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From Miami, Florida to the northern end of US-1 in Fort Kent, Maine is a total of 2,329 miles. It is a fascinating trip with so much history and many cultures along the way.
Our start is John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. This is the country’s first underwater park. Miami is the actual end of the highway known as US-1. I choose to start there and go north, because if it is late spring we get to see the end of spring and move on north as spring begins anew. The farther north we travel, we see the ever-renewing of spring. Miami is a vibrant and multi-culture city and as we travel north we see a patchwork of cultures.
Traveling US-1 we drive by the Okefenokee Natural Wildlife Refuge and stop to see the beauty of the Swamp. No trip north can be complete without taking the 30 minute trip to Sapelo Island with its old southern mansion; the Reynolds Mansion. If we have timed it just right we may be able to see the first of the loggerhead turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.
The Carolina Sandhills Natural Wildlife Refuge is one of the few places the longleaf pine and wiregrass ecosystems are protected.
As we travel north to Raleigh, North Carolina there is the Ray Price, Legends of Harley Drag Racing Museum, and the North Carolina Museum of History.
A stop at Mount Vernon and the home of George Washington is a must. The highway goes through some Civil War sights.
As the national capital, there are many sights of interest, but besides the obvious there are sights like the Smithsonian Institute, US-1 passes near the Smithsonian.
As we enter Baltimore, Maryland; we want to go to the Inter Harbor to see the awesome view of the water, do a little shopping, visit a restaurant and the Babe Ruth Museum.
Philadelphia is teaming with history, but also there is Sesame Place https://www.sesameplace.com
New York City:
Here, traffic is suddenly much heavier; however there is much to see in New York City; the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Gardens, the Statue of Liberty.
Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
Driving north we enter Connecticut and Rhode Island. Father North we enter into Massachusetts. In Salem there is the Salem Witch Museum. In New Hampshire we can see the Colonial villages, many 400 years old.
First stop in Maine is Portland, Cape Elizabeth and the last leg of our journey. We find its end (or beginning) at Fort Kent, Maine near the United States and Canadian border. Some say this is where the suns rays first touch the United States