Car Rides Are Underrated

Car Rides Are Underrated

Let's go for a ride

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The day I got my license was the BEST day of my life. Ok maybe not the best, but that's definitely what was going through my 16-year old mind.

"I'll finally have more freedom, I won't have to wait for Dad to pick me up from school, I won't be late to EVERY occasion, I'm finally driving!!"

My list of reasons went on and on. The glory of being able to drive myself everywhere only lasted so long. My "I'll drive separate" quickly turned into "Can someone ride with me?". Within the first year of having my license, I wondered why it felt as if I was becoming distant from my parents, and so much closer with my friends. In the midst of blasting Kanye West throwbacks, it hit me.

From the time I was born, I've always been the passenger to my parents. Whether it was taking a ride to or from school, to a friend's house, or to the grocery store, I didn't realize the value of the time we shared in those car rides until it wasn't part of my daily routine anymore. Those were the times my parents would ask "So, how was your day at school? Learn anything new?" and I would share the excitement. Being able to share my day within an instant was a part of the reason I grew so close to my parents. Of course, now, they are only a phone call away, but there are times I wish they were only a "Hey, put your seatbelt on!" away. As time has gone on, I constantly wish I could turn back time and spend those couple minutes with them. The minutes that felt like hours were our bonding time, and I wouldn't trade that for the world. So next time I'm visiting home and my Mom asks "Do you want to come to the grocery store with me?", my answer will no longer be a dreadful "Do I have to?", but rather an "I would love to."

As for you, take a ride and enjoy the beauty of all of it! Embrace the scenery, the music, the billboards, the people driving by, and most of all- your passengers. Here's my favorite way of putting it. We're always asking Uber drivers what their "craziest" or "most enjoyable" ride was- so become that rider- the one who sings the loudest, the one who seeks advice, the one who wants the windows rolled down even when it's raining, the one who makes it unforgettable.

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​9 Must-Go Day Trips In Virginia

Virginia is for lovers -- and adventure!
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As the weather starts to warm up, all you want to do is be outside and enjoy the sunny Virginia days. There are so many things to do in this beautiful state, and these towns and attractions are perfect for day trips. From the gorgeous lakes to the big cities and everything in between, there is something for everyone! Pack your car up, grab your friends and get ready for adventure.

1. Smith Mountain Lake

This is Virginia’s most popular lake with over 500 miles of shoreline, a variety of water sports and lakefront real estate. Rent a paddle board or a boat with some of your friends for the day. It’s a guaranteed good time.

2. Arlington National Cemetery

This cemetery overlooks Washington, D.C., and is home to the grave of John F. Kennedy and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier memorial. After visiting the cemetery, you can drive to the 9-11 Memorial at the Pentagon or stop by the U.S. Marine Corp War Memorial.

3. Richmond

If you haven’t spent a day in Richmond yet, you’re missing out. While everyone knows Richmond has a lot of history (i.e. the Virginia State Capitol), it’s also known for its craft beer, food tours, shopping and arts. You can also go down the James River to picnic or go rafting.

4. Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens

Williamsburg has a lot to offer, ranging from the colonial aspects to give you an American Revolution experience to the screaming fun aspects of Busch Gardens. Whether you plan to visit spots frequented by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, or get a cliché taste of Germany on roller coasters, you’ll never be bored here!

5. Charlottesville

This city is filled with arts and culture that are grounded in rich tradition. Here you can visit Monticello, try amazing food all around town or listen to a variety of music at the Charlottesville Pavilion.

6. Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive

The Shenandoah Valley is right in the heart of Virginia. You can visit the park in October when the autumnal colors are most vibrant, in addition to taking a run down Skyline drive for amazing views. Along this path, you can stop at the summer home of President Hoover and the Old Cave Cemetery.

7. Virginia Beach

Whether you’re looking for the beach, various amusements or museums, this beach is a great destination for soaking up the sun and having a good time.

8. Assateague and Chincoteague Islands

Assateague and Chincoteague are partly located in Maryland and partly in Virginia. Here you can view the huge protected wildlife sanctuary, which is most notably known for its wild ponies. You can also go hiking, swimming, fishing or kayaking here - to name only a few.

9. Luray Caverns

These caverns are in Luray, Virginia, and were discovered in 1878. Inside you’ll find the “StalacpipeOrgan” – the world’s largest musical instrument.

No matter where you end up in Virginia, there are tons of great things to do. From great art to delicious food to rich history, this state has it all!

Cover Image Credit: The Foxfield Inn - Charlottesvilla, VA

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Top 10 Places To Visit In Oklahoma

Perfect places for inexpensive day trips.

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These places are some of my favorite to visit in Oklahoma and as a resident here they are perfect for day trips because of the minimal car ride. I hope you visit these locations and enjoy them as much as I have.

1. Turner Falls 

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Turner Falls is in the Arbuckle Mountains and is home to Oklahoma's largest waterfall. You can hike, swim, explore a rock castle, fish, tube, and much more. You can even rent a cabin if you want to stay the night.

2. Pops on Route 66

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Pops is in Arcadia off of route 66 and it is great place to get a burger and a specialty pop; not to mention the light up pop bottle out front. Near by there is the Round Barn which is a completely circular barn that was constructed in 1898 and is a unique structure worth visiting. During the fall Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch is open and during the summer you can head to Arcadia Lake to cool off.

3. Blue Dome District in Downtown Tulsa

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Downtown Tulsa has one of the best art districts in the state and you can visit many art museums the most famous being the Philbrook. There are unique shops and fancy restraunts all composed of stunning architecture. There is a interesting spot nestled in the middle of downtown called "The Center of the Universe" where when you stand in this paticular circle of concrete your voice echoes back to you. Occasionally there are festivals like May Fest, Winter Fest, and Day of the Dead.

4. Bricktown in Oklahoma City

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Bricktown is a beautiful place where there is something for everyone to do. There is a movie theatre, clubs, shops, mini-golf, restraunts, and most famously a riverwalk. You can also visit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Murrah Bombing Museum, and the botanical gardens.

5. Robber's Cave

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Robber's Cave is a wonderful place for exploring. You can walk along the trails, go down into caves, go hiking, or wade in creeks. There is also horse back riding and paddle boating. If you are looking for a relaxing trip in nature, this is it.

6. Woodward Park

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Woodward Park is nice place to take a relaxing stroll through and it is home to an arboretum, (a botanical garden completely devoted to trees), and it also has a regular botanical garden. The scenery is breath taking and it has a playground which makes it an entertaining place for children.

7. The Gloss Mountains

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Even though the Gloss Mountains has 'mountains' in its name, it is actually mesas and buttes. They appear shiny and glass like because of the amount of selenite in their soil. This a truly fascinating place to visit and it is perfect for hiking and viewing wildlife. You won't regret traveling here as you see the sun set behind the mesas.

8. Downtown Guthrie

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Downtown Guthrie is rich in historic buildings and brick walkways. There are antique shops, museums, coffee shops, a theatre. Downtown Guthrie also has a national park that is only an elm tree making it the smallest in the United States. If you are able to come in April there is a carnival and parade celebrating the land run. In December there is an event called the Victorian Walk where people come dressed in Victorian clothes and there are carriages, live music, good food, and carollers.

9. Paseo District in Oklahoma City

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The Paseo District in Oklahoma City has some of the finest shops and art galleries. It is designed to resemble Spanish architecture with authentic clay roofs and stucco building. There are many restaurants to eat at and on Wednesday nights "Sauced at Paseo" hosts a slam poetry night.

10. Chickasaw National Park

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Chickasaw National Park is one of the most gorgeous places you can visit in Oklahoma. You can go hunting, fishing, water skiing, boating, hiking, swimming, and much more. There is wildlife everywhere and it is even located on the Central migratory flyaway path, which makes it perfect for bird watching.

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