ROAD Trips – Cross USA on Interstate 70

     Interstate 70 begins around Baltimore, Maryland and traverses much of the nation before ending in the middle of Utah. It manages to links several important cities, such as, Denver, Colorado and St Louis, Missouri.
 
     Maryland
          Baltimore – This city has emerged from squalor to become a model of urban renewal. The Inner Harbor area draws thousands of tourists from all over the country and Oriole Stadium at Camden Yard is an equally famous symbol of the "new" baseball park.
          Annapolis – Take the opportunity while in the Baltimore to visit the state capitol and admire the quaint and historical waterfront area, once the capitol of the fledling United States of America.
          Washington, DC – While not theoretically in Maryland, the District of Columbia is less than an hour from Baltimore and represents all that America has to offer the tourist. It should not be missed.
 
      Pennsylvania
          Fallingwater – Detour a bit south off I-70 to visit one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous constructions. His house, Fallingwater, is a marvel of architecture and engineering.
          Pittsburgh – Another city which has risen from its ignominious past, Pittsburgh has parlayed its industrial heritage into a new vision for the future. Its setting alone, at the junction of three rivers is worth a stop.
 
      Indiana
          Indianapolis – Auto racing fans should not miss the opportunity to visit one of the premier venues of this popular sport, the Indianapolis Speedway.
 
      Illinois
         Cahokia Mounds State Park – Just before crossing the Mississippi Rivere into Missouri, check out the Native American sites in Collinsville which recall a large and thriving community of traders, known as the Mississippians.
 
      Missouri
         Gateway Arch – This beautiful steel parabola symbolizes the pioneer spirit of Americans who began an immense westward expansion from here. Be sure to take a pod to the top of the arch for wonderful views.
         Kansas City – Although this city is not a very popular stop on the tourist trail, it is one of the most well-known areas in the country for great barbeque, so a stop to eat at one of the many restaurants of this type is worth getting off the highway.
 
       Colorado
         United States Air Force Academy – Just south of Denver, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains is a lovely setting for a military school. Check out the cadets walking or running in formation and be sure to spend some time in Frank Lloyd Wright’s beautiful chapel.
         Garden of the Gods State Park – Also in Colorado Springs, this park offers unusual sandstone formations and rock-climbing opportunities at the base of Pike’s Peak.
         Rocky Mountain National Park – This picturesque national park offers spectacular mountain vistas and abundant wildlife just northwest of Denver.
         Vail – This Alpine village is known for its skiing but is pleasant to visit at any time of the year. Nearby Aspen is also worth a stop.
         Colorado National Monument – Take Rim Rock Road for sheer cliffs and steep gorges or take a walking trail into the interior.
 
      Utah
         Arches National Park – One of Utah’s most popular areas, this park contains the largest concentration of natural arches in the world.
         Capitol Reef National Park – This portion of the Waterpocket Fold, a long ridge in the earth’s crust caused by the continental uplift, dramatically exposes the forces of nature that shape the landscape.
        
 

About gmazeman

Retired Science Teacher Currently Athletic Director at Johnston High School Travel is my passion!
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