United States map with 50 map pins

50 destinations across the continental United States. National Parks, National Monuments, Historical Locations, and American Favorites.

During the month of May, we will take a look at some of of these amazing locations, picked at random by my amazing customers in my Facebook VIP space.

I miss traveling (and I love a good road trip) and I’m sure a lot of you do too, so I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the amazing locations we have in our own country; some we’ve all heard of, some few of us have, and some we haven’t.

Over the next 31 days we will (virtually) stop at 10 of the 50 locations around the country. We’ll learn about each location, just like we do when we’re planning an actual trip, with some random facts (because I love those), favorite vistas and spots at each stop, see lots of pics, and pick up some souvenirs!

One major difference from planning a real trip – you won’t know ahead of time where we’re going to go!

May 1
Stop #1
Grand Canyon
Stop #2
French Quarter
Stop #3
Fort Sumter
Stop #4
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Stop #5
Colonial Annapolis Maryland
Stop #6
The Breakers
Stop # 7
USS Constitution
Stop #8Stop #9
3031June 1
Stop #10Welcome Home Party

Visit our most recent stop

Stop #6 – The Breakers
Quick Facts
LocationNewport, Rhode Island
📍41°28′11″N 71°17′55″W
DesignationNational Historical Landmark
EstablishedBuilt 1895
Official Websitehttps://www.newportmansions.org/explore/the-breakers
Located at 44 Ochre Point Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island, The Breakers was built as the summer residence for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, of THE Vanderbilt family. Taking two years to build, during the Gilded Age, the 70-room mansion has 62,482 sq ft of living area across five floors. Sixty-Four Thousand Freaking Square Feet! The house alone encompasses 1-acre of the 14-acre property.\ Do you ever just read something so interesting that you, outloud, …
Stop #7 – USS Constitution
Quick Facts
LocationCharlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts
📍42°22′20.9″N 71°3′23.6″W
DesignationNational Historical Landmark
EstablishedBuilt 1797
Official Websitehttps://ussconstitutionmuseum.org
The USS Constitution, aka "Old Ironsides", is the world's oldest ship, of any kind, still afloat! Launched in 1797, she was one of six original frigate authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and the third to be constructed. The frigates were to be the capital ships of the young Navy and therefore they are more heavily armed and built than other frigates of the time. The Constitution was retired from …
Stop #5 – Colonial Annapolis Historic District
Quick Facts
LocationAnnapolis, Maryland
📍38°58′41″N 76°29′29″W
DesignationNational Historical Landmark
EstablishedBuilt 1695
Added to the Historical Landmark Register in 1965
Official Websitehttps://www.annapolis.org/historic/historic-district
We're at our half-way stop, in Annapolis, Maryland, in the Historic District. Annapolis was one of the first cities in the United States to receive the distinct honor of being a Historical District with the city dating back to colonial times in 1695. The Historic District of Annapolis is built in a modified Baroque plan which utilizes a garden style layout similar to that of Versailles. One of the main features of this …
Stop #4 – Wright Brothers Visitors Center and National Memorial
Quick Facts
LocationKill Devil Hills, North Carolina
📍32.75234, -79.87469
DesignationNational Memorial and Historical Landmark
Established1953 and 2001 (respectively)
Official Websitehttps://www.nps.gov/wrbr/index.htm
Aviation is huge in my boyfriend's family. His father was a Naval Aviator (he even flew my dad on flights back to Missouri while the were stationed at the same Naval Air Base. 30 some odd years later they met again when Ted and I got together!), his father and aunt would fly any time they could get into the pilots seat; and they flew with and knew some of the early aviation …
Stop #3 – Fort Sumter National Monument
Quick Facts
LocationCharleston, South Carolina
📍32.75234, -79.87469
DesignationNational Monument
Official Websitehttps://www.nps.gov/fosu/index.htm
Fort Sumter is a SEA FORT (I didn't know we had Sea Forts) dating back to the War of 1812 and was built on an artificial island to protect Charleston, South Carolina. Commissioned after the Burning of Washington in 1814 (during the War of 1812), engineers performed measurements on the sand bar in 1827 and began construction in 1829. 70,000 tons of granite had been brought down form New England to build up …
Stop #2 – French Quarter
Quick Facts
LocationNew Orleans, Louisana
📍29.95844, -90.06441
DesignationNational Historic Landmark
Official Websitehttps://www.neworleans.com/plan/neighborhoods/french-quarter/
What is the first thing you think of when you hear New Orleans, Louisiana? For me, the French Quarter is definitely near the top of the list, if not the top; I also think of Mardi Gras, Beignets, and fun nights with co-workers (who are now great friends!) The French Quarter (also know as Vieux Carre) is one of New Orlean's most historic and well known districts. Established in 1718 by Jean Baptiste …
Stop #1 – The Grand Canyon
Quick Facts
LocationGrand Canyon, Arizona
📍36.10692, -112.11294
DesignationNational Park
EstablishedFebruary 26, 1919
Official Websitehttps://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm
I'm so excited that The Grand Canyon was one of the locations randomly picked! It is the closest location to me and the perfect starting point for our adventure this month! The Grand Canyon is the 2nd most visited National Park in the United States, with an average of 6 million visitors per year! I wonder if all those visitors could fit into the 277 mile long, 1 mile deep, and 18 mile …