It’s time to plan your summer vacation! Use the next few pages to decide your
destination, vehicle, and hotel. You will have a budget of $900. Be sure to spend wisely so
that you will have money left over in case of emergencies!
Choosing a Destination
Distance from Chicago
790.8 miles to New York City
926.1 miles to New Orleans
759.19 miles to Philadelphia
799.99 miles to Richmond
1,156.07 miles to Orlando
989.33 miles to Boston
297.21 miles to St. Louis
697.03 miles to Washington D.C.
1. Which city is the furthest distance from Chicago?
2. Which city is the closest to Chicago?
3. How much farther from Chicago is Richmond than St. Louis?
4. How much farther from Chicago is New Orleans
than NYC?
5. How much farther from Chicago is Orlando than
Boston?
6. ABOUT how far is Washington D.C. from
Chicago?
7. ABOUT how far is Philadelphia from Chicago?
8. ABOUT how much farther from Chicago is
Richmond than Philadelphia?
Order the cities by distance (Nearest to Farthest) from Chicago
Round each city’s distance from Chicago to the nearest mile.
New York City
New Orleans
Orlando
Boston
Philadelphia
Richmond
St. Louis
Washington D.C
Thinking about Gas
If the national Average for gas per gallon in the United States is cur
rently $3.49, how much will you be spending on gas for your trip?
Choosing your Vehicle Car Mileage Weigh your Options
Do the Math to find out how much you would spend on gas to your two top destination choices.
Toyota Prius 48miles per gallon
Jeep Wrangler 21 miles per gallon
Honda CRV 31 miles per gallon
How do calculate the cost?
Divide the total distance in miles by your car’s miles
per gallon to find out how many gallons of gas you will
need for your trip. Then, multiply that number by the
average cost of a gallon of gas. Don’t forget to
multiply by two for a round trip.
How many hours are you willing to drive per day? How much ground will you cover?
Safe Speed—60 MPH
# of Hours

Miles Driven

1

60

2

120

3

180

4


5

300

6


7


8


9


How many hours/miles are you willing to drive per day? WHY?
For some destinations, you will need to break your trip into two days.
Calculate how many days of driving each destination will take.
New York City
New Orleans
Orlando
Boston
Philadelphia
Richmond
St. Louis
Washington D.C
HOTEL COSTS
Hotel

Cost per Day

Special Features

La Quinta Inn

$49.92

Low Ratings Breakfast
Outside Pool Only AC/Cable

Days Inn

$59.62

Okay Ratings No Breakfast
Outside Pool AC/Cable/WiFi

Comfort Suites

$96.72

Okay Ratings Breakfast
Inside Pool AC/Cable/WiFi

Hampton Inn

$93.48

Great Ratings Breakfast
Outside Pool AC/Cable/WiFi

Courtyard by Marriot

$84.52

Good Ratings Breakfast
Inside/Outside Pool AC/Cable

1. How much more money does the Courtyard cost than La Quinta Inn?
2. How much more money does Comfort Suites cost than Hampton Inn?
3. How much more money does Days Inn cost than La Quinta Inn?
How many days will you need to stay in a hotel?
Days on the road ____________ (Based on mileage– If you need to stop to stay at a hotel
because the distance is farther than what you are willing to drive in one day Remember, you
will need to do this twice for a round trip!)
Days at destination _______________
What is the cost of your hotel stay?
Round the daily rate of your selected hotel to the nearest dollar amount. Then,
multiply that amount by the number of nights you will be staying in a hotel.
Total Cost of my Hotel Stays:_______________________
Use the chart below to help you decide where you would like to visit! :)
City

Things to Do


National ZooFree
National Children’s
Museum $10
Six Flags


Ghost Tours $25
Swamp & Bayou
Tours $49
Cool Zoo Water Park
$11


History Tours $27
Go Carts $32


McDonald’s Museum
$10
Whale Watching $36
Mayflower Tour $14


Insectarium $9
Musical/Theatre $16
Sesame Place $63


Gateway Arch$18
Six Flags $40
“M”yseum $10

NYC

Coney Island $24
Big Apple Circus
$32
Botanical Garden
$10


Universal Studios
$99
Lego Land $55
Magic Kingdom $102

Further Research
Use an online search engine to help you find more information about the cities you are considering,
City

City

Research Notes

Research Notes

Weighing Your Decision
Take your two top choices and weigh the costs and benefits of each
Choice #1: _____________________________
Costs

Benefits

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Choice #2: _____________________________
Costs

Benefits

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My Destination Choice
Use the space below to tell about your decision making process.
The city I choose to visit is ____________________________ because ________________
The Logistics
Miles (Round Trip– Multiply the distance by 2!) ___________________
Vehicle: _________________ Mile per Gallon: ________________
Total Cost of gas (Round Trip): ______________________________
Number of Nights I will stay in a hotel: _______________________
Total cost of hotel stays: ______________________________
Selected Activities (Entertainment Budget):
_______________________________________________________
Total Cost of Selected Activities: ___________________________
Total Food Cost: ________________________
$$TOTAL TRIP COST$$
__________________
How much money have you left for emergencies or unforeseen
circumstances?_________________
The Plan
Use the space below to jot down your plan for each day. Will you be driving? If so, how far? Will you
be spending a night in the hotel? Which one? Will you be going sight seeing? Where?
Day 1


Day 2


Day 3


Day 4


Day 5


Day 6


Day 7


My Trip Scrapbook
Use the space to draw pictures of the memories made on your trip. Use the
space beside the photos to describe your memory.