Solo Road Trip: Cost Breakdown

I’ll start with the totals and then go into a day-by-day and category break down. I’ve never actually sat down and added it all up before, so I’m curious to see what it works out to.

Totals by category:

  • Gas – $424
  • Lodging – $215
  • Food – $181
  • Fun – $400

Total cost of trip – $1220

Considering that I got to see Garden of the Gods, Pike’s Peak, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Dead Horse State Park, Bryce National Park, Zion National Park, the Grand Canyon, and bits and pieces of Route 66 as well as go skydiving and off-roading in Moab, I don’t think that price is too high considering it includes ALL of my costs (food, lodging, fun, and gas).

 

DAY BY DAY BREAKDOWN

Day 1 – October 15th, 2016:

  • Gas
    • $35 – Columbia, MO
    • $40 – Ellis, KS
  • Food
    • $8 – Wendy’s
  • Lodging
    • Free – Walmart Parking Lot – Colorado Springs, CO

Day 2 – October 16th, 2016

  • Gas
    • $33 – Colorado Springs, CO
  • Food
    • $23 – Garden of the Gods Restaurant
    • $34 – Groceries/Water – Walmart
  • Fun
    • $30 – Pike’s Peak
    • Free – Garden of the Gods
  • Lodging
    • Free – Love’s Parking Lot – Grand Junction, CO – $11 Shower

Day 3 – October 17th, 2016

  • Gas
    • $14 – Grand Junction, CO
  • Food
    • $25 – Moab Brewery
  • Fun
    • $260 – Skydiving & Photos/Video
    • $80 – National Park Pass – Arches National Park
  • Lodging
    • $114 – Motel 6 – Moab, Utah

Day 4 – October 18th, 2016

  • Gas
    • $40 – Moab, UT
  • Food
    • $15 – Snacks
    • $16 – Denny’s
  • Fun
    • $30 – Dead Horse State Park Pass
    • Free – Canyonlands w/ NP Pass
  • Lodging
    • Free – Flying J Parking Lot – Cedar City, UT – $9 Shower

Day 5 – October 19th, 2016

  • Gas
    • $44 – Cedar City, UT
    • $20 – Springdale, UT
  • Food
    • $15 – Zion Pizza & Pasta
    • $9 – Snacks
  • Fun
    • Free – Bryce National Park w/ NP Pass
    • Free – Zion National Park w/ NP Pass
  •  Lodging
    • $70 – Super 8 – Page, AZ

Day 6 – October 20th, 2016

  • Gas
    • $25 – Holbrook, AZ
    • $34 – Albuquerque, NM
  • Food
    • $16 – Grand Canyon Lodge
  • Fun
    • Free – Grand Canyon included with NP Pass
  • Lodging
    • Free – Love’s Parking Lot – Albuquerque, NM – $11 Shower

Day 7 – October 21th, 2016

  • Gas
    • $34 – Amarillo, TX
    • $34 – Chandler, OK
  • Food
    • $20 – Smokey Joes – Amarillo, TX
  • Lodging
    • Free – Pilot Parking Lot – Springfield, MO

Day 8 – October 21th, 2016

  • Gas
    • $40 – Springfield, IL
    • $30 – Springfield, MO
  • Lodging
    • HOME!
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