America's Great Road Trips and Scenic Drives

Season 1
(11)2004ALL

Road trips have beginnings and ends, but it is what is in between that counts. This collection takes you down the American roads less traveled to discover the pulse of the Heartland, the scenic splendor of the country's most treasured national parks, the people and communities created far from major cities, and the distinctive charm that is uniquely American.

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Episodes (12)

  1. 1. Alaska
    March 9, 2004
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    In Alaska, view giant glaciers up close while cruising the waters of Kenaji National Park. Stop off at the Crow Creek Mine to try to pan for gold. River-raft at the base of Mt. McKinley. Explore the riches of Fairbanks, just 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle.
  2. 2. Blue Ridge
    March 9, 2004
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    Amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains, fox hunt in Moorland Park before taking in the breathtaking vistas of the Shenandoah Valley via Skyline Drive, or the lush Appalachian Trail. Head to Roanoke's art scene, then relive a Civil War clash at New Market Battlefield.
  3. 3. California
    March 9, 2004
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    In California, head north To Booneville. Explore the fortress of Redwood trees in Humboldt State Park. From Mendecino County to the Calistoga Hot Springs, you will work up a thirst for the wines of Napa Valley.
  4. 4. Hawaii
    March 9, 2004
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    In Hawaii, watch a veteran lei maker in action. Step into the solitude of the Place of Refuge, built for ancient lawbreakers. Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to catch mighty explosions before your eyes.
  5. 5. Idaho and Wyoming
    March 9, 2004
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    In Idado and Wyoming, travel to Golden Spike, where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads meet. See Ketchum, where Hemingway lived, wrote, and died. Taste the Idaho potatoes, and then cross into Wyoming to experience Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
  6. 6. Michigan
    March 9, 2004
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    In Michigan, head north to see the Upper Peninsula. Charter a boat on Lake Superior and take in the panoramas of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Stop off for a quite visit in Big Bay, and meet colorful locals, like the Bendictine monks who run a jam shop.
  7. 7. Montana
    March 9, 2004
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    In Montana, begin your trip in Missoula's thriving art community. Visit a cattle ranch where the cowboy tradition is still very much alive. Partake in some of the country's best fishing in Great Falls, and enjoy the sights amid the tranquil beauty of Glacier National Park.
  8. 8. Natchez Trace
    March 9, 2004
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    As you become aquainted with the Natchez Trace, you will journey the historic trail from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi. Stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame. See Elvis Presley's hometown. View antebellum plantations around Vicksburg, and along the way, hear the legends that surround the Natchez Trace Trail.
  9. 9. Northern New Mexico
    March 9, 2004
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    In northern New Mexico, ski in Taos, the town that has captivated artists such as Ansel Adams and Georgia O'Keeffe. Watch seasoned artisans spin their creations, then take an architectural tour of Santa Fe. Float high above Albuquerque while taking part in a hot air balloon rally.
  10. 10. Red Rock Rim
    March 9, 2004
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    The red rock rim was a part of the storied western frontier. Stop off in Sedona and meet a cowboy poet. See the Grand Canyon riding atop a mule, or high above from a helicopter. Discover Monument Valley, immortalized in movies, and meet those responsible for its fame. I
  11. 11. Vermont
    March 9, 2004
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    In Vermont, begin with a visit to Ben and Jerry's Factory, and an apple cider mill. Visit the Shelburne Museum and its esoteric art collection. Detour to Stockbridge, Massachusetts where Norman Rockwell painted, and be sure to stay the night in a charming country inn.
  12. 12. Washington
    March 9, 2004
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    In Washington State, begin at Seattle's Farmer's Market, serving fresh food 365 days a year. Ferry to the San Juan Islands to join a whale-watching expedition. Explore the base of Mt. St. Helens, where the remains of the 1980 explosion have been preserved as a national monument.

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Susan Hyman
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2004
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