceanside California where we needed to have some pipes replaced. Then, we ran into larger issues. In Moab again, in October 2018, we had a front wheel that came loose while driving and we had to have the car towed to get it fixed. The last and biggest issue that we had
was when our transmission blew out when arriving in Zion National Park in January 2019. It took almost two weeks to get it fixed. In the meantime we rented a car and kept on traveling until we got the car back. During our 18 month road trip we spent almost $2,000 on car maintenance, which includes oil changes, wheel alignments and rotations, filters, transmission fluid, and a new set of tires. Car expenses over our 18-month road trip included $5,750 in major repairs. $4,418 in gas. $2,000 in regular maintenance, which gives a grand total of $12,168. We still have the Lexus RX300 and it hasn’t given us any issues since we had the transmission replaced, so hopefully it will still last a long time. It is coming up on 200,000 miles. [Music] Our trip was full of highlights. Here’s our top five. Number one. Seeing wildlife from the comfort of your seat. We saw Elk in Grand Canyon, Bison in Yellowstone, Bears in Sequoia, and Desert Bighorn Sheep in Colorado National Monument. Another major highlight while driving in our car was
driving over the Golden Gate Bridge. This suspension bridge is one mile long and one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco. Number 3. Driving through a log in Sequoia National Park. That was a really cool experience and we had to drive slowly just to make sure that the car could fit under the Sequoia. The fourth highlight from our road trip is driving through the iconic Monument Valley. Which includes the Valley Drive and Forrest Gump Point. The Valley Drive is a 17-mile dirt road loop within Monument Valley that passes by many of the valley’s iconic landmarks. We really enjoyed exploring Forrest Gump Point. We even got out of the car to recreate the movie scene itself. Number 5. Driving through Redwood Forests. We drove through Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park and Avenue of the Giants in
Northern California and seeing those amazing trees was absolutely fantastic. We hope you find this video useful and if you have any questions let us know in the comments below. And if you like this video, give it a thumbs up, share with your friends and family, and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel. Okay. Video thumbs up. Video thumbs up. Boing.


42 Comments

Desmond's Donders · August 12, 2019 at 4:39 pm

Great summary. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Trails Hiking · August 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm

That is a bummer of a way to start a video. Getting gas in NM as much as possible! Great job on the no speeding tickets. Issues are expensive. Car expenses! WHEW!!! Those Lexus will run fro a LONG time! The golden Gate Bridge is epic! We really want to go to Monument Valley sometime. Run, Little Man, Run! Thanks, Guys! Thumbs UP!

Elf Lords Journeys · August 12, 2019 at 5:02 pm

Great recap on costs,hotel costs would have been a lot more.My wife and I have taken over 30 years to travel all the western States and still haven't seen it all.๐Ÿ˜€

ATJH Travels · August 12, 2019 at 5:12 pm

Wow ty for sharing the cost and tips and tricks very useful information sledgehammered that like button

Gilbert Rod · August 12, 2019 at 5:15 pm

Great information! The breakdown in stats grants a better understanding on travelling on the road by car. Will you be doing a follow up video on Earning income on the road?

As always, thank you for sharing your journey on and off the road, always a joy my friends ๐Ÿ˜Šโ™ฅ๏ธ

Martyโ€™s Crew: Our Family Adventures · August 12, 2019 at 5:23 pm

Broken car! That is a big bummer! Wow, you guys did a lot of driving๐Ÿ˜ฎ! When we had our family trip in New Mexico my dad told me that he got more and more angry as they got farther from California! He hadnโ€™t realized how expensive gas was! It seems that Utah was bad luck for your car! All worth it though, Iโ€™m sure! You guys have seen the best of the west! Thumbs up, Little Man!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

Idiot Of The Day · August 12, 2019 at 5:57 pm

I loved this i'm into statistics. This was fabulous for the length of trip. One of my dad's favourite trips within the US was San Francisco. Hope you all have a fantastic week!

West Coast Hiking Trails · August 12, 2019 at 7:51 pm

Well, being from California we made your chart for most expensive gas, boo, plus a couple of your highlights, yeah. LOL. Still trying to figure out why gas in California is more expensive then our surrounding states. Anyways great video on expenses and what to expect and plan for when setting out on a long term road trip. Over 28k miles, thats amazing. Great video you three.

unowho travel channel · August 12, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Hi guys, firstly what an epic road trip, amazing! Really interesting breakdown of costs and travels, thanks so much to sharing๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘

Nomadic In Nature · August 12, 2019 at 9:47 pm

Great video and lots of great information! Thanks for sharing!

The Traveling Shintoist · August 12, 2019 at 11:30 pm

Love the information on costs on road tripping. Gives me an idea of what is to come for myself once I get my car back on the road. New friend here from Pusa and can't wait to see more from you! I too loved the redwoods when I took a trip there back in 2016!

Renee Griffin · August 13, 2019 at 12:06 am

that is an epic road trip. New friend from Pusa! Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–

Chris Contra · August 13, 2019 at 3:21 am

Cool channel you guys have here. I subbed, would def appreciate one in return. Keep up the good work!

Travel Small Live Big · August 13, 2019 at 3:45 am

Wow! What a fantastic road trip! Now it all makes sense. Great info and video enjoyable to watch – we are getting ready for a three week trip – lots of maintenance and some repairs on the truck and new tires for both the truck and the trailer. We are spending like crazy.

ZENderista · August 13, 2019 at 2:20 pm

Great information for anyone interested! A trip of a lifetime! Bravo for the channel!

Alan METALMAN โ€“ Outdoors · August 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm

28,775 – now that is some mileage, especially for someone like me, as I hate driving. A road trip like that, is a great memory. Got to say the price of gas is real cheap over there so a massive bonus for all your travelling. $2K on repairs is a bummer but I suppose for the mileage it had done it had done OK. Great top five highlights and memories to last a lifetime, cheers Alan

Following The Agee's · August 13, 2019 at 4:23 pm

AWWW๐Ÿฅฐjust LOVED the intro! Heโ€™s SOOO CUUUTE!! Great share, Kids…this will mean a lot to many folks!! WHAT?! ๐Ÿ˜ณMore than a trip around the world?! Did the cost of gas have anything to do with skipping or adding a state? I liked the flow of this one…info/narrative/faces/pictures and vids…THANK YOU for keeping such copious notes, are you planning a book deal?! WHY NOT?!! Bless your hearts for including us in your journeys…such a sweet family๐Ÿ˜and such A FABULOUS CHANNEL!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธLisa

Arizona Timeless Tourist · August 13, 2019 at 8:54 pm

Awesome job with this video! So many people don't realized what it takes to travel like that. Well done.

Anthony Payne · August 13, 2019 at 9:19 pm

Great video and some interesting facts and figures, think Iโ€™ll stick to leg power! Lol!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Crafting and Relaxing · August 14, 2019 at 4:34 am

๐Ÿ‘ What a lot of driving! Wow. ๐Ÿ’™

Joylandz travel · August 14, 2019 at 9:14 am

that's a great info my friend for the people who want to travel.

Othmar Vigl · August 14, 2019 at 10:16 am

Wow, awesome upload ๐Ÿ”” wonderful work, enjoyed watching it ๐Ÿ‘

Americas Parks · August 15, 2019 at 3:34 am

Fascinating information! You guys did a great job collecting the data. Well-presented in a very professional video! Enjoyed the trip highlights. May many more come!

Adventuring Outdoors With Eric · August 15, 2019 at 6:52 am

Wow this was a really cool and interesting video. Very educational especially on the gas part. I never heard of Jebediah Smith State Park and I had to look it up on the map just now. That's way up in Northern California but it looks beautiful! Little man look so big since the last time I saw him at the end of the video! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ayhan & Ilayda Kids · August 15, 2019 at 11:54 am

Nice sharing!! Like my friend

Allen Oxendine · August 16, 2019 at 1:34 pm

Thanks for sharing guys… It was great that you could get out there and discovery this in person… I would love to be able to get out there and travel… Watching and Supporting with Full View Like 32… Hope you've had a good week…

Nga Dฦฐฦกng · August 17, 2019 at 4:37 am

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Beatuzic - Piano Covers · August 18, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Fascinating information love ur vlogs so much

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C Dub's Journey · August 18, 2019 at 11:57 pm

๐Ÿ‘'s up always! Haven't seen any notices, so came looking. This was a great upload thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

Libmanan Channel · August 19, 2019 at 2:11 pm

Great video! Thank you for sharing!

66 ์š”์š”๋ผ์ดํ”„ yoyo life · August 20, 2019 at 11:26 am

Look so fun n nice ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽˆ like it โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ thank you for sharing ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ˜˜ stay connected ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽƒ

The Adventures Of Shaun · August 21, 2019 at 5:49 pm

Breakdowns always stink on vacation. Love checking out your adventures of the parks, great memories, thanks for sharing! New subber here, check out our channel as well… if you want. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cowboy Jojoโ€™s Adventures · August 24, 2019 at 3:18 pm

Awesome video. Thank you ๐Ÿ™ for sharing. Loved your 5 highlights โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Hรฉlรจne et Serge · August 28, 2019 at 2:28 pm

Very interesting ! This is quite a great road trip ! To bad you had issues whit the car ๐Ÿ˜ข
In our 84 days road trip last year whit our 19 foot camping trailer we did 21600 km and gaz cost was $4400 cd , average was 20 litter per 100 km , camping $5000 ( all 3 services ), restaurant $1300, grocery $1700, activities $2000, others $1500, health insurance $600 ( we are 65 and 64 year old ), wine $450 (we brought back ) car maintenance $400(oil and 2 tires) , propane $150 this is all in Canadian money .
We left from the 23 of July to the 14 October 2018 and drove from Boisbriand Quรฉbec Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ to Jasper , Banff , Fernie and then did many Nationals parks from Glacier to Grand Canyon and then head back towards Monument Valley, Arch, Canyonland, Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain , South Dakota , Mississippi area , Chicago, Dรฉtroit and Niagara Falls before going home .
Hope this can give also some ideas to some others!
Je ne traduirai pas en franรงais…Lol! ๐Ÿ˜‚
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Yen Whitney · August 29, 2019 at 11:19 pm

Wow what a road trip guys! Be safe on your trips! New friend here stay connected โค

Veronika Wen · August 30, 2019 at 3:46 am

So nice to watch your video๐Ÿ˜€it's really interesting and amazing๐Ÿ˜Thank you for sharing๐Ÿ˜€

Csecse Hu · August 31, 2019 at 2:13 pm

Very good video๐Ÿ‘ subscribed to youโ™ฅ Already your 807th fan ๐ŸŽ‰ I hope to return to support ๐Ÿ™

Soju Hikers · September 10, 2019 at 4:02 am

Very Informative Thanks for sharing to us, I watched it full to the end, Have a great day! Godbless

Warring Alice · September 16, 2019 at 2:32 am

Good stuff….droving to az….getting killed in cali

Sooper Traveler · September 16, 2019 at 3:02 am

Watched in full. Very informative ๐Ÿ™‚

The Sweely Life · September 21, 2019 at 1:41 pm

That was a lot of info….suprised you didn't have more issues with the millage on the car…..great car!

BB The Traveling Dachshund · September 23, 2019 at 12:36 am

Interesting information! Thank you for sharing it with us. We are currently exploring the west now and we love it. Maybe we will cross paths someday!!

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