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.
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).
When 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.