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Author winterkjm
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#406 | Posted: 11 Sep 2021 23:45 | Edited by: winterkjm 
I tried to include state capitols when there was something of interest to visit. I could not find much reason to visit Trenton (NJ), Hartford (CT), Augusta (ME), Jackson (MS), and Little Rock (AK). The later two had Civil Rights sites of interest, but I determined from the outset I was not going to visit everything. I did my best to diversify the experience with food, museums, art galleries, historic sites, and nature. Moreover, if I visited any more state capitols, it meant less time in other places like major cities: Portland, Seattle, Chicago, and Philadelphia, or National Parks. During the trip, I also got to visit many people including friends and family, so there were many complexities about how to spend our time during the trip. It generally worked out really well, we found a reasonable balance.

Colvin:
Hope you get to find a way to incorporate these travels into your teaching!

I will definitely include some ideas, resources, and lessons learned after visiting the Civil Rights Movement sites and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery.

Author Colvin
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#407 | Posted: 12 Sep 2021 00:46 
That makes sense. I understand the balance, since I try to include visits with family and friends when I take my US road trips, too (though I haven't done an epic one like yours since high school; generally my trips are more regional in different parts of the US). This is an amazing country to explore!

Author winterkjm
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#408 | Posted: 12 Sep 2021 01:34 | Edited by: winterkjm 
The size factor of the US is pretty wild, granted I didn't take a standard route across the country. My trip mileage via car would still surpass these itineraries below:

Paris - Venice - Istanbul - Jerusalem - Cairo - Tehran - Moscow - St. Petersburg - Berlin - Paris

Gibraltar - Moscow - Ulaan Baatar - Vladivostok

Edinburgh - Lake Baikal - Edinburgh

Colvin:
generally my trips are more regional in different parts of the US

This is true for us as well. This was probably a one-time only trip. I also don't think we would have done something like this if the pandemic didn't happen. Now that I have covered all 20 WHS in the Continental U.S., I am looking forward to finally visiting Hawaii in a couple months. An extensive Canadian journey will have to wait, but hopefully not too long! Beyond North America, we have seriously considered relocating to Europe for 1-2 years, just to explore more of that continent and experience something new. I certainly admire the ease of ticking off WHS via weekend trips or by a quick train journey. Road-tripping across the U.S. is fantastic, but I don't miss certain stretches. Topeka to Denver is a pretty boring 8 hours!

Author Colvin
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#409 | Posted: 12 Sep 2021 10:05 
Those sample road trips really put the size of the US in perspective! I broke up Canada into multiple trips for the sites and places I've seen (and I still have to return to Newfoundland and Labrador for new sites I missed), but Canada could also lend itself to an epic road trip.

Hope you enjoy Hawaii — it's an awesome state, and each island has its own unique vibe!

Author elsslots
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#410 | Posted: 12 Sep 2021 19:58 
winterkjm:
Edinburgh - Lake Baikal - Edinburgh

LOL!

Really impressive seeing your trip on a map. So much covered in 'only' 2 months.

Author meltwaterfalls
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#411 | Posted: 13 Sep 2021 05:32 
Really great run down winterkjm.

I really like the map too! I certainly miss going on US roadtrips, but howefully post pandemic, we can take the girls on some of parts of your route?

I've really enjoyed your flickr albums as well, as shame you missed the Farnsworth house, it is top of my wish list

Author winterkjm
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#412 | Posted: 13 Sep 2021 10:27 | Edited by: winterkjm 
meltwaterfalls:
missed the Farnsworth house

I have a friend who lives about 25 minutes drive from the house, so I hope to get there on a future visit. Just an unlucky circumstance with so much rain, my reserved tour was cancelled and refunded. I hope the damage turned out to be small.

Colvin:
Hope you enjoy Hawaii — it's an awesome state, and each island has its own unique vibe!

Thanks! Only going to Big Island this trip, but I hope to visit other islands in the future.

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