10 Ultimate Locations For A Summer Road Trip

10 Ultimate Locations For A Summer Road Trip

From crab legs to waterparks to historic houses, plan your ultimate summer road trip now!
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The music is blaring, the windows and sunroof are down, the wind is flowing through your hair and your best friends laughter is filling the car. The bliss of what a summer road trip can bring are memories that will last a lifetime.

When your friends and you are away for a few months from now, you can all think back to your ultimate summer road trip, and immediately smile. A good road trip is the company because countless hours in the car can only be tolerated with a certain group of people. Another important thing is the tunes, a jammin' playlist is key. The location of the road trip is also very important because it's where the trip will take place and all the sights and experiences happen, besides the bonding in the car of course. Below is a list of great summer road trip locations!

1. Charleston, South Carolina

This city has everything. It has the historic sites, the food, the hospitality, the sights, and the weather. Checking out America's History Museum in Charleston while sippin' on some sweet tea, or tanning on the beach after kayaking with dolphins is a great way to spend your summer.

2. Savannah, Georgia

A super cute and sweet southern place to explore with friends or family. Browsing through the SCAD art museum then checking out the historic district seems like a blast.

3. Nashville, Tennesse

Another great southern city. Tour the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum with some swangin' gal pals.

4. Boston, Massachusetts

The beautiful city of Boston has something for everyone. The shopping and the big buildings are a show stopper and checking out a Boston Red Sox game is a must.

5. New York City, New York

The city of dreams. This is a perfect girls trip and is sure to spice up your scrapbook with all the amazing sights and experiences. Time Square, Central Park, Little Italy, and Soho are a must see!

6. Montreal, Canada

Experiencing the French Canadian culture and exploring the markets are a perfect way to spend a hot summer day. A bike tour around the city is also a great way to bond with friends!

7. Charlotte, North Carolina

This city seems to have something to do with everyone's interests. Charlotte holds the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Also, check out Carowinds for a great day of adventure and fun for the whole family.

8. Washington, District of Colombia

What a better place to see than the capital of the United States. Explore White House, Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial!

9. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

This is such a cute place to go to with friends. Rent a beach house and take a break from your busy summer. This is also a good place to spice up your Instagram feed with the cute beach shacks and lighthouses.

10. Wells Beach, Maine

Eat a crab leg and relax on the beach, or even go to a waterpark!

Hope this list made you excited for all the adventures that await for this summer. Start planning your ultimate summer road trip now!

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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14 Kentucky Destinations To Visit This Summer

I'm in love with the history and beauty encompassing my old Kentucky home.

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Kentucky has got to be one of the most notable states in the U.S. While it is most known for bourbon, horse races, and basketball, you can't deny the beauty of the history and nature that surrounds the state.

Kentucky natives often take for granted the importance of the locations that surround them. These destinations are easily accessible and should be noted a 'must visit' on your next day off.

For those who are travelers and are looking to tour the land of the "Bluegrass state," you won't regret making these KY places your next summer vacation destination.

1. Mammoth Cave National Park

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This park is open year-round with guided tours through the world's longest cave system. This cave is filled with tremendous caverns which are super cool to see, but the stories that are told about the cave through the tour make it an even more interesting experience.

Even if you decided to skip out on the cave tour, this national park is filled with other things to do. There are trails for hiking and biking, and they even have areas for various water activities.

2. Keeneland

keeneland racetrack

Keeneland is beautifully landscaped and located in the horse capital of the world.

While the best time to go is during racing season, I'd still recommend a tour of this famous horseracing arena.

3. Red River Gorge

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Red River Gorge is home of the sandstone rock bridge known as the 'Natural Bridge,' and is also the perfect site for a camping experience. At the gorge, you are able to hike, bike, ride, and partake in a variety of other activities.

4. National Corvette Museum

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Home to more than 80 models of America's sports car: the Corvette.

5. Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls

A huge waterfall that falls 60-feet before tumbling over sandstone bedding. It is truly a sight to see.

6. Ark Encounter

noah's ark

Located in Williamstown, KY is the massive, life-size ship made to resemble Noah's Ark. It is 3-stories tall with interactive exhibits to illustrate the biblical tale.

7. Louisville Slugger Baseball Museum

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Baseball, also known as America's favorite pastime.

Kentucky, also home of the Lousiville Slugger Baseball Museum and Factory.

8. Lincoln's childhood home

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Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th U.S. president. He was an important figure for many reasons, but most remembered for his Emancipation Proclamation speech that helped push toward the end of slavery, and his leadership of our nation through the Civil War.

9. Churchill Downs

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Churchill Downs is another thoroughbred racetrack in Kentucky, most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby. Tours are conducted by the Kentucky Derby Museum.

10.  Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

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Every year, Kentucky loses 50,000 acres due to land development. There are estimated to be over 3 million trees in Bernheim Forest, all of which are protected from development.

Today, Bernheim Forest is over 16,000 acres and will soon be celebrating its 90th "birthday" by revealing a new exhibit entitled "Forest Giants in a Giant Forest." These three massive sculptures, made of recycled wood are expected to withstand for at least 3 years.

11.  Berea Pinnacles

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A hiking trail with a variety of difficulty levels, and a beautiful view at the end no matter how far you decided to travel.

12.  Woodford Reserve Distillery

woodford reserve distillery

Kentucky is famous for bourbon. So, why not take a tour of the oldest and smallest distillery in the state?

13.  The Kentucky State Capitol

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The KY state capitol is located in Frankfort, KY and is open to visitors/tours. Observe the areas where our chamber of the senate and house of representatives come together for the legislative process.

14.  My Old Kentucky Home State Park

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Stephen Collins Foster wrote the famous composition 'My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night!' which is now known as our state song. Foster's imagery throughout the song was inspired by the house and the land surrounding what was once known as "Federal Hill." It was referred to as "My Old Kentucky Home" once the U.S. entered the Civil War.

Today, you can tour the home that was host to many famous individuals (Stephen Collins Foster, Henry Clay, Aaron Burr, and more) and the inspiration to a monumental tribute to Kentucky history.

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