Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Traveling America with Kids: The Six Travel Routes

 (Brian Hartenstein with daughters in the summer of 2008. This was our first wall mural done with an overhead projector and crayons)  

Loop #1  The Northwest

Includes native Oregon, our home state, Willamette Valley, Coast, Cascades, Washington, Northern California, and British Columbia.
 (First American Road Map mailed in a care package to Taiwan, 2012)

Loop #2  The Rocky Mountains

Portland to Spokane, Coeur d’ Laine, Missoula, Glacier National Park, Bozeman, Billings, Little Bighorn, Deadwood, Sturges, Badlands, Crazy Horse Monument, Mt. Rushmore, Devil’s Tower, Heart Mountain Internment Camp, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Craters of the Moon, Boise, Hell’s Canyon, The Wallowas, The Dalles, Hood River, Portland.
(The Plan:  We divided America into six different routes or loops.  Originally Canada and Mexico were included, but the vast size of those countries became too overwhelming to see in one year)

Loop #3  The Southwest

Portland to Bend, Burns, Winnemucca, Promontory Point, Salt Lake City, Park City, Arches National Park, Four Corners Monument, Mesa Verde, Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Aspen, Vail, Denver, Colorado Springs, Pike’s Peak, Pueblo, Taos, Sante Fe, Roswell, Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands, El Paso, Gila Cliff Dwellings, Petrified Forest, Canyon De Chelly, Monument Pass, Grand Canyon, Hoover Damn, Las Vegas, Joshua Tree, San Diego, Tijuana, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Death Valley, Manzanar Internment Camp, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Klamath Falls, Portland.
 (The American Road Map has gone through some changes as we prepare for the trip.  My daughters have grown up too)

Loop #4  The Great Plains and Mississippi River

Portland to Denver, Lincoln, Sioux Falls, Bemidji, Great Mississippi Road, Minneapolis, Bloomington, Dubuque, Davenport, Chicago, South Bend, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Cleveland, Canton, Indianapolis, Springfield, Hannibal, St. Louis, Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, Vicksburg, Oak Alley, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Dodge City, Denver, Portland.
 (But they haven't grown up too much)

Loop #5  The Southern Confederacy

Portland to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Canaveral, Daytona, Miami, Biscayne, Key Largo, Key West, Everglades, Tampa Bay, Monroeville, Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham, Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Charolette, Durham, Chapel Hill, Shiloh, Kitty Hawk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, Richmond, Monticello, Shenandoah, Washington D.C., Portland.
(At ages 13, 11, and 9 this is the perfect time to take such a trip.  Traveling for months in a a camper around the U.S.  Wish us luck!)

Loop #6  The Northern Union
Portland to New York, Brooklyn, Coney Island, Trenton, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Pittsburgh, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Cooperstown, Hartford, Sleepy Hollow, Amherst, Mystic Seaport, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Portsmouth, Boston, Charlestown, Plymouth Rock, Salem, Lexington, Concord, Walden Pond, Vermont, Springfield, Portland, Arcadia, Nova Scotia, Montreal, Quebec, Portland.

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