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The world’s first record­ed long dis­tance road trip by auto­mo­bile took place in Ger­many in August 1888 when Bertha Benz, the wife of Karl Benz, the inven­tor of the first patent­ed motor car (the Benz Patent-Motor­wa­gen), trav­elled from Mannheim to Pforzheim in the third exper­i­men­tal Benz motor car (which had a max­i­mum speed of 10 miles per hour  and back, with her two teenage sons Richard and Eugen, but with­out the con­sent and knowl­edge of her hus­band.

Her offi­cial rea­son was that she want­ed to vis­it her moth­er but unof­fi­cial­ly she intend­ed to gen­er­ate pub­lic­i­ty for her husband’s inven­tion (which had only been used on short test dri­ves before), which suc­ceed­ed as the auto­mo­bile took off great­ly after­wards and the Benz’s fam­i­ly busi­ness even­tu­al­ly evolved into the present day Mer­cedes-Benz com­pa­ny.

Present­ly there is a ded­i­cat­ed sign­post­ed scenic route in Baden-Würt­tem­berg called the Bertha Benz Memo­r­i­al Route to com­mem­o­rate her his­toric first road trip.

The first suc­cess­ful North Amer­i­can transcon­ti­nen­tal trip by auto­mo­bile took place in 1903 and was pilot­ed by H. Nel­son Jack­son and Sewall K. Crock­er, accom­pa­nied by a dog named Bud.[4] The trip was com­plet­ed using a 1903 Win­ton Tour­ing Car, dubbed “Ver­mont” by Jack­son. The trip took a total of 63 days between San Fran­cis­co and New York, cost­ing US$8,000. The total cost includ­ed items such as food, gaso­line, lodg­ing, tires, parts, oth­er sup­plies, and the cost of the Win­ton. pexels-photo

The first woman to cross the Amer­i­can land­scape by car was Alice Ram­sey with three female pas­sen­gers in 1909. Ram­sey left from Hell’s Gate in Man­hat­tan, New York and trav­eled 59 days to San
New high­ways in the ear­ly 1900s helped pro­pel auto­mo­bile trav­el in the Unit­ed States, pri­mar­i­ly cross-coun­try trav­el. Com­mis­sioned in 1926, and com­plete­ly paved near the end of the 1930s, U.S. Route 66 is a liv­ing icon of ear­ly mod­ern road trip­ping.

Motorists ven­tured cross-coun­try for hol­i­day as well as migrat­ing to Cal­i­for­nia and oth­er loca­tions. The mod­ern Amer­i­can road trip began to take shape in the late 1930s and into the 1940s, ush­er­ing in an era of a nation on the move.
As a result of this new vaca­tion-by-road style, many busi­ness­es began to cater to road-weary trav­el­ers. More reli­able vehi­cles and ser­vices made long dis­tance road trips eas­i­er for fam­i­lies, as the length of time required to cross the con­ti­nent was reduced from months to days. With­in one week, the aver­age fam­i­ly can trav­el to des­ti­na­tions across North Amer­i­ca.

The great­est change to the Amer­i­can road trip was the start, and sub­se­quent expan­sion, of the Inter­state High­way Sys­tem. The high­er speeds and con­trolled access nature of the Inter­state allowed for greater dis­tances to be trav­eled in less time and with improved safe­ty as high­ways became divid­ed.

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