Commentary: Everyone should drive across the US once.

A long, long train

A long, long train

Yesterday I heard a woman on a national TV morning program recommending good places to spend the Memorial Day weekend: North Miami Beach, Dallas and New York City.  I like to visit cities, but it struck me again that probably she lived in the United States but she had never seen the United States.

1 of 6 remaining 1800s redwood water towers

1 of 6 remaining 1800s redwood water towers

Everyone should drive across the United States from coast to coast at least once.  Most people live in big cities on one coast or another, but much of what is made or grown in the country comes from other areas.  The most spectacular scenery is outside the cities.  And I believe the friendliest people live in the remotest places (perhaps they are just glad to see someone new).

002When living in Washington, D.C., we once had a visitor from Israel ask if we could visit Disneyland on the weekend.  He had no sense of the size of the country.  But flying from coast to coast doesn’t tell us either.

Yes, some of the roads get boring even to those of us who marvel at the tiniest new things and get great pleasure at having a road all to ourselves.  But until you drive across, you can’t imagine how big it is.


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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