Summer Road Trip, Day 17: Expense Breakdown

What does it cost to take a summer road trip like we are doing? Read further to find out what we’ve spent the first two weeks in the Black Hills and Yellowstone National Park. We have separated our costs by gas, lodging, restaurants, comped expenses, groceries, excursions, laundry and miscellaneous.

And so our epic 80 day summer road trip continues – 12 U.S. states, 1 Canadian province and 11 national parks. For the upcoming months, I will be sharing with you our highlights, lowlights, adventures, favorite spots, best tips and our thoughts on three months of road tripping and living in a pop up.  I’ll try to answer any and all of your questions too!  You can also follow our journey via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Miles Driven Today: 225

Total Miles Driven: 3,497

Average Gas Price per Gallon: $2.33

States: Wyoming & Montana

If you would like to see our full itinerary, start at the beginning here. And Start at Day One here.

Days 1 – 9 Illinois to South Dakota

  • 2 Hotel Stays
  • 6 Campground Stays

Total cost for week one in the Black Hills was $1,025, averaging $114 per day including the free comps we received for the blog and military discounts/passes since these are ordinarily incurred costs.

Days 1 - 16 Expenses

Days 9 – 16 South Dakota to Yellowstone

  • 1 Hotel Stay = $0 Hotel Points Used
  • 7 Campground Stays

Our cost for week two in Yellowstone  National Park (and side trip to Grand Teton) was $630, averaging $90 per day including the free comps we received for the national park military pass. Excursions included the canoe rental and Jenny Lake shuttle in Grand Teton National Park.


Total Expense Recap Days 1 -16

Today, we are driving from Yellowstone National Park to Butte, Montana for a hotel overnight before heading to Glacier National Park.


Next Stop: Glacier National Park

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Angela E. is a travel writer from the Chicagoland area who has visited all 50 states in the US and has traveled extensively around the world. She is passionate about exploring the great outdoors and hiking in particular. Her love for nature has taken her to some of the most beautiful locations on the planet. She has written extensively about her travels on her own website, Dang Travelers, and has been published in collaboration with other travel websites and multiple visitor bureaus around the country.

3 Responses

  1. Kim

    This is so helpful! Thanks for blogging about the cost! We are Aussies hoping to do a road trip next year and trying to save for it now.

  2. Kim B

    Cost can be such a headache heartbreak for many people. I’m enjoying how direcly you are presenting costs.
    It doesn’t have to be an awful subject. Just be real. I’m sure your background helps tremendously in this area especially.
    Kim B

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