Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go…

photo: Frank R Snyder
Source https://www.flickr.com/photos/muohio_digital_collections/3193526089/

The song conjures up a charming image of families cuddled up in a sleigh; however, most folks traveling for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday prefer not only the luxuries of their vehicles, but they also enjoy the ease of an immense interstate travel system. Here are some things you should know about navigating that system of over 48,000 miles.

Routes with odd numbers run north-south. Routes with even numbers run east-west. For north-south routes, the lowest numbers are in the west. For east-west routes, the lowest numbers are in the south.

Routes with odd numbers run north-south.
Routes with even numbers run east-west.
For north-south routes, the lowest numbers are in the west.
For east-west routes, the lowest numbers are in the south.

I only recently learned that the exit signs that appear overheard will be placed on the left or right of that overhead structure-depending if the exit will appear on the left or right of the road.  For example:

blog left exit

Here are a few things that won’t affect your trip much but is fun to know about our interstate:

  • I-70 takes the interstate to its highest level (11,158 feet) at the Eisenhower Tunnel across the Continental Divide in the Colorado Rocky Mountains
  • Texas has the most interstate mileage:  5,200 miles
  • The longest interstate is I-90 Seattle to Boston: 3,000 miles
  • The lowest elevation is I-8, El Centro, CA, 52 feet below sea level

A few bits of trivia about Thanksgiving travel that probably won’t surprise you:

  • Thanksgiving travel represents the busiest time of year
  • The average amount spent is $550 and the average round trip consists of 400 miles traveled
  • About 40+ million people will be traveling over the Thanksgiving weekend
  • Wednesday before Thanksgiving between 3 and 5 PM will have the highest volume
  • Only 28% of dog owners will travel with their pets
  • The phone charger is the item most often forgotten on any trip

Have you ever taken the wrong exit on the interstate because you didn’t know if it were on the left or right? NOW with GPS and smart-everything, do you program your trip for audio directions?

Are you planning to take a road trip this Thanksgiving?  Or will you stay home to be host?