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


Overview

This page lists where one can visit and see the most important cultural artifacts in America (given unlimited time and money).

I hope that someday soon everyone can see treasures from anywhere using VR (Virtual Reality) glasses. Then enjoy visiting sites even more using AR (Augmented Reality).

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:

Journeys on land:

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

Route from Machine Learning

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The about 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.

But if you want to visit national parks, consider the route mapped below: us-tour-natl-park-route

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

Gas and Charging

Tesla superchargers:

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A map of stations offering Ethanol-free premium gasoline is at https://www.pure-gas.org/extensions/map.html

Railroads

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

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Down the Atlantic Eastern Seaboard

This is where America began as colonies of England (until 1776).

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:

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia:

Pittsburgh:

Delaware

Maryland

Washington DC

West Virginia

Virginia

Williamsburg:

North Carolina

South Carolina

Georgia

Atlanta:

Florida

South down the East coast

Miami:

Northwest on 75 up the Gulf coast

Down the Mississippi

(2,300 miles), the 4th longest in the world (after Nile, Amazon, Yangtze).
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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

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 Middle America

The route here through the Northern United States is a variation of two famous historical trails:

Lewis and Clark Trail Westward

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 goes 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

Minnesota

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 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 route took 1,900-mile-long (3,100 km) 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, historic landmark hotels and:

Technical Footnote

This is rather large list, intentionally to test how well the system can handle 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.