ROAD Trips – Cross USA on Interstate 75

     This north-south highway travels all the way from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It joins cities such as Atlanta, Georgia and Tampa, Florida with places such as Knoxville, Tennessee, Lexington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. There are a number of stops along the way for the inveterate traveler.
          Gulfstream Park – For those who appreciate the "Sport of Kings," one of the premier venues for thoroughbred horse racing is just south of Fort Lauderdale, in Hallandale, FL. The park is beautiful and gamblers will find a quality card during the racing season.
          Sanibel Island – Just west of Fort Myers, FL is this gem of a spot on the Gulf of Mexico. The beaches here and in neighboring Captiva Island and great and are well known as a shell-hunter’s paradise.
          Disney World – Walt Disney’s fabulous theme park is only a short distance east of I-75 and well worth several days. It is one of the most popular tourist locations in the entire world and offers a huge variety of activities throughout the area.
          Atlanta – One of the largest cities in the deep South, Atlanta has a wealth of attractions, including Centennial Park, location of the 1996 Summer Olympics, CNN Studios, which offers a fascinating look at the television media industry, and Coca-Cola World where visitors are informed about the history of the world’s favorite soft drink and even given samples.
         Stone Mountain Park – Just outside of Atlanta, this park features a huge stone carving of the leaders of the Confederacy during the Civil War, Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis.
           Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Just southeast of Knoxville is America’s most-visited national park, a kaleidoscope of nature trails, historical farms, and abundant wildlife.
           Lexington – This area of the state is known for horses. Take a scenic drive along state route 30 and see many of these picturesque working farms. Another great activity is to visit the Kentucky Horse Park. Visitors can see a show which highlights the many breeds of horses, visit the fantastic museum which describes the history of horse racing, and also see the statue of Man-o-War, one of the greatest thoroughbreds of all time.
           Cincinnati – Although not a major tourist destination, this All-American city has several good museums for those so-inclined, and its zoo is recognized as one of the best in the country.
            Detroit – "Motor City" is the automobile industry center in the United States. Not seen as a much of a tourist destination, the city is trying to revitalize its run-down neighborhoods. The Art Institute is worth a few hours.
            Upper Peninsula – This part of Michigan is an entirely different world from the rest of the state. It’s worth it, if in the vicinity, to visit a city like Sault-Ste-Marie just to get a flavor of the life here. For a longer stay, be sure to visit Pictured Rocks National Seashore on the coast of Lake Superior, west of Sault-Ste-Marie.

About Gary

I exhibited my love of travel early in life by decorating my room with pennants from places that I visited. Now, my love has become passion as I attempt to check more and more places off my considerable Travel Bucket List. I established my blog in March, 2007 and I made a promise to myself that I would post something each and every day. As of today, I have been true to this promise. I blog because I truly believe that travel is an incredibly worthwhile experience, and I am interested in demonstrating this message, informing my readers and expanding their knowledge and appreciation of the incredible diversity of travel destinations around the world. I began my life in Clarksburg, West Virginia, moving to Rhode Island when I was 9 years old. I graduated from Classical High School (Providence, RI) in 1964 and Providence College in 1968. I became a science teacher after graduation and taught many different sciences for a total of 37 years, most of these years at Johnston High School, but also a 7-year stint at Attleboro High and a year at Bain Junior High in Cranston, RI. Courses I have taught include Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Astronomy, Oceanography, Earth Science, Ecology, First Aid & Emergency Care, Physical Science, Physics, and Horticulture. I have been a volunteer Emergency Medical Techician and Fire Lieutenant at the Tiogue Fire Department in Coventry, RI. I also spent thirty (30) years in the Army Reserve, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 3, specializing in logisitics. Retiring from teaching in 2006, I now work as a part-time Athletic Director for the Johnston School Department. My first wife, Noreen, and I had three (3) daughters -- Kira, Rebecca, and Samantha. Through them I have three (3) grandsons -- Zachery, Braden, & Cooper. My fourth grandson, David, is a result of my current wife, and the love of my life -- Lee. She is my best friend and my trusted travel companion. My free time is spent traveling, blogging, planning trips, golfing, and reading. In the last four years I have joined the Narragansett Bay Chorus, a men's A Capella group, and am truly enjoying the experience.
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