The Route

“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! 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!)