The Breakdown.

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

BASICS

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.

 

EXTRAS

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).

~$15,175

 

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.**

 
 

Travel

 

LODGING

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

 

 

FREE

Louisiana

New Orleans Jazz National

      Historical Park

Audubon Park

Louis Armstrong Park

Magazine St.

Frenchman St.

French Quarter

Riverwalk

Jackson Square

St. Louis Cathedral
Warehouse and Arts District

Crescent City Farmers Market

 

Alabama

Railroad Park

Birmingham Civil Rights District

 

Kentucky

The Big Four Bridge

 

Ohio

Fountain Square

Mt. Adams

Findlay Market

Eden Park

Cincinnati Museum Center

    at Union Terminal

Hartman Rock Garden

Short North

German Village

West Side Market

Put-In-Bay

 

Illinois 

The Bean

Brown Elephant Resale Shop

Buckingham Fountain

Maine

Old Port

Fore Street

 

Massachusetts

Boston Public Library

Cambridge

Faneuil Hall Market Place

Freedom Trail

The Witch House

 

Rhode Island

Ten Mile Ocean Drive

Cliff Walk

Thames Street

Bowen's Wharf

 

Delaware

Riverfront Wilmington

 

Washington, D.C.

American History Museum

National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of the American

   Indian

National Mall & Memorial Parks

U Street