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Visual, architectural, and culinary art in every state and major city, mapped by Machine Learning

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Overview

This page lists where one can visit, see, and eat at the most important cultural artifacts in America (given unlimited time and money). I created this page as “bucket list” so that even if I can’t visit each one and perhaps enjoy on-site, I can still visit their web pages. Someday soon everyone can see treasures from anywhere using VR (Virtual Reality) glasses.

It’s a large country, so sites here are listed by each state of the union, along natural geography:

Journeys on water as she flows toward the Equator:

Journeys on land:

BTW, finding where each site is located was a great geography lesson for me.

National Parks

America’s greatest treasure is the 63 national parks managed by the U.S. National Park Service.

us-nps-ma-1500x938.jpeg The map above is missing White Sands National Park (New Mexico), Indiana Dunes, and Gateway Arch (St. Louis).

Many “Western” movies were filmed in iconic “Mighty 5” parks below Salt Lake City in Utah: Las Vegas from the South and Denver from the North us-might5-route-1682x1014322 miles in 5 hours without stopping (click for Google Map):

  1. Zion
  2. Bryce Canyon VIDEO
  3. Capital Reef
  4. Arches
  5. Canyonlands

One couple visited the most significant parks in this order: us-tour-natl-park-route

CAUTION: as COVID lockdowns relax, reservations are at all-time highs at recreation.gov/, KOA, ReserveAmerica.com, and state camping sites.

Route from Machine Learning

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The above route was optimized for least driving time using Google Maps API driven by Machine Learning algorithms run in a Python Jupyter Notebook as described by Randal S. Olson.

Refueling and ReCharging

The number of Tesla Supercharger locations jumped to 2,966 in Q2 2021 from 1,587 at Q1 2019:
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A map of stations offering Ethanol-free premium gasoline is at pure-gas.org/extensions/map.html. My wife used it to figure out where I should stop along a route from Florida to Montana. It was difficult because we had to figure out where I was on the website’s map. She also had to calculate how much further I could go with remaining gas. Somehow we managed to stay married after that.

Freedom Ride

The planned route of the courageous Freedom Ride May 1961 through the “Jim Crow” South to test a Supreme Court ruling against “whites-only” restrooms and lunch counters at bus stations:

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The ride stopped on May 14 in Anniston, Alabama when the bus was burnt by segregationists.

The Woolworth lunch counter in downtown Greensboro, NC is now a museum.

Do you have a roadtrip map? Send it to me and I’ll post it here.

Down the Atlantic Eastern Seaboard

This is where the United States of America began as colonies of England.

Maine

New Hampshire

Massachusettes

Boston:

Cambridge (North of Boston):

Western Mass Turnpike 90:

Northward Mass up 95:

SouthEast of Boston on 3 to the tip:

Western Mass up 91:

Southern Mass:

Rhode Island

Connecticut

New Jersey

New York

New York City (Manhattan)

New York City (Brooklyn)

DUMBO = Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass is home to 25% of New York based tech firms, including Etsy. [tour]

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia:

Pittsburgh:

Delaware

Maryland

Washington DC

West Virginia

Virginia

Williamsburg:

North Carolina

South Carolina

Georgia

Atlanta:

Florida

Northwest on 75 up the Gulf coast

South down the East coast

Miami:

Down the Mississippi River

(2,300 miles), the 4th longest in the world (after Nile, Amazon, Yangtze).
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Viking River Cruises has, an 8 day “America Heartland” cruise from St. Louis upstream to St. Paul:
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Viking also has a Hearth of the Delta” cruise from New Orleans to Memphis, with stops in the Vicksburg battlegrounds.

Illinois

Chicago:

Missouri

Kansas City:

St. Louis:

Tennessee

Nashville:

Memphis:

Arkansas

Mississippi

Louisiana

Alabama


Westward from Vermont to Kentucky

Vermont

Upstate New York

Albany/Rochester:

Adirondacks

Buffalo:

Michigan

Detroit

Ohio

Cincinnati:

Cleveland:

Indiana

Indianapolis:

Kentucky


Down the Pacific West Coast

Alaska

NOTE: Driving from Alaska to Washington state requires travel through Canada.

Washington

Spokane:

Seattle:

Oregon

 

California

San Francisco Bay:

San Jose:

Santa Barbara (Central Coast):

Los Angeles:

Orange County:

Inland Empire:

San Diego:

Hawaii

Just so we include all the states:


Westward through Northern states

To go from New York City to Seattle, it would take takes 2,852-miles on Interstates 80 and 90, crossing 11 states.

Northern Rail

Amtrak’s Empire Builder train between Chicago to Seattle and Portland takes 46 hours.

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Amtrak’s California Zephyr (named after the Greek god of the Western wind). VIDEO: from Chicago to Emeryville (San Franciso) – 2 nights through 7 states: Naperville, Galesburg, Omaha, Denver (a one hour stop) over the moutains to Grand Junction, Reno, Truckee, Salt Lake City. With no wi-fi between stations.

Lewis and Clark Trail Westward Ho

Historically, there are names for wagon trains traveling through the Northern United States:

The Lewis and Clark Trail today is a set of hiking trails that commemorates the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 to 1806. The “Corps of Discovery” took a 8,000 miles trip to the Pacific, then return with maps and scientific specimens for President Thomas Jefferson:

Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail

Oregon Trail to the Pacific

The Oregon Trail was established during the 1830s by mountain men in their fur trade, before motorized transportation. It favors valleys to minimize going over mountains:

Oregon Trail Topo map NASA

The trail begins from St. Louis and Independence, Missouri through Kansas and Nebraska to Fort Laramie, Wyoming. It then goes through Boise, Idaho to Portland, Oregon. The map of it in 1907:

Oregon Trail 1907

Kansas

Iowa

Wisconsin

Milwaukee:

Minnesota

Duluth (North coast of Lake Superior)

Minneapolis:

St. Paul:

Nebraska

South Dakota

North Dakota

Montana

Idaho


Westward through the Southwest

The route here is a variation of Route 66, one of the original highways within the U.S. Thus its colloqual name the “Mother Road”.

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Route 66 begins in Chicago, goes to St. Louis, Missouri, then through smaller road-side towns on the way to Oklahoma City, Amarillo TX, and Flagstaff AZ before ending on the Santa Monica pier in Los Angeles, California.

The Chisolm Trail was used between 1867-1884 to drive cows to market from various cowtowns in Texas through Oklahoma Indian Territory to Abilene and other railheads in Kansas. The Lonesome Dove TV series depicts that time.

Since Illinos and Missouri are already listed in our Mississippi route, we begin from Oklahoma and take a long detour North to avoid too much desert along the way.

Oklahoma

Texas

Dallas:

Austin:

Houston:

New Mexico

Santa Fe:

Taos:

Colorado

Denver:

Wyoming

(Southern Idaho)

Utah

Arizona

Nevada



Poney Express

“Pony Express” riders (who include “Calamity Jane”) operated less than 2 years: between April 3, 1860 to October 24, 1861. Their 1,900-mile (3,100 km) route went along 184 stations from St. Joseph, Missouri on the Missouri River to San Francisco, California.

map of Pony Express route Map by William Henry Jackson, American artist. Text: Howard Roscoe Driggs. Scan: US Library of Congress. Photo image obtained/rendered by Gwillhickers. Restoration by Crisco 1492, Public Domain.

US Civil War

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The Confederacy included the 11 Southern states of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

The 5 “Border States” were Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri.

States in white (Oklahoma) did not fight for either side. Idaho volunteers did not fight against the Confederacy. Areas in Arizona and New Mexico were claimed by both sides.

All the sights

In addition to “museums”, also included here are grand natural sights:

Technical Footnote

This rather large list was originally created to be intentionally large in order to test how well the system handles a large file (how quickly it can download and display).

This is an upgrade of my terrible Roadtrips to visit museums across the USA from 2005.

Next, I’d like to display a Google map of coordinates from a public Google spreadsheet like Jessica Lord’s hack-spots site implemented from a github repo which uses the sheetsee.js and Mapbox libraries.

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag