“Travel Through Our Country’s Belts”
Above is my planned route. When thinking about my trip, I had a couple goals for the travel. First, I wanted to focus my travel on the countries “belts”: the Sun Belt and the Rust Belt. I see these regions as crucial for understanding our country, as places that would teach me a lot about our culture and citizens. Second, I knew I wanted to go to places I’ve never been. After all, I won’t have many opportunities to travel the rest of my life.
As for specifics, it was important that I find a balance of places. I am stopping in some of America’s great cities such as Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, and Chicago. I am also going to a Native American Reservation, the town of Mercersburg, PA and the military base in Enterprise, Alabama. My project aside, I know that these diverse places will introduce me to the range of amazing people who make America the country that it is.
Think I should stop somewhere along the way? Please email me at [email protected]! Also, depending on how the trip goes, I will head back out to get to the regions of the country I miss.
Please note, my route has changed since it first appeared.
Full List of Planned Stops:
Philadelphia, PA –> Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. –> Merscersburg, PA
Mercersburg, PA –> Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh, PA –> Bowling Green, OH
Bowling Green, OH –> Detroit, MI
Detroit, MI –> Mishawaka, IN
Mishawaka, IN –> Evanston, IL
Evanston, IL –> Crystal Lake, IL
Crystal Lake, IL –> Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL –> Waukesha, WI
Waukesha, WI –> Dubuque, IA
Dubuque, IA –> Sioux City, IA
Sioux City, IA –> Rosebud SD/Valentine, NE
Rosebud, SD –> Cheynne, WY
Cheynne, WY –> Park City, UT
Park City, UT –> Salt Lake, UT
Salt Lake, UT –> Durango, CO
Durango, CO –> Albuquerque, NM
Not shown on map: Flight from Albuquerque to Atlanta, drive from Atlanta to Enterprise, Al, return to Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM –> El Paso, TX
El Paso, TX –> San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX –> Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX –> Alexandra, LA
Alexandria, LA –> New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, LA –> Jackson, MS
Jackson, MS –> Oxford, MS
Oxford, MS –> Clarksville, TN
Clarksville, TN –> Bowling Green, KY
Bowling Green, KY –> Berea, KY
Berea, KY –> Beckley, WV
Beckley, WV –> Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA –> Annapolis, MD
Annapolis, MD –> Bryn Mawr, PA (home!)