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American highways have inspired more great music, books, and movies than any other roads in the world because—as a system—they cover more iconic, gorgeous, and interesting ground than any other roads in the world. There are hundreds of amazing routes you can chart, any one of which will blow your kid's mind with beauty, BBQ, or baseball. Here are five classics that will show them everything from the Grand Canyon to Big Sur and teach them the country's history, from Paul Revere's ride to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Freedom March. Or, just say "screw it," take them out of school for a year, and do the the whole damn thing at once. Your boss will be pissed, but your kid will think you're a cross between Jack Kerouac and Clark Griswold—basically the coolest parent ever.
Northeast: New York to Acadia National Park on Route 1
[caption id="attachment_27696" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Photo of Acadia National Park by Flickr user Angi English[/caption]
From the center of the universe (at least as far as New Yorkers are concerned) to possibly the most rugged, striking coastline in North America, this route covers the country's 20th century history, its 18th century history, and some of its best regional accents. Seriously, your kid will love the trip-long game of "How many ways can you pronounce the word 'water'?"
Key Spots You'll Hit:New York City/Statue of Liberty/Empire State Building — Mark Twain House and Museum — Minute Man National Historic Park — Boston/Fenway Park/Bunker Hill Monument/Boston Tea Party — Salem Witch Museum — Gloucester —Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge — Portland Head Light — Acadia National ParkWhat They'll Learn: The brave and ingenious colonists who founded America were the grandbabies of religious fanatics who burned people alive over evil magic, but they built beautiful lighthouses and invented the lobster roll, so they couldn't have been all bad.
Off the Beaten Path:Desert Maine. You read correctly. This is not a sweets shop with cupcakes and fudge that's missing an "s," but a barren land of sand dunes in possibly the least expected corner of the country.
Best Time To Go: Summer
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