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US History Road Trip Project

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Weston Snyder

on 20 November 2014

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Alcatraz Island, California
Alcatraz Island was a maximum security prison located in San Francisco Bay. The prison opened in 1933, and closed in 1968. The prison held many dangerous prisoners, notably Al Capone. I would like to visit Alcatraz because I have never been there, but live near it.
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Pearl Harbor is an operating US Navy base located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, launching the US into World War II. Most of the ships in the harbor were severely damaged. There are memorials for these ships in the harbor. I would like to visit Pearl Harbor because I enjoy learning about World War II, so this would be interesting to me.
Disney Aulani Resort
The Aulani Resort is a Disney-run Hawaiian hotel. I enjoy going to Disneyland, so I would like to see what this hotel is like. I would also like to take advantage of some of the Disney-planned adventures around the Hawaiian Islands they offer. The hotel also has on-site facilities for guests that would be fun to see.
Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Dutch Harbor is a fishing harbor in the town of Unalaska, Alaska. It serves as the main base for Bering Sea crab fishing. I would like to visit it because I watch the show Deadliest Catch, and Dutch Harbor is featured prominently in the show. I would also like to visit the sites that were bombed by the Japanese in World War II.
Attu Island, Alaska
Attu Island is one of the larger western Aleutian Islands. It is currently uninhabited since its Coast Guard station closed down. I would like to visit it to see the memorial to the troops that died there during the battle with the Japanese in 1943.
Crater Lake
Crater Lake is a large lake in southern Oregon made from the collapsed dome of a volcano. With no rivers running into it, the lake is made up entirely of rainwater. I would like to visit it because it would be a beautiful area of nature to visit.
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum is a large museum dedicated to preserving older aircraft in McMinnville, Oregon. Is houses some of the last remaining planes from World War II (including one of 46 intact B-17 Bombers). It also includes the "Spruce Goose," a plane built by Howard Hughs, which has the largest wingspan of any plane in history. I would like to visit this museum because I enjoy looking at older aircraft.
Space Needle
The Space Needle is a large freestanding tower located in Seattle, Washington. It was opened in 1962 for the World's Fair. It is an engineering marvel, able to withstand 200 mph winds and a 9.1 magnitude earthquake. I would like to visit the Space Needle to see the views and its architecture.
Experience Music Project Museum
The EMP is a museum in Seattle, Washington dedicated to pop culture, as well as having a special emphasis on musical culture. It has dedicated exhibits to Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix due to their Seattle origins. It was founded by Paul Allen of Microsoft in 2000. While the building itself is not very historical, the items it contains have been essential to pop culture for the last sixty years. I would like to visit this museum to see its Jimi Hendrix exhibit and the upcoming exhibit of Star Wars costumes.
Old Idaho State Penitentiary
This prison used to be the main prison for the state of Idaho. Construction started on it in 1870. It opened in 1872 and closed in 1973. It is historical for its 101 years of operation, as well a for many of the inmates it has held, such as Harry Ochard, who assassinated a former governor of Idaho in 1905. I would like to visit this site to see all of the historical buildings that make up the prison.
Taco Bell Arena
Taco Bell Arena is the on-campus sports arena for Boise State. Their team, the Broncos, plays basketball and has wrestling and gymnastics there as well. It seats 12,480 people. I would like to visit this arena to see a game, and I don't know what else there is to do in Idaho.
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival includes performances of classic Shakespeare plays, as well as contemporary ones. It is held in Incline Village, Nevada. I would like to attend this festival because because I enjoy seeing plays.
Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is a dam on the Colorado River constructed as a way to help the US recover economically from the Great Depression. Construction lasted from 1931 to 1936. It was the largest concrete structure built at that time. It controls the river's flooding and generates hydroelectric power. I would like to visit the dam to learn about the engineering used to build it.
Tombstone, Arizona
Tombstone is a town in southeast Arizona that was a boomtown built alongside the Tough Nut Mine. It was incorporated in 1879. It is best known for the O.K. Coral and the famous gunfight that occurred there on October 26, 1881. I would to visit Tombstone to see all of the historical sites around the town.
Meteor Crater
Meteor Crater is a large depression in the ground formed from a meteorite impact approximately 50,000 years ago. It is nearly 4,000 feet across, and 600 feet deep. I would like to visit this crater to learn about meteorite impacts and see the damage they can cause.
Trinity Site
The Trinity Site is the location of the first nuclear bomb detonation. The test was codenamed "Trinity" and conducted on July 16, 1945. Currently the park is open to visitors once a year. I would like to visit this site to learn about the history of the nuclear bomb.
International UFO Museum
The International UFO Museum is dedicated to educating people about UFOs. It was founded in Roswell, New Mexico due to Roswell drawing many UFO fanatics. This is because of the 1947 US military balloon crash in Roswell that was thought to be a UFO. I would like to visit this museum to see all of the crazy things some people will say about UFOs.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
These cliff dwellings were built approximately 700 years ago by the Anasazi people. They carved their homes into the cliff walls. I would like to visit this site to learn more about the Anasazi people because I don't know much about them.
Denver Zoo
Located in Denver, Colorado, this zoo contains 4,125 animals of 613 species. It is spread out over over eighty acres. The zoo was founded in 1896. I would like to visit this zoo because it is fun to go to zoos, and this one is huge.
Arches National
This Nation park is known for its large sandstone arches. It has over 2,000 arches total. The park is located near Moab, Utah.I would like to visit this park to see as many of the arches as I can.
Promontory Summit
Promontory Summit is where the two sides of the Transcontinental Railroad met in the middle to complete the railroad. The final spike between the two railroads was laid on May 10, 1869. To commemorate the event, the final spike was made of gold. I would like to visit this site because I enjoyed going to the Sacramento Railroad Museum and learning about this event there.
Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie was a fur trading post founded in 1834. In 1849 the military took it over to use it to protect travelers on the Oregon Trail from attacks. The fort was eventually shut down in 1890. I would like to visit this fort to learn more about the many travelers who came over on the Oregon Trail.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the US. It was created by President Grant in 1872. The park covers 3,500 square miles, and extends into Montana and Idaho. I would like to visit Yellowstone to see all of the natural wonders like Old Faithful Geyser.
Garnet, Montana
Garnet is a ghost town Granite County, Montana. It was founded as a mining town for the garnet, but gold quickly became more commonly mined. It was abandoned after gold became rare. I would like to visit the town to see all of the old buildings.
Little Bighorn Battlefield
This is the site of the Battle of Little Bighorn in which a US cavalry force commended by Lt. Col. George Custer was completely wiped out while fighting against Native American forces. Custer attacked the large Native American force of over 1,000 with only a little more than 200 troops. I would like to visit this site because I find Custer an interesting military leader, and would like to see where his final defeat happened.
Heritage Park
This park, located near Minot, North Dakota, includes many Scandinavian designed buildings. The park was established in 1988. It is the only park in the world that represents Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland together. I would like to visit this park to see all of the cool Scandinavian architecture.
Fort Mandan
Fort Mandan was the fort constructed by Lewis and Clark for the 1804-1805 winter. There is a reconstruction of the fort near the original location, which is believed to underwater in the Missouri River. I would like to visit this site to learn about Lewis and Clark's journey.
Mt. Rushmore
Mt. Rushmore is a mountain located near Keystone, South Dakota with the heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln carved into it. The project was headed by Gutzon Borglum, and construction lasted from 1927-1941. Each face on the mountain is sixty feet tall. I would like to visit Mt. Rushmore because it is a famous American landmark, and would be cool to see.
Corn Palace
The Corn Palace is a large building located on Mitchell, South Dakota that is decorated with large murals made from grain, mostly corn. The first Corn Palace was built in 1892 to bring attention to the area. I would like to visit the Corn Palace to see all of the cool mural designs.
Fort Atkinson
Fork Atkinson was a US Army base from 1819-1827, and is located near the current town of Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. It was the first US Army base west of the Mississippi River. I would like to visit it to see the living history reenactments the fort holds.
USS Hazard
The USS Hazard was a minesweeper in World War II that was purchased and set up for public display in the 1970s. The ship was designated a National Historic Landmark because it is the last Admirable-class minesweeper. I would like to visit the ship to learn about minesweepers.
Dwight Eisenhower Presidential Library
The Eisenhower Presidential Library is located in Abilene, Kansas, Eisenhower's birthplace. It is also where he is buried. The library contains many artifacts from Eisenhower's life. The building is not historical, but it tells the history of one of the most important people in the twentieth century.I would like to visit this museum because it combines two things I am interested in, US presidents and World War II.
Barbed Wire Museum
The Barbed Wire Museum is located in La Crosse, Kansas, and is dedicated to the history of barbed wire. It contains over 2,000 types of barbed wire that have been collected since the museum's founding in 1970. I would like to visit this museum because barbed wire is an important invention, and why shouldn't anyone learn about it?
Price Tower
Price Tower, located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is a skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Construction lasted from 1952 to 1956, and it is the only skyscraper built by Wright. I would like to visit this building to see Wright's style of architecture.
Skiatook Lake
Skiatook Lake is located four miles from from the town of Skiatook, and eighteen miles from the city of Tulsa. The lake was artificially created after a dam was constructed upstream. I would like to visit Skiatook Lake because my uncle and cousins live on a property near the lake.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial
The memorial is a statue located in Austin, Texas dedicated to the musician Stevie Ray Vaughan. Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash in 1990, and the statue was installed four years later. I would like to visit this memorial because SRV is one of my favorite musicians.
The Alamo
The Alamo is an old Spanish mission located in San Antonio, Texas made famous by the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. In the battle, the Mexican army killed all 189 Texan defenders, including the famous frontiersman Davy Crockett. I would like to visit the Alamo because it would be cool to see the inside, something I was unable to do when I was there.
Garden District
The Garden District is a historic suburb of New Orleans that is known for its well-preserved plantations. Some of the oldest buildings in the district date back to the early 1830s. I would like to visit the Garden District to see all of the beautiful homes within it.
Chalmette Battlefield
The Chalmette Battlefield was the location of the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. In this battle, future president Andrew Jackson commended an American force that defeated the British to end the War of 1812. I would like to visit the battlefield to learn more about the Battle of New Orleans.
Little Rock Central High School
The Little Rock Central High school is a famous for being the site of the first racially integrated high school in Arkansas. Nine African American students, known as the Little Rock Nine, faced a mob of over 1,000 people that wanted to keep them from attending the school. The Little Rock Nine had to be escorted in by police and US Army Airborne Troops. I would like to visit the school to see the museum about the event.
Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo
This zoo is located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and has been raising alligators since its founding in 1902. The zoo contains 400 animals from sixty different species, as well as a merman mummy. I would like to visit this zoo to hopefully pet alligators.
Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch, a monument for western expansion, is located in St. Louis, Missouri. It is the largest arch in the world at 630 feet tall. It was opened in 1967. I would like to visit the Gateway Arch because it is an American icon, and I would like to visit the top viewing deck of it.
Mark Twain Birthplace
Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri in a two room house. It is a historic site because Twain was one of the most famous authors of the 1800s, and the house contains some artifacts from him, like a handwritten manuscript of Tom Sawyer. I would like to visit this place because I enjoy reading Mark Twain's books.
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library
Located in West Branch, Iowa, this presidential library was founded in 1962, two years before Hoover's death. It contains the home Hoover was born in, he and his wife's graves, and a museum of his life. I would like to visit this museum to learn more about Hoover because I enjoy learning about presidents.
Adventureland is a theme park in Altoona, Iowa that opened in 1974. In total, it has over 100 attractions, including roller coasters, Ferris wheels, and water rides. I would like to visit Adventureland because theme parks are fun.
Mall of America
The Mall of America is a giant mall in Bloomington, Minnesota that contains more than 500 stores. It also contains the US's largest indoor amusement park. I would like to visit the Mall of America to ride the rides it has, and go shopping, and eat food.
Cathedral of St. Paul
Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, this church is named after Paul the Apostle, not the town. The cathedral was built in 1915 on the site of a Catholic church that had existed since 1841.
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Cumberland Public Library
Cumberland Public Library is a library whose creation was funded by Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie donated large amounts of money to build librarys throughout the early 1900s. This library was built on a donation of $10,000 in 1906. I would like to visit this library to read some of their books, and to learn more about Carnegie libraries.
Harley-Davidson Museum
Celebrating more than 100 years of motorcycles, this museum opened in 2008. Located in Milwaukee, the museum contains more than 450 motorcycles, as well as other artifacts. I would like to visit this museum because I think motorcycles are cool.
U-505 was a German U-boat during World War II. She was launched in 1941, but captured by the US on June 4, 1944. She was the first ship captured by the US since the War of 1812, and was turned into a museum ship after the war. I would like to visit U-505 because I have never seen a U-boat and I'm interested in World War II.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
The historic site, in Springfield, Illinois, is the site of Lincoln's home. He lived in the house in Springfield from 1844 to 1861. The house was donated by Robert Lincoln in 1887. I would like to visit this house because I like learning about presidents, and Lincoln is a very prolific president.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Founded in 1909, this Speedway is one of the oldest in the US. It is home to the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. It can be modified to seat around 400,000 people, giving it the largest capacity of any sports arena in the world. I would like to visit it because it would be fun to see a race at a historic track.
Studebaker National Museum
This museum preserves the history of the defunct vehicle manufacturer Studebaker. The museum contains vehicles from the late 1800s to 1966 divided into two galleries, pre and post 1934. The museum is located inSouth Bend, Indiana in a new building built in 2005. I would like to visit this museum to see all of the old cars because Studebakers are fairly unique looking cars.
Heritage Guitars
Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Heritage Guitars produce guitars similar to the style of Gibson Guitars. They are based in the factory that Gibson was during its most revered years. Many guitarists play Gibsons, and some rare models get auctioned off for as much as $250,000. I would like to visit the factory to see guitars being made, as well as see where many historic guitars were produced.
Gilmore Car Museum
This car museum, located in Hickory Corners, Michigan, houses a collection of more than 350 cars. The museum, which was established in 1966, is spread out over several buildings. I would like to visit this museum to view one of Michigan's largest car collections.
Cedar Point
Founded in 1870, Cedar Park is the second oldest amusement park in the US, and is located in Sandusky, Ohio. It has sixteen roller coasters, placing it in third for park with the most roller coasters in the US. It also has the second tallest roller coaster in the world, Top Thrill Dragster. I would like to visit this park to ride all of the roller coasters.
Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame
Dedicated to preserving the history of rock music and its heroes, the Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland, Ohio. It was founded in 1983, and the first group of inductees was announced in 1986. It is historic for its artifacts from
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Kentucky Derby Museum
The Kentucky Derby Museum is located in Louisville, Kentucky. It was founded in 1985 to chronicle the nearly 140 year history of the Kentucky Derby. I would like to visit this museum because I do not know much about the Kentucky Derby.
Mammoth Cave
National Park
Mammoth Cave is the largest discovered cave system in the world. It has been designated a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve. I would like to visit the cave to explore underground, and see a lot of the 400 miles of caves.
Franklin Battlefield
Located outside of Franklin, Tennessee, this battle was one of the rare Confederate offensives of the war. It was fought on November 30, 1864, and ended horribly for the Confederates. Fourteen on their generals were wounded or killed. I would like to visit the battlefield to learn more about one of the lesser-known battles of the war.
Located in Memphis, Tennessee, Graceland was the home of singer Elvis Presley. Presley livd at Graceland from 1957 unti his death in 1977. The house is known for its decorative front gates, and its strange decor. I would like to visit Graceland because I enjoy Elvis' older music.
Delta Blues Museum
Located in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the Delta Blues Museum is housed in the historic Clarksdale Train Depot. It contains many exhibits on the history of blues music and its performers. Many blues musicians have visited the museum, like Eric Clapton. I would like to visit the museum because I enjoy blues music
Vicksburg National Military Park
The Battle of Vicksburg lasted from May 18 to July 4, 1863. It was one of the most decisive Union wins of the war, with over 3,000 Confederates killed, and 29,000 surrendered. It allowed the Union army to control the Mississippi River. I would like to visit this museum to learn more about one of the Civil War's most important battles.
Battleship Memorial Park
Located in Mobile Bay, Alabama, the Battleship park contains a collection of several battleships, submarines, an other naval vessels. The park also has a collection of land and air vehicles as well. I would like to visit the museum to see all of the cool military vehicles.
Fort Gaines
The fort was founded in 1821, but is most well known for it being the Confederate defense in the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864. The island the fort is on is currently being eroded away, and is the focus of many historical preservation groups. I would like to visit this fort to learn more about the Battle of Mobile Bay.
Walt Disney World
Opened in 1971, Walt Disney World is Disney's companion theme park to Disneyland in California. It is larger than Disneyland, encompassing more than 27,000 acres. It is the most visited theme park in the world. I would like to visit it because I enjoy going to Disney theme parks.
St. Augustine
St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest occupied settlement in the US. The Spanish founded it in 1565 to be the capital of Florida. Landmarks of the city include the city's Spanish fort, and many churches, their ages spanning several
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like to visit St.
Augustine to
tour all of the
old buildings.
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, this presidential library is dedicated to the Carter administration, as well as Carter's life. It was founded in 1986, and contains an enormous number of artifacts, including twenty-seven million pages of
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Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home
Located in Augusta, Georgia, this house is where Woodrow Wilson lived from 1860 to 1870. Nearby is the First Presbyterian Church where Wilson's father was the pastor. I would like to visit both the house and the church to learn more about Woodrow Wilson.
USS Yorktown
Launched in 1943, the USS Yorktown was a USN carrier named after a carrier that sunk in the Battle of the Coral Sea. The ship earned fourteen battle stars, and, after the Vietnam War, was converted into a museum. I would like to visit the ship to tour the inside, and compare it to the USS Hornet in Alameda.
Fort Sumter
This fort was the site of the first exchanged fire between the North and South in the Civil War. After South Carolina seceded, the North refused to give up the fort, so on April 12, 1861, Confederate troops fired on the fort. It was captured two days later. I would like to visit Fort Sumter to visit the place where the Civil War started.
Great Smokey Mountains National Park
This park is located in western North Carolina, as well as extending into Tennessee. It was founded in 1940, and contains 522,000 acres. It is known for its beautiful mountains and forests. I would like to visit the park to go hiking through the mountains.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to the Wright Brothers and their contribution of the airplane to the world. It is located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, the sight of the first flight. The sight has a monument. visitor's center, and a replica of the Wright Brothers' hanger. I would like to visit the memorial to visit the place of the first airplane flight.
Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd US president. Jefferson designed the mansion himself, and it was built in 1772. For the rest of his life, Jefferson continued to modify and redesign the mansion. After his death, Jefferson was buried on the grounds of the mansion. I would like to visit Monticello to see the home of one of America's founding fathers.
Wheeling Suspension Bridge
Opened in 1849, this bridge was the largest suspension bridge in the world until 1851. It stretches 1,000 feet across the Ohio River to the other side. I would like to visit the bridge because old bridges can be cool, but I wouldn't want to go across it because I would be afraid it would break.
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
This national park preserves the location of John Brown's raid on October 16, 1859. The park sits at the crossroads of two rivers, the Potomac and Shenadoah. The modern park includes many nature areas. I would like to visit the park to see where Brown's raid occurred, and to explore around the park.
Antietam National Battlefield
This park was established as a memorial in 1890. It feature a cemetery with more than 5,000 graves, and a visitors center. The Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, was the bloodiest day of the war. I would like to visit the park to view the battlefield and cemetery.
Arlington National Cemetery
Located across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., Arlington is the US's National military cemetery. It was founded in 1864 on land that formerly belonged to Robert E. Lee before the war. The land was converted into the cemetery by the Union Army. I would like to visit the cemetery to see the tomb of the unknown soldier, the Marine Corps. Memorial, and the Kennedys' burial ground.
Fort McHenry
This fort is best known for inspiring the writing of the national anthem. The fort, located in Baltimore, Maryland, was attacked by the British in the War of 1812 on September 13, 1814. It lasted through the night, and the sight of the flag flying the next morning is what Francis Scott Key wrote about. I would like to visit the fort to tour the inside.
Zwaanendael Museum
Located in Lewes, Delaware, the Zwaanendael Museum preserves the history of Zwaanendael, Delaware's first European settlement. The museum was opened on the 300th anniversary of the town's founding by the Dutch, 1931. I would like to visit this museum because the name is cool, and I could learn a lot about Zwaanendael.
Amstel House
The Amstel House is one of the few remaining early colonial buildings. In was built in the 1730s, and opened up as a historic house in 1929. It has most of its original interior woodwork, as well as the same colonial design. I would like to visit this house because there aren't many examples of original colonial architecture left.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Fought on June 28, 1778, the Battle of Monmouth was the first major battle by the US army after being trained at Valley Forge. Located in current day Freehold, New Jersey, this battle site holds a reenactment every year, as well as having museum of artifacts from the battle. I would like to visit this site to see the battlefield, and to view the museum.
Washington's Crossing
This site marks the spot where George Washington and the Continental Army reached the British side of the Delaware River and attacked on the night of December 25-26, 1776. While not a hugely decisive victory, the win was a morale booster for the Americans. I would like to visit this site to see the reenactments they do of the crossing.
Gettysburg Battlefield
In what was possibly the turning point of the war, the Union army defeated the Confederates on July 4, 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg. This site commemorates that battle, as well as the cemetery for the soldiers. This is where Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches in history. I would like to visit this site to see where the battle was fought, as well as where Lincoln gave his famous address.
Independence Hall
Independence Hall, built in 1753, is one of the most important buildings in American history. It is the location of the signing of both the Declaration of Independence, and the US Constitution. The Liberty Bell hung in its steeple for many years. I would like to visit Independence Hall to see where the two most important documents in American history were signed.
Central Park
Central Park is an 834 acre park located in the center of Manhattan, New York City, New York. It was initially opened in 1857, and has since become the US's most visited city park. It has many statues, including an ancient Egyptian obelisk, as well as a carousel and zoo. I would like to visit the park to go to all of the attractions it has inside of it.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is located in New York Harbor, and is known around the world as a symbol of the US. It was a gift to the US from the French in 1884, but was not completed until 1886 due to lack of funding. The statue is completely plated in copper. I would like to visit the statue to go to the top to look at the view of New York Harbor.
Mark Twain House
Located in Hartford, Connecticut, the Mark Twain house is where Twain lived from 1874 to 1891. The house is where he wrote most of his most famous novels. Twain moved out of the house when one of his daughters died there. I would like to visit the house to see where the books were written because I enjoy Twain's work.
Gillette Castle State Park
Located in Lyme, Connecticut, Gillette Castle was the home of stage actor William Gillette. The house was designed by Gillette, and construction finished in 1914. I would like to visit the house because castles are hard to find in America, so why not visit one when you find it?
Fort Adams
Opened on July 4, 1799, Fort Adams is best known for being the defense of Narragansett Bay. The bay was an important New England harbor, but was extremely difficult to fully defend. The fort was operational until after the end of World War II. I would like to visit the fort to see how older defensive forts are designed.
Green Animals Topiary Garden
Located in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Green Animals is known for its many topiaries; the number totals more than eighty. The garden is the oldest topiary garden in the US, having started in 1905. I would like to visit the garden to see how the topiaries are made.
Bunker Hill Monument
The Battle of Bunker Hill was the first large-scale battle between the British and Americans when it occurred on June 17, 1775. As a memorial to the battle, a large obelisk was built in Charlestown, Massachusetts. I would like to visit this monument to go to the top of it, and to the museum located nearby.
Lexington Battle Green
This park was the site of the first battle of the Revolutionary War. The British troops met the Americans in the middle of the green, and one of the sides fired the "shot heard round the world." Today, the park has several memorials to the battle, including the US's oldest memorial, which was built for the battle in 1799. I would like to visit these memorials and the green because it is one of the most important sites in the history of the nation.
Coolidge Homestead
Located in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, this house was the childhood home of Calvin Coolidge, the 30th US president. Coolidge was also sworn in as president in the house because he was visiting his family when news of President Harding's death arrived. I would like to visit the house because I am interested in presidents, and would like to tour the house.
Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour
Founded in 1978, Ben and Jerry's is a worldwide ice cream company. Their factory in Waterbury, Vermont offers tours year round. The factory is also known for the "Vermonster," a giant ice cream sundae containing twenty scoops of ice cream. I would like to visit the factory to take the tour, and then maybe buy a Vermonster, which I would never be able to finish.
Franklin Pierce Homestead
This house was the childhood home of Franklin Pierce, the 14th president. The house was built by Pierce's father in 1804. Pierce was born during the house's construction. I would like to visit the house to learn more about Pierce because I don't know much about him.
Mt. Washington
Located in Northeastern New Hampshire, Mt. Washington, with an elevation of 6,288 feet, is the highest mountain in New England. On April 12, 1934, on the mountain's summit, a wind speed of 231 mph was recorded. This was the fastest directly measured wind on the Earth's surface until 2010. The mountain's winds exceed hurricane force for almost a third of the year. I would like to visit the mountain to see if I could lean into the wind and have it support me.
Portland Observatory
Located in Portland, Maine, this is the last remaining signal tower in the US. A signal tower is different from a lighthouse because it uses signal flags to signal boats. This tower was built in 1807. I would like to visit the tower because I don't know much about signal towers vs. lighthouses.
Located in Yarmouth, Maine, Eartha is the world's largest globe. It was measured as 41.5 feet in diameter. It was built in 1998 by the DeLorme mapping company. I would like to visit Eartha so I could say I saw the world's largest globe.
Located in Anaheim, California, Disneyland is one of the most visited theme parks in the world. It was built in 1955 by Walt Disney, and the Walt Disney Company. Over 650 million people have come to the park over the years. I would like to visit Disneyland because it is one of my favorite places to go.
Trip Summary
Total miles (within the continental US):
21,700 miles
Miles traveling to islands:
6,400 miles
Total Miles:
28,100 miles
Total driving time:
475 hours = 20.4 days
Total flying time:
14.5 hours = .6 days
Time spent in destinations:
150 hours = 6.25 days
Hours of sleep (8 hours a night)
(26.6 x 8):

213.2 hours = 8.8 days
Total time:
852.7 hours = 36 days
Average gas price: $2.85
Driving a Honda Civic (35 mpg)
Motel 6 nightly cost: $40.00
Daily food budget: $25
Average entrance fee: $15
Gas (($2.85 x 21,700) / 35):
$1,767 on gas
Flight costs (taken from Expedia):
Hotel costs ($40.00 x 36 nights):
(Rounded to nearest tenth)
Food cost ($25 x 36):
Entrance Fees ($15 x 100):
28,100 miles
852.7 hours = 36 days
Total cost:
US History
Road Trip Project
Weston Snyder
I will take this trip the summer after I graduate from college.
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