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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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                      How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

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                      Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                      The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                      The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                      Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                      Review Your Past Flow

                      Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                      Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                      Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                      Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                      Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                      Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                      Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                      We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                      Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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