Non-Fiction | 18 July 2016Summer Challenge: U.S. Road Trip Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you’re up to a challenge and a whole lot of adventure, we have the ultimate summer project for you…First, find a blank map of the United States and a box of crayons. One by one, color in each state that you’ve visited. After you’ve colored, take stock of your map. Does it look like a patchwork quilt of colors, or are the majority of states still blank? Are some regions nicely shaded in while others are looking a little neglected? Whatever the state of your map (pun definitely intended), here is our challenge to you: this summer, take a road trip and discover the beautiful, unexplored treasures of America. Whether you visit twenty states or two, try to fill in a couple more blank spots with some vibrant color. Decide on a manageable itinerary, find a blank pathway on your map, pack up the car, and get exploring! Packed with more than 2,000 facts about the United States, Wide-Eyed Editions’ The 50 States is the perfect companion for your U.S. road trip. In this larger-than-life compendium of maps, you’ll find out which state Judy Garland calls home, where to go white river rafting, and which state boasts the world’s largest potato chip. Check out this awesome video to find out more about The 50 States! Here are ten summer activities to give you a head start on road trip planning, but after reading The 50 States it’s easy to see that each state is a gem – no matter where you visit, you’ll find something amazing! Arizona: Visit the Grand Canyon. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this breathtaking geological wonder is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and over a mile deep! Florida: Go to Chiefland’s Annual Watermelon Festival on the first Saturday in June. For over 50 years this event has drawn visitors from all over to take part in the watermelon parade, auction, and weighing-contest, and to eat the scrumptious fruit! Illinois: Take in a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. One of Chicago’s beloved baseball teams, the Cubs play for a large fan base on their home turf all summer! Grab a hot dog and some cracker jacks, and join in on the fun! Louisiana: Visit the world’s largest rose garden at the American Rose Center. This garden covers over 118 acres and features more than 20,000 rosebushes – can you imagine how heavenly it must smell? Maine: Eat some of Maine’s famous blueberries. The town of Machias holds a wild blueberry festival every year in August, when the berries are in season. Head on over to indulge in some fresh blueberry pie, blueberry pancakes, and blueberry jam! Missouri: Visit Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. This natural water park has slides and pools created by years of wind and water erosion! You can also hike, picnic, and camp in the surrounding area. Oregon: Go to Powell’s City of Books. Booklovers take note – Powell’s in downtown Portland is the world’s largest bookstore and houses approximately one million books! Tennessee: Take in some country music at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Dubbed the “Home of American Music,” this venue hosts all the brightest country stars – catch Rascal Flatts and Amy Grant this summer, among others! Washington: Visit Pike Place Market in Seattle. This outdoor farmers’ market opened in 1907 and is a mecca of fresh produce, delicious seafood, and artisan crafts. Make sure you catch the market’s fishmongers throwing fish to each other – and to customers! Wisconsin: Visit Circus World in Baraboo. The Circus World Museum hosts daily live shows in the big top through summer, where you can see the amazing feats of jugglers, aerialists, elephants, and others! Happy exploring! Excerpted from The 50 States The 50 States Author: Gabrielle Balkan Illustrated by: Sol Linero Format: Hardback, 112 Pages ISBN: 9781847807113 Publisher: Wide-Eyed Editions Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.