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Hitchhiking Across America: One Ride At A Time

Hitchhiking the United States

Hitchhiking America: From Coast to Coast

United States

Is hitchhiking still possible in the United States? Is it safe? Follow along for the next 4-5 weeks as I attempt to hitchhike my way across America from coast to coast.

I’m pretty f*cking excited right now. A bit nervous too…

By the time you read this, I’ll be standing on the side of the road in Oregon — attempting to hitchhike across America from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.

Soliciting free rides from complete strangers. Hopefully meeting interesting people from across the country — and sharing their stories with you.

I’ve explored jungles in the Darien Gap and journeyed through remote canyons in Northern Mexico.

But a long-distance hitchhiking trip in my own country could possibly be the most challenging travel experience yet!

Track My Progress

To make things interesting, I’m letting you track my progress in real-time! With the GPS on my iPhone, you can see exactly where I am right this moment!

Check back frequently to see how I’m doing.

Where Am I Now?

Live Instagram Updates

Hitchhiking the United States

Hitchhiking Updates on Instagram

Not only can you track where I am, but I’ll be live-streaming photos via my Instagram account. This will let you see what I see on the road while hitchhiking across America!

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What’s My Route?

I really have no idea. West coast to East coast is my basic plan. I’ll probably stay North to avoid the heat of the summer, but who knows. Some back roads, some long highway rides — I’ll attempt to mix it up a bit.

Where Will I Sleep?

Like always, my trusty Hennessy camping hammock will come along with me.

I’ll be doing some stealth camping in the woods, and pay to stay in a campground or two. Because showers are nice from time to time!

Cheap motels or hostels won’t be ruled out either, as I’ll still need the occasional WiFi to get work done. I’ll also be using CouchSurfing.org to stay with locals interested in hearing a good story.

Is Hitchhiking Illegal?

Yes and no. It’s illegal to stand on the side of a major highway and solicit rides, because this is a danger to other drivers on the road.

However, standing at the on-ramp entrance before a highway is legal in most states. The laws vary from state to state, as do the interpretations of the law.

Occasionally different police officers will interpret the law differently too.

There’s a possibility that I’ll get a few warnings, maybe a ticket, but it’s very unlikely that I’ll get arrested. Think of it like jay-walking. Technically it’s illegal, but it’s not something that’s enforced with an iron-fist.

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Why Hitchhiking?

Because hitchhiking is an adventure. Because it will be challenging. Because I’ll meet interesting people. Because it’s something I’ve always wanted to try.

Because I’d like to inspire you to follow your dreams, no matter how ridiculous they are.

Follow #HitchUSA

Join the adventure! Follow along on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #HitchUSA.

UPDATE: Mission Accomplished!

My hitchhiking journey across the United States is now complete. You can read about the whole adventure using the links below.

Have you ever been hitchhiking before? Have any questions about it? Let me know in the comments below!

Yourstore

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

Amazing blog Keep it up Keep posting

Rik Andeson

Sunday 6th of October 2019

Congratulations! I came across your site while documenting my hitchhike from Boston to Corvallis Oregon in February of 1969. I was a senior in college, with two weeks between finals and the next semester, and returned to my home in Oregon for some extra time with my fiancee. We recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. I made the trip non-stop, 13 rides (5 in trucks), in 78 hours.

Matthew Karsten

Sunday 6th of October 2019

Awesome Rik! I'm sure you met some interesting people on the journey.

Ethel C Afridi

Wednesday 15th of May 2019

I was a girl of 15 years old upset with my life and fed up with those around me when I first put my thumb in the air on Friday, May 14, 1971 at 4 pm. I had only a dime in my pocket, a carton of cigarettes, the clothes on my back and a leather bound bible. I hitchhiked the country three times that spring and summer starting out from Manchester, New Hampshire and each time I did make it to Los Angeles, California. It may seem odd however it is true... between my hitchhiking that year (which took a few out of my way twists) and the several return trips enforced by authorities I counted up over 25,000 miles.

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Thursday 14th of February 2019

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Monday 14th of January 2019

Do you have any vido of that? I'd want to find out more details.

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