The Breakdown.

The more money we raise, the more places we can generate healthy smiles!


Based on calculations of 170 days on the road, 20,000 miles of driving,  


Gas ~$2,145

We estimated 28mpg=

715 gallons x $3/gallon 


Oil Changes ~$150

We estimated $25 for every 3,000 miles


Food ~$6,800

We estimated $20/day per person


Lodging ~$6,080

  • $80 for an annual pass to the national parks and forests, allowing us to camp for a significant portion of the trip.

  • We also have many friends and family around the country that have offered to host us.

  • We estimate that roughly 60 days (of 170) we will need to find other accommodations. 

  • We estimate $100/night.



Activities ~$10,000

We estimated about $5,000 per person to account for admissions fees and educational tours.

(listed below is the beginning of our itinerary; we are constantly updating this page)



In order to accomplish

our dream of driving across the United States while generating

healthy smiles, we will simply need to cover

the costs of the basics

(gas, food, and lodging).



We also recognize that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We've researched many amazing cultural and educational opportunities

unique to each state

that we are hoping to experience.  

**We are continuously updating this page.**





Annual Pass to National Parks and Forests $80.00





Zoos & Aquariums


Omaha, NE

Henry Doorly Zoo $16 each


Chicago, IL

Shedd Aquarium $8+ each




San Diego, CA

San Diego Zoo $48 each


Washington, D.C.

National Zoological Park




History, Museums, & Tours


Omaha, NE

The Durham Museum $9 each


Kansas City, MO

Missouri Town 1855 $5 each

American Jazz Museum $15 each

The Steamboat Arabia Museum $15 each


St. Louis, MO

St. Louis City Museum $12 each, $5 parking

Missouri Civil War Musem $7 each

Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park $10 each


Memphis, TN

Sun Studio $12 each

Stax Museum $12 each

National Civil Rights Museum $15 each

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum $12 each

Graceland $36-77 each


Clarksdale, MS

Rock and Blues Museum $5 each

Delta Blues Museum $7 each


Indianola, MS

B.B. King Museum $15 each


New Orleans, LA

Backstreet Cultural Museum $8 each


Birmingham, AL

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute & District $10 each


Tuscumbia, AL

Alabama Music Hall of Fame $10 each


Loretto, KY

Maker's Mark Distillery $9 each


Louisville, KY

The Belle of Louisville $21 each

Kentucky Derby Museum/Churchill Downs $14 each

Thomas Edison House $5 each


Cincinnati, OH

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center $14 each


Nappanee, IN

Amish Acres Historic Farm & Heritage Resort 

$13 each House & Farm Tour, $7 each Horse & Buggy Ride


Cleveland, OH

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame $22 each

Cleveland Museum of Natural History $14 each


Detroit, MI

The Henry Ford $20 each

Motown Historical Museum $12-15 each


Chicago, IL

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio $17 each


Rochester, NY

Eastman House of Photography & Film $10 each


Waterbury, VT

Ben & Jerry's Factory $4 each


Cabot, VT

Cabot Creamery $2 each


Portland, ME

Victoria Mansion $15 each





Boston, MA

Museum of African History $5 each


Salem, MA

House of the Seven Gables $12.50 each

New England Pirate Museum $9 each


Plymouth, MA

Plimouth Plantation $26 each


Newport, RI

National Museum of American Illustration $18 each


Hartford, CT

Mark Twain House with Harriet Beecher Stowe House 

$25 each


Bristol, CT

American Clock & Watch Museum $6 each


Washington, D.C.

House of the Seven Gables $12.50 each

New England Pirate Museum $9 each

International Spy Museum $22 each

New England Pirate Museum $9 each


Must Eats 

(all costs are estimates as menu items vary)


Kansas City, MO

Arthur Bryants ~$15 each

Oklahoma Joe's ~$15 each

Gate's BBQ ~$15 each

Jack Stack ~$25 each


Memphis, TN

Charles Vergos' Rendezvous Restaurant ~$25 each


Dayton, OH

Cassano's Pizza ~$15


Boston, MA

Mike's Pastry ~$10 each


Newport, RI

White Horse Tavern ~$20 each

Music & Live Shows


St. Louis, MO

Beale on Broadway ~$7 each (cover)


Louisiana, LA

Preservation Hall $15-20 each

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival $120 each (two 1-day passes)


New York City, NY

Governer's Ball Music Fest ~$300 each (three day pass)


Washington, D.C.

The Hamilton ~$25+ each

Bohemian Caverns $5-15 each


Miscellaneous Expenses


Columbus, OH

Franklin Park Conservatory $13 each


Portland, ME

Cape Elizabeth Portland Head Light $2 each


Portland, ME

Portland Observatory $9 each


Boston, MA

Old North Church $3-6 each

Boston, MA

Skywalk Observatory $16 each


Newport, RI

Thames Glass $38-175 each (to blow glass)



Outdoor Adventures


Woodville, AL

Cathedral Caverns State Park $15 each Cave Tour, $6 each Gem Mining 


Mammoth Cave, KY

Mammoth Cave National Park $7-55 each/tour, $105 overnight


Dayton, OH

Sun Watch Indian Village Archaeological Park $6 each


Nort Woodstock, NH

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves $18 each





New Orleans Jazz National

      Historical Park

Audubon Park

Louis Armstrong Park

Magazine St.

Frenchman St.

French Quarter


Jackson Square

St. Louis Cathedral
Warehouse and Arts District

Crescent City Farmers Market



Railroad Park

Birmingham Civil Rights District



The Big Four Bridge



Fountain Square

Mt. Adams

Findlay Market

Eden Park

Cincinnati Museum Center

    at Union Terminal

Hartman Rock Garden

Short North

German Village

West Side Market




The Bean

Brown Elephant Resale Shop

Buckingham Fountain


Old Port

Fore Street



Boston Public Library


Faneuil Hall Market Place

Freedom Trail

The Witch House


Rhode Island

Ten Mile Ocean Drive

Cliff Walk

Thames Street

Bowen's Wharf



Riverfront Wilmington


Washington, D.C.

American History Museum

National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of the American


National Mall & Memorial Parks

U Street