A few years back, I watched the movie, Elizabethtown. This movie revolved around a twenty-something year old man trying to rebuild his life. Along his journey, he meets a girl who makes a custom cross-country road trip map that includes special instructions for each phase of the trip. Below is an image from the movie that shows one of the many pages in the map she made.
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When I saw the map she made, I was inspired to one day embark on my own cross-country journey to discover new sites and experience new places. I began to think about all of the stops I would want to make along the way. I have come up with three places that I definitely have to stop at and I am going to share them with you.
Destination 1: Wedding Cake House, Kennebunkport, Maine
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The Wedding Cake House was said to have been built by a ship builder in the 1800’s for his wife because he could not afford a honeymoon. It was said that he worked by himself to construct the house to look like a wedding cake to show his love for his bride. The reality is that the house was reconstructed by George Bourne, a ship builder in 1825. He rebuilt the house after the original structure was burned down in a fire. Even though the house was not built for his bride, it is a touching story. I have been wanting to visit this house for years.
Destination 2: West Side Market, Cleveland, Ohio
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The West Side Market is a super-sized public market where you can buy food, flowers, and gifts. It was built in 1912 and has been an open and successful place for locals and visitors to shop. The city of Cleveland has used this market to provide an outlet for people to mix and experience a blend of cultures. I think food is a great way to experience a culture or a city and this market would be such a great place to walk around and look at all it has to offer.
Destination 3: Liard River Hot Springs, Alaska Highway, Northern British Columbia
“Liard Hotsprings sign“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Being a citizen of the Northeast U.S., I have not had much opportunity to venture out West. Alaska is known for having a vast selection of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. The Liard River Hot Springs caught my attention because I have never seen or been to a hot spring before. It is known for its exceptionally blue water and wildlife. I look forward to one day being able to relax in that water and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
I hope to one day fulfill my dream of driving cross-country with a giant personalized map as cool as the one in the movie. Until then, I will keep adding destinations to my list. Where would you want to go on your cross-country road trip? Let me know the places that have caught your eye and I might just add them to my own list!
By: Caitlin Flemming