The main purpose of our roadtrip was to drive our daughter and all of her belongings 1,000 miles from Sarasota, Florida to Baltimore, Maryland and get her settled into her first year of college. As we began planning this trip, we decided to expand it to a 33 day, 7,200 mile tour of America. We planned to have (18) “driving” days, and (15) non-driving days at select locations where we could either visit relatives, or have multiple (mini) vacations. Our typical driving day averaged about 400 miles, so even allowing for refueling time, our driving days only averaged about 7 to 9 hours. Our Tesla Model S accommodated all of our many bags.

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What We Learned On This Roadtrip:

  • Driving on a long roadtrip is less of a chore if we take at least a 30 minute break every 3 hours
  • If every day was a driving day, we wouldn’t see very much.
  • Travel essentials consisted of a cooler stocked with water and soft drinks, several audio books to pass the time on certain roads, a great quality camera, internet radio, etc.
  • Life is short, so get recommendations for restaurants.
  • Allow extra “Tesla Time” to chat with interested folks about Tesla Motors, the Model S, and the refueling infrastructure (supercharger stations, and destination charging stations).
  • If your trip is long enough, eventually you’ll be inconvenienced in some way. For us, it was on the afternoon of day 33. Roll with it.

We visited some amazing locations, and met lots of friendly people. I will list just some of the highlights here, with a small portion of the photos that are also in the daily posts.

Baltimore Inner Harbor – We found a neighborhood adjacent to the Inner Harbor (where we took this photo) with plenty of shopping and dining, but away from many of the tourists who frequent this landmark.


Loyola University Maryland – Move In Day!


Chicago, Illinois – Riverwalk, Architectural Boat Tour, Best Meal Ever at Eddie V’s




Mount Rushmore, Keystone, South Dakota


Vail, Colorado


Northwest Arizona Highway


Las Vegas, Nevada – view from our suite, Boyz II Men Concert, Le Reve Show




Hotel Del Coronado, near San Diego


Imperial Sand Dunes, California


Enchantment Mii Amo Resort, Sedona, Arizona


Santa Fe, New Mexico – sculptures, Cathedral Basilica



Dallas, Texas – Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark (Kennedy Assassination)



Would we do this trip again? In a heartbeat, and definitely with a Tesla. Thanks for your interest in our Tesla Model S roadtrip.  Maybe we’ll see you out there on the highway.  If you have any questions, feel free to send us a message using the contact form below.