@automatontribe: The United States is huge, many states are as large as many European nations. Driving from one end of North Carolina to the other north to south takes 2 hours 150 'ish miles, east to west around 8 hours or around 490 miles. That's why it took Vinny that long to drive cross country.
It would have been bigger if we tried harder to take Canada from the British during The Revolution. Damn Canadians fought back! Weird!