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Nancy asked

Is this itinerary too ambitious for 3 schools in 4 days?

I'm planning a college tour in the PNW and hoping to drive from Tacoma to Walla Walla then Portland. Am I being overambitious thinking the 'drive time' on Google maps is accurate?

Tacoma (Washington) Walla Walla (Washington)   Portland (Oregon)

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The google travel times are generally accurate.  You could do 3 schools in 4 days.  It will be non-stop travel and a bit hectic.  But, it is totally doable.

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It depends a bit on the way you drive.  Google maps times may not take into account stopping to eat or get fuel.  For a trip of 243 miles straight down the I-95 for which Google maps estimates a time of 3.5 hours, we drove from a little after 10 to 12:20 (a little more than 2 hours), and stopped half an hour for lunch, and then drove from 12:50 and after a stop for gas we were at our destination at 2:30 which is about another hour and a half of driving.  The total elapsed time was 4.5 hours, and the driving time was a little more than the 3.5 that they estimated.  But we weren't in a hurry because we didn't think we could check in at the motel that early so we weren't pushing it.
I have not driven in that area at all, so I don't know whether there are any special factors to take into consideration.

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