There is nothing that screams American travel like the road trip. Jump in, crank up the radio and drive until you don’t feel like driving anymore. Get a hotel, sleep and repeat. The summer beckons travelers to hit the highways and explore places they have never seen before. There are so many great sights to see in the United States, and we have taken it upon ourselves this summer to show just how amazing they can be.
We’ve started a new series, hopping from state to state in true road trip fashion to showcase the natural, urban, and all-around majestic beauty of America. Each state gets two of our favorite photographs from our members that have braved the traffic and sometimes inclement weather to see everything there is to offer. We started in Maine and over the next 8 weeks will show you why the United States invites millions of tourists to our country each year.
Magnificent Maine- home to the beautiful Acadia National Park
, charming Kennebunkport
and lots and lots of lobster, The Pine Tree State
is rife with natural beauty. Our photos represent Cadillac Mountain
- where you can see the sun rise and touch the first spots of US soil each day, and Portland Head lighthouse
- the icon of Maine's nautical lifestyle.
Photo by Dave Lapha Photo by ccavan
We head west and climb into the White Mountains
to see the bucolic countryside of New Hampshire. Road trippers will delight on the mountain roads with their great views of the peaks in The Granite State
. Kancamagus Highway
is a phenomenal place to put down the sunroof; it is dotted with covered bridges and river views of the mountains.
Photo by Muchmor Photo by Muchmor
Departing the White Mountains due west to the Green Mountain State
offers tantalizing scenery for the avid hiker
. With part of the Appalachian Trail running through it, Vermont is an outdoors-man's dream. We love the stunning scenery of Lake Champlain
and the quaint Vermont countryside.
Photo by Mr. Wonka Photo by Jplus569
and its colonial history, Martha's Vineyard
and its upscale beaches- The Bay State
offers a dichotomy of the American dream. The Old State House
in Bean Town reminds us of our roots, and Gay Head in the Vineyard reminds us of our dreams. And there is nothing more American than baseball- check out Fenway Park
for a rabid experience.
Photo by Mr. Carmen Photo by mtemail
The Ocean State
and its gorgeous summer homes
of the rich and famous are sights to behold. Sailing is a popular pastime- you don't need to have an experience at many of the marinas. And no trip to Rhode Island would be complete without a taste of some local clam chowder- the Black Pearl
Photo by Mr. lharri Photo by LorenGul
Travelers find that the western neighbor of Rhode Island is brimming with history; it is
nicknamed The Constitution State
after all. A lively seaport
culture, historic universities
, state parks
to boot make the drive through Connecticut an eclectic experience.
Photo by NJdudette Photo by Muchmor
Up next week: The Mid-Atlantic region- NYC
, & more!Posted by jhartmann13 (JJ Hartmann)