Where to begin

What happens when two twenty year-olds drive 3,230 miles in six days with only a destination? The adventure of a lifetime.

While there are certain aspects of a road trip that need to be planned, many aspects can be left up in the air. This allows for spontaneity and puts less pressure and time constraints on the travelers.

It is important to have destination goals throughout the trip, but don’t be afraid to veer off path.

Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.”

      — Lawrence Block

The first rest stop after crossing state lines are usually information centers. The centers provide information on local attractions and facts about the state.

As we crossed the boarder into Illinois we knew we needed a break. We stopped at the next rest stop expecting to be back on the road within 10 minutes. As we left the rest stop we saw a small sign saying “Giant Superman Statue.”

We were intrigued by this and decided to start following the signs, unsure where we would end up. About 15 minutes later we found ourselves in front of a giant superman statue in the middle of superman’s hometown, Metropolis. This small town in Illinois was dedicated to superman with a museum, gift shop and old fashioned car with a sign for the Daily Planet Newspaper.

Metropolis, Illinios
Every visitor gets to be Superman
Metropolis, Illinios
The giant Superman statue

This detour ended up being a highlight of the trip.

Cross country road trips are filled with these kinds of adventures, so keep an eye for these opportunities.

Here are a few places to stop between Oregon and Georgia:

          • Shoshone Falls, also known as the Niagara of the west, provides travelers with the opportunity to get out of the car and enjoy Idaho’s beautiful landscape.
          • Arches National Park in Moab, Utah is an amazing drive with short hikes. Plan for a day at this location.
          • The Gateway Arch is a well known landmark that towers over St. Louis.

There are many other places to see so don’t be afraid to explore!


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