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Ltryptophan's avatar

What’s the maximum number of states one can travel to by car in two hours?

Asked by Ltryptophan (11824points) 1 month ago from iPhone

You can go offroad. You just have to drive on land. You can stand in one place and be in four states at one time, so it has to be at least four.

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Massachusetts / Rhode Island / Connecticut for sure. Maybe Vermont if you start at the border with Massachusetts.

Indiana / Illinois / Wisconsin near Chciago, if traffic is good

COlorado / Utah / New Mexico / Arizona (the traditional one)

Florida / Georgia / Alabama / Mississippi if you start in way SW Georgia.

Ltryptophan's avatar

@elbanditoroso you only list 4 states, but it is possible to simply stand on four states at once. So, the idea is to get to more than four states.

Zaku's avatar

It’s probably in the northeast…

RayaHope's avatar

This would depend on your starting point, road conditions, and average speed in the allotted time frame.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Burrville, RI to Seabrook NH by way of Putnam, CT. Four states in under 2 hours. RI, CT, MA and NH

gorillapaws's avatar

I found 5: Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico

Also, I think there’s a way you can start on the edge of Virginia, clip DC right at 495 by Jones Point Park (not sure if you count that), Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Zaku's avatar

(Trying to find a route for this question is making me very angry with Google Maps for how difficult it makes it to see where the state boundaries are!)

Also, holy crud! I tried to go from Kittery Maine through New Hampshire and Connecticut to tag Rhode Island, and that was a bit over two hours! Yikes.

Does D.C. count as one in this one? If so, I think it’s barely possible to do DC -> Maryland -> Delaware -> New Jersey -> Pennsylvania, depending on traffic. So 5, that way, but there must be others . . .

I’ve got a route for 6, but it takes 2hrs 49 minutes. :-P

Zaku's avatar

Well, I have a 5-state route that only takes an hour and 27 minutes and only takes 2 navigation points in Google maps: Northwestern Corner of Texas, to Walsh Re-1, Colorado.

janbb's avatar

I don’t think you could do any part of Virginia to NJ and PA in 2 hours.

gorillapaws's avatar

@janbb “I don’t think you could do any part of Virginia to NJ and PA in 2 hours.”

Start Here:
38.79239783048429, -77.03976596228705

End here:
39.8276538066307, -75.37103710739585

Google maps is telling me 2 hours and 7 minutes. I think if you timed the run for perfect traffic (like in the middle of the night) you might be able to do that in 2 hours.

zenvelo's avatar

The Acela train from DC to Penn Station is 5 states plus DC in 2 hrs 45 minutes, but it could do it in under two hours with stops and no traffic on the line.

janbb's avatar

^^ But this is by car.

zenvelo's avatar

^^^^Yes, I know, but by car done after midnight should make it from DC to NYC in two hours.

janbb's avatar

^^ Have to say I can’t imagine that scenario. It takes two hours to get from my house in Central NJ to the Delaware Memorial Bridge, 3½ hours to DC on a very good day.

But since all the guys on here are positive it’s possible, I’ll concede defeat.

Ltryptophan's avatar

DC is not one of the United States.

zenvelo's avatar

@janbb I stand corrected, no way to make it in 2 hrs even if leaving at 2 a.m.

Ltryptophan's avatar

@zenvelo Even at 160ish-mph, with a closed course, one might struggle to make a mad dash through New England passing through 6 states.

The group of western states at the north-most Texas border easily gets you to 5, so you’d need a path to 6 to try to best that spot.

Ltryptophan's avatar

6 state trip in under 160mi: Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi.

Ltryptophan's avatar

If one can go 160mph on a closed course, one might make it to 8 states in 2 hours. Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia.

janbb's avatar

If pigs could fly…......

Ltryptophan's avatar

@janbb Just get a pig as a service animal.

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