There’s a popular story out right now from Discovery that shows the “perfect” road trip as designed by a computer algorithm. The algorithm not only factors in popular tourist destinations but also plans for the most efficient route. This goes against the essence of what a road trip should be. A road trip should take us away from the hectic schedules that everyday life throws at us. From work to our kid’s ever-increasing activities and events, hitting the open road is a chance to rejuvenate ourselves. To connect again with our adventurous spirit.
We American have a love affair with our cars and the open road, and nothing appeals to us more than “the cross-country” trip. Driving is built into our cultural DNA. It transports us back to a better, simpler time. Some of my best memories of road trips are not from the things we planned to see but from things discovered along the way.
We are blessed to live in this vast country of extraordinary ecological diversity. You can drive for twelve hours and never leave the state of Texas, or you can drive for an hour and pass through the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico at the Four Corners.
From my time in the military and during my career, I have been fortunate to see quite of bit of this great country. But, I have barely scratched the surface. This country is big, and there is still so much I want to see.
Below is my list of destinations I would like to see in all fifty states and DC. I built this list from the heart, not an algorithm. There are a few places on this list I have already visited, but would certainly welcome the opportunity to see again. I would love to hear in the comments which places are on your list.