Reader Mail: Road Trip Advice!

8/12/2008:

A few Hoboken guys are taking a road trip to Minnesota for a friends wedding.

Can you offer them some fun tips?

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1200 miles to Minnesota

“In September, some friends and I are planning on driving from Hoboken to Minneapolis for a friends wedding. (Why in Minnesota is beyond us!)

We’ve deciding to drive, despite the extra two days total to our trip, because of the great savings we will receive over flying. It seems that it’ll cost a total of about $400 in gas, versus the over $1500 it would cost three guys to fly from Newark to Minnesota.

But I was wondering if you might be able to ask the Hoboken411 readers what kind of fun things we might be able to find along the way? We’ll be passing through many major cities, and thought that there have to be some “must see” attractions along the way that we haven’t thought of. It can be anything from cool, unique, and one-of-a-kind locations, to casinos or other risque venues.

Please note that I’d rather not travel too far off the main route.

Does anyone have any great suggestions?

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54 Comments on "Reader Mail: Road Trip Advice!"


bradykp
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bradykp
8 years 1 month ago
[quote comment=”98996″]that’s the problem….i learned young to be a defensive driver. that’s how driver’s ed is taught in PA, that’s how the exams are given, that’s what parents communicate to their children. driving defensively is not the same as driving slow. i think that’s the primary problem though. NJ is mostly offensive drivers, which if you look at statistics, i bet it results in more accidents. the funniest thing is i always see people in the left lane in PA, near the jersey border, with that great plate on the back :)[/quote] My father is the opposite of me, a defensive driver to this day. I have no idea how he’s avoided an accident, with hitting the brakes so often. NJ teaches defensive driving in the schools, but once you’re out on the road, it’s a different ballgame. I became an offensive driver after a few years because I couldn’t deal with the stop and go or take it casual approach. Which is why I seriously can’t deal with BENNY traffic at “the shore.” It’s been awhile since I’ve been down by the PA turnpike, so maybe things have changed. But I think it has to do with 2 lane roads and our lack of. JMU was a great school. Although the problem was there was no town. The only thing to do was drink. When I went in there, I was a skinny kid who ran 8 miles a day. When I left 5 years later, I was a… Read more »
bradykp
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bradykp
8 years 1 month ago

[quote comment=”99036″]The highway needs more than 2 lanes when there are PA drivers around because there will always be one in the left lane that will stay in the left lane at the speed of his/her choosing (anywhere from 50 to 80) — must be cruise control — no matter whether there is someone at the exact same speed in the right lane.

I suspect the high insurance rates in NJ have something to do with amount of insurance fraud that goes on here.[/quote]

see, i think that’s what NJ drivers do. i never really experienced it until i moved here, and I drove quite frequently all over PA in my teens and college years.

elainetyger
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elainetyger
8 years 1 month ago

The highway needs more than 2 lanes when there are PA drivers around because there will always be one in the left lane that will stay in the left lane at the speed of his/her choosing (anywhere from 50 to 80) — must be cruise control — no matter whether there is someone at the exact same speed in the right lane.

I suspect the high insurance rates in NJ have something to do with amount of insurance fraud that goes on here.

dirtyjerz
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8 years 1 month ago
[quote comment=”98938″][quote comment=”98935″]I get what you’re saying. I always felt PA drivers were indecisive of what they were going to do and not aggressive enough (you know the theory how a lot of accidents are caused by people who drive too slowly). Having been in Jersey all my life, I’m an offensive driver. My buddies down in Virginia were often afraid to be in the car when I drove. But they lived in a more rural area, so it was to be expected. The only PA driving experience I have is on the PA Turnpike and on I-81. Since they’re only two lanes, I think you have no option but to stay on the right once you pass. In Jersey, we have up to 5 lanes. We definately have people who, for some odd reason, are stuck on the left lanes. That I can’t deny. There’s definately a lot of drivers on the road in Jersey, but maybe that’s it. The pool is bigger but if you took it %-wise, it’d probably be the same. I’ve definately seen cars stuck on the left lane in other states, merging with no signal (I witness it more and more from BENNYs these days).[/quote] that’s the problem….i learned young to be a defensive driver. that’s how driver’s ed is taught in PA, that’s how the exams are given, that’s what parents communicate to their children. driving defensively is not the same as driving slow. i think that’s the primary problem though. NJ is… Read more »
whoozywatzit
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whoozywatzit
8 years 1 month ago
I’ve made this drive probably a dozen times. Much better to leave early, man up and drive all the way to the awesome city of Chicago rather than literally splitting the trip in half. Then you can have a good meal, get hammered and won’t have quite as long a drive the next day. Also Wisconsin is a pretty state, especially after suffering through Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. You go through the outskirts of Madison so that’s a cool place to stop and Wisconsin Dells is probably the most hilariously kitschy place ever, though it won’t be as crawling with fat people to look at in September as it is in summer. On the way back I always stop for a random assortment of cheese in Wisconsin. Don’t know why. Its not like it is any cheaper than here or there’s some magic varieties they offer which aren’t available at Shop Rite. But it just seems like the right thing to do and considering there are “CHEESE” signs every ten feet it is apparently mandatory for all travellers to partake. Gary, Indiana = AWESOME if you’re curious as to what the apocalypse will look like. We always stop for fireworks in Indiana. Shelton Fireworks is the biggest store in the world but there are any number of places right off the highway. Other potential stops if you’re a sports fan are Notre Dame to check out the football stadium and golden dome. It is right on the route, though South… Read more »
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