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10 Best Road Trips in America That No One Should Miss

10 Best Road Trips in America That No One Should Miss

Everybody loves road trips! Next time you head out on the road, consider traveling to some of these places.

Road trips provide a super fun, exciting adventure with family members or friends. They also refresh the body and mind from the stress of everyday life. By the time it’s over, you won’t know when or where the time has gone.

Travel to some of these places, and along the way, redefine your life and realize what is important to you.

1. Alaska’s Seward Highway

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    Starting in Anchorage, the route meanders south 127 miles (204 kilometers) from sea to mountains and sea again. It passes the Kenai Peninsula, commencing in the town of Seward on Resurrection Bay.

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    If you are one of the many looking for whales, waterfalls, blue glaciers, sharp-toothed mountains, calm trout ponds, and stormy ocean fjords, this is the perfect place!

    2. Route 6A

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      Begin the journey on the peninsula in Bourne and blaze through towns of Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster and Orleans. You’ll spot sea captain houses that date back to 18th century.

      3. Authentic Old West

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        The Authentic Old West is a beautiful landscape marked by prairies, volcanoes, pioneer homesteads, and villages straight out of a Western movie set. The landscape has changed little since settlers, miners, and railroad workers progressed along the Santa Fe Trail.

        4. Back Roads

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          Head east, about 18 miles or so, then turn left, to the hill town of Roussillon, a rose colored beauty spot framed by red-ocher cliffs. Prepare for the dramatic drive, a 65-mile version of a carnival ride.

          Here you can see people selling jars of regional olives, olive oil, and tapenades. The tourist destination is a wonderful location to have a long, relaxing, and peaceful drive with your better half.

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          5. Blue Ridge Parkway

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            For a taste of the South, head to the Appalachian Mountains for a trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic destination.

            This runs through Virginia, North Carolina, into Tennessee. The drive connects two national parks—Great Smoky Mountains and National Park.

            6. Big Island, Hawaii

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              The best way to see Hawaii is to drive around it. You will soon be immersed in a big landscape, a varied one, that is intricate with loads of features.

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              There is a lava desert, jungles, farmland, active lava flows, warm beaches, cool highlands, and views of soaring mountains, as well as plunging valleys. And everywhere around, you will feel the aura of the mysterious Polynesians who landed here more than a thousand years ago and named the island Hawaii.

              7. The Black Hills of South Dakota

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                The southwest corner of South Dakota is utterly inspiring. It is equipped with beauty, and abundant wildlife, as well as marvelous landscapes. Make sure to make this a destination—or  travel spot I should say. It is truly epic. Filled with abundant landscapes, you will have an amazing scenic location to behold.

                8. The Border Islands of Texas

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                  The Texas Barrier Islands are in the Gulf of Mexico. The island attracts tourists for activities such as dolphin watching. The largest is the Padre Island out of the Barrier Islands.

                  9. Brandywine Valley

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                    A road trip through Brandywine Valley offers a taste of America aristocracy. Travelers get a glimpse of the early 20th century.

                    The DuPonts, one of America’s wealthiest and richest families, built estates are seen here—with gardens and extravagant architecture.

                    10. California’s Pacific Coast Highway

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                      An enriching driving experience, California’s Pacific Coast Highway is designated an All-American Road—among the nation’s most epic and scenic—the drive encompasses the Big Sur Coast Highway and the San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway. Seen in movies, this will make you relive former glorious moments seen on television and the big screen. Crave it, and you will behold it.

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                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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