The day you were born can speak volumes about your best qualities. While your Numerology chart uses your birth name and birth date to reveal much about your calling in life and your relationships with others, it is your birthÂ dayÂ that is most key to understanding one of the most essential things about you: your greatest talents.
Simply look up the day of the month you were born on below to hone in on the skills you may have never even realized you possess!1stYou are a determined leader in the truest sense, and can gain the support and trust of others easily, even when your highly independent self would rather work alone.2ndYou are very sensitive and diplomatic, and your warm demeanor is a strength when dealing with or mediating others. Your intuition is strong, tapping you into the inner thoughts of those around you.3rdWhether you've worked at it or not, you have a highly-developed creative talent and are a natural-born artist. Your affectionate demeanor and wit make you a social star.4thYou're every employer's dream: a hard working, detail-oriented individual with high principles. And still, you maintain a sense of compassion for others and a love of close family.5thYou're lusty ... wanderlusty, that is. Your eccentric self loves a change of scene and craves travel and adventure. You are highly adaptable and communicative, and relate well to others.6thYou're a generous family person, a a kind soul with a strong skill in keeping the peace. You are able to resolve unrest between loved ones by easily finding the best middle ground.7thYour mind is your greatest asset. You enjoy contemplating on any topic, from the scientific to the spiritual, and have a great sense of focus. You take nothing at face value, and can rely on your strong intuition to find truths that are hidden to others.8thYou're an "ideas person" when it comes to dreaming up new ventures, and you back this with a creative approach to business and money matters. You are efficient, realistic and confident in your skills, always up for a challenge.9thYour open mind, relentless optimism and compassion for your fellow man make you true humanitarian. You are charming and well-liked by others, and find it easy to relate to others, regardless of their differences.10thYou are highly ambitious and (no surprise!) yearn for independence so that you can follow your dreams however you see fit. Your drive for success is strong, and you can rely on your analytical mind and solid managerial skills.11thYou're an optimist, but not naive: your rose-colored view of the world is matched with a strong sense of confidence and determination. You are a dreamer, and your intuition is highly refined, helping you to reach an understanding of others.12thYou are a true artist, bringing creativity to everything from your home and style to the way you express yourself. Your enthusiastic nature, imagination and wit make you the light of your social circle.13thYou're "the rock" in your family and community, and dependable above all else. You are organized and detail-oriented, using these skills in everything from nose-to-the-grindstone work to artistic endeavors.14thHello, globetrotter! Your restless nature flocks toward the unexpected twists and turns of travel and variety. While you possess an analytical mind, on the outside you are a very social, communicative and lucky person.15thYour creative spirit pushes you toward artistic expression. While you possess strong instincts in business and financial matters, your sensitivity and range of talents make you accessible to those around you.16thNever quite at home in the "real world," you love to concentrate your focus on big ideas. Your interests lie in the spiritual and philosophical realms of life, and your intuition is excellent.17thYour lofty ambitions and towering goals are balanced out by your grounding skills in finances and business. Your judgment is practical and efficient and your confidence level is high, motivating you to meet the expectations of others, and yourself.18thNot only are you a natural leader, but your leadership also inspires others. You have a keen understanding of other people, and could be anÂ efficient manager or politician. You are broadminded and able to express yourself well.19thYou are highly ambitious, and thrive on independence. Your pioneering, risk-taking nature is balanced with creativity and sensitivity to help you succeed in a wide variety of endeavors.20thYou're like a mood ring, reflecting the emotions, desires and fears of the people who surround you. Your intuition and sensitivity are strong, and you must fight to keep a healthy distance from others.21stYour creative visions and unique ideas are propelled by your determination to succeed. Your imagination is the driving force behind nearly everything you do, and your passionate nature is reflected in your love of other people.22ndYou have a strong professional drive and flock toward innovative business rather than supporting the status quo. Your greatest strength is in your unusually dualistic perception: you are able to envision what you want and actually make your desires materialize.23rdYou love change, excitement and risk, and thankfully, you are quite adaptable and easy to get along with. Your skills in affection and communication are strong, and your creative, versatile mind loves the experience of something new.24thYou are family-oriented, with a gift for restoring and maintaining balance, peace and harmony in relationships. You are an emotional soul who is willing to sacrifice for the good of others. Your strongest skills lie in healing and mediation.25thYour rational, analytical mind is balanced with a strong intuition, giving you the gift of broad knowledge and understanding to help you make the best decisions.26thYour strong sense of business and financial affairs is supported by a creative, daring mindset, making you a confident and capable professional leader -- just don't lose sight of the details within the bigger picture.27thYou make an efficient manager, capable of organizing the facts and inspiring others. Your knack for creativity and expression, paired with a strong understanding of others, helps you excel in such diverse fields as politics, art and law.28thYou have a gentle air of authority about you, but feel most comfortable leading others when there's a sense of cooperation and teamwork. While your mind is rational, your thinking is unconventional and idealistic.29thYou have a rich imagination and a visual approach to every area of your life. Your intuition is your greatest asset, and your connection to higher spiritual forces is strong.30thYou are an artist to your very core. You are a sociable person, and others perceive you as a charming and inspiring individual. While you seek harmony in all that you do, you must always remind yourself to balance your imagination with a sense of discipline.31stYour love of family and tradition make you a solid foundation amongst loved ones. You draw appreciation and support from co-workers because of your affinity toward order, discipline and details. You are urged to make the most of the many opportunities you will encounter.
If you compare it to Candy Spelling's manse of 56,500 square feet (see photo on jump) you'll see that the beachfront shack -- listed at $5.3 million for a snug 641 square feet -- comes out to a higher per-square-foot price. Officially, this home has just 651 square feet of spaceâless space than a regulation squash court. The the agent for the home, John Henderson, claims it's actually a relatively spacious 750 square feet. Either way, Spelling's is only $2,700 a square foot and the beach shack is around $7,000, making it the most expensive house.
Indeed, according to a Forbes blogger, if you compare listings strictly by square footage, the shack tops the country's list of most expensive homes.
Our shack does have a leg up in the view category. There's no ocean view like the one from the sand. Candyland, as real estate pundits have dubbed the Spelling home, is lovely, gated and private. It has gracious lawns that sprawl over its 4.7 acres. But not even Aaron Spelling's money could move the Pacific Ocean closer.
Los Angeles-based food stylist says he was asked to step off a Delta Air Linesflight for questioning over one of his tattoos. Adam Pearson has the words "Atom Bomb" on his fingers.Pearson, a frequent flier who has logged 142,000 miles this year on Delta, says he had just settled into his seat on the flight to Memphis when a flight attendant asked him to come to the front of the plane, reports the LA Times. He says his first thought was that he was getting an upgrade.Instead, Pearson was asked to leave the plane and faced questioning by the captain and flight attendant for "suspicious behavior." He says he was told another passenger had complained about his tattoos.Pearson tweeted about the experience saying he was "shocked" by the carrier's move. He says "Atom Bomb" refers to his childhood nickname.After the questioning, Pearson was allowed back on the flight, and flew to Memphis.But he says the experience was embarassing. "All eyes were on me, I felt everyone staring at me and I was like, 'I didn't do anything,'" he says.Pearson says Delta has promised to look into the incident, and he is hoping for a public apology."I'm not out for blood," Pearson says, "but why didn't they offer to book that other person on another flight if they didn't like my tattoos? Why was that other person more important than me?"
Downtown Atlantacould become home to a 45-story Ferris wheel ride called the "Atlanta Eye."The Eye would be a replica of London's iconic wheel which sits on the south bank of the River Thames between the Hungerford and Westminster bridges.WXIA-TV in Atlanta reports that an Atlanta law firm is spearheading the project, and that the group met with representatives from Atlanta's business community this week.Merlin Entertainment, the owner of the London Eye, is said to be looking at real estate around downtown Atlanta. The Atlanta Eye would be situated near Centennial Park and the Georgia Aquarium.The Atlanta Eye project is rumored to have a $200 million price tag.London's Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, was built in 1999. A 30-minute ride on the wheel, which Merlin calls a "flight," costs about $29 U.S.Merlin has expanded the London Eye attraction to include a "4D" movie experience, river cruises and an ice skating rink.
Cast and crew are heartbroken by the news, producer Nick Goding tells BBC News, calling Hamley "gentle, playful and charming," and "a real character."Hamley had been a part of the series for five years and is in scenes that were shot for upcoming episodes. But even if he weren't, he wouldn't soon be forgotten. Stephen Tompkinson, who plays vet Danny Trevanion in the series, told the (U.K.) Daily Mail, "Hamley was the most unique of all animals and that is why we have worked so closely and why we've featured him so heavily in the series. He will be missed every day on the farm as he had such a presence. I hope that, as always, he will continue to look down on us."Dawn Steele, who plays Tompkinson's wife, agrees. "Everyone is so sad here, Hamley was a huge part of the show. We still cannot believe that he will not be wandering around set, trying to get into the make-up truck or trying to get into every scene he could!"It's obvious that this giraffe was well-loved in his short life. He'll be buried at the reserve, about 20 miles north of Johannesburg, park officials told the Daily Mail.
Government vans, equipped with full-body X-ray scanning machines, have been deployed on the streets of our cities, monitoring an unwitting populace for signs of illegal activity.
You could simply be going about your daily activities, not even doing something that should invite the suspicions of the authorities, but it doesnât matter. The police can still scan you and the contents of your vehicle, and if they see something that arouses their suspicions, stop you immediately and search you, your vehicle, and its contents.
It might seem improbable, like Big Brother is watching you, but itâs fact, not fiction: According to the manufacturer, American Science & Engineering, the biggest buyer of its âmobile backscatter X-ray technologyâ has been the Department of Defense operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. It goes on to admit, however, that domestic law enforcement agencies -- thatâs right, agencies inside in the United States -- have also deployed vans equipped with the technology to search for vehicle-based bombs.
The Z Backscatter Vans, or ZBVs, as American Science & Engineering calls them, bounce a narrow stream of X-rays off and through nearby objects, and analyze which rays return. Dense material, such as steel, absorb the rays. Scattered rays indicate less-dense objects that can include explosives, drugs, or human bodies. That capability makes backscatter X-rays powerful tools for security, law enforcement and border control.
So should the use of this technology make us feel safe? Or is it just another sign of the government using the war on terror (or is it the war on drugs?) as a convenient excuse to strip away basic Constitutional rights of an unaware populace? And is it even legal?
Improbable Technology Vs. Probable Cause
âFirst, itâs not clear that it is legal,â says Dr. Daniel Steinbock, professor of law and interim dean at the University of Toledo College of Law. âIn fact, the Supreme Court has already ruled in Kyllo v. United States, that the use of similar technology, in this case, thermal imaging, is illegal under the Fourth Amendmentâs restraint on the government performing searches without probable cause.â
Marc Rotenberg, the executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), agrees; in fact, EPIC is currently suing the Department of Homeland Security to stop the usage of full-body-scan technology in airports. âItâs no surprise that governments and vendors are very enthusiastic about the vans,â he said in a recent interview with Forbes. âBut from a privacy perspective, itâs one of the most intrusive technologies conceivable.â
American Science & Engineering X-Ray technology shows explosives in car trunk. ASE
In response, American Science & Engineering states that the ZBVâs primary purpose is to screen vehicles and containers for contraband and security threats. If a person, such as an illegal stowaway, is present in the vehicle or container being scanned, the system creates only a silhouette of that person, with no facial or body detail. The system cannot be used to identify an individual, or the race or age of the individual.
Health Concerns as Well as Privacy Concerns?
So there are definitely some invasion of privacy issues to consider, as well as the legality of the whole operation. But what about from a health perspective? Certainly a machine capable of providing such detailed images must be blasting some pretty powerful X-rays.
For comparison purposes, the X-ray dose received from the backscatter system is roughly equivalent to the radiation received in two minutes of airplane flight at altitude. Newer technologies require even less scanning time, further reducing individual X-ray exposure. The backscatter advanced imaging technology meets and exceeds the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for personnel security screening systems using X-rays.
American Science & Engineering X-Ray technology shows drugs hidden in truck. ASEFreedom at What Price?Advocates of the technology might argue that its use is necessary to preserve our freedoms and the American way of life, reasoning that sounds a lot like, âIn order to preserve the Constitution, it is necessary to destroy it.â Dr. Steinbock sums it up quite succinctly. âWithout a warrant, the government doesnât have a right to peer beneath your clothes without probable cause,â he says. Even airport scans are typically used only as a secondary security measure, he points out. âIf the scans can only be used in exceptional cases in airports, the idea that they can be used routinely on city streets is a very hard argument to make.â
According to the Guardian UK, Britain's Special Air Service (SAS) has been unleashing highly trained dogs of war to help gather video surveillance of Taliban strongholds and suspected insurgent safe havens. Using a technique reportedly pioneered by U.S. special forces, these German shepherds are strapped to British paratroopers chests as they drop behind enemy lines in Afghanistan. Live video captured by the dogs' head-mounted cameras feeds back information to base. In addition, these elite canine soldiers are trained to attack armed people on the ground as well.During these missions, eight of the military dogs have reportedly been killed in action. The U.K. Ministry of Defense refuses to comment on any current special forces operations but as one source tells the Guardian, while the dogs have given their lives for the mission, if they weren't there, "that would be eight SAS men" who are dead.Obviously, the idea of conscripting German shepherds into dangerous combat service doesn't sit well with animal rights activists. Responding to the news, PETA released a statement proclaiming, "Dogs are not tools or 'innovations' and are not ours to use and toss away like empty ammunition shells."As valuable as the video captured by these canine soldiers may be, using them in combat situations sits on extremely shaky ethical ground. for many However, this is by no means the first time that dogs have been used as weapons of war or that animals have served in the armed forces.What do you think? Are these parachuting dogs patriotic heroes and an acceptable strategy in the fight against terrorism? Or is it completely wrong to draft canines into such dangerous roles?
This article is going to be a contradiction. After the fall that housing has suffered, I think that that, as an asset class, housing will probably be a decent investment going forward. But nobody should ever consider owning a home.
One of the biggest scams perpetrated on the American public is that owning a home is the "American Dream." It's more nightmare than dream as millions of Americans now know. But it has always been that way. Here's why.
1) No diversification. Most people put the bulk of their net worth in their house and then they borrow money to pay for the rest of it.
2) It's illiquid. When times are tough and you need cash, you can't sell it.
3) It costs a lot more than renting. Most people think you are "throwing money away" when renting. Quite the reverse. There are many hidden costs when buying a house:
Transaction costs (legal, real estate agent, title check, inspections, etc.) often come to 7% to 10% of the cost of a house. So you are 7% to 10% down immediately.
Home improvement (adding a bathroom, upgrading the kitchen, installing double-pane windows, landscaping, etc.)
Your real estate taxes (which will ultimately be more than the tax savings you get on your mortgage interest)
4) It's not fun. I'd much rather have my landlord shovel the snow than me shovel the snow. And, by the way, heart failure goes way up during a snow storm. A sedentary lifestyle doesn't lend itself to the arduous task of shoveling our driveways.
5) Your down payment is not a down payment. It's the sound of a flushing toilet. Think about it: You never get that money back. Even when you sell the house, you just put it into the next down payment for tax reasons. You can say goodbye to that money once you put it into a house.
6) No job flexibility. Why did owning a house become "the American dream"? Not to sound socialist (since I'm the opposite), but Corporate America was happy to propagate that myth so it would be harder for you, the homeowner, to leave your job if there were few jobs in your area. You'd have to both move and quit your job if you wanted to leave your job. Moving is harder when you own.
7) I think in the long run, housing prices go up. But if you really believe in housing as an investment, then own a good REIT or two and diversify by buying REITS that own residential homes throughout the country so you aren't tied to any one area. If you really want to borrow 300% and put 50% of your net worth plus debt into one investment, then that's what you should do. But I wouldn't really recommend that either.
I agree with all 7 of these and could even give you quite a few more...
My biggest problem with this list, is that it was written from an investmentÂ standpoint. If you're a propertyÂ investor that's fine.Â Â But most are not.Â One of the reasonsÂ we're in the housing mess that we are in, is there were too many amatuers trying to "flip" a quick buck. Â We stopped buying homes and started buying houses. We saw all of these boxes asÂ ways to make money instead of places we wanted to live, and live for a long time.Â People need to reset their mindset(s). A home is where you live, raise children, make memories, hang pictures, have parties, it should be your sactuary and comfort, not your bank! Back in the 40's, 50's, 60's, and even the 70's - -Â the public bought homes, notÂ investments!Â Â People were also far less gypsical. They stayed in one place. And there is nothing wrong with travelling/moving but it is expensive. Especially when you are focussed on having bigger/better. And there is nothing wrong with bigger/better; as long as you can afford it!!!!! The Optimism Era (1945-1972), was a more centeredÂ time of contentment. There were two ways (legally) to earn money; brains or brawn. You worked. You saved. You bought what was needed. People didn't have home-offices because their neighbors had them, because it added to the square-footage. They had offices/studies/dens because they read. They wanted a quiet place away from the kids, which wasn't all that quiet because they were only encased by 1500SF if they were lucky!Â Â They lived within their means.Â They were too tired to feel entitled.Â Two-story homes weren't pretentious - they were prestigous. And usually for those who had MAIDS! The common man was too ass-whipped to climb stairs at night!Â Â
I've long said that renting is the New American Dream. It's easier! It's cheaper!Â Rent or own; you still have to pay. And the whole "you're renting?" stigma is done. You do what and live what you can AFFORD!Â Me, I own. I'm old-school. I love landscaping and doing stuff to my home. IÂ also hate people telling me what to do. A landlord is one less restriction in my life. I also plan on staying in my home for a long time.Â AndÂ if I only live 14 more years, my son willÂ have aÂ 15 year mortgage. NotÂ bad for a 22 year old. In 10 years I may have enough equity forÂ his college tuition. The key word - is MAY!Â If I doÂ survive my mortgage,Â the marketÂ will beÂ better, and it will be, unless people start having sex with their phones instead of other people. I can have a payment free place to live (minus prop tax).Â Or, I can sell and rent and add to my retirement.Â With all of that said: I truly believe renters are throwing their money away, but only if they can afford to buy.Â Owning a home is a huge responsibilty. ItÂ can also be a truly rewarding.Â Now is a great time to buy, if you can afford it! Especially if you're buying a home, not a house!Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
This bigger/better/faster/ mentallity has to stop, unless you are done being lazier. Credit isn't cash.Â Expensive clothing isn't culture. A nice car isn't status - it's stupidity. Unless it's paid for or easily payable. Put the iPhone down and forget about the apps and focus onÂ applications, as in job applications. Stop wasting your hard-earned money on iced coffee and energy drinks. Stay homeÂ and have a cup of Sanka or Tang in YOUR HOME!
Summer is upon us, and that means it's time for road trips. Even with gasoline prices nudging the three dollar mark, there's no better way to spend a summer day or weekend than taking part in the American tradition of a great drive. With that in mind, Gadling has put together 39 great drives across the U.S. you'll want to check out. So grab your keys and get out on the open road!
Duluth, Minnesota to the Canadian border
Heading northeast out of Duluth you'll find one of America's most beautiful waterfront drives. At Two Harbors, four lanes turn to two and the birch forest closes in. The next 130 miles include tunnels, waterfalls, a spectacular lighthouse and numerous other surprises that will make your day. Music: Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan.Â
Trail Ridge Road, Colorado
An hour northwest of Denver, Trail Ridge Road is the highest paved through road in the United States, topping out well above timberline at 12,183 feet. The road is safe and easy to drive, but it's only open during the summer months due to heavy snowfall. Be sure to check with the National Park Service for road conditions before making this trek. Music: Rocky Mountain High, John Denver.
Lower Wacker Drive is unlike any other street in the United States. For one thing, it's underground. For another, it runs north, south, east and west. Immortalized in movies like the Blues Brothers, it allows you to cross under one of America's busiest cities in a matter of minutes with virtually no traffic. Enter north of the river under Michigan Avenue or south of downtown at Congress Parkway. Music: Sweet Home Chicago, Robert Johnson.
Flint Hills, Kansas
The 45 miles from Emporia to Florence along US 50 in the Flint Hills will take you by surprise. This is America's last remaining tallgrass prairie and looks like much of the heartland used to look. Go in the springtime and you'll think you're in Ireland. Return in autumn for a completely different experience. Music: Dust in the Wind, Kansas.
Down on the Bayou, Louisiana
It's 85 miles from Baton Rouge to New Iberia, Louisiana but a more interesting 85 miles you won't find anywhere. Head west on Interstate 10 over the Atchafalaya Swamp before descending into Lafayette, the capital of Cajun culture. You'll want to enjoy a meal here before heading south 20 miles on US 90 to New Iberia. Follow the signs to Avery Island, a unique wildlife refuge and the home of Tabsco-brand Louisiana hot sauce. Music: Zydeco Gris Gris, Beausoleil.
An Island in the Sky, Texas
The Chihuahan desert of west Texas is a stark, unforgiving place but in Big Bend National Park miles of sand and cactus give way to a lush pine forest high in the cool crisp air of the Chisos Mountains. This sky island is as different from the surrounding terrain as an island is from the sea. From Fort Stockton, head south on US 385 to the park entrance at Persimmon Gap. From here it's still 35 miles to the Chisos Basin. In the summer months, it's best to make this trip late in the day to avoid the extreme desert heat. Be sure to fill the tank....this is big country. Music: Into the Great Wide Open, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Merrit Parkway, Connecticut
In the far, far suburbs of New York City you'll find one of America's most beautiful highways. The Merrit Parkway runs from the New York - Connecticut state line approximately 37 miles to Milford. It is one of just a handful of American highways to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to it's natural beauty and many stone arch bridges. Music: I Can't Drive 55, Sammy Hagar.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Head north from Portland on Interstate 205 and pick up Washington state highway 14 before heading east to Beacon Rock State Park. Stop and climb the easy trail to the top for great views of the Gorge. Continue on to White Salmon and cross the bridge to Hood River, Oregon. From here it's a straight shot back to Portland on Interstate 84. Stops at Multnomah Falls and Bonneville Dam are pleasant diversions. Music: Given to Fly, Pearl Jam
Pasadena Freeway, California
Also known as California 110, this is the state's oldest freeway. It has twists and turns, bridges and tunnels, mountains and canyons and more excitement than its better known brethren in southern California. From downtown Los Angeles, follow the signs to Pasadena. When you reach the City of Roses, turn around and do it again. Make sure the top is down. Music: I Love LA, Randy Newman.
The Bridges of Parke County, Indiana
Parke County, Indiana has more covered bridges (31) than any other area of the United States. Most are accessible to passenger cars. If that's not enough to entice you, rumor has it that there's no better place to sneak a kiss than on a covered bridge. Head west 67 miles from Indianapolis on US 36 to Rockville. From here, take any of the five covered bridge routes on a journey back to a time when life was simpler and the pace was slower. Music: Small Town, John Mellencamp.
North Shore National Scenic Byway, Minnesota
The North Shore National Scenic Byway, along Minnesota's coast of Lake Superior, thrills drivers with 154 miles of towering cliffs, tucked-away cobblestone coves, roaring rivers and waterfalls, a 100-year-old lighthouse, and killer views of the world's largest freshwater lake.
Thermopolis to Buffalo, Wyoming
Road-tripping from Thermopolis to Buffalo, WYspools past the rich reds of badlands and grassland greens before climbing into the deep browns of the dramatically rugged, beautiful Big Horn Mountains.
Road to Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii
It can feel like tumbleweed Texas, lush Ireland or thick forests of the Pacific Northwest as each elevation--and biome--changes the scenery on Maui's road to Haleakala National Park.Highway 378 climbs 10,000 feet above sea level with exhilarating zig-zags, stellar scenery and sudden fog.
Highway One, California
Get a sampling of the stunning (and less crowded) California central coast with a trek along Highway 1 from Cambria and the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery up to spectacular hiking at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll find a hidden waterfall, redwoods and may even spot a migrating whale while hugging the coast.
Highway 22 and 31, Michigan
Michigan's Highway 22 and 31 wind through forest, dunes, orchards, wineries, harbors, and the quaint lakeside communities nestled along Grand Traverse Bayand the Lake Michigan shore: Glen Haven, Suttons Bay, Traverse City and Petoskey. Chicago's turn-of-the-century elite families left a legacy pastel-colored Victorian mansions overlooking the gorgeous blue-green bays.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway, Colorado
You don't need a trip through Rocky Mountain National Park to enjoy stellar alpine views. The Mount Evans Scenic Byway, just outside Denver, Colo., claims to be the highest paved road in the country at more than 14,000 feet. The road to get there spins through valleys and climbs through the Arapaho forest, framing up perfect views of snowy peaks.
Highway 135, Indiana
An easy drive from Indianapolis, Indiana's Highway 135 loops and roller-coasters through covered bridges, state parks, Brown County's art colony and the dense hardwood hills of Hoosier National Forest between Nashville and Houston. You'll be craving bluegrass music, guaranteed.
Great River Road, Minnesota
Cruise below sandstone bluffs that border the Great River Road as it follows the Mississippi River south of the Twin Cities and through historic small towns on its way to Red Wing, Wabasha (remember "Grumpy Old Men"?) and Winona, Minnesota. Best bet: Go in March for world-class bald-eagle watching or in the fall for prime apple picking and antiquing.
Needles Highway, South Dakota
One of the nation's most skillfully engineered scenic byways perfectly frames up views of Mount Rushmore like a postage stamp. South Dakota's Needles Highway also spirals down pig-tail bridges, nudges past granite needles and purposely slows down drivers so they don't miss the Black Hills scenery--or the mountain goats.
Lake Superior Circle Route, Wisconsin/Minnesota/Michigan
This gorgeous stretch of road circles through Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. This scenic tour takes you through picturesque villages, over crystal clear rivers, by spectacular waterfalls, over the highest mountains in the midwest, along panoramic beaches, and through towering forests. In addition, enjoy some great cafes, bakeries, and quilting shops.
Carson Pass Scenic Byway: Jackson to Woodfords
The Carson Pass Scenic Byway travels along through alpine forests and meadows and over the towering Caron Pass in the central Sierra Nevada region. Spectacular views of rocky peaks and lakes, coupled with volcanic landscapes, deep canyons and dense forests make this seventy-five mile long scenic drive as varied as it is beautiful.
Manitowoc Scenic Drive, Wisconsin
This drive tours the Lake Michigan shore from Sheboygan to Algoma, passing sand dunes, high bluffs, lighthouses, farms, and museums. The area's flavor and history are closely tied to the lake through fishing, sailing, and ship building. Stop at one of the many specialty shops along the way to get a souvenir.
Door Country, Wisconsin
A drive through Door County, Wisconsin will provide you with views of over 250 lighthouses. In addition, 130 miles of the rustic Lake Michigan shoreline, limestone bluffs, and rocky shores will keep you awestruck for hours. If you need to stretch your legs, consider taking a tour of one of the many cherry or apple orchards who call Door County their home. Finally, wrap up your trip with a visit to Peninsula State Park, one of the largest state parks in Wisconsin.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Glacier National Park, located in northwest Montana, boasts some of the finest mountain scenery in the country. A drive through this mountainous terrain will provide you with views of more than 50 major glaciers and over 200 lakes. Top that off with a tremendous variety of trees and all colors of wildflowers in summer, and you have a natural setting of excellence.
Kettle-Moraine Scenic Drive, Wisconsin
This 115-mile drive follows the Kettle Moraine, a long ridge of forested hills that mark where two great arms of the last glacier butted up against each other. The route follows the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive developed and maintained by the Kettle Moraine State Forest staff. Along the way you're likely to learn more about glacial geology than you ever thought you'd know.
Amish Country: St. Charles-Harmony-La Crescent-Spring Grove, Minnesota
A stretch of road provides a 77-mile ramble through the wooded hills and intimate hollows of southeast Minnesota's "bluff country." Crossing the great rift valley of the Root River at Lanesboro, the drive passes through Amish farm country near Harmony and loops north and east through small towns and secluded valleys to the Mississippi River.
Sonoma-Napa Valleys Scenic Drive: Santa Rosa to Hopland, California
A scenic drive and wine tasting extravaganza! This 132 mile scenic drive loops through the wine country of Sonoma and Napa and follows three California highways. Winding through rolling mountains and dense forests, the scenic drive also passes through Clear Lake, the largest natural lake entirely within the state. Along with wine tastings, there are numbers state parks and sites including Old Faithful Geyser in Calistoga.
Sonoma-Mendocino Coast Scenic Drive: Marin City to US 101, California
This California scenic drive starts on the Marin Peninsula just north of the Golden Gate Bridge and follows Highway 1 up the beautiful Pacific coast. The highway passes through historic sites, redwood forests, wave carved coves, quiet sandy beaches and much more. From Muir Woods to Point Reyes National Seashore there are tons of state parks and beaches to visit and be awed by.
Monterey, California to Morro Bay, California
Traveling through California from Monterey to Morro Bay is a scenic drive that tops them as the best of the west. Beginning south of Monterey, the highway takes you along the Big Sur where the Santa Lucia Range meets the Pacific Ocean. This scenic drives offers an abundance of marine life, sandy beaches and breathtaking views.
-- The above was written by Kathryn Gierok, Seed contributor. Ocean Parkway, Long Island, New York
Starting at Jones Beach in the west, you can cruise East along the Atlantic Coast dune line of Long Island. Multiple beach stops along the way include Tobay, Gilgo and Oak Beach. It's straight, desolate, with magical salty ocean breezes.
Pacific Coast Highway, Big Sur, Northern California
There's only one road that takes you through the sparse and exclusive community. Breathtaking views of the Pacific bluffs on one side and the Santa Lucia Mountains on the other. Multiple state parks for camping, hiking and sightseeing all along Highway 1.Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Miles and miles of (super) natural rock sculpture. Endless arrays of wildlife, especially endangered and protected herds of buffalo. If you're lucky enough to ride West towards Sturges during bike week, you'll have an escort of 150,000 bad-ass bikers.
Independence Pass, Aspen, Colorado
One of the highest paved roads in the country, with an altitude of over 12,000 feet. Hairpin turns in bad weather combined with unforgettable views of the Rockies give you Ansel Adams beauty and pure adrenaline in the same ride.
Ecola State Park, Oregon Coast
Also an extension of the Pacific Coast Highway (named Route 101 in Orgeon). Breathtaking views of the Northwest Pacific Coast. March starts the spring run of brilliant whale watching.
2nd Avenue, New York City
After 10:00 PM, take the RFK Bridge (formerly the Triboro) into Manhattan with the stunning New York City skyline on your left. Take the FDR drive South, get off at 116th street. Make a left onto Second Avenue. Roll down the windows, crank up the tunes, drive all the way downtown and feel the city rhythm under your wheels.
Florida Keys, Route A1A, South Florida
A one lane road into and out of paradise. Traffic and roadwork can get ugly, but what's the rush? Warm breezes, lazy palms and the bluest of blue water as far as the eye can see in every direction. Spring breakers on the move add a party flavor.
Interstate 15 from Los Angeles to Las Vegas
Classic road trip stuff. Grab your friends, pack all the necessary accoutrements, rent an old convertible and be the American Dream. Start in the afternoon, get that magic Sierra sunset and hit the Strip by nightfall.
I-87 North, Upstate New York
In September/October, the entire Adirondack region is afire with Autumn color. Beautiful side exits take you to Saratoga, Woodstock or Fort Ticonderoga. Stop for an hour to go apple picking - it's a must.
The Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii
This might be the most incredible drive in the United States. The first half is all flora, fauna and waterfalls. The ride back through volcano country is psychedelic, martian-like and wrought with peril if not taken seriously. The remote rainforest village of Nahiku is heaven on Earth.