15 of the World’s Top Waterfalls

Summer is well under way, and with it comes the hot weather. What better way to cool off then by seeing where the top waterfalls in the world are located. There may just be a fun summer destination calling your name to go explore these amazing waterfalls and see which ones you might be tempted to go water slide down or jump off the edge.

1. Victoria Falls

 

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Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia. Image from: places.co.za

Is considered to be the biggest, largest, most impressive waterfall in the world! Location of Victoria Falls is off the Zambezi River just bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia, in the Southern part of Africa. It was named after Queen Victoria, by a man named David Livingston who claimed to discover the falls in 1855, even though the locals called it “The Smoke That Thunders.”

2. Ventisquero Falls

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Ventisquero Falls, Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo, Chile. Image from: wondermondo.com

Is a 50,000 year old glacier where this amazing waterfall runs off of in Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez Del Campo, in Chile. The word “Vestisquero “in Spanish, translates to a blizzard or snowstorm.

3. Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls, Niagara Gorge, Ontario, Canada. Image from: planetware.com

Probably one of the most recognizable water falls in the world Located in theNiagara Gorge, in Ontario, Canada. This water feature has had many dare devils take the big plunge in a barrel going down 165ft into the water below. Many do not survive. The three individual falls are named American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

4. Angel Falls

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Angel Falls, Auyantepui, Venezuela. Image from: world.new7wonders.com

Coming in at 3,212ft Angel Falls is the highest waterfall in the entire world. Located in Auyantepui, Venezuela and was named after Jimmie Angel who was the first person to fly over the falls and crash landed on top of it. It took 11 days to walk down to the bottom. Another little known fact is that Angel Falls was the waterfall inspiration for Pixar’s movie UP with the waterfall on the mountain.

5. Pearl Shoal Waterfall

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Pearl Shoal Waterfall, Sichuan Province, China. Image from: dreamstime.com

Is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery around located in Sichuan Province, China with Five Flower Lake or Multi-colored Lake being one of the most spectacular Lakes you will ever encounter. You can’t go wrong with waterfalls and beautiful lakes to go around.

6. Sutherland Falls

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Sutherland Falls, Milford Sound, New Zealand. Image from: worldtoptop.com

This enchanting waterfall in Milford Sound, New Zealand is one of the best around. The fall extends to 1,904 ft, making this one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. The water comes from a mountain lake on top.

7. The Faroe Islands

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The Faroe Islands, Archipelago between Norway and Iceland. Image from: photography.nationalgeographic.com

This destination is not as well known. It is located in Archipelago which is in-between Norway and Iceland. There are not a lot of people who live in this village, which means it is not your average tourist destination.

8. Yosemite Falls

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Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley, California, USA. Image from: wunderground.com

Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America and number 5 in the world, Located in Yosemite Valley, California, USA. It is majestic and breathtaking. Since this ne relies on the snow it is big and full in the spring and will shrink towards the late summer. But it is still impressive.

9. Palouse Falls

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Palouse Falls, Franklin/Whitman counties, Washington, USA. Image from: ronandonovan.com

What makes this 198ft water fall Located in Franklin/Whitman counties, Washington, USA impressive is the fact that it is 17ft higher than Niagara Falls. This waterfall became famous when Tyler Bradt a pro kayaker set a world record as the largest decent off a waterfall.

10. Plitvice Waterfalls

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Plitvice Waterfalls, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. Image from: onebigphoto.com 

 

This Waterfall makes you feel like it came out of a fairy tale. The Plitvice Falls in Plitvicka Jezera, Croatia are home to many emerald lakes that each drain into the next lake creating a spectacular series of waterfalls. The valley is immersed with vegetation and is only passable through wooden walkways that are built for the national park.

11. Iguazu Falls

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Iguazu Falls, Iguazu River, bordering Brazil and Argentina. Image from: world.new7wonders.com

The Iguazu River, bordering Brazil and Argentina is translated to mean Big Water. The legend is told of two lovers that were not meant to be as the deity that loved the woman sliced the river creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to eternally falling forever.

12. Ban Gioc–Detian Falls

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Ban Gioc-Detian Falls, Bordering China and Vietnam. Image from: candleforlove.com

This waterfall may not be the most impressive in size dropping in at 98ft. But it still is unearthing buried treasure inside the many caves within the cliffs. It borders are between China and Vietnam.

13. Kaieteur Falls

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Kaieteur Falls, Essequibo Territory, Guyana. Image from: worldtoptop.com

This waterfall has a legend that Patamona Indian Legend in which a chief named Kai wanted to save his people by paddling over the waterfall in an act of self sacrifice to Makonaima, the Great Spirit. It is located in Essequibo Territory, in Central Guyana.

14. Gullfoss

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Gullfoss Falls, Hvítá River, Iceland. Image from: travelet.com

When you translate the name of the waterfall it means Golden Falls. It is located on the Hvítá River, in Iceland. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in all of Iceland. Make a day of seeing the falls and the local geysers in what they call the golden circle.

15. Taughannock Falls

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Taughannock Falls, Tompkins County, New York, USA. Image from: tamron.myphotoexhibits.com

Located in Tompkins County, New York, USA is the largest single-drop waterfall east of the Rockies. You can only get to this waterfall by hiking the trail but take note that you are not allowed to go swimming, it is forbidden.

 

How To Prepare For A Road Trip With Kids

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Summer is upon us, which means it is time to get ready for the road trip fun. But with little kids to take along for the journey it can become a nightmare trying to make sure everyone is happy in the car. Road trips don’t need to be this way. Getting to your destination is easier than ever thanks to all the ideas on the World Wide Web. Let’s get started

Plan Ahead

Starting early to think of things that are best suited for your child will make all the difference when getting ready for a road trip. Think about how you want to organize and pack clothing. What about having an emergency preparedness kit?

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What activities will you have for your little ones to do? How to save space in your vehicle? How to plan stopping points for the trip by looking on maps to see where local parks are to let kids take a breather are all things to consider. Having these elements together will make your stress level decrease and make for a smoother trip because you have prepared ahead of time. Also remember to plan for the unexpected.

Packing Clothing

I have seen it all, families who use garbage bags to transport their clothing in a big wadded up mess. Those who use a carry-on with each outfit rolled up into one bundle. Or transporting each child’s outfit into Ziploc baggies with the day, symbol of a sun or moon drawn on to let the child or spouse know when they are to wear that outfit.

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I say do whatever is best for your family. While the Ziploc baggies are great for younger children, it may not go over very well for an older child. When packing clothing make sure to pack some trash bags for dirty clothing or in case in rains, they can be used for a makeshift poncho or garment bag if trying to keep certain outfits nice and pristine.

Emergency Kits

Having a roadside kit really comes in handy and can help out when things go wrong. But before you go out for the long haul make sure to have a tune up and fix any conditions you know about on your vehicle. That way you have a greater chance of not being stranded in the middle of nowhere. Besides having your roadside and medical safety kit, make sure to pack mini emergency kits.

  • Baby Kit complete with a onesie, diaper, travel package of wipes, baggies for soiled clothing, tube of diaper cream.
  • Travel Games Having lots of activities for kids is great, but sometimes you have run out of ideas and need to figure out something on the fly when you are tempted to use duct tape and lollipops to keep the noise level down. Include: brain quest, Question game. Print up journal jar questions to read and have everyone answer. Have a couple of card games ready to go.
  • Outdoor Kit Having bug spray, tweezers, sunscreen, baby powder, hand sanitizer, folded up trash bags, and hand wipes. Will get you by in a pinch.
  • Restaurant Kit eating out with little ones can be an adventure when you’re traveling and kids are tired and cranky. Have some activities ready to go when you’re about to head into a restaurant with these simple ideas. Crayons and mini activity book if crayons are not provided. Lego figurines, mini cars, have fruit snacks or cheerios in hand if the wait will be longer than expected. Little puzzles or magnetic figurines can help as well.

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Having these kits on hand will help you not need to dig all over looking for these items that you tend to use and need in a quick hurry. Keep them all in a backpack or shoe container to save on space. But also within easy reach and not packed with the rest of the items.

Travel Activities

Having things for the kids to do while on vacation can become overwhelming and chaotic. You could pack lots of unnecessary space for tons of toys coloring books etc. The best way to manage all the chaos is by deciding how much space you can realistically have. Think about how to get many activities in one. Cookie Sheets are truly the best answer. Find a mini chalkboard and dry ease board that will fit inside the cookie sheet and put magnets on the back for a make shift chalkboard magnet board and dry ease board. Then plan activities according to age using magnets on the back to keep everything together.

  • Puzzles
  • Tangelos
  • Cars use duct tape for a roadway
  • Plastic dinosaurs for a Jurassic play set
  • Silly faces
  • Alphabet letters or magnetic words to make silly sentences
  • Make board games by using magnets as playing pieces and copying the board on your computer to fit your cookie sheet.
  • Coloring pages with twistable crayons, colored pencils.
  • Lego figurines
  • Polly pocket or littlest pet shop play set
  • Look in your party supply section at the store for other great ideas.

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The possibilities are endless and magnets will be your friend. And save you lots of space for other important items.

Playing Tetris When Packing The Car

Getting ready to head out and pack up can be stressful and time consuming if things are not done ahead of time. Try having all your gear ready to go the night before, or even start packing things up the night before. Designate a spot for each bag. Have all clothing in one spot. Have toiletries and makeup all together. Have food and coolers together. It will make things easier to get to when it is set up this way.

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Also, think about the size of containers or bags you need and if you really need to take certain items.

Most importantly expect the unexpected. You never know what will happen on a family road trip, and that is what makes the journey and memories so much sweeter. Remember to enjoy each other and reconnect.

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Top Things To Do And See In Oregon

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Oregon is such a diverse and a place where you can experience just about anything. Form sleeping in a tee pee or yurt, to staying in some of the most unique 5 star hotels. You have the ocean coast, covered bridges, Crater Lake, and some of the most beautiful bridges throughout Portland. There are many things to do and see. Adventure is calling your name and waiting for you to come explore the hidden gems in Oregon. Get ready to make Oregon your summer destination this year.

Portland

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They are known for the simple phrase “Stay Weird.” You won’t be disappointed. They have some of the most unique places around. Try having the world’s smallest leprechaun park in the middle of the street, or the world’s biggest book store that takes up a whole city block. Doughnuts and food trucks have become a big hit where other cities are now doing the same all over the US. But don’t forget about the museums and environmental friendly way to take care of the earth.

  • Mills End Park located at 899 SE Nato Park Way will make you laugh when you tell your children you are going to the park only to find out it is the size of where a lamppost once was.
  • Powell’s City of Books located 1005 W Burnside St between 10th and 11th Avenue will make you gasp with the sheer size of the bookstore. They sell used and hard to find copies of books and everything in between.
  • Oregon Museum of Science And Industry located 1945 SE Water Ave is a great place to take the family. They have a real life submarine that you can explore.
  • The Oregon Zoo located at 4001 SW Canyon Rd Is one of the best zoos around. They have live concerts in the park during the summer and have 64 acres to with at least 25 exhibits to explore.
  • The Oregon’s Children’s Museum located 4015 SW Canyon Rd is across from the Oregon Zoo. Spend the day going to both parks and have your children learn a lot of hands on exhibits and see their imaginations come to life.
  • Oaks Park Amusement Park located 78055 SE Oaks Parkway has been around longer than Disneyland. It still has the original wooden carousel and pipe organ that plays in the skating rink.

Newport

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Is one of those quaint towns that you just love to visit! They have the ocean, aquariums, lighthouses, and a little something for everyone. You can even go to some of the nearby state parks and spend the night in a yurt for around $40-$50 dollars a night.

  • Yaquina Head Lighthouse is about three miles north of Newport. You can take a tour of this lighthouse and step back in time to a period in history where lighthouses were critical in keeping oncoming ships and boats safe.
  • The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a great place for families to feel a part of the ocean and see some of the aquatic life up close and personal. They even have interactive places to touch the starfish, coral, etc.
  • Beverly Beach is a state park that has tent and RV spaces available to rent, but another fun option is to have your family stay in a yurt. They are a dome like building that is a little nicer than a tent. Plus you can be up close to the ocean and hear the waves crashing at night.

Crater Lake National Park

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Is home to one of the deepest lake in the US, Crater Lake it is located in the mouth of a volcano which means no other form of water: rivers, streams, or inlets can mix with the water that is only added in by snowfall and the rainwater. Because of this, it has some of the bluest water you will ever set your eyes on.

Tillamook

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Is the best cheese you can get from anywhere! They also have some of the best ice-cream available with unique flavors to choose from. Tillamook is also a city in Oregon where all the wonderful dairy delights are made. Beside the Tillamook factories they also have some other impressive sights to experience.

  • Tillamook Factory They have a tour you can go to see how the cheese, butter, and ice-cream are made. They do a lot with machines, but will still show you how it used to be done.
  • Tillamook Air Museum They have a large number of old war birds housed in a former military blimp hangar, the hanger itself is a rarity to behold. They have one of the best world war 11 aircraft collections in the US.
  • The “Terrible Tilley” Lighthouse while you are not allowed to go for tours, the lighthouse is available to view through Ecola State Park. It has been the hardest lighthouse to maintain and went out of operation in the 1950’s. It is an impressive sight to see the lighthouse built out in the ocean with a rock the only thing keeping it from getting torn down.

There truly are many more treasures to discover in Oregon. It is the perfect place to explore for nature lover enthusiast with hiking, camping, and discovering waterfalls, the three sisters, and hundreds of other spectacular views. But they also have a wonderful underground sub culture in the bigger cities that you find anywhere else.

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10 Best Places In The World For Rock Climbing

When it comes to high adventure and extreme skill level nothing can compare to rock climbing. One of the hardest things about rock climbing is actually picking a top ten list that everyone can agree on. The best destinations are constantly changing and evolving to what rock climbers are searching for. Here are some of the best places to go for getting your rock climbing adventure on.

No. 10: Agulha do Diablo (The Devil’s Needle)

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Agulha do Diablo is in Serra dos Órgãos National Park, Brazil. This place would be higher on the list if there weren’t so many clouds.

No. 9: El Capitan

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Crazy Californians are well known to tackle the face of this beast every day in Yosemite National Park. It was named after a Indian Chief who probably became Chief after climbing this massive rock. The 3,000 piece of smooth Granite is a treat for rock climbers who want to conquer something nice a quick.

No. 8: Spider Rock

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Spider Rock is located in the Canyon de Chelly of Arizona. It was named after the home of an old Navajo Indian mythical woman named “Grandmother Spider” whose legend was that she created the stars in the sky from the dew on her web that she spun and threw up into the heavens. As the web entered outer space, they settled there to become stars. WOOHOO!!! Let’s go climb this!!!

No. 7: Dead Horse Point

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Dead Horse Point is in Utahand named after the fact that horses have a difficult time getting through this canyon. Rock Climbers make it out here now all the time with their SUVs so no worries!

No. 6: Kalymnos Island

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In the Greek Islands, there are some rocks that shape amazing upside down slopes that pro rock climbers drool over. Greeceis one of the most beautiful countries in the World full of Ocean scenery so if you like Sunsets, this is the place to climb!

No. 5: Mount Roraima

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At the border of Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana there is a mountain 31 km high with a ledge that attracts rock climbers like a magnet. There is only one way up this mountain and its 90 degrees straight up.

No.4: Paarl Rock

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Paarl Rock is in South Africa and it kind of looks like a pebble that some huge Alien threw at Earth as he was passing by in their mother ship. It’s slick marble like walls make this one of the biggest challenges for Rock Climbers.

No. 3: Indian Creek

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Indian Creek is located in Utah and it has some of the deadliest crevices in the World. Aron Ralston became famous after his solo-hiking through these cracks in the rocks. One time, he fell and got trapped and he had to saw off his own arm to get out. You can watch a movie called “127 Hours” to witness his story.

No. 2: Skaha Climbing Bluffs

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The Skaha Climbing Bluffs are located in British Columbia Canada. The scenery is full of green trees and waterfalls. Cool eh?

No 1: The Matterhorn

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Anyone who’s been to Disneyland knew this was coming. The Matterhorn is a famous rock in the Swiss Alps, and it’s so majestic that Disneyland decided to make a little version of it with a huge roller coaster. If you don’t have the courage to climb the actual Matterhorn in Switzerland, then get on the rollercoaster at Disneyland to get a taste of what you’re missing.
Courtesy of: Kidzworld

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Suburbia Safari: Vacation Simplified and Close

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Who doesn’t want to, one day, just pack everything up and fly to Paris? Or Venice, or Hawaii- just somewhere that’s out of the ordinary suburban daily life. I mean, how are you going to find anything exciting to do around here?

It’s easier than you might think. It’s time to find out how to have a great time without ever even leaving the city.

Resources

When you want to find something to do, there are a few places to look.

  • Does your city have a Facebook page? If you follow it, they’ll keep you updated to new events.
  • The local newspaper is sure to have a listing of all sorts of fun things to do.
  • Last, but not least, keep tabs on your local library- they usually have a bulletin board full of people’s flyers, letting you keep up on the newest and greatest town activities.

Types of Fun

There is so much to do- you might go from finding the town ‘blah’ to being a bit overwhelmed.

Let’s start with the great outdoors:

  • Concerts
  • Outdoor Theater (Shakespeare in the Park, anyone?)
  • Seasonal Events (Parades and Easter Egg hunts!)
  • Fairs and Festivals
  • Sports
  • Hiking Trails
  • Playgrounds
  • Pools and Splash Pads
  • Parks and Beaches (and often parks will have their own events)
  • Zoos (who will also have events- follow them on social media, too!)

And more!

What about indoor activities?

  • Concerts (in concert halls!)
  • Plays (also in concert halls!)
  • Other Theater (Improv Comedy, etc.)
  • Dance (Both to observe and classes to learn)
  • Museums (Science museums tend to be interactive for more fun for the kids)
  • Gyms (Check out their classes and learn something new.)
  • Libraries & Library Story Time

And more!

How to Explore

Obviously, you can just plan a trip to, say, watch a play in a park and have a picnic, maybe with a Frisbee for before-the-play fun. Those outings are exciting and become fond memories for your family. To give yourself a break, let the kids participate in a library story time while you kick back and read something. Day trips to the museum can be great fun, not to mention educational. But there are less conventional ways to explore, too. Have you tried just walking out the door and seeing where the road (and/or sidewalk) take you? Add a random element and then you’ll really have an adventure on your hands. Who knows what you’ll see and what you’ll learn? And all without a passport, travel tickets, or hotel fees. Hometown adventure is something you’ll never forget.

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United States Road Trip!

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Have you seen the “Optimal road trip around the USA” map that’s been making the rounds online? We thought it looked pretty exciting, so we looked up the details.

It looks like the compiler of the map and a buddy wanted to see what kind of road trip would hit the biggest (as they determined them) landmarks in all 48 lower states. We’ll attach the list below. Then they set up a computer program to find out the optimal way to travel between them.

Obviously, the trip isn’t going to be perfect. For one thing, I bet you can think of more than one place in your state that’s worth seeing. For another, the ‘fastest’ route is not always the ‘best.’ The third problem, that it’s probably not perfectly optimal, is a harder question. (See the Traveling Salesman Problem.)

On the other hand, if you have the time to spare (And it would be a lot of time- just the driving takes 9 1/3 days! Not counting eating, sleeping, and actually stopping at the landmarks.), this could be a pretty incredible way to get a whirlwind tour of these remarkable states we live in.

What about you? Would you go? What do you think people should see in your state?

The List:

  • Arizona’s Grand Canyon
  • Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
  • Craters of the Moon National Monument found in Idaho
  • Yellowstone National Park of Wyoming
  • Colorado’s Pikes Peak
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park found in New Mexico
  • The Alamo of Texas
  • The Platt Historic District found in Oklahoma
  • Toltec Mounds of Arkansas
  • Elvis Presley’s Graceland of Tennessee
  • Vicksburg National Military Park found in Mississippi
  • French Quarter of New Orleans in Louisiana
  • USS Alabama in Alabama state
  • Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida
  • Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp Park
  • Fort Sumter National Monument found in South Carolina
  • West Virginia’s Lost World Caverns
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center in North Carolina
  • Mount Vernon in Virginia
  • Washington DC’s White House
  • Colonial Annapolis Historic District of Maryland
  • Delaware’s New Castle Historic District
  • Cape May Historic District found in New Jersey
  • Liberty Bell in Pennsylvania
  • New York’s Statue of Liberty
  • The Mark Twain House & Museum found in Connecticut
  • The Breakers up in Rhode Island
  • USS Constitution found in Massachusetts
  • Maine’s Acadia National Park
  • Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire
  • Shelburne Farms of Vermont
  • Fox Theater found in Detroit, Michigan
  • Spring Grove Cemetery of Ohio
  • Mammoth Cave National Park found in Kentucky
  • West Baden Springs Hotel of Indiana
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Home found in Illinois
  • Gateway Arch in Missouri
  • Kansas’ C. W. Parker Carousel Museum
  • Iowa’s Terrace Hill Governor’s Mansion
  • Taliesin found in Wisconsin
  • Fort Snelling in Minnesota
  • Ashfall Fossil Bed found in Nebraska
  • South Dakota’s famous Mount Rushmore
  • North Dakota’s Fort Union Trading Post
  • Glacier National Park in Montana
  • Hanford Site found in Washington
  • Columbia River Highway in Oregon
  • San Francisco Cable Cars in California
  • San Andreas Fault found in California
  • Hoover Dam in Nevada

The Map:

http://rhiever.github.io/optimal-roadtrip-usa/major-landmarks.html

Travel Carry-On Must-Haves

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Most airlines allow 2 carry-on items, one in the overhead bin and the other under the seat in front of you. When you’ve got limited space, figuring out what to bring in as little space as possible is essential. Let’s talk about things you definitely want to make sure you take on that next flight.

Need To Get On the Plane:

Photo ID and Boarding Pass- Put these in an easy-to-access location so you aren’t holding up the line at the checkpoint (although probably not pockets- remember you need to empty your pockets when going through security).

Need for the Trip:

Itinerary- Please don’t get lost.

Wallet- With cards, addresses, and generally just to keep an eye on.

Phone- Good for a lot of things. Coordinate landing times, check times in the airport, and if you’ve got a smart phone, entertainment and maybe even your boarding pass.

Other Electronics- Laptops, eReaders, etc., make travel much easier.

Charger- Because really, what good will your phone/laptop be if it’s dead? Maybe you have one in your checked bag, but that won’t help if you have a layover and get stuck for hours. (Which will happen if you forget your charger, so bringing it with you is proof against bad luck. Right?)

Headphones- Or ear buds. Something to listen to music/watch a show/quiet the world around you.

Health- Tylenol for headache prevention, hygiene equipment for the ladies if it’s near that time, sanitizing wipes are a good idea (and not liquid, so no worries about bottle size).

Good Stuff to Smooth Travel:

Water Bottle- Bring it empty, fill after you pass through security, don’t get dehydrated. Or buy one past security if you prefer/forgot to bring one.

Food- We know airport food is expensive. Bring crackers, peanuts, granola bars, fruit (not if you’re flying international; there could be complications)- whatever you like munching on.

Camera- If you don’t use the one on your phone, at least.

Pen & Paper- For jotting down ideas, doodling, or just having handy, pen & paper are good to have.

Books- Nothing to keep you occupied on a long trip like a good book. Make sure it’s one you’ll like and be interested in or it might just make the trip feel longer.

Traveling with Kids:

Entertainment- Maybe books, favorite dolls- something to keep them occupied. Just nothing too complicated so pieces don’t get lost and certainly nothing noisy. Aside from bugging neighbors, do you want to be cooped up with a noisy toy for hours?

Snacks- We know we already mentioned this, but it’s especially handy to have around when traveling with young ones. Keep them occupied, full, and happy or the trip will be harder on you.

Overhead Bag:

This is the emergency essentials- the to-go bag ready for you if your checked bag gets lost. This should carry:

Valuables

1-2 sets of clothing (including underwear)

Hygiene Equipment- brush, toothpaste/toothbrush, contact solution, deodorant, etc.

Anything you may need- within the first two days of your trip that isn’t easily obtainable from a store.

Enjoy your trip, fly safe, and be ready for whatever the journey may care to throw at you!

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