Monday, August 21, 2017, presents people in the United States with an extraordinary chance to see a total solar eclipse. The last time this type of an eclipse was able to be seen across the continental United States was 38 years ago, in 1979. And this is the first total eclipse to sweep across the entire country since 1918. You must be in the path that sweeps from west to east – across 11 states from Oregon to South Carolina – to see the eclipse in totality. If you are outside the roughly 60-mile wide band, you will not get to see the total eclipse.
While many know the famous story of Lewis and Clark being bravely lead by Sacagawea to the Pacific Northwest, not many know that part of today’s Interstate 75 follows where they traveled. Located primarily in Nebraska, the Lewis & Clark Scenic Byway is a road trip of historic proportions.
Comprised of eight historic cities, the Lewis & Clark Scenic Byway works to promote tourism, education, and the preservation of these communities. When you find yourself in Nebraska, go the way of Lewis and Clark; your country will thank you for it.
There are 124 National Monuments throughout the United States. When you are traveling in the Midwest, there are some wonderful National Monuments to see. Remember that there are also National Historic Sites, Seashores, Rivers, Trails and more that are awaiting your visit, in the Midwestern states.
U.S. Route 6 may not be the most well-known road trip route, like Route 66 or the Pacific Coast Highway, but it can take you from all the way across the U.S. from coast to coast. Heading from east to west, the highway begins in Massachusetts and ends in California, with plenty of interesting attractions along the way.
Scenic Route 6 is the second longest highway in America, stretching from Long Beach, California to Provincetown, Massachusetts. Though the trip is marked by stunning scenery and a number of charming towns, there is a particularly noteworthy stretch of the route that spans the plains of Nebraska and Iowa: Scenic Route 6.
The Census Bureau’s definition of the Midwest consists of twelve states in the north central region of the United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Let’s look at some of the best locations for antiquing in each of them.
One of the top ten scenic drives in the United States is the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway on Nebraska Highway 2. The drive follows roughly the path of the Middle Loup River, right through the middle of the Sandhills, covering 272 miles from Grand Island to Alliance. The Sandhills comprise an area as large as Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. These gently undulating sand dunes are directly over the Ogallala Aquifer. They have been the home to humans since the first arrivals from the land bridge from Asia appeared on the scene more than 11,000 years ago. Arrowheads from that time are found regularly in the Sandhills. More recent history points to the nearly 150 settler’s scattered sod houses that dot the landscape, and the rail lines that brought more settlers and goods to the region. All can be experienced on this drive. Here is a hint, if you are traveling anytime between May and September, you may wish to consult the Nebraska State Rodeo Association to find a list of when there will be a rodeo near where you are traveling.
Before the days of GPS and Siri, weary travelers used recognizable landmarks to help guide them along their cross-country journeys. Scotts Bluff – a rock formation protruding over surrounding flatlands …