Road Trip Time Lapse With Map

Road trip time-lapse footage with accompanying animated map.

Time-lapse road footage from Seattle through San Francisco, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Austin, Oklahoma City, Denver, Salt Lake City, Boise, and back to Seattle.

Seventy-six hours of footage condensed to 13 minutes, with an original score by The Half Brothers.

In the summer of 2013, my girlfriend and I took a road trip from Seattle to Austin and back again. On the dashboard, I had my old iPhone 3G taking a picture of the road every 15 seconds using the FotoTimer app by Jeffrey Lynch.

I’ve edited out all of the rest stops, gas stops and city driving, so what you see is primarily freeway miles. The miles counter includes every mile put on the car during the three week trip. The hour counter, however, is calculating only the hours seen in the video – so while an approximate total of 450 hours was spent on the trip, you see only the 76 hours spent driving on the freeway.

Also, while a total of over 22,000 photos were taken, only about 18,700 are included in the video.

The music is an original composition by Seattle-based bluegrass band The Half Brothers – John Ackermann on mandolin, Rick Miller on guitar, and David Nixon on banjo. You can find more Half Brothers music at

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