Driving over Donna pass, a treacherous mountain pass in the sierra's i pulled over to look at the view and read about the history of the pass. It's a gut wrenching story of the early pioneers and the hardships they endured. There are lots of small landmarks like that to look out for.[/quote]
I am usually struck with similar feelings when I travel in remote areas. I alway wonder how much the pioneers suffered to establish settlements in these areas? What were they running away from that would make the ordeal seem worth it?
Should be amazing!! Completely recommended
A road trip is more about the journey than the destination. The junk food and roadside diners are part of the experience. Plus, in North America the scenery is so varied, with almost every type of terrain and vegetation, from rain forest in Washington State or British Columbia to the deserts of Nevada and Arizona, the flat and treeless Prairies (Great Plains) that stretch from Saskatchewan to Texas, the great Boreal Forest of northern Canada, the bayous of Louisianna, the rolling farmland of Pennsylvania or the majestic Rockies.
Europe has a lot more culture and history, but for natural wonders, it doesn't compare to North America.
Reading Dodger's post above (#8) about driving across Texas reminds me of a particular statistic that some people may not be aware of:
The distance across Texas (east to west) is farther than driving from Texas to the Atlantic Ocean or from Texas to the Pacific Ocean.
Distance across Texas (New Mexico (western) border to Louisiana (eastern) border) = 860 miles
Distance from Texas (eastern edge) to the Atlantic = 773 miles
Distance from Texas (western edge) to the Pacific = 723 miles
To put this in perspective, the drive from Perth, Australia to Sydney, Australia is 2,049 miles; and the drive from Paris, France to Athens, Greece is 1,820 miles