An All-American Road Trip
The lure of the road is distinctly American, a metaphor for possibility memorialized in the verse of Whitman and the pillars of the Manifest Destiny. Granting access to America's most magnificent landscapes, road trips are both a rite of passage and the best way to see the country. From breezy California beaches accessible just off of the iconic Highway 1 to off-the-beaten-path hikes in the Tetons, this is the America of a simpler time. We highly advise taking the back roads.

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Step Back in Time at Greenfield Village

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At Greenfield Village, part of The Henry Ford, the goal is to recreate what life was like in the early days of the United States of America.

That goal is more than accomplished through the historic structures, activities, and even the work of the actors and employees who populate the 240 acres that make up the Village, which was founded on October 21, 1929.

It's not just American history that's highlighted, as some structures, like the Cotswold Cottage and the Swiss Cottage, represent the cultures of other countries.

Every year the Village also hosts the World Series of Historic Baseball. There are working farms, and craftsmen still create with traditional methods, such as glass blowing and metalworking. Inventors and important historical figures are also highlighted, such as the Wright Brothers, Henry Ford himself, Thomas Edison, and Abraham Lincoln.

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by Kirsten Alana
AFAR Local Expert
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