The Water Cooler – Where Would You Go?

August 20, 2014 12:00 pm · 51 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Let’s have a little fun today.

Imagine this….You have a new car, unlimited gas for a week, a week off work and unlimited money to spend on your roadtrip.

Where would you go, and why?

Talk about it….

Jess August 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM

To the airport, and then somewhere exotic like the Galapagos Islands, Madagascar, Egypt or New Zealand. All are places I’d like to add to my travel map.

The Mamba August 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I’d drive up to the Oregon Coast and tool around, just to change things up. Ask me in a few months, and I’d say San Diego.

Noj August 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Drive up to Victoria BC and stay the week at the Empress Hotel in one of their Gold Rooms.

Mimi (original) August 20, 2014 at 12:14 PM

the Grand Canyon! Haven’t been there since I was 10 – many, many moons ago!!

Eddie spaghetti August 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM

If I have a week off work I’m headed straight to my bed for a nice long nap

SKS August 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

The car has to be a 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider.

…Drive the coast from San Diego to Vancouver.

Do I really have to explain why?

I'm The Urban Spaceman August 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

#6…I would like an explanation…¿Because you like to drive fast cars on a very curvy/windy road behind campers and other slow moving vehicles is it?

Reluctant farmer August 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I would drive to Wisconsin and once again visit “The house on the rock”Their website doesnt do it justice.It is amazing!

RoadTrip August 20, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Take a road trip up the coast to WA state. I’d stop at Brookings, OR for dinner at O’halloran’s (excellent food!), then continue to Cannon Beach, OR and stay in the Hallmark and enjoy the beach, food and views for a couple of days. We’d stop at Tillamook and get a tour and some ice cream and mosey on into WA state for few days of relaxation and fresh air.

Anon2you August 20, 2014 at 12:54 PM

I would drive to every Major golf course and play all them!

Silva August 20, 2014 at 1:04 PM

If there”s still a campground at the mouth of the Klamath I’d spend the entire week there. Could go AWOL for another 2 or 3.

Monkey August 20, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Pennsylvania . Would love to see it. Also Michigan. Want to meet Dr Pol

Dorothy August 20, 2014 at 1:11 PM

One week of driving isn’t enough. That would only get you to and from about 3 states. I need more time. Got to make stops in Nevada, Idaho, Missouri, Indiana, Arkansas, Georgia, and Florida. Give me about 2 months and I’ll toss in North and South Dakota too.

WC Resident August 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM

That is me anyway. I never go anywhere. I have a new car, money and time too!! Reason: I have obligations to other folks plus I have animals and plants to take care of.. so if that part were not true. I just read the #9 Road Trip!! I want to do just that!! All smiles!!

Claytonian August 20, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Any car = Bugatti Veyron. Unlimited Money…have the car delivered to Frankfurt Germany. Drive on the Autobahn like a madman for a week.

Silva August 20, 2014 at 1:26 PM

M-a-y-b-e I’d make it to Florence Or.

ClayDen August 20, 2014 at 1:31 PM

All of the coast from San Diego to Port Townsend is a nice drive, and well worth doing; I’ve done all of it, a lot of it several times. We drove the part from Port Townsend to Reedsport in June, and I have driven parts of the Oregon coast more than once. Tip: watch your speed for the Washington and Oregon State Troopers. The best part of the coast is from Carmel to Morro Bay (IMHO), especially in the right car at the right time (not summer or weekends with all of the RVs).

The Canadian Rockies, especially Banff to Jasper (the Icefields Parkway) are spectacular, as is Glacier National Park and the Going To The Sun Road. We drove both three years ago. A long drive for a week, unless you really like to drive. We went via Sisters OR and The Okanagan (the wine country of Canada – spectacular), and came home via the Columbia River Gorge from Whitefish MT. The total trip was 4,100 miles in 14 days (5 in Sisters); the last two days we covered about 1,300 miles.

If you can pick up the car in Boston and have a bit more than a week, drive up the coast to the Canadian Border (stopping at Acadia National Park), hang a left to Stowe VT, then drive back to Boston via the Kancamagus Highway and Conway NH. We are planning on doing it in fall 2015.

Another drive we will probably do next year is to Sisters OR, then to Missoula MT via Coeur d’Alene ID, then to McCall ID (Hells Canyon area), then to Boise ID, and home via Twin Falls and Sun Valley. About 2,600 miles.

A great drive is in and around Mt. Rushmore, but it’s a bit of a drive to get there; worth it though if you tie it in to a visit to Yellowstone and the Tetons as we did. That trip was 4,100 miles in 11 days a couple of years ago, as we went via Cedar City UT, Vail CO and Colorado Springs.

So many great places to go! It would be great in a Ferrari, but it’s very good in a Mazda.

Zoom Zoom!

@ Anon2you, #10----Golf is when you chase a ball when you're too old to chase women August 20, 2014 at 1:37 PM


Mark August 20, 2014 at 1:41 PM

The car would be a Jeep and I would head up to Lake Almanor and explore the backwoods.

Concordejet August 20, 2014 at 1:50 PM

According to Google Map. I would drive straight from New York to California 44 hours and that with out any stop. Imagine this. You are driving 44 hours in the car that 2640 minutes on the road and you are driving 2935 miles cross the state. the speed would be 66 mph. How did I do the math? 44×60=2640 2935 divided by 2935= 1.11174242424242 X = 66 that how you determine the speed. if you go 100mph over the speed limit than you get to Cali quicker.

Where there are few people August 20, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Some of these places:
Sierra Nevada loop – mainly the eastern side: Mono Lake, Bodie, Virginia Lakes, Walker Lake, Convict Lake, June Lakes Loop, Mammoth Mountain, Devil’s Postpile, Duck Lake, Toms Place, Rock Creek Lake – backpacking up over Mono Pass to Lake Edison and back; then drive across to the West side of the Sierra, visiting Hume Lake, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Huntington Lake, Florence Lake; then up to Angels Camp, Calaveras Big Trees, Lake Alpine, take Hwy. 4 up to Hwy. 88 come down over Carson Pass, hike up above Carson Pass into the hills, drive out to Blue Lakes, and down the dirt road back to Hwy. 88 then home across the Delta.

Marianne August 20, 2014 at 1:54 PM

I go where the fresh air is, mountain, lake, sea or shore.

dilligafman August 20, 2014 at 1:57 PM

The WWII memorial back east. I would do it in honor of my dad who i lost last year (he was a veteran-102nd intantry THE OZARKS)

warbirds45 August 20, 2014 at 2:06 PM

A famous photographer once said; The greatest piece of property in the world, is from Mendocino to San Diego!

IThe first narrator for Bay Area Back Roads, put 55,000 miles on a car in 1 year traveling all over the state of California!

I would be Traveling via the 64 Chevy Impala, with the top down!

MonumentMan August 20, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Heading to Tahoe. see you next week !!

Sunnymoon August 20, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Up the coast, as far as I can go.

Marissa August 20, 2014 at 2:26 PM

The Mountains…

Enfield303 August 20, 2014 at 2:32 PM

I’ll go with Roadtrip #9. I’ll sit in the backseat and let them Drive. That way I could enjoy the trip. The driver misses so much with your eyes on the road the whole time. When do we leave?

OverWhelmed August 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Wow! The US offers so many incredible places to visit, it would really be hard. I think though, I would head to the Trinity Mountains. Someplace on the Hayfork river.

@Concordejet August 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Hey Einstein, OR just 2935/44=66 mph

ClayDen August 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM

When you do your road trip, get a Garmin Virb and set it in time-lapse mode at one frame every 0.5 second. That way, you can re-live the trip at 4 minutes per hour (so you might actually watch it). It appears that you are going about Mach 1, but you still get a good sense of the drive. Also, you can slow down the best parts when you edit it. I got mine in May and it works great. Based on the reviews, they aren’t going to be selling nearly as many GoPros now, as the Virb costs essentially the same ($300 or $400 depending on the features you want, the primary difference being with or without GPS tagging). I got the basic version from Amazon for ~$230 plus another $25 for the suction cup mount.

Pink Undies August 20, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Concord of course, because that’s the center of the universe! To hell with heliocentric theory!
Or, I might just drive until I drive off of this here flat earth. No worries though, I’d make a parachute out of tin foil to slow my fall.

Bishop Estates August 20, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Drive up the Oregon Coast!!!

Ganit August 20, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Only a week? Hhhmmmm…. I’d buy or rent a custom “home on wheels”, hire a driver, & drive along the coast….With a case or two of really good wine! Stay at coastal campgrounds & walk the beaches…..

Sacto Rob August 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Tahiti. You can drive to Tahiti, right?

Kelly Anne August 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

I’d head to the redwoods and on my way back stop at the Samoa cookhouse in Eureka for dinner.

Marissa August 20, 2014 at 6:14 PM

The redwoods in the mountains are wonderful, especially having been there myself. The trees are spectacular, so says the name.

SKS August 20, 2014 at 6:24 PM


You’re a pencil head. Get back in your Prius.

Tom August 20, 2014 at 6:54 PM

I’m well traveled, so there isn’t a lot I haven’t seen.

I would be spontaneous, and just get in the car and go. With no destination in mind. My wife and I actually did that once when we had three teenagers. It was one of the best vacations we ever had.

If I had to narrow it down, something along the coast with a lot of scenery. And be sure not to tell anyone I was out of town. Leave the technology at home.

mutts August 20, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Not enough time to go to Pa. One of our prettiest states full of history. I’d be happy to go every year.

ClayDen August 20, 2014 at 7:08 PM

@SKS #38


Oh, and @7: Remember, slower traffic keep right and use the turnouts!

Just Me August 20, 2014 at 7:59 PM

It’s an hour and half drive to Calistoga in the upper Napa Valley. I’d put my feet up and take day trips from there.

Mr. Pink August 20, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Since a week isn’t very long, I’d check out the Pacific Northwest – Boonville, the Oregon coast and up into northern Washington.

barron August 20, 2014 at 8:46 PM

unlimited money to spend there’s only one place for that VEGAS BABY

O'Nonymous August 20, 2014 at 10:31 PM


ph res August 20, 2014 at 10:47 PM

I’d go north, and keep driving until it starts to rain. I’ve always wanted to explore the great Pacific Northwest.

Antler August 21, 2014 at 12:05 AM

RoadTrip at #9 …..That sounds lovely! I might only plan to do half such a route, though, as I do like to hit the “mom and pop” hardware stores, antique shops, any festival activity, craft co-ops, small restaurants, etc.; and that takes extra time. I would be happy driving a new Lincoln Navigator because it gives a comfortable ride and has lots of room for purchases.

jtkatec August 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Highway 66

RunDogRun August 21, 2014 at 3:48 PM


Bubba August 21, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Compton or East Los Angeles

ShelbyK August 21, 2014 at 6:09 PM

I would just get in the car and go….No destination just enjoy the outdoors and what it has to offer.

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