Probably worth more the way it is! Recreational vehicles are not required to stop unless they are in transit for delivery to a distributor or dealer. Valdosta offers exhilarating adventures as you explore the sights. Local governments can levy additional taxes. The Derby field is limited to three-year-olds and, since , to 20 horses; fillies carry pounds 55 kg and colts pounds 57 kg. Beautiful picture, looks good enough to take a bite out of.
The Kentucky State Police does not maintain a database on traffic citations issued. In order to located the information, you may attempt either of the following two alternatives: A If you know the county you were in when you received the traffic citation, you may contact the Circuit Clerk of the county for further information regarding your traffic citation.
B If you are unsure of the county, you must contact the Administrative Office of the Court. They may be contacted during business hours at I have found that the lighted signs almost always give me the opposite instructions of what my PrePass transponder tells me. PrePass brochures state that you are supposed to follow the in-cab signals from your transponder no matter what the road sign weigh station signs say.
The recent damage and destruction from Hurricane Katrina have changed the landscape of Louisianna. There are still some locations where shrimp boats and the like are at the edge of roadways- hundreds of feet from any waterways they may have formerly traveled.
Cajuns still compose the local heritage, however. Gumbo and fried alligator are definitely on the menu. And it seems that the devistation from Katrina has not put a damper on the wild antics surrounding Mardi Gras and other celebrations in the area. The map of Maine makes it look deceptively small. Any trucker who has traveled the length of I 95 in Maine will tell you that it is a large state.
You will see signs for moose crossings along the interstate and you may have a sighting of a black bear. Once you get north of Bangor, civilization gets pretty thin. Maine DOT officers often drive dark blue Ford pickups and all have their own set of scales.
Maryland recently joined the PrePass network- starting with the I 95 south bound Perryville weigh station I 95 mile marker 93 at the Susquehanna River Bridge. Massachusetts uses unmarked vehicles in traffic enforcement, so be on the lookout. These are covered-wagon trailers that have a seemingly endless number of axles. The purpose is to increase the gross weights each truck can haul but are limited to foot trailers and shorter. For quite some time, Michigan would ticket a tri-axle foot trailer even if the gross weight was 80, They have changed this law and now tri-axle 53 footers are allowed.
Currently, Michigan is a split speed limit state. Trucks used to be limited to 55 mph in a 70 mph zone for cars. But the law changed on November 9, Now trucks are restricted to 60 mph maximum while cars are allowed 70 mph. Located in Bloomington just south of Minneapolis , it has more than stores, 50 restaurants and an aquarium. Complete that with a roller coaster and a log ride. Oh, and there is no sales tax on clothing in Minnesota, so get your wallet ready!
This rate varies depending on the amount needed to maintain the underground storage tank UST cleanup fee fund. Private carriers transporting taxable petroleum products must also enter an open Mississippi weigh station. No person, firm, or corporation of the State of Mississippi, or any subdivision thereof, shall be required to raise, alter, construct, or reconstruct any underpass, wire, pole, trestle, or other structure to permit the passage of any vehicle having a height, unladen, or with a load, in excess of twelve feet and six inches.
Full liability for damage to any structure caused by any vehicle having a height in excess of twelve feet six inches, shall be bourne entirely by the motor carrier or operator of the vehicle.
There are 10 CVE officers who are certified to perform Level VI inspections on vehicles carrying spent nuclear fuel shipments. All vehicles that have a registered weight of 18, pounds or more are required to enter the Missouri weigh stations when they are open. If a vehicle is licensed for 18, pounds or less, they do not have to stop. However, police or commercial vehicle enforcement may choose to stop a vehicle with a lower weight rating at their discretion.
Trucks in Missouri are required to be less than 14 feet tall. They can be up to 15 feet tall if they are traveling exclusively withing commercial zones as defined by Missouri statute The maximum weight allowed in Missouri per axle is 20, pounds on the interstate and 22, pounds on non-interstate roads.
The maximum weigh allowed per tandem is 34, pounds on the interstate and 36, pounds on non-interstate roads. This applies to roads that are not marked with lower weight restrictions.
The home of Shoji in Branson, Missouri! While we may not be able to find truck parking and go see the show- every trucker knows the billboards along I I 44 used to have some of the worst stretches interstate along with highways in Louisianna and Arkansas but in recent years, Missouri has really smoothed out the bumps.
Recreational vehicles are not required to stop unless they are in transit for delivery to a distributor or dealer. Any vehicle that weighs more than 10, lbs may be stopped for inspection and weighing at portable scale locations. They are a watch dog state. The DOT officer decided he was going to find something wrong- no matter what. When someone scrutinizes your paperwork with that kind of attitude, you can be sure he WILL find something wrong. Tri-axle trailers with single tires a total of 6 tires rather than 12 for duals are only allowed 33, lbs in Montana.
Nebraska has a museum that crosses over the I freeway at mile marker called the Archway Museum. There are big fines for travelers who stop to take pictures of the sight. You can take exit number Great Platte River Road and go to visit the museum instead.
The Sidney, Nebraska, store has ample truck and RV parking. Many of these establishment will advertise their services on the c. Truckers will find casinos all across the state of Nevada- and almost every casino will allow truck parking. Most truck stops have slot machines and some even have casino tables for card games.
You can spend a lot of money in the casinos- but it can be a nice change from the truck stops. In northeastern Nevada, Wendover has several casinos and a Pilot truck stop with diesel. You can park in the huge truck parking area and take a shuttle to any of the casinos. Nevada has several spots where chains may be required on tires in winter.
In the summer, a trucker who breaks down will need a lot of water and shade to try to keep cool. The major population centers are in Las Vegas and the Reno area, so truckers traveling in between or elsewhere will go far and long between services. According to long-time driver Dave B. These weigh stations and check stations are used- Nevada tends to keep them closed for long periods and then run a sort of sting operation and pull in as many truckers for inspections as they can handle at one time.
On Nevada Interstates, truckers can cut loose and run fast. Many areas have the speed limit set at 75 mph. Turn of the c. Truckers heading to Las Vegas from southern California on a Friday night or heading to southern California from Las Vegas on a Sunday night or Monday night of a holiday weekend will find out just how popular Las Vegas is. I 15 has 2 lanes in each direction on the way except the steep grades- north and south of Bakersfield- where they allow an extra slow vehicle lane.
It can be very stressful. The four wheelers tend to be in a hurry and will pull stupid tricks to get around us lumbering big rigs! Apparently, in New Hampshire, the state makes big bucks off the traveling public. Laconia New Hampshire is home to the only Viper sales dealership in America. Dodge Viper, that is. There are other dealers but only one that sells new Vipers.
Laconia is also a winter sports destination. Laconia is located near Lake Winnipesaukee. The lake is covered with snow mobilers during the winter months. So any vehicle weighing 10, lbs or less, commercial or not, is not required to enter the open weigh stations.
New Jersey has changed that law. Now out-of-state truckers can, indeed, get over gross tickets. The toll roads over on the east coast can be a bit overwhelming. Bridges, toll ways, thruways and more bridges- it all adds us quickly. Truckers in New Jersey were not allowed to run state routes with a foot trailer, so it seemed that they were stuck with the toll roads.
Recent legal battles have been going on about this ruling and it is no longer written in stone. The road splits- one fork going to I and one to the turnpike which is the toll road.
Follow the signs for I There are some truck stops that can be accessed from either the turnpike or I off turnpike exit 2 and I exit 2C. Going up I , you will come to the junction with route The traffic tends to get backed up here- both because of commuter traffic and because the merging of all the traffic gets confusing for unaware travelers. The road will bring you around a curve to the left and shortly after merging with route 42, you will exit back off to the right to follow I north again.
On I you can take the exit for route and the Bordentown Petro and get over to the turnpike there or you can continue up to exit 60 for I east. This will take you over to the toll road with all freeway driving. Many truckers choose to run the toll road during high traffic times- though the turnpike also backs up sometimes. To go southbound from the turnpike take I west to I south all the way to the bottom. As mentioned about the north bound route, be careful around the junction of route 42 where traffic gets congested.
The bridges coming into New Jersey are non-toll, but leaving New Jersey can be very expensive. To leave New Jersey without a toll, head to Trenton. From the New Jersey Turnpike take I west. I curves you around the north side of Trenton and brings you around to I 95 south I 95 is somewhat confusing in this part of the country. I 95 south will take you down through Philly- you can hit the PA turnpike or continue south on I 95 toward Delaware.
Keep in mind that I 95 through downtown Philadelphia may not be the most pleasant drive during high traffic times. Trucks are to use expressways, not parkways. Parkways have low bridges and no commercial vehicles or trailers are allowed in most places. Route 18 from the turnpike to the GSP has a lot of lights and a lot of traffic, so truckers may want to consider running the turnpike down to I east and hitting the GSP that way. This means anyone hauling anything that is used for profit must enter.
If someone is transporting their own personal goods moving etc , they are not required to enter the ports no matter how large the truck. But a private, not-for-hire race hauler IS required to enter, because a race car is used for financial gain. If someone is hauling their own personal horses or livestock for personal reasons not for racing or selling , they are only required to enter the ports if there is a sign saying that all vehicles with livestock must enter.
That is different from all commercial vehicles with livestock. Any vehicle or combination of vehicle traveling in New Mexico is allowed a lb gross weigh tolerance if the vehicle has an APU idle reduction technology according to in the New Mexico code of law.
For truckers who can find a parking spot and wish to get up close to the event, the launching field is located on Alameda Blvd about 1 mile west of I If you are interested in attending, call the information number at New Mexico is arguably the Extraterrestrial center of the United States.
Roswell and the Very Large Array are hard to top when it comes to E. Roswell is site of the famed alien crash. A local rancher found the debris from a crash on his land and reported it to the local authorities. A clean up crew from the Roswell Army Air Field came out and cleared away the wreckage. Whether the UFO crash was truly an alien craft or a weather balloon or a craft used in a secret government program is still under debate today.
It was certainly a flying object and it was certainly unidentified. For more information, you can call the museum at The VLA is a group of 27 radio antennas- each of which is longer in diameter than the average tractor trailer truck if you measure it bumper to bumper.
The antennas are used to listen for signals from out of space in the search for life beyond our planet. This includes a penny per gallon loading fee. According to driver M. Brown, truckers traveling on route 82 with a 53 foot trailer may find themselves paying a hefty fine. Brown was traveling on route 82 to avoid a blizzard on I The CVEU says it does not make a practice of hassling truckers who are parked in the rest area.
Though they may ask them to reposition their trucks, they will not require them to actually leave the rest area or submit to inspections. This also applies to vehicles pulling trailers- if the combined weight of the vehicles is 10, lbs or more, New York requires it to stop and submit to inspection and weighing.
New York is using weigh in motion detection equipment in the roadways in some areas now to determine which trucks might be overweight.
The trucker is then directed to enter the rest area to be weighed by a trooper who is already waiting for him. New York does not perform vehicle searches unless they have a reason- that is left to officer discretion.
They may enter or come close to the cab area to verify air pressure warnings or other inspection-related in-cab items. Unless they see something or have reason to believe there is contraband in the truck, they will not perform a search.
But the officer may then choose to inspect your mattress, which would require him to enter the sleeper area with a tape measure. Any trucker who is placed out of service- either due to hours of service regulations or safety violations will not be allowed to leave the rest area until the violations are corrected or the logbook hours sufficient.
The CVEU may close up shop and leave, but they are likely to keep an eye on any out-of-service truckers. Whether that means informing local patrols or setting up their own units down the road to watch and wait and see if you leave, if you get caught, it is an arrest and your vehicle will be impounded.
If you are placed out of service on the New York Thruway at a toll booth or check station, the Thruway will require you to get the repairs done in a short period of time.
If you cannot get a service truck out to fix you, the Thruway Authority will arrange to have a tow truck or two if need be tow you off the toll way. We have seen New York State Patrol at the toll booths pull over a truck and do a vehicle inspection with chock blocks and a creeper- but we have not seen the portables at the toll booth inspections.
I 84 is not slated to become a toll road. The Thruway had an agreement with the state of New York that they would end the tolls once the bond on the roadway was paid for. Well, when that happened, the Thruway bought I 84 from New York to keep itself in debt- so that they could keep charging tolls.
New York now has signs up that two speeding tickets in a construction zone will result in loss of your license. And if you are caught transporting fireworks in New York, you will lose your vehicle.
Closed is in red lights and Open is in green lights. This is not a uniform color-coding in all states- some use red for open and green for closed. North Carolina is one of the few-remaining smoker-friendly states. None of the J. Outlet stores have cigar and pipe tobacco sales areas in humidors that are larger than many convenience stores. The North Carolina fuel tax rate is variable.
There are more cars registered in the state of North Dakota than residents of the state of North Dakota. If you travel late at night, you may be lucky enough to see the northern lights- an amazing display of electrically charged particles that dance across the night sky. This includes combination vehicles- meaning if your truck and trailer together weigh more than 5 tons, you are required to weigh.
The split speed limit ended first up the Ohio turnpike when the turnpike authority changed it to 65 for cars and for trucks.
Toll rates increased dramatically between and Many truckers refused to pay the high rates. Part of the plan to get truckers to use the Ohio turnpike more was increasing the enforcement of weight laws on the side roads. The Ohio turnpike has an overall length limit on tractor-trailer combinations of 75 feet. The weight limit for one axle is 21, lbs, for a tandem less than 8 ft spacing 34, lbs and overall gross weight limit of 90, lbs provided your axle weights are within turpike standards.
The Ohio Turnpike Commission increased toll rates for all vehicle classes effective January 1st, There is information online that the Ohio State Highway Patrol plans to close many of the existing weigh stations in the near future.
This is not necessarily accurate. The highway patrol is working with the Ohio DOT to determine what the current trucking lanes are compared to what they were when the Ohio weigh stations were originally built. So, they are analyzing whether it may be more cost effective to build new weigh stations in other locations and close some of the existing scales rather than making repairs to poorly placed weigh stations.
They sit in the center median. At night, they sit with their headlights on. For many years, truckers have joked that Oklahoma weigh stations keep bankers hours- other than officers who occasionally set up the portables at various locations. The first of these newly renovated weigh stations opened in April There are weigh-in-motion scales in the road so think ahead, drivers!
They used to be run by the tax commission- which may have be more appropriate than any other government agency. They are currently run by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Officers at the weigh stations are able to perform both paperwork and vehicle inspections. If you are called into an Oklahoma weigh station, be prepared to provide a copy of your lease contract if you are leased to a carrier in addition to your IRP registration, IFTA etc.
The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety is in charge of roadside truck inspections and they rarely set up at the actual weigh stations. Oregon Senate bill officially allows trucks with APU auxiliary power units an extra lbs in their gross weight limits. Oregon motor carrier enforcement officers have been allowing the pound weight exemption since February of The APU must be in working condition. If you have PrePass, your transponder may give a signal, but it will always give you the red light.
One of the most notorious hills in trucking is located in Oregon. Cabbage, as it is called, is on I 84 between Pendleton and La Grande. West bound truckers will descend about 2, feet in 6 miles of switch backs. Going westbound, truckers will know they are coming up on Cabbage when they pass the Emigrant Hill weigh station.
Going west bound, truckers are advised to stop in the brake check area at the weigh station to check their brakes. As you come up to the down grade, there is a sign showing recommended speeds based on what your weight is.
The heavier you are, the slower you need to go. The hill stretches from mile marker to mile marker and there are truck escape ramps at mile markers and The truck stop is a popular trucking destination because of the quality services it offers for truckers and travelers.
The main building features a movie theater, the Cascade Grill restaurant and the Ponderosa Lounge. The Ponderosa Lounge features country music and live bands on the weekends.
The main building also has full-service laundry facilities and an adjacent hotel the Portlander Inn. Oregon is one of a few states that does not charge sales tax on retail purchases. Be sure to have the permit in the cab at all times when traveling in Oregon- for a new calendar year, there is a grace period on carrying the permit until March, but you need to be sure to have the fuel tax permit renewed.
There is one on I 80 east bound at that location and one on I 80 west bound. All the other weigh station locations are rest areas or other areas where DOT brings out a van and sets up with portables. Be prepared whenever you enter the state of Pennyslvania to encounter a mobil unit at a rest area or welcome center.
Better safe than sorry. This rate includes a penny per gallon environmental protection regulatory fee for the underground storage tank UST program. Rushmore, Crazy Horse and, of course, Sturgis. There is a week-long biker rally in Sturgis every August. Hundreds of thousands of bikers descend on the town which has a population of only 6, We compiled our list of scale locations from various sources and have confirmed many.
We have also been able to de-bunk a few false weigh station locations. Thanks for your help! Turns out, though, that the increase from 70 mph to 80 mph was for cars only. Truckers are limited to 70 mph in these regions- in west Texas on interstates 10 and In many areas of Texas, the speed limit at night is lower than the daytime limit.
In the 80 mph areas, the night time speed limit for all vehicles is 65 mph. Th3 event takes place August August Aaron Tippin will be back to entertain those attending teh event. Exhibitors at the GATS include many trucking companies, on board weighing systems, tire and wheel manufacturers, chrome shops, trucking magazines and newspapers, trucking associations, truck lighting retailers, custom sleeper manufacturers, repair shops, truck accessory retailers, truck insurance providers, many radio personalities, and all kinds of products to make life on the road easier, and more fun and cost effective!
The GATS featured many trucking seminars, including seminars on safety, maintenance, personal credit, bio-diesel, background checks, and engines.
Some seminars geared toward owner-operators are about fuel management, liability insurance, tax preparation, and used trucks. The GATS features on-site truck parking. In , the GATS had nearly 45, attendees and in they had 45, attending the show.
For more information on the GATS, call San Antonio, Texas, is located at the junction of I 10 and I Traditionally, the fuel prices in this area of Texas have been cheaper than in other areas, but it is always good to verify actual current fuel prices online rather than trusting trends. It is where Texans held the fort against thousands of Mexican troops for almost 14 days. Out in the west Texas desert is the town of Fort Stockton.
People sing the praises of cities like El Paso and San Antonio, but neither has the claim to fame that Fort Stockton does. Fort Stockton is home to Paisano Pete, an foot-long, foot-long statue of a road runner. All vehicles with dealer tags are required to stop at the ports of entry. Detroit is located in south east Michigan, is the states largest city, and is accessible by car, plane, train and boat. Detroit is known for being the birthplace of the modern, mass produced automobile The Model T was produced here and for being home to The Detroit Three — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.
Detroit is also famous for its music including Motown and modern rock, rap and electronica artists. Family vacations include indoor waterparks, arcades, riverboat cruises, and zip-line adventures. You will also find year round festivals for all to enjoy. Welcome to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here you will find a town that was settled by dutch immigrants. Join in the local scene. Head to the Grand River and enjoy the rushing water mixed with city lights. Go to the museums downtown and enjoy the city that Gerald R.
Ford once called home. Head to Gaslight Village or Eastown for some great food and one of a kind boutiques and shops. Enjoy the friendly and welcoming disposition of the Grand Rapids natives. Situated on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan and long known as one of the brewing capitals of the United States , Milwaukee has spent a significant amount of money in the past decade to include major additions to the city in hopes of diversifying its reputation and proving it has more to offer than just beer.
Milwaukee zoo is another great attraction, with all different types of animals. Projects like the Milwaukee Riverwalk, which is a continuous pedestrian walkway that follows the Milwaukee River through downtown Milwaukee, or the Milwaukee Art Museum have shown that the city takes great pride in the natural beauty of its environment as well as protecting the cultural aspects of the city for future generations. An arty city hemmed in by pretty lakes and home to a vivacious art scene, Minneapolis is all flashy skyscrapers and good time nights out.
Louis is now most noted for that iconic archway, an ultra-modern metallic curve next to the Mississippi River that stretches to ft. You can even ride to the top and stare out over the city and across the Mississippi River into Illinois from the hair-raising tramway, before sampling the Museum of Westward Expansion at the base and taking in a quick film about it all. The town bearing the name Wisconsin Dells takes advantage of this natural beauty, and adds some major family-friendly tourist destinations to go with it.
You can take a tour on the Wisconsin Ducks, to see both the land and water scenery of the area. Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana and is located in the southeast portion of the state along the Mississippi River.
It owes its location and historical importance to its site upon Istrouma Bluff, the first bluff upriver from the Mississippi delta. In addition to the natural protection, the city has a levee system stretching from the bluff southward to protect the riverfront and the southern agricultural areas.
When people think of the state of Mississippi, their first thought is not of the water so Biloxi is a surprise for many people. Biloxi is right on the Gulf Coast and its way of life revolves to a large extent around the water. In the last few years Biloxi has had to overcome some significant obstacles such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but it has bounced back and is still open for business.
El Paso is a city in Texas with a population of more than half a million. It is one of the most important border cities in the world due to the Ciudad Juarez-El Paso crossing everyday. It forms a huge metropolitan area with Ciudad Juarez, and the Rio Grande is their separation point. If two cities were ever more opposite it would be Fort Worth and Dallas, however together they provide the perfect combination of style and arts to please everyone.
Here you will almost always find live music downtown in Sundance Square, and artists from all over the south come to set up a stand and sell their creations. The laid back culture and fairly small downtown area allows you to walk from bar to bar and sometimes you will see more people standing around outside the bars listening to the music in the streets.
The city of Galveston on Galveston island, is only about an hour drive south of Houston and is a great place for a quick getaway. Houston, we have a problem… overpopulation, namely, which is forcing the city out of its boundaries and across the surrounding countryside at an ever increasing rate.
That does make for multiple interesting districts, though, as well as a true, full-on big city vibe and absolutely no shortage of things to do, from watching the impressive local soccer team to exploring the ample galleries. Known as the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington has traditionally been dominated by the horse industry and is also heavily influenced by the University of Kentucky, the flagship state university and largest employer in the city. The university sits immediately south of downtown Lexington.
The horse industry has given Lexington an international reputation, a scenic countryside, and Keeneland Racecourse. UK has given it a college town atmosphere with a richer and more diverse culture than some might expect from its size and location. Little Rock is the right size town with its share of entertainment and activities.
Little Rock has the River Market downtown and plenty of parks surrounding. Little Rock is the Capital of the state for which you can visit the capital building. Louisville is situated in north-central Kentucky on the Kentucky-Indiana border at the only natural obstacle in the Ohio River, the Falls of the Ohio.
Because it includes counties in Southern Indiana, the Louisville metropolitan area is regularly referred to as Kentuckiana. A resident of Louisville is referred to as a Louisvillian. Although situated in a Southern state, Louisville is influenced by both Midwestern and Southern culture, and is commonly referred to as either the northernmost Southern city or the southernmost Northern city in the United States.
It can easily become a city of sin, lively and liberal with plenty in the way of off-the-wall, raucous parties and gaudy, cocktail-infused, fast-paced lifestyles. After all, few cities revel in the good times quite as much as New Orleans. Pick your poison, as the saying goes. You can visit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and explore the cultural side of things, or you can head over to the seven stories of botanical wonders at the Myriad Gardens.
There is also the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, not to mention a Six Flags amusement park if the local color starts to wear a little thin. In addition, Oklahoma City is one of those places where steakhouses exist nearly within spitting distance of each other, and it could be said that there is no place in U. The city of San Antonio, Texas, is so heavily Hispanic that you could almost have drifted across the Mexican border already. In fact, had you come here a few hundred years ago, you would have been the other side of the border, and with this hefty heritage comes plenty to see, and ample, endless streams of tourists.
Here you can rodeo, fiesta and explore the enchanting old Mexican buildings, all without ever leaving American soil. FDi Magazine in ranked the city no. The Palace Theatre and The Egg provide mid-sized forums for music, theater and spoken word performances. Maryland is one of the most diverse states in the U. The state is broken down into five regions that are distinctly different from one another, and depending on the Maryland you want to experience, depends on where you head for your vacation or exploration trip.
Having found itself at the heart of a number of cultural revolutions over the years, and a centre of anything from religious freedom to philosophy, Boston is nevertheless an averaged sized and unassuming city.
While in Buffalo, enjoy the cities vast displays of art galleries, theaters, and street festivals. Sample the cuisine that puts Buffalo on the map more then just a rust belt city and enjoy the splendid summer weather in one of its many parks. Buffalo is also home to two national sporting teams the Sabres and Bills of hockey and football respectively.
One of the most well-known cities in the United States, long considered to be the first American boomtown in the heart of the country, Cincinnati has a history as one of the first major inland cities in the country. Many individuals consider this to be the first true American city, due to the fact that it lacked the European influences of the East Coast with its continual influx of immigrants.
These days it is home to several major sports teams, with a rich American history that has been colored over the years by a large number of events. Cleveland is located in the northeast corner of Ohio on the banks of Lake Erie. This is one of the largest cities in the state. Sports fans have much to cheer with three major league teams: Educational opportunities abound at a magnificent art museum, a science museum on the lakeshore, and a large zoological park. Columbus is a melding of several unique aspects of American cultural and geographical convergences, and could be considered a literal fusion of ideas.
The Plains, the Appalachia, the Bible Belt, and the Rust Belt all meet here, centered on a city that sits on the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers, and everything combined gives Columbus a unique approach on life that has it designated as one of the major centers for the surrounding area, with a focus on a wide variety of economies ranging from education, retail, technology, energy, logistics, and more.
If there is one city in the world that could be described as the pinnacle of achievement, showcasing the highs and lows of one of the greatest nations on Earth while at the same time epitomizing the American way of life, it is perhaps New York City.
We are all familiar with their names from various movies, media, and popular culture: Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States; more specifically, between the province of Ontario and the state of New York.
It is has a two mile long boardwalk to enjoy the various shops and food eateries. Assateague Island is nearby as well as all of the Delmarva Peninsula. Very popular May to September. Franklin even lends his name to the Science Institute in the city too, which is looked over by a 30ft statue of the great man, and is home to its own huge planetarium. The bizarre layout of Pittsburgh — divided by the confluence of two rivers to form the Ohio River and split into a selection of neighborhoods that squash in between the water — makes for an interesting and diverse playground, with more distinct districts than you might expect to find in a typical city.
It is difficult to conceive that Portland is the biggest city in Maine with its meager population of perhaps 65, Worse yet, its number one population status does not even merit it being the state capital that would be Augusta. However, Portland is truly the economic and cultural capital of this beautiful state and it is way too easy to fall in love with this special place, replete with old buildings and history and a continuing reliance upon the sea for much of its productivity.
After its industries left for the South in the s, it sprang back as a cultural center with a thriving arts community. Brown University anchors the East Side, and the commercial streets nearby are peppered with restaurants and shops that cater to the college crowd. Richmond was the capitol of the American Confederate States, but since that time has been a remarkable place in the history of America as a Union of States. That history is worth exploring all over Virginia. From the days of early settlements to the Civil War to the formation of a Union, Virginia has been at the center of things.
Richmond remains a place to experience that history. Modern, with North and South ways, and an avenue of monuments from Robert E. Sandusky, Ohio is probably best known for the amusement park Cedar Point, which boasts 17 roller coasters, the most of any one amusement park in the world.
While Cedar Point is probably the biggest draw to Sandusky, this town has much more to offer as well! An independent city nestled in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of Virginia along the Atlantic Ocean near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is the most populated city in Virginia, and is considered one of the most classic beach destinations in the United States, with a reputation for being one of the few family-friendly ocean-front destinations catering specifically to the family.
With a mild climate year-round, a resort theme, and surrounding countryside full of state parks, national wildlife refuges, and plenty of outdoor adventures to experience if the beach proves to be something you only want to spend half your time enjoying, Virginia Beach is easily one of the best places to choose when it comes to enjoying a mild and relaxing coastal holiday.
Washington—more commonly known as Washington DC or the District of Columbia—is a city of possibilities. Williamsburg, Virginia USA is a major tourist destination because of the historical significance of the area. Also, is offers state-of-the-art theme parks, outdoor fun, spas and golf.
The town itself is filled with culture. As you walk from gallery to gallery, you will pass amazing specialty shops and eateries each with their own style and feel. Lets not forget to mention the great coffee shops and music venues for locals as well as national artists; something for everyone. Augusta is the second largest city in the state of Georgia. Birmingham is home to numerous cultural festivals showcasing music, films, and regional heritage. Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival brings filmmakers from all over the world to Birmingham to have their films viewed and judged.
This festival usually is scheduled in late August at eight venues around downtown. Screenings are concentrated at the Alabama Theatre. Boasting a historic downtown district sitting on a peninsula formed by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers as they flow on down to the Atlantic Ocean, Charleston is home to some of the oldest buildings in the United States, and lacks almost any skyscrapers dominating the skyline due to the height restrictions in place.
Downtown Charlotte, affectionately called Uptown by the locals, is the home of many bars, restaurants, and attractions, and is one of the cleanest and prettiest major city downtowns you will ever find. As you move out of the Uptown area, there are all sorts of museums, outdoor attractions, and little corners of the city to discover. From the giant old houses in Myers Park to the artsy folks in the NoDA, there is something in town for everyone.
Chattanooga is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstates. At a population of about , and a total area of The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Clearwater, is the beach! The sparkling white sand and the crystal clear water makes this one of the most visited beaches in the area.
To add to the attraction, the Pier comes alive every evening with street artists and vendors displaying their wares. As such it is centrally located to the rest of the state. The area is often cited for its high quality of life offerings, with its many cultural amenities, parks, and recreational features.
Columbia is also home to the University of South Carolina. Daytona Beach is so much more! With warm temperatures, 23 miles of beaches there is something for everyone. Because Daytona Beach is such a popular venue for many large events throughout the year make sure to plan ahead as lodging can be hard to find at times. Fayetteville has won All-America City awards; the sixth-largest city in North Carolina also has numerous historic sites, seven museums, three colleges and universities, multiple entertainment venues, a historic downtown and award-winning golf courses.
When people hear the name Florida they think of several things. And the best part about Florida is that every single one of these things is true. The state is literally jam-packed with things to do all year round, from some of the best beaches on the planet to some of the most amazing fruits and climate.
Fort Myers, population 48, plus as of , is the county seat of Lee County, Florida. Established in , it is the gateway to the Southwest Florida region, which is a major tourist destination in Florida. There are many things to do in Gatlinburg including everything from shopping to snowskiing.
There is not enough room to include everything there is to do in Gatlinburg. It is second to Vegas for wedding chapels. Jacksonville has a wealth of beaches, excellent shopping, great restaurants, and is rich in history. Knoxville is located in a beautiful part of the country, at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains and on the banks of the Tennessee River.
With its beautiful weather and more beautiful women, low crime rate and lower unemployment rate, Knoxville is a wonderful place to live. Beale Street is genuinely unmissable, a spot where you can watch an army of blues musicians strut their stuff in performances that vary from the untraditional but entertaining to the straight up blues that started out all those years ago.
Mobile, AL for the most part seems to be a fairly quiet City. Along the bay there are countless seafood restaurants with excellent food. This is also where you will find the USS Alabama, an old battleship that is well worth touring.