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The Best Part of Summer- Planning Your Road Trip

The best part of the summer season is planning one’s road trip. This applies no matter what stage of life one is in: a child with his or her parents, adult friends looking to hit the road, or senior citizens looking to spend their retirement in relaxation. The U.S. is lucky to have a host of both famous as well as popular road trip routes across the land. Preparation is the key in ensuring that a summer road trip goes off without a hitch. To this end, it is vital that one makes sure his or her automobile is ready for a lengthy journey that requires a lot of wear and tear.

There are many popular road trip routes throughout the United States of America. The Pacific Coast road trip begins in Olympic Park in the state of Washington and heads all the way to San Diego in California. On this road trip route, one will drive through the states of Washington, Oregon and California. This route passes through San Francisco, where one can see the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Another major attraction on this route is the Hearst Castle, which belonged to Democrat magnate William Randolph Hearst.

The Border to Border road trip starts in Jasper in the Canadian province of Alberta and ends in the Mexican city of Nogales. Driving this route will take one through Montana, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona. One major attraction on this route is the Las Vegas Strip. Another major attraction on this route is Sun Valley in Idaho, which offers some exquisite skiing opportunities.

The Road to Nowhere road trip begins in Westhope, North Dakota, and goes south until it ends in Brownsville, Texas. This road trip takes one through the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas are the final states you travel through on this route. One major attraction on this route is Oztoberfest in the state of Kansas. Oztoberfest celebrates the well kn own story of the Wizard of Oz. Another major attraction on this route is the Sitting Bull Memorial in South Dakota.

The Great River Road road trip starts in Minnesota and ends in Louisiana. One will pass through Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa on this road trip. The route continues on to Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee, then finishes with Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. The first major attraction one can see on this trip is Elvis Presley’s home of Graceland. The second major attraction one can see on this trip is Mark Twain’s hometown.

The Appalachian Trail road trip begins in New Hampshire and finishes in Atlanta, Georgia. New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New York, , Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia are the states one drives through on this road trip. One major attraction on this trip is the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg. Another major attraction on this trip is Tallulah Gorge in Georgia.

The Atlantic Coast road trip starts at New York’s Statue of Liberty and ends in Key West. On this trip, one will travel through New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland. The route then heads through Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Another major attraction on this road trip is Atlantic City in New Jersey that is famous for its casinos and boardwalk along the beach.

The Great Northern road trip begins in Western Washington and ends in Maine. This road trip takes one through the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, part of Canada, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. One of the major attractions is Montana’s Glacier National Park, an eden for hikers and nature lovers. Another major attraction is the Acadia National Park in Maine that boasts the highest point on the Atlantic coast, Cadillac Mountain.

The Oregon Trail starts in Oregon and heads all the way east to Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It goes through the states of Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming. The nex part of the trip goes to Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana. The trip finshes with Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts. One major attraction on this trip is Yellowstone National Park. Another major attraction on this trip is the Field of Dreams in Iowa, the filming site for the popular 1989 movie.

The Loneliest Road road trip begins in San Francisco and goes east until it ends in Ocean City, Maryland. This trip goes through California, Nevada,and Utah. The trip then continues onto Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois. This route finishes with Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. The Santa Fe Trail, a transportation route from the 19th century that connects Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico is a popular attraction for tourists. The second major attraction is Washington, D.C the capital of the United States of America.

The Southern Pacific road trip starts in San Diego and ends in Tybee Island, Georgia. This road trip goes through California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The route also passes through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. The first major attraction is the Buddy Holly statue and Buddy Holly Walk of Fame that includes other actors and musicians that were born in the Lubbock area. The second major attraction is the Hank Williams Museum in Alabama.

The Route 66 road trip is one of the most famous routes in the United States. This trip begins in Los Angeles and heads east until finishing in Chicago. This road trip goes through the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. A major attraction on this road trip is the Hollywood Forever Cemetery where you can see the final resting place of many Hollywood celebrities. One can also see Texas’ Cadillac Ranch along this route. The ranch consists of 10 Cadillac's lined up and covered with spray paint from visitors who have left their own creative mark through the years.

After a route has been chosen, it is important that people take the necessary steps in preparation for a long car trip. The first method of preparation should be to check the car’s air filter, and the directions for this are usually in a car’s owner’s manual. The next step involves checking the tire pressure. This can be found in the owner’s manual, too. The coolant should be between “low” and “full.” If it is beneath “low,” then bringing it up to the right level again involves just pouring in more coolant with some water mixed in.

It is important to check the car's oil before leaving for a long trip. Checking the oil involves pulling out the dipstick and seeing if it is near the “FULL” mark on one’s dipstick. If the level is low, it may be topped off with more of the same engine oil already being used. Checking the car’s battery only entails a visual check to look for cracks or acid leaks. The terminals must also be visually checked to see that they are tight enough. Being well-prepared with regards to a car’s lights involves keeping some spare headlight and taillight bulbs on hand, just in case.

Before you plan a long road trip, make sure you pick a route and research the popular attractions along the way. It is important to make sure that your car is in peak condition before you begin a long journey in order to prevent any car troubles along the way. All that’s left now is to clear some time in one’s schedule. Then, one can hit the road.

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