We live in an age of unprecedented temple building.
In just the last 15 years, the number of temples has increased from 53 to 141, with 15 more under construction and 14 announced.
But have you ever wondered what it would take to visit just the temples in the continental United States? How long would it take? How many miles would you need to drive? How much would you spend on gas? Wonder no more.
Note: This is just one proposed route — though it is a good one. It also includes only currently operating temples (none under construction or announced) and does not account for 2014 special closures. We accounted for one temple per day (excepting Sundays and Mondays, when most temples are closed), unless two temples are closer than two hours apart.
- Total miles of travel: 14,264
- Total days needed for trip: 79 (including non-travel days, Saturday/Sunday)
- Number of temples: 78
- Cost of gas (assuming a 25 mpg vehicle and an average of $3.30/gallon): $1,882.81
- Possible Church history sites visited: 8
- Time spent in the car: 220 hours, 44 minutes
- Number of needed hotels or places to stay: 55
- Sights near temples include the following:
Mormon Battalion Visitors Center near the San Diego Temple
The Sacred Grove and Hill Cumorah near the Palmyra New York Temple
Historic Old Nauvoo near the Nauvoo Illinois Temple
The Brigham Young Winter Home and the St. George Tabernacle near the St. George Utah Temple
Historic Kirtland, Ohio, located 150 miles north of the Columbus Ohio Temple
Liberty Jail Historic Site near the Kansas City Missouri Temple
Historic Winter Quarters near the Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple
Historic Temple Square near the Salt Lake Temple