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Road Tripping U.S.A. What to see? Share your Hidden Gems

STATE OF THE WEEK - Share your knowledge on each state.
26 months ago, March 14th 2018 No: 1 Msg: #204285  

The U.S. is a large country and many travelers are only familiar with California, New York, Florida and Nevada.
This is an attempt to introduce you to other locations all across the U.S.A. This is an attempt to help you plan an amazing road trip.
Helpful hints.

The U.S. has amazing highways that allow you to go far and wide.

Help a visitor to each state find fun and unique things to do when visiting.
Festivals, scenic drives, sports, best diners....
Feel free to post your blogs from the featured state. Reply to this

26 months ago, March 14th 2018 No: 2 Msg: #204286  
Welcome to Alabama!

Alabama is a southern coastal state with amazing beaches.

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26 months ago, March 14th 2018 No: 3 Msg: #204287  
Gulf Shores and Dauphin Island, Alabama are well known for nice beaches.
You'll be able to participate in all manner of water sports and go to wildlife sanctuaries.

Football is an obsession in most parts of the U.S. and the University of Alabama has a well known team. You may want to take in a game at the Alabama Crimson Tide.

If you visit in the summer you'll want to take in a minor league baseball game.

Scenic drives to consider:
Natchez Trace Parkway
Lookout Mountain Parkway
Selma to Montgomery March Byway. -- very historic drive
Alabama's Coastal Connection Scenic Byway Reply to this

26 months ago, March 14th 2018 No: 4 Msg: #204293  
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Interesting idea! Looking forward to the different ideas. Will they be used to update the state descriptions on the blog pages, which could use some additional info?

I've only visited Birmingham, but two sights were very meaningful. A third qualifies for those who like the offbeat.

In 1963 Birmingham was ground zero in the civil rights movement. The Birmingham Civil Rights Center and next door Kelly Ingram Park document that history. Not for the squeamish: Welcome to Hell

Birmingham was a center for iron smelting. It now contains Sloss Furnace, the only intact iron smelter open to the public. A must see for lovers of history or technology (and some amazing opportunities for photos!): Where Iron is Forged and Men Are Destroyed

The offbeat attraction is Vulcan, and enormous metal statue on a ridge above town with a great view of the city. A group of boosters commissioned it for the 1902 World's Fair to show the economic prosperity of Birmingham: (near the end of Welcome to Hell) Reply to this

26 months ago, March 15th 2018 No: 5 Msg: #204294  
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Ezra thanks for contributing. I hope several people will post their blogs and comments. I think it is an opportunity to educate visitors to the U.S. on those not so famous states. Reply to this

26 months ago, March 23rd 2018 No: 6 Msg: #204340  
Do you know about the Unclaimed luggage center in Scottsboro, Alabama? If you've lost anything on an airplane in the U.S. it is likely to end up in this store. Well worth a visit.

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26 months ago, March 23rd 2018 No: 7 Msg: #204341  
One place I would love to go explore is the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. This is on my list. If you are interested in all things Space related this is one of the great places to go. They have a simulator.


Also as I kid I always wanted to go to Space Camp. I didn't make it. If you are a really cool parent you'll want to send your kids on this adventure.

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26 months ago, March 23rd 2018 No: 8 Msg: #204342  
Welcome to Alaska!

Our northernmost and westernmost state.
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26 months ago, April 4th 2018 No: 9 Msg: #204461  
I'm leaving this open a few more days. I know some of you have been to Alaska. Reply to this

26 months ago, April 4th 2018 No: 10 Msg: #204464  
Hello all,
We traveled to Alaska for five weeks in June-July 2016 and had a fantastic time. At that tiem of year, we are mostly sunny weather and little rain.
I wrote travelblogs which you will find quite useful:
And I posted some much-viewed photos on Flickr:

Meloburne, Australia. Reply to this

26 months ago, April 4th 2018 No: 11 Msg: #204469  
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Craig, your blogs are great. Thanks for sharing.
Any must see, not to miss suggestions?

Hope you'll blog again soon. Reply to this

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