Dec 17, 2010

MapQuest’s Top 10 Ways to Travel 12,000 Miles

We don’t have David Letterman on staff at MapQuest or an office house band, but with a December of daily giveaways, we’ve definitely been thinking of the top 10 ways we would use free gas for a year. Our ideas may not make the list of most PRACTICAL ways to travel 12,000 miles (average miles driven annually), but they do a good job of showing just how far free gas for a year can go!

10. Tired of your friend with the Toyota Prius telling you how much they save on gas every year? Turn the tables and have you behind the wheel by winning free gas for a year.

9. There is a 50 percent chance you live within 50 miles of where you grew up. Dust off those childhood memories by driving back to where you grew up … some 240 times next year.

8. Stressed about driving that gas-guzzling SUV to the mountains for a day of skiing? Drive worry-free from San Francisco to Tahoe 60 times.

7. You’re never too old for Disney World®. Take a road trip with your friends or family across the southern U.S., driving from Disneyland® (Calif.) to Disney World (Fla.) nearly six times. High-fiving Mickey has never been this easy.

6. No amount of gas can send you back in time unless you mean reliving the ‘60s and ‘70s by driving from Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco to the phoenix of CBGB in New York City, twice in 2011. Rock on!

5. From Yellowstone to Acadia, the U.S. proudly protects 58 national parks. Spend your year of free gas driving to see them all.

4. Road Trip of Dreams. Start at the famous 1988 Hollywood movie site of Field of Dreams and travel to the five most popular baseball stadiums: Fenway, Yankee, Target, Wrigley and Camden Yards. Wasn’t enough the first time? If you win free gas, you can go five more!

3. On average, houses in the U.S. are 20 feet apart. This means you could drive from your garage to your neighbor’s 3 million times or, for those weekend warriors, maybe use the trips to the home-improvement store instead.

2. The farthest distance between two McDonald’s restaurants in the contiguous 48 states is 145 driving miles. With 12,000 miles of free gas you could drive between the two more than 80 times.  McRib® is calling!

1. A mailman walks more than six miles daily and the average UPS® truck driver covers 500 miles a day.  Help your local delivery people carpool when delivering holiday packages for the rest of the year! That is a ton of mail.  Literally.

Do you have a way you can use free gas for a year? Share it with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter using the hashtag #FreeGas.

*NOTE: Sources used for the above information include, and