Explore Route One, a unique highway with great places to visit on your road trip.

Extending 2,365 miles, from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West, FL, US Route 1 is the longest North-South interstate highway in the USA. Route One was organized in 1926 when 14 states agreed on a route that connected major east coast cities. Notably, many of these cities are on the fall line of the Piedmont escarpment.

Much of New England’s colonial-era Boston Post Road is part of Route 1. Further south, Route 1 follows part of the old King’s Highway. Many sections of the Route go back thousands of years when they were Native American trails

Within a generation of Route One’s establishment, automobiles began to surpass trains as the dominant form of passenger transportation. Today, roughly 40% of the US population lives or works within an hour’s drive of US 1. 6 of the top 10 states on the route have the highest median household incomes in the USA.

Maine

Population1,400,000
Distance526 miles
Fun FactMaine voted to secede from Massachusetts in 1820, becoming an independent state.
Known Forlighthouses, rocky coastline, rugged individualists, shipbuilding, and wildlife

“Vacationland”

Has been a popular destination ever since railroads began delivering wealthy wanderers to its scenic coast. Now, exploring Maine happens mostly in a car. 
Maine’s best eats are blueberries, lobster rolls, potatoes, craft beer, shellfish and fresh fish. Get to know the US's easternmost state for its lighthouses, rocky coastline, natural beauty, and fall foliage. If you go, miss the harsh winters, but don’t miss eating at a lobster pound.

Acadia National Park

77 square miles to visit by car

Founded in 1916, Acadia NP  has 77 square miles to visit by car, on horseback, hiking, kayaking, or biking. It is the only National Park in the Northeast US and includes the highest point on the East Coast, Cadillac Mountain. Financed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in the early 20th Century, Acadia boasts 45 miles of rustic carriage roads where 4M visitors a year go biking, hiking, and horseback riding. A 26-mile loop road for motor vehicles winds along the rocky coastline below Bar Harbor.

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Portland

The largest city in Maine

Portland has a creative economy that has grown from its maritime traditions since its founding in 1632. One of the northernmost Civil War battles took place in 1863 in Portland Harbor. Just below the Maine College of Art, and Monument Square, the Old Port is now the city’s fastest-growing and most visited area.

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Fort Kent

Known as America’s First Mile

Across the St. John River is New Brunswick, Canada. Over 60% of Fort Kent residents regularly speak French. The town receives 8 feet of snow on average each year. Biathlon, Dog sled races, and Muskie tournaments are held here regularly.

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New Hampshire

Population1,400,000
Distance17
Fun FactNH has the shortest coastline of any state (18 miles)
Known Formaple syrup, presidential primaries, fabulous hikes, Laconia motorcycle week, “live free or die”, and no sales tax

“The Granite State”

Has the shortest segment of Route 1 of any state, but it is packed with exciting bucket list places to discover!

Coastal 1A

Like Newport, RI, writ small

Coastal 1a is a winding coastal highway, dotted by stately sumCoastal 1a is a winding road along the coast. It is flanked by luxurious summer homes with beautiful views of the water. The best views can be found in Rye and North Beach. 

Further south, in Hampton Beach, the cooling towers of Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant come into view. Seabrook was approved in 1972 but experienced repeated delays. The 1979 meltdown of Three Mile Island caused 11 years of additional delay before it gained re-approval and generated power.

Portsmouth

Where they once built ships for the British Navy

The Portsmouth colony sourced lumber from inland and harvested fish from the Atlantic. Beginning in 1640, its industries used slave labor to build much of its prosperity during the Colonial era. Paul Revere rode from Boston to Portsmouth in December of 1774 to falsely warn of an impending raid by the British Army. The Sea Coast’s main city has flourished as a tourist destination since Route 1 was founded.

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Yokens

Another legendary Route 1 mega-restaurant

Yokens regularly filled all 400 seats in its restaurant beginning in 1947. Even with the lure of “Dollar Dinners”, Yokens eventually fell out of favor.  In 2004, it was sold, demolished, and developed into Yokens Commons, a strip mall. 

In 2015, the original neon sign was restored and lit up on Route 1 next to the entrance to the mall. People still regularly pull in, asking “Where’s the restaurant?”

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Massachusetts

Population7,000,000
Distance86 miles
Fun FactLong Native American place names like Chaubunagungamaug may have inspired the longest state name in the USA: Massachusetts (not Mississippi).
Known Forclam “chowdah”, baked beans, cranberries, the Mayflower, a violent Tea Party, Harvard University, MIT, Cape Cod, and "Wicked Tuna"

“The Bay State”

MA has colonial charm at the core of its unique culture. Consider that the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere, the first Thanksgiving, and Puritan witch hunts all belong to MA history. Basketball (Springfield) and volleyball (Holyoke) originated in Massachusetts. This progressive state boasts the highest adult educational attainment and the second-highest per-capita income in the US.

Saugus "Super 4"

A 1950s bypass of Route 1 left a legacy of scaled up suburban development

To meet traffic demands from northern suburbs, Route 1 was diverted in the 1950s from 2 lanes along Broadway through Everett onto a modern 4-lane limited access highway that wound through Saugus, Revere, and Chelsea, before crossing the Mystic River into Charlestown via the Tobin Bridge.

The Saugus section of the “Super-4” roadway became renowned for enormous restaurants like the Kowloon and the Hilltop, miniature golf courses, and large shops that competed with downtown stores. Fading pieces of these uses are still evident today.

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Boston

Capitol of the Commonwealth and the largest city in MA

Boston’s roots are deep. Founded in 1630 from the failing settlement of Charlestown, the city was the site of important events like the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and the ride of Paul Revere before the War for Independence. Today it is a center for higher education and the preeminent hub for biotechnology in the world.

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Patriot Place

This is Super-Mega World!

Developed in Foxborough in 2007, Patriot Place has 1.3 million square feet of retail space adjacent to Gillette Stadium, where the New England Patriots play their home football games. The Patriots Hall of Fame is complex. Showcase opened a 14-screen cinema. Bass Pro Shops opened the first

Rhode Island

Population1,100,000
Distance57 miles
Fun FactRI gave out the first speeding ticket in 1904, and cities today can set up their own speed limit enforcement cameras.
Known ForDrinking coffee milk, watching polo, Family Guy or tennis, or playing with Mr. Potato Head. “The Ocean State”

“The Ocean State”

RI is not an island in the ocean, but the smallest state in the US is a “Swamp Yankee” destination for yachting, quahogs, and shipwrecks. Nonetheless, landlubbers can explore the Newport Mansions, or discover the oldest carousel, schoolhouse, synagogue, military monument, circus, and Quonset hut in the land.

Narragansett & Point Judith

A summertime tradition in RI

Some of Rhode Island’s best beaches to visit in the summertime are along the southern end of Narragansett Bay.  Scarborough State Beach, Roger Wheeler State Beach, and Narragansett Town Beach are popular for day trippers and season-long residents alike. Most of the environs are very casual, and the upscale housing is understated, having been there for generations.

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Providence

Big City in a Small State

Founded in 1636 by renegade preacher Roger Williams, Providence was a refuge for those seeking religious freedom. The Moshassuck and Woonasquatucket Rivers converge in the city to form the Providence River which runs to the head of Narragansett Bay. Today, these waters are prime recreational and green spaces in Rhode Island’s State capitol.

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Slater Mill in Pawtucket

Where the industrial revolution in the US took hold on the Blackstone River

Samuel Slater was an industrial spy operating after the War for Independence. England closely guarded its water-powered cotton-spinning technology. However, Slater, who worked for 7 years in an English spinning mill, was able to emigrate to the US with this knowledge. 

He soon went to work for Moses Brown who had built a spinning mill that was not operational. By 1790, Slater was able to get the mill running, and Pawtucket became the cradle of water-powered industry in the US. Today, the National Park Service runs a visitors center there.

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Connecticut

Population3,600,000
Distance117 miles
Fun FactConnecticut enacted the first speed limit of 12 MPH
Known ForMystic seaport, hedge funds, insurance, Yale University, the Huskies, and the affluent suburbs of NYC.

“The Constitution State”

Connecticut invented almost everything! Consider the rubber band, the frisbee, the helicopter, the lollipop, the pay phone, the revolver, the Polaroid camera, apizza, PEZ candy, the chain socket, fake nutmeg, nuclear subs, the electric plug outlet, the telephone book. Route 1 follows the old Boston Post Road along coastal Connecticut

Town Greens

The heart of New England towns

Back when Connecticut was a British colony, town centers were communal areas for grazing livestock, worshiping, purchasing goods, and receiving news from afar. Eventually, farm animals were excluded, and the Greens became well-kept public spaces. Memorials to town residents who served the public good are often placed there.

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Bridgeport

Bifurcated by I-95 and AMTRAK's Northeast Corridor rails, Bridgeport has weathered many changes since its founding in 1821.

Bridgeport, “The Park City” is Connecticut’s largest city. Showman P.T. Barnum was Bridgeport’s most famous mayor.  Barnum’s circus spent many of their winters in Bridgeport. He gave land to the city for Seaside Park, where there’s a memorial statue of Barnum facing Long Island Sound. 

Barnum is buried with his sidekick “Tom Thumb” in Bridgeport’s Mountain Grove Cemetery. After WWII, many of the city’s largest employers left, causing a long period of economic depression and urban blight. Recent years have seen a good reversal of this trend. Bridgeport is one of the most culturally diverse metro areas in the US.

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Stew Leonard's

Dairy Store Disneyland

Stew Leonard’s chain of grocery stores started as Clover Farms Dairy in the early 1920s, with a state-of-the-art pasteurizing and bottling plant. Leonard’s theatrical marketing began early; dairy trucks delivered milk daily with mooing cow heads sticking out of the windshield. By 1969 milk trucks were obsolete, so the founder’s son, Stew Leonard, built their first retail store in Norwalk.

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New York

Population19,700,000
Distance22 miles
Fun Fact1/3rd of the Revolutionary battles took place in New York.
Known ForWall Street, Coney Island, and Yellow Cabs

The Empire State

The fourth most populous state, New York has the preeminent deep water ports on the Eastern seaboard. Giovanni da Verrazzano was probably the first European to explore New York Bay in 1524 when he said it "swarmed with native boats". The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle along the Hudson River. They eventually lost to the British, who established New York as their colony in the 1670s.

Theaters

East side, West side, all around the town, there's a place to see a show!

Matt Lambros has spent most of his adult life exploring old theaters. In the case of NYC, many have been lost to the wrecking ball or abandoned, but a few have been lucky enough to have been refurbished or repurposed.

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New York City

The City that Never Sleeps

“The Big Apple” grew from a colonial Dutch outpost into an international metropolis at the center of the original 13 colonies. NYC boasts fabulous bucket list landmarks like Broadway, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Central Park, the United Nations, NYC Museums, Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue stores, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Grand Central Station. No wonder it gets 60M+ visitors each year!

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Nautilus Diner

A Mamaroneck landmark since 1992

Serving customers daily since 1992, the Nautilus Diner is a fixture on Boston Post Road. The expansive menu includes Italian and Greek specialties and a bevy of great breakfast offerings.

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New Jersey

Population9,300,000
Distance66 miles
Fun FactNJ is the most densely populated state and has the highest per-capita income of any state
Known ForJersey tomatoes, pork roll, the Statue of Liberty, the NJ Turnpike, the Pulaski Skyway, Princeton University, Albert Einstein, the Jersey Shore

“The Garden State”

NJ is where people like to try new things. Beyond Thomas Edison’s inventions of incandescent lights, the phonograph, and movies, NJ saw the first roller coaster, salt water taffy, drive-in movie theater, boardwalk, condensed soup, solid-body electric guitar, and Miss America.

Diners

With more than 500 diners to choose from in the state, chances are you won't go hungry!

Iconic, nostalgic, and uniquely American, diners have a special place on Route 1. Drivers pull in for all-day breakfasts, tempting baked goods, a huge menu from which to choose, and a decent value. Most locals will argue about which diner is the best, but it is best to try as many for yourself and then decide!

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Linden

A gritty North Jersey city that has welcomed immigrants for about 200 years

Route 1 runs through the middle of Linden. In addition to the ubiquitous gas stations, convenience stores, and big box stores, you’ll see the oldest oil refinery on the East Coast, one of the largest burial grounds in NJ, and an abundance of used truck lots and junk yards that provide parts to the New York metro area. Back in the neighborhoods, Linden has businesses and institutions that reflect a legacy of hosting immigrants from the world over, who came to America to seek a better life.

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Trenton-Morrisville Bridge

Trenton Makes - The World Takes

The current “TRENTON MAKES – THE WORLD TAKES” sign is nine feet six inches high and 334 feet long. The last of the unreliable neon lettering was removed in 2017 when new LED lights were installed. The LEDs can change color, and follow an annual color scheme schedule established by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.

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Pennsylvania

Population13,000,000
Distance81 miles
Fun FactHighest gas taxes in the country
Known ForPunxsutawney Phil, a weather-forecasting groundhog, Quakers, Amish, and Wawa “The Keystone State” is the patriotic powerhouse of the USA!!! It played a central role in the revolution and the founding of the United States.

“The Keystone State” is the patriotic powerhouse of the USA!!! It played a central role in the revolution and the founding of the United States.

PA has many firsts, like the US flag, the National Capitol, a public zoo, a Quaker Governor (William Penn), an electrical computer (ENIAC), the US stock exchange, a hospital, a business school, US-built piano, daily newspaper, catsup, and baseball stadium. Natural resources (coal, steel, lumber, shale oil, and crude oil) helped the colonial population expand westward from the Eastern seaboard. 

Pennsylvania is known for mushrooms, water ice, tastycakes, hoagies, and potholes.

The Brandywine River

Revolutionary History and deep roots in Art and winemaking

The Brandywine Valley has been an important settlement since colonists began settling here in the late 17th Century, breaking William Penn’s treaty with the Lenape Indians.  Important battles were fought here during the Revolutionary War.

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Philadelphia

The Cradle of Liberty

The Betsy Ross House, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Battle of Germantown, Elfreth’s Alley, cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, scrapple, water ice, tastycakes, hoagies, and Rocky all belong to the City of Brotherly Love.  William Penn laid out the city in 1681 on a grid pattern with 5 public squares, and it became the most populous colonial city. Lonely Planet and CBS News ranked Philly as the #1 city to visit in the US in 2023.

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Longwood Gardens

A Bucket List destination for gardeners and landscape lovers

Like Acadia National Park to the North, Longwood began as a playground for a wealthy family and was opened to the public decades later. The du Pont family made their fortune selling gunpowder and chemicals. Pierre du Pont could afford to save a 401-acre arboretum in 1906 and begin his private garden the following year. In 1937, du Pont began opening the gardens to the public, and by 1946, the Longwood Foundation, run by Trustees took over the operation of the Gardens.

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Maryland

Population6,200,000
Distance81 miles
Fun FactMaryland has the most unique state flag
Known For"The Star Spangled Banner", crab cakes, natty boh, decoys, Chesapeake Bay, horse racing, Mason-Dixon line, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Smith Island cake, french silk pie, Old Bay seasoning, pit beef, Berger cookies, “The Wire”, USS Constellation, and Babe Ruth “America in Miniature”

“America in Miniature”

The Chesapeake Bay provided 4,000 miles of shoreline for settlements by Native Americans (mostly Algonquians) and European settlers.

Today, 16 of Maryland's counties and its largest city, Baltimore, sit at the edge of this expansive waterway. Like Pennsylvania, Maryland was founded upon religious tolerance. Its founder, George Calvert, was a Catholic, and he sought to provide refuge to British Catholics who were persecuted.

Maryland was in a unique position during the Civil War: despite being on the Union side of the conflict, it continued to be a slave-state

In the 20th Century, Maryland got the nickname "America in Miniature" because of its cultural and geographic diversity.

College Park - University of Maryland

A beacon of public education since 1856

With an operating budget of more than $2B, UMD has an enormous impact on Southern Maryland. Because of its proximity to Washington, DC, the flow of research funding has increased substantially since its re-opening after the Civil War with 11 students. Its current enrollment exceeds 40,000.

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Baltimore

The "Charm City" is Maryland's largest urban area.

Baltimore often gets overlooked as a fine place to visit because of its proximity to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and NYC.

The center of activity in Baltimore shifted in the 1980s when the Rouse Co. remade the Inner Harbor, and the National Aquarium was established as a tourist anchor.

Gritty neighborhoods like Fells Point evolved into trendy enclaves. Fort McHenry, which inspired the lyrics to “The Star Spangled Banner” in 1812, Edgar Allan Poe’s home, and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum provide a continuum of deep historical context to the city.

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Hydro Power - The Conowingo Dam

When the dam was built in 1928, it was the 2nd largest in the World after Niagara Falls.

Before the Susquehanna River empties into the Chesapeake Bay, it is sequestered by the Conowingo Dam. More than 570 megawatts of hydroelectric power has been generated there by 11 turbines since 1928 when renewable energy wasn’t a buzzword! The dam attracts birds of prey below the dam because fish are attracted to the highly oxygenated water in the outfall.  Bald eagles and ospreys are regularly photographed downstream by countless birders.

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Washington D. C.

Population713,000
Distance7 miles
Fun FactD.C. had 22 million visitors in 2022
Known ForThe US Capitol, the White House, The Supreme Court, Rock Creek Park, embassies, FBI HQ, Georgetown, National Cathedral, National Gallery of Art, cherry blossoms, National Zoo, U street jazz, Dupont Circle, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Watergate Hotel, Adams-Morgan neighborhood, mambo sauce, half-smokes, Maine Ave Fish Market, the C&O Canal, National Arboretum

Our Nation’s Capital

The center of Federal power since 1801, The District of Columbia, Maryland was founded in 1790. 
It is not part of a state, and it is not a state, itself. It is a 68-square-mile district that is governed by the US Congress. Pierre Charles L'Enfant laid out the city with distinctive radial streets in 1791. In addition to housing the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches of the Federal government, the city is host to 177 foreign embassies.

Memorials

It is hard to know where to start when choosing from hundreds of statues, monuments, plazas and green spaces

There’s a memorial to pop singer turned politician Sonny Bono. Or maybe you’re into older poets like Wadsworth, or maybe you want to focus on one of the eight US Presidential Memorials. There’s a memorial for almost every interest somewhere in Washington, D.C.

National Mall

"America's Front Yard", open 24/7

The National Mall and Memorial Parks consist of 1,000 pedestrian-friendly acres, most of which were laid out in Pierre L’Enfant’s 1791 plan for Washington, DC. There are more than 100 unique memorials and monuments to visit, interspersed with the Federal Government’s most important buildings, the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian Museums.

Smithsonian Museums

17 collections and a Zoo to choose from in DC

Chartered by Congress in 1846, The Smithsonian Museum has grown to include the National Zoo and 20 individual museums and galleries that speak to the American experience. Most museums are along the National Mall.

Virginia

Population8,642,000
Distance197 miles
Fun FactStreaking was first documented in October, 1939 on the University of Virginia lawn.
Known ForBrunswick stew, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, the Pentagon, the CIA HQ, Kings Dominion, Williamsburg, Monticello, Mountain Dew, wartime surrenders (Yorktown and Appomattox), the Virginia reel, lovers, battlefields, Berkeley Plantation, Montpelier, tobacco, peanuts, and ham.

The Old Dominion

Most people from Virginia love talking about history. It makes sense because VA is the oldest English colony in America. 

Even after independence, Virginia remained in history's spotlight. Eight US presidents were born in Virginia. It had the first playhouse in the US (Williamsburg), the first Law School (William & Mary), and the first electric streetcar in North America (Richmond). Kentucky, DC, and West Virginia were once part of Virginia.

Civil War

No state experienced the ravages of the Civil War more than Virginia

Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy. Jefferson Davis, Confederate President, is buried in Richmond. Despite the presence of the VA government, the Federal Reserve, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Richmond, and the amenities of a 21st Century City, the city still seems burdened by its role in the Civil War.

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Arlington & Crystal City

This is where Amazon located its HQ2

Northern Virginia, directly across the Potomac from Washington, D.C. is home to the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. 2017 Amazon selected Crystal City for its HQ2, setting off wild speculation and a building boom. Because of COVID, the original vision for Crystal City has not been realized, but Amazon’s presence is still distinctive.

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Hollywood Cemetery

Confederate History, and much more in an expansive 19th Century Richmond burial ground

18,000 Confederate dead are interred here, including Gen. George Pickett and 3,000 others, who were brought from the Gettysburg Battlefield. Confederate President Jefferson Davis has an elaborate memorial where he is interred.

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North Carolina

Population10,550,000
Distance174 miles
Fun FactNC has more breweries per capita than any other state
Known Forsandhills, pine trees, NASCAR, BBQ, Krispy Kreme, Mt. Olive pickle drop, fried green tomatoes, Cheerwine, Lowe’s, textiles, banking, Seagrove potters, bluegrass music, Mayberry, sweet potatoes, furniture, bricks, Fort Bragg, Research Triangle, Mordecai House, Jordan Lake

The Tarheel State

In 1712, the Carolina colony was split into north and south. Timber, tobacco, textiles, and furniture dominated the NC economy for over 200 years. Some NC firsts include powered flight (Kitty Hawk), public university (NC State), state art museum (1956), gold rush (1799), the political demonstration by women, state-supported symphony orchestra (1932), African-American owned insurance company (1898), and Family Dollar Store (1959).

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Golf Resorts

The NC Sandhills provide an irresistible canvas for golf course design

Some of the greatest golf courses built in the early 20th Century are along Route 1 in NC. Pinehurst and Southern Pines could be reached by rail before Route 1, but during the Great Depression, wealthy Northerners took to their automobiles for leisure travel more and more.  Pinehurst has 10 courses and is North America’s largest golf resort.

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Raleigh

State Capital and part of the Research Triangle

Raleigh is the Capital of North Carolina. NC State University began on Hillsborough St., which was originally Route 1. Durham and Chapel Hill comprise the other 2 corners of the Research Triangle, which rose to prominence in the late 1990s. Today, Raleigh has a very active music and foodie scene, which garners national attention.

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Rockingham Speedway

Once a NASCAR staple, "The Rock" faces a precarious future

Originally known as North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham was a one-mile oval with flat turns that opened in October 1965. The road of ownership has been rough for most of the history of the track, including the loss of sponsorships, foreclosures, and forced sales.  Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) was filmed at Rockingham Speedway.

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South Carolina

Population5,200,000
Distance171 miles
Fun FactIn 1800 more jews lived in SC than in any other state.
Known ForFiske fries, Gullah red rice, the shag, Frogmore stew, Spoleto Festival USA, UFO welcome center, low country boil, wetland forests, thoroughbred horses, peach picking, shrimp and grits, she crab soup, Blackbeard, timber, indigo, common-law marriage, healing waters, Carolina reaper chili pepper, collard greens, sweet tea, live oaks

The Palmetto State

South Carolina claims to have hosted the first golf game. It was the first state to secede and where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. The state is divided into the "Low Country" along the coastal plain and "the Upcountry", on the inland side of the Sandhills. Route 1 runs along the boundary of this geologic divide which also defines the state’s cultural and economic differences.

Sandhills

"as old as the hills"? These are 100 million years old

A 10 to 35-mile-wide ecoregion of sandhills stretches from Pinehurst, NC into Georgia. Route 1 follows these sandhills past the Carolina Sandhills Wildlife Refuge near Bethune. The distinctive sandy soil is host to unique flora and fauna.

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Columbia

SC's Capital city, with a notable historic preservation district

In addition to the State House, Columbia is home to the University of South Carolina, giving it a distinct college-town flavor. The Congaree Vista district was created to encourage the preservation and reuse of historic buildings along Gervais Street (Route 1) during the 1990s and 2000s. The Gervais Bridge over the Congaree River was the widest road in SC when it opened in 1928. Two-thirds of Columbia burned during the Civil War.

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Dizzy Gillespie

One of the all time greats of jazz was born in Cheraw, SC

Born John Birks Gillespie in 1917, “Dizzy” began playing the trumpet at age 12, three years after Route 1 came through Cheraw. Today, a park and sculpture garden adorn the lot where his childhood home stood, and Gillespie’s statue stands on the town green in the heart of the town of about 5,000 people.

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Georgia

Population10,800,000
Distance223 miles
Fun FactThe expression “sleep tight - don’t let the bedbugs bite" began in GA. 
Known ForHogzilla”, sweet onions from Vidalia, coca-cola, The Masters golf tournament, marble, resin, Civil Rights activism, cotton, pecans

The Peach State

The last of the original 13 colonies, Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River. It has had 5 state capitals; Augusta, Savannah, Louisville, Milledgeville, and Atlanta. 

The colony was originally intended to be settled by the “worthy poor” from London prisons, who would be used as indentured laborers. Georgia has the oldest state park and the oldest African-American church in the US. 

It was the first state to lower the voting age to 18, and the first to allow women to earn a college degree. The invention of the cotton gin in 1761 radically changed the slave-based economy of Georgia, as the global demand for cotton quickly grew.

Pecans

No matter how you pronounce it, Georgia pecans are a wonderful snack

A third of pecans produced in the US come from Georgia. These native American trees have been planted for commercial orchards since the 1890s, and some of the 100+ year old trees are still producing! 

The 200,000 acres of pecan orchards production varies with weather conditions, but about 100 million pounds are produced in Georgia annually. Nuts are harvested in October and November.

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Augusta

Georgia's second settlement

The third largest city in the State, Augusta sits at the last navigable point of the Savannah River and the southernmost point of the Piedmont Escarpment

“The Garden City” hosts The Masters at Augusta National Golf Course, one of professional golfing’s biggest prizes. In the late 1800s, Augusta earned a reputation for hospitality and its warm climate, welcoming snowbirds via rail from the North for polo, golf, and socializing. Augusta is the hometown of soul singer James Brown.

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Okefenokee

A primordial experience in Southern Georgia

Over 400,000 acres of wetlands are spread across the Georgia-Florida state line. Travelers flock to the visitors center (run by a for-profit business for the National Park Service), for the interpretive displays and rides into the swamp. Gator peeping at its finest, from the safety of elevated boardwalks and towers. The comic strip “Pogo” was set here.

Florida

Population22,200,000
Distance545 Miles (longest of any state on Route 1)
Fun FactThe flattest state in the USA
Known ForGatorade, key lime pie, stone crab, frozen orange juice concentrate, cruise ports, hurricanes, the Everglades, and freshwater springs, Theme parks are the destination for millions of Florida fun-seekers each year, especially those with children. Water sports abound along 545 miles of Route 1 in Florida.
Off the Beaten PathManatees, panthers and sea turtles are all protected species in Florida.

The Sunshine State

The Sunshine State boasts countless beaches where you can enjoy sand, sun, and palm trees, and hunt for seashells. Since the 1870s, retirees, and snowbirds have found refuge from harsh northern winters. Watch alligators and crocodiles from a safe distance, but get close when bird-watching or while snorkeling on a coral reef. Spring brings baseball, college Spring Break revelers, and citrus harvestsFlorida firsts include St. Augustine, the first European settlement in North America, the first scheduled passenger airline flight, and sunscreen

The Space Coast

You don't need to be a rocket scientist to appreciate the achievements of NASA

The Space Coast is home to NASA’s manned spaceflight program, the Space Shuttle, and SpaceX. Cape Canaveral near Melbourne offers regular opportunities to observe launches and is host to space-related tourist attractions where you can gape at the big rocket ships.

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Miami

The 9th largest metro area in the US is one of its most culturally diverse.

Miami is one of the most international cities in North America, host to a large Cuban community, centered in Little Havana. Over half the city speaks Spanish. The Wynwood Walls, Art Deco design, and beachfront property are big attractions in the 9th largest metro area in the country.

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Key West

Key West beckons visitors from all corners of the earth, because it is a destination like nowhere else on Earth!.

Only 1 mile wide and 4 miles long, this little island is packed with places to visit, to relax, and remember. The southern terminus of Route One is in the Old City. 

Once the province of pirates and shipwreck divers, the island was first accessible by rail in 1912. The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 destroyed the rail line and set the stage for creating an overseas highway. In 1936, Route 1 was extended 113 miles down the Overseas Highway from Miami.

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