As many of you who follow our blog know, we relocated from Dallas, TX to Seattle, WA last November. It was NOT your typical move (to say the least). We took our time, avoided major highways where possible, and tried to make the most of what would possibly be a once in a lifetime opportunity to Airstream up the West Coast. So how much did this cross country trip cost?


The Path

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We started in Dallas on November 3rd. After a couple days visiting friends in Austin, we made our way west through Texas.

We veered a bit to see Marfa and Marathon, brushed Mexico as we drove through El Paso, and passed through the southwestern tip of New Mexico

before hitting Tucson, AZ.

From Tucson, we set sights on Los Angeles (or rather, how to avoid Los Angeles traffic) as a launching point for our northern route up the Pacific Coast Highway.

We rolled up the windy PCH to and through San Francisco until we hit the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. We decided the lower half of the PCH was all the excitement we could handle and that the 101 would be a “less tense” route for the remainder of California.

At the northwestern corner of CA, we drove through the Avenue of the Giants on our way to Oregon’s coast – one of the highlights of the trip for us both.


After leisurely exploring the coastal campsites of Oregon, we finally made it to Washington, but our trip wasn’t over yet.

Once we hit the Washington border, we continued up the coast until moving inward to visit the Hoh Rainforest.

After narrowly escaping the “biblical flooding” that threatened to close the road to Hoh, we circled back and up the Olympic Peninsula.

You could say that we dragged our heels a bit on the last few days, trying to soak every last drop of fun out of this amazing trip. On November 24th, our journey ended as we parked in Fall City, WA – our new home.

The Numbers

Total time – 21 days

Total time spent driving – 53 hours

Average driving time per day – 2.5 hours

Total Miles driven – 3077

Total Campground Fees – $467.49

Total Gasoline – $1311.25

Total Food – $569.15

Total Propane – $71.46

Total Trip – $2419.35


The Jist

Most Expensive Park – Marin RV Park ($44.55 per night)

Least Expensive Park – TIE – Painted Rock Petroglyph State Park AND a Friend ($FREE)

Worst Park Overall – Marin RV Park

Best Park Overall – Cape Blanco State Park

Best Boondocking Park – Painted Rock Petroglyph State Park

Scariest Point of the Trip – TIE – Watching grass blades touch the side of the Weas as we made tight turns on the PCH AND almost getting flood-locked at Hoh Rainforest.

Goofiest Point of the Trip – Getting taken out by the Oregonian coast’s humongous waves

Most Memorable Campsite – Humboldt Redwood National Forest – squeezing the Weas in between the redwoods to camp was AWESOME.