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Old 15 January 2014, 06:45 PM
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Default How to drive across the USA hitting all the major landmarks

People keep posting this on Facebook:

http://travel.diycenter.net/2013/12/...for-this-long/



Can anyone name all the major landmarks that they claim are on this route?

What side trips would you suggest for other landmarks that are off their main path?
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Old 15 January 2014, 06:55 PM
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I'm curious, as you are, about what constitutes a major landmark.

Florida, for example, has the Everglades, and from my experience, that and Orlando would constitute a major landmark for most people, but the route does not go near them.

What I would like to see if I did this (side trips):

- Tombstone and Bisbee Arizona, again (only did lunch there last time)
- Kansas City, Missouri, National WWI museum and monument
- St Louis - the Arch
- Memphis, Graceland
- Little Big Horn, Montana
- Revolutionary War sites (New England)
- Statue of Liberty etc in NYC
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Old 15 January 2014, 07:31 PM
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Landmarks? I'm not sure that word means what they think it does.

Well, if they start at the green pin in NY, what's there - Cooperstown?

Then down to DC (lots of "landmarks" there). Not sure what's in NC and SC that qualify as landmarks but it looks like Disney World in Orlando counts.

Then it's over to the Alamo, and something in Amarillo? And Flagstaff?

Of course they include Vegas; there you can see the Statue of Liberty, plus the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice, the Pyramid...

In LA, you get Disneyland and the Hollywood sign. 3 pins in the Bay Area: Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and what else? And on the CA/OR border -- what? I'm also not familiar with any "landmarks" in Grants Pass, Eugene, or the Portland area (unless you count "Portlandia" or the Oregon Trail museum).

Up to the Space Needle, then over to that famous landmark on the WA/ID border... uh... I got nothing; they went right by the Grand Coulee Dam to get there, though. Same with Missoula, MT. Then (maybe) Yellowstone, and the Golden Spike monument? And some other park in UT? Then over to -- Vail? And the Denver Airport!

Then we had over to the Wyoming/Nebraska border, oooh, and zip up north, ignoring Mount Rushmore, to some unnamed point in ND. Minneapolis landmarks? Anybody? Maybe the Fitzgerald Theater? Then it looks like we visit my grandmother's birthplace in Iowa, and we're off to Chicago, which does have some landmarks all righty! Cleveland rocks, but you'll have to remind me of the major landmark(s) there.

It looks like a very nice trip around the country, but they miss a lot of what I'd call "major landmarks" and go out of their way to visit... nothing.

(Please forgive me if I disparaged any of your favorite areas/landmarks. I don't know what's in every US city or region.)
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Old 15 January 2014, 07:33 PM
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Working counterclockwise, this is what I think the landmarks are:
- Cleveland, Rock and Roll hall of Fame
- Chicago
- Not sure, I think they are just swinging into Iowa
- Minneapolis, possibly the Largest ball of yarn in Darwin, MN
- Geographic center of the country, possibly just hitting ND
- Mt Rushmore, Badlands (a bit out of place), Devils Tower is nearby as well
- Denver
- Continental divide?
- Arches National Park
- Salt Lake City
- Grand Tetons National Park
- Yellowstone National Park
- Missoula, MT, National Bison Range?
- Spokane, WA
- Seattle, WA
- Portland, OR
- Bend, OR?
- Crater Lake
- Oregon Caves National Monument?
- Muir woods?
- San Franciso
- Monterrey, Monterrey bay aquarium
- Los Angelas
- Las Vegas
- Grand Canyon
- Amarillo, TX?
- Dallas
- Just a dip to pickup Florida?
- Myrtle Beach?
- Somewhere in North Carolina?
- Washington, DC

I don't know what he agenda is, but it seems like a mad dash to go to all of the lower 48, with a few stops along the way.
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Old 15 January 2014, 07:35 PM
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I think the pin that looks like it is near Flagstaff is the Grand Canyon, just off a bit. Unless it is something on the Navajo Big Rez, like Monument Valley, but then the pin is way west and too far south, so I'll guess the GC.

ETA: If it is the Grand canyon and then going across Arizona, side trip it to Monument Valley or Natural Bridges, etc.
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Old 15 January 2014, 07:40 PM
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The pin in Florida appears to be in Jacksonville, about 140 miles from Orlando.

The pin for N Arizona would be the Grand Canyon I'd guess.
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Old 15 January 2014, 07:44 PM
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I think the Pin in Florida is meant to mark St. Augustine/The Fountain of Youth.

ETA: Thank you, Moderator or Minion who fixed my post so the map would show.
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Old 15 January 2014, 07:51 PM
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It's kind of hard for me to imagine any definition of "major landmarks" in the U.S. that excludes the entirety of New England.

In any case, is there really anything remarkable or interesting about a chart of "How to drive across the USA hitting all the major landmarks" that pretty much has one motoring around the entire perimeter of the continental U.S.?
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Old 15 January 2014, 07:56 PM
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I guess the one near Amarillo would be Palo Duro Canyon.
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It is remarkable because it looks like E.T. (lying down) which proves that aliens are coming to the US as tourists?
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Old 15 January 2014, 08:01 PM
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I think the interesting (matter of opinion) thing is... he created a time-lapse chronicle of the journey.
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Old 15 January 2014, 08:09 PM
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And on the CA/OR border -- what?
Redwoods National Park? Or is they're going for a more specific landmark maybe the "drive through" redwood tree? Or if more general maybe the "landmark" is just the giant redwood trees.

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- Somewhere in North Carolina?
The pin looks to be near Raleigh, or perhaps a bit east of there. I lived there for six years and I can't think of anything near there that could be considered a "major landmark" other than the fact that it's a state capital. If you wanted to hit something resembling a famous landmark in NC you'd probably go to the Outer Banks and see Kitty Hawk and Cape Hatteras.

But now I see Brian's post, and I assume not all the pins are necessarily "landmarks" but just spots where the photographer took a picture.

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Old 15 January 2014, 08:09 PM
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Driver Time-Lapse: Drive Across America in 5 Minutes

http://www.picturecorrect.com/news/t...-in-5-minutes/
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New York photographer Brian DeFrees recently set out on a roadtrip around the United States with the goal of creating a time-lapse to chronicle his journey.
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In total, he crossed at least 32 states in 55 days:
Notice the caption on the website below the graphic that's missing in the OP version. Also, nothing about landmarks, which I assume was added by someone else.

Brian

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Old 15 January 2014, 08:15 PM
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It's kind of hard for me to imagine any definition of "major landmarks" in the U.S. that excludes the entirety of New England.

In any case, is there really anything remarkable or interesting about a chart of "How to drive across the USA hitting all the major landmarks" that pretty much has one motoring around the entire perimeter of the continental U.S.?
That's what got to me. So many people sharing this on Facebook, when there's really no content in the post other than the map.

Thanks, Brian B and Stan the Man, for providing the content.
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Old 15 January 2014, 08:32 PM
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I think the Pin in Florida is meant to mark St. Augustine/The Fountain of Youth.
I was thinking the Okeefenokee Swamp, because the pin is right on the Georgia border. Still, it's odd. You'd have to drive farther down the coast, midway to Orlando, for the Fountain of Youth (which isn't that much of a landmark anyway) and I'd think the Everglades and Disney, or the southernmost point of Key West, would be much higher on the list than St. Augustine.
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Old 15 January 2014, 09:03 PM
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You're probably right. I was too lazy to verify on a map. (Heck, that's why I started this thread.)

Cervus, have you been to Bok Tower? It's one of my favorite Florida places. I really, really want to go the weekend that they open the gates and let folks right up to the gorgeous brass door, but I'm a little broke since my daughter's wedding.
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Old 15 January 2014, 09:06 PM
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I think I was there once when I was too young to remember it. It's on my list of Florida Places to Visit.
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Old 15 January 2014, 10:10 PM
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Looks like they hit Chimney Rock, NE.

But they missed both Carhenge and Memorial Stadium.
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Old 15 January 2014, 10:27 PM
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yeah, I'd say Stan is right that the pin in the Texas panhandle was for Palo Duro Canyon. The other one looks like it's labeled Dallas, but the pin is in San Antonio. Threw me at first.

NC: Blue Ridge Parkway?
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Old 15 January 2014, 10:38 PM
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The NC pin is way too far east to be the Blue Ridge Parkway. It really just looks like a random spot on I-95; there really isn't much in that part of the state other than hog farms.
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