Sri Lanka Road Trip

Take a road trip to explore the wonders of Sri Lanka, including Tsunami Honganji Vihara, sea turtles, Yala National Park, elephants and Royal Rock Temple.

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Northeast: Vermont

Northeast: Vermont

"When I lived in Vermont, hundreds would come and ride the scenic train every fall." – Michele F. 960 1280

By chensiyuan (chensiyuan) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Northeast: New Hampshire

Northeast: New Hampshire

"White Mountains in New Hampshire – Kencamagus Highway is gorgeous!" – Stephanie C. 960 1280

By Miles Scanlon (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Northeast: Maine

Northeast: Maine

"Acadia National Park in Maine, of course!" – Darcy G. 960 1280
Northeast: New Jersey

Northeast: New Jersey

"Sculpture garden, Hamilton, NJ." – Jay P. 960 1280
Northeast: New York

Northeast: New York

"Thatcher State Park near Albany, NY!" – Kelly B. 960 1280

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South: Tennessee

South: Tennessee

"Gatlinburg is absolutely beautiful! Can't beat the Smoky Mountains in the fall!!" – Amanda M. 960 1280

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South: Arkansas

South: Arkansas

"The Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. Very beautiful scenic beauty there also." – Matthew G. 960 1280

By Doug Wertman (Flickr: Overlooking The Buffalo River) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Midwest: Ohio

Midwest: Ohio

"The covered bridges in Ashtabula County, OH." – Marilue B. 960 1280

By IntuneDan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Midwest: Minnesota

Midwest: Minnesota

"Northern Minnesota: the Iron Range or North Shore of Lake Superior. GORGEOUS!" – Ted G. 960 1280

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Midwest: Illinois

Midwest: Illinois

"Galena, IL." Whether you're window shopping on Main Street or watching the fall foliage creep over the countryside, it's small town Americana at its best. – Seung K. 960 1280

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Midwest: Wisconsin

Midwest: Wisconsin

"Door County in Wisconsin," where brisk weather, vibrant forests and delicious farmers markets and orchards makes sure it feels, looks and tastes like fall. – Kathy K. 960 1280

By Leif and Evonne [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Midwest: Michigan

Midwest: Michigan

"The upper peninsula of Pure Michigan! Copper Harbor and Tahquamenon Falls." – Michelle M. 960 1280

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Midwest: Indiana

Midwest: Indiana

"Indiana near the beautiful covered bridges". – L. Morrison 960 1280

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Midwest: Colorado

Midwest: Colorado

"I live in Colorado and a lot of local peeps go up on the Grand Mesa around color Sunday. All of the aspens, brush and other trees are very beautiful." – Shelli P. 960 1280
West: Idaho

West: Idaho

"McCall, Idaho!" Nowhere are the bursts of red and yellow more bright than beneath the aptly named Rainbow Bridge over the Payette River just 2 hours north of Boise.  – Alexis D. 960 1280
West: Washington

West: Washington

"Seattle, WA." You don’t have to go far to see Autumnal hues, picnic and play in fallen leaves at Woodland Park (just south of the zoo) or stroll along nearby Bellevue Botanical Garden’s Lost Meadow loop. – Sarah K. 960 1280
Mid-Atlantic: North Carolina

Mid-Atlantic: North Carolina

"Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina." – David R. 960 1280
Mid-Atlantic: West Virginia

Mid-Atlantic: West Virginia

"Highland Scenic Highway, Pocahontas County, WV."– Carol S. 960 1280

By Squashpup (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons  

Mid-Atlantic: Virginia

Mid-Atlantic: Virginia

"Charlottesville, VA (or better yet, at a nearby vineyard)." – Brian P. 960 1280
Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania

Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania

"Bucks County, PA!" Embark on a tour of Bucks County’s charming covered bridges (there are 12 in all) or getting a bird’s-eye view of the countryside with the US Hot Air Balloon team! – Jeff H. 960 1280
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Set off on a road trip to Sedona, and travel past a dazzling display of nature and history framed by towering red rocks. 960 1280

  

Over 1,000 years ago, Native Americans built their homes in the limestone cliffs outside of Sedona. 960 1280

  

People come to meditate and reflect at the Red Rocks vortex sites, or energy centers. 960 1280

  

Flowering cacti bloom in the hot Arizona sun in Sedona. 960 1280

  

Hikers stroll along the banks of Oak Creek Canyon where the colorful red rocks meets the clear running water. 960 1280

  

Bring along your camera to take pictures of the remarkable geology, including red-rock waterfalls. 960 1280

  

Sedona's stunning red rocks are a masterpiece a million years in the making as nature creates the rocks' bright hues. 960 1280

  

Water chutes have been carved into the rocks over time making for a rocky slip and slide at Slide Rock State Park. 960 1280

  

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a Catholic chapel nestled between 2 towering red-rock formations. 960 1280

  

Take a hike along the Schnebly Hill Trail in Coconino National Forest for expansive red-rock views. 960 1280

  

The Pacific Coast Highway winds along the dramatic Northern California coastline. 960 1280

  

The craggy cliffs of Big Sur provide breathtaking photo opportunities. 960 1280

  

Plan a rest stop in the laid-back town of Pismo Beach. 960 1280

  

It's hard not to succumb to a fairytale fantasy driving through this misty valley near San Luis Obispo. 960 1280

  

The Santa Barbara Mission is a must-see for road-trippers driving the PCH. 960 1280

  

Pay a visit to the town of Solvang, a perfect representation of a Danish village. 960 1280

  

Gasp-worthy vistas lurk around every bend in the Pacific Coast Highway. 960 1280

  

Leave all fear of heights at home as you cross Bixby Bridge. 960 1280

  

Waves crash around the rocky shoreline along the highway. 960 1280

  

Spend time wandering the scenic beachfront in Carmel by the Sea. 960 1280

  

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

Once the home of William Randolph Hearst, the Hearst Castle is one of the largest historic house museums in the US. It offers several tours which cover the estate's grand rooms, upstairs suites, cottages and kitchens. 960 1280

Jim G, flickr  

Oregon Dunes

Oregon Dunes

Stretching south from Florence, OR, to Coos Bay, 40 miles of Oregon's coast is home to the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area. Sand dunes, hundreds of feet high, provide a habitat for wildlife. Visitors can hike, take pictures and drive off-road vehicles. 960 1280

John Fowler via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0  

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Cape Blanco Lighthouse was built on 47.7 acres of land in 1870. It holds 4 unique records: It's the oldest continuously operating light, it's the most westerly, it has the highest focal plane above the sea (256 feet) and it had Oregon's first woman keeper, Mabel E. Bretherton. Today the lighthouse is all automated with a motor to rotate it, plus a special light that flashes every 18.2 seconds. 960 1280

Clinton Steeds via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0  

Stearns Warf

Stearns Warf

Stearns Wharf was built in 1872 to serve ships. It eventually became a naval installation. Today the wharf is one of the largest attractions in Santa Barbara with shops and restaurants that bring more than 5 million annual visitors. 960 1280

Lars Aronsson, Wikimedia commons  

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay is a bay of the Pacific Ocean, on the coast of California. The area is home to many marine animals, including sea otters, harbor seals and bottlenose dolphins. It is also the breeding site for elephant seals. 960 1280

Adam Baker, flickr  

Morro Bay State Park

Morro Bay State Park

Morro Bay State Park features a lagoon and natural bay habitat. It includes a museum, marina and golf course. The park has opportunities for sailing, fishing, hiking and bird watching, especially in the marsh area. 960 1280

Mike Baird, flickr  

Cape Perpetua

Cape Perpetua

Cape Perpetua is located in Oregon on US Route 101. At its highest point, the bluff rises more than 800 feet above sea level. Camping, picnicking, hiking and whale watching are all big activities within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. 960 1280

Amy Selleck, flickr  

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park has more than a million acres to explore, and includes 3 different ecosystems. You'll find Pacific Ocean beaches, rainforest valleys and glacier-capped peaks. The park is home to a variety of plants and animals. 960 1280

Frank Kovalchek via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0  

Margo Dodd Park

Margo Dodd Park

This ocean-bluff park includes a gazebo, a grassy recreation area and a large tide pool where you can snorkel. The park overlooks the ocean, and you can see lots of birds and marine life. 960 1280

Teri Vogel, flickr  

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park is home to the world's tallest trees, as well as wildlife such as bears and eagles. The park also includes 40 miles of wild coastline where animals such as sea lions, osprey and pelicans live. 960 1280

ilya_ktsn via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0  

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