October 10th, 2010

Travelling assistance needed

Some details: I'm writing something set in the USA, present day. My characters are on a road trip across the states, and as I'm South African, I have no knowledge whatsoever of times (hours) it would take to travel from place to place.
My questions are simple:

How long would it take to travel from Douglas County to Sioux Falls, from Sioux Falls to Nebraska, and from Nebraska to Palo Alto? Each leg of the trip has particular relevance to events within the story, and I'm really hoping someone can help, especially since I need the distance in hours.

Search terms I've tried: "how long does it take to travel from ........ to ........., distances between major cities, travel by car across the states, but I've had no luck.

Thank you!
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Older homes/neighborhoods in Washington DC


I've tried 'real estate' and 'homes in' and 'living in' Washington, DC in my searches. I've found a lot of sites that detail neighborhoods, but mostly the text is all upbeat, happy, and omg, this neighborhood is so trendy!! Or apartments - lots of apartments!

Basically what I'm looking for is a working-class neighborhood, a single-family home. The original owners would have been a blue-collar black family, and now their grand-daughter is the owner, possibly taking care of grandma or grandpa. She's more white-collar, a young professional working in the govt or maybe with the Smithsonian.

So i have no clue what neighborhood that would be, or if i need to be looking in Maryland, instead.... Halp?

I'm also wondering, if you're visiting Washington, is driving a nightmare and parking Hell? Should you just abandon the notion and ride the buses/metro?

Thank you!

ETA: The Shaw Neighborhood seems like it might be just what I'm looking for. If anyone violently opposes, please say so! :)