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40 Days Across America -- A New Look at Study Abroad

 

Through a 40 day 9,359 mile trip of significant places, people, landmarks, and cities, Belmont students experienced the uniqueness of America.

Contact Dr. Ken Spring for more information.   Click here to follow the trip!

Week One:      June 1-5, 2009

  • Discussions on travel writing and overview of general sociology
  • Discuss community, race, urban development, culture
  • Morning coursework interspersed with afternoon tours in Nashville

Day 1:  Memphis, TN                                                                       Saturday, June 6, 2009

  • Distance: 212 miles (3 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 38116, 38118, 38103
  • Places to See: Graceland, Mississippi River, Beale Street
  • Cultural Significance: Jazz music, Traditional Indian fare (Rashina)
  • Travel to Little Rock, AR

Day 2:  Little Rock, AR                                                                   Sunday, June 7, 2009

  • Distance: 350 miles (5 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 72202, 72201
  • Places to See: Clinton Presidential Library, Central High School
  • Cultural Significance: integration, recent presidency
  • Travel to New Orleans, LA

Day 3:  New Orleans, LA                                                                 Monday, June 8, 2009

  • Distance: 450 miles (7 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 70065, 70062, 70003
  • Places to See: Community Center of St. Bernard, Bourbon Street, French Quarter, St. Peters
  • Cultural Significance: Cajun culture, poverty, Katrina (SERVICE EVENT)
  • Travel to San Antonio, TX

Day 4: San Antonio, TX                                                                   Tuesday, June 9, 2009

  • Distance: 548 miles (8 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 78216, 78232, 78209
  • Places to See: Alamo/ Riverwalk (San Antonio) , Pleasanton
  • Cultural Significance: Birth or the Cowboy, Texas Revolution, wars in America
  • Travel to El Paso, TX

Day 5:  El Paso, TX                                                                          Wednesday, June 10, 2009

  • Distance: 550 miles (7 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 79925, 79905, 79901-79938
  • Places to See: Border town, Chamizal National Memorial, Centennial Museum
  • Cultural Significance: America and Mexico, poverty, language barriers
  • Travel to Roswell, NM

Day 6: Roswell, NM                                                             Thursday, June 11, 2009

  • Distance: 200 miles (4 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 88201
  • Places to See: Roswell, atomic bomb, UFO
  • Cultural Significance: nuclear bomb, warfare
  • Travel to Native American Reservation, NM

Day 7: Navajo Reservation (Gallup, NM)                                                Friday, June 12, 2009

  • Distance: TBD
  • Possible Zip Codes: 87301
  • Places to See: Navajo Storyteller, Sheep Herding
  • Cultural Significance: Native American culture, Route 66
  • Travel to Grand Canyon, NP

Day 8: Grand Canyon NP    (South Rim - Tusayan)                              Saturday, June 13, 2009

Day 9:  Salt Lake City, UT                                                   Sunday, June 14, 2009

  • Distance: 524 miles (7 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 84116, 84103,84105,84101
  • Places to See: Mormon Tabernacle, et. al.
  • Cultural Significance: religious history
  • Travel to Las Vegas, NV

Day 10: Las Vegas, NV                                                                     Monday, June 15, 2009

  • Distance: 420 miles (5 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 89118, 89109, 89102, 89119
  • Places to See: casino, desert
  • Cultural Significance: gambling culture, legal vs. non-legal
  • Travel to Los Angeles, CA

Day 11-12:  Los Angeles, CA                                                           Tues. -Thurs, June 16-17, 2009

  • Distance: 275 miles (4 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 90045, 90304
  • Places to See: Hollywood, Disneyland, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Studios, LA Coliseum
  • Cultural Significance: big industry, America and film, wealth, hope
  • Travel to San Francisco, CA

Day 13:  San Francisco, CA                                                             Friday, June 18, 2009

  • Distance: 381 miles (6 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 94080,94030
  • Places to See: Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Berkeley (Service Event)
  • Cultural Significance: cultural integration, architectural landmark, historical landmark
  • Travel to Crescent City, CA

Day 14:  Crescent City, CA                                                              Saturday, June 19, 2009

  • Distance: 357 miles (6 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 95531
  • Places to See: Redwood Forest
  • Travel to Portland, OR

Day 15:  Portland, Or                                                                                  Saturday, June 20, 2009

  • Distance: 327 miles (5 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 97220
  • Places to See: Meet with Senator Jason Atkinson
  • Travel to Seattle, WA

Day 16: Seattle, WA                                                                         Sunday, June 21, 2009

  • Distance: 515 miles (8hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 98188
  • Places to See: Starbucks, fish market, space needle, Mount St. Helens, underground city tour
  • Cultural Significance: big industry, architectural significance, landmarks
  • Travel to Glacier National Park, MT

Day 17:  Glacier National Park, MT                                                          Monday, June 22, 2009

  • Distance: 418 miles (7 hrs)
  • Possible Cities or Zip Codes: Whitefish, MT 59937
  • Places to See: Big mountains, awesome scenery, Whitewater rafting
  • Cultural Significance: National Park
  • Travel to Yellowstone National Park, WY

Day 18: Yellowstone NP, WY                                                                     Tuesday, June 23, 2009

  • Distance: 348 miles (5 hrs)
  • Possible Cities or Zip Codes: Gardiner, MT (59030)or Livingston, MT (59047)
  • Places to See: Old Faithful, natural resources
  • Cultural Significance: National Park
  • Travel to Mt. Rushmore, SD

Day 19: Mt. Rushmore, SD and Pine Ridge, SD                           Wednesday, June 24, 2009

  • Distance: 508 miles (8 hrs)
  • Possible Cities or Zip Codes: Oelrichs, SD (57770)
  • Places to See: Mt. Rushmore, Sioux Reservation, Catholic Medicine Man
  • Cultural Significance: historical and artistic history
  • Travel to Minneapolis, MN

Day 20: Minneapolis, MN                                                    Thursday, June 25, 2009

  • Distance: 600 miles (9 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 55424
  • Places to See: Mall of America
  • Cultural Significance: largest mall in America, retail and business
  • Travel to Chicago, IL

Day 21-22:  Chicago, IL                                                                   Fri-Sat, June 26-27, 2009

  • Distance: 400 miles (7 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 60638 (near Midway Airport) and 60615, 60637 (Hyde Park area-- Just be careful, because there is a semi rough section in Hyde Park)
  • Places to See: Sears Tower, Michigan Avenue, Wrigley Field-Cubs game, Art Institute , Taste of Chicago
  • Cultural Significance: tourism, commercialism, baseball history, architecture
  • Travel to Indianapolis, IN

Day 23: Indianapolis, IN                                                                 Sunday, June 28, 2009

  • Distance: 182 miles (3 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 46224, 46241, 46254
  • Places to See: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Cultural Significance: southern heritage, Midwest culture
  • Travel to Detroit, MI

Day 24:  Detroit, MI                                                             Monday, June 29, 2009

  • Distance: 280 miles (5 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 48174, 48195, 48174, 48124
  • Places to See: car factory, Henry Ford Museum, Motown, Greek town
  • Cultural Significance: automobile industry, economic collapse
  • Travel to Cleveland, OH

Day 25: Cleveland, OH                                                                    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

  • Distance: 170 miles (3 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 44106-44114, 44130
  • Places to See: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Cultural Significance: music in America
  • Travel to NY State

Day 26: New York State                                                                  Wednesday, July 1, 2009

  • Distance: 215 miles (4 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 14202
  • Places to See: Niagara Falls, Buffalo
  • Cultural Significance: Industry, natural,
  • Travel to Boston, MA

Day 27-29:  Boston, MA                                                                  Thurs.-Sat, July 2-4, 2009

  • Distance: 470 miles (8 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 02114, 02151
  • Places to See: Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, Plymouth Rock, 4th of July Celebration
  • Cultural Significance: history
  • Travel to New York City

Day 30-32: New York City, NY                                                      Sun.-Tues., July 5-7, 2009

  • Distance: 215 miles (4 hrs)
  • Possible Cities or Zip Codes: Anywhere that can house a tour bus and close to public transportation (Manhattan would be ideal.)
  • Places to See: World Trade Monument, Letterman, MTV, Times Square, Central Park (Service Event)
  • Cultural Significance: Everything
  • Travel to Philadelphia, PA

Day 33: Philadelphia, PA                                                                Wednesday, July 8, 2009

  • Distance: 94 miles (2 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 19153, 19130
  • Places to See: Liberty Bell, Love Park, etc.
  • Cultural Significance: history
  • Travel to Washington, D.C.

Day 34-36: Washington, D.C.                                                                     Thurs.-Sat. July 9-11, 2009

  • Distance: 150 miles (3 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 20008, 20036
  • Places to See: Meeting with Senator Cooper, National Mall, Holocaust Museum, Smithsonian
  • Cultural Significance: history, beginnings of United States
  • Travel to Williamsburg, VA

Day 37: Williamsburg, VA                                                  Sunday, July 12, 2009

  • Distance: 152 miles (3 hrs)
  • Possible Zip codes: 23602, 23185
  • Places to See: Colonial village, walking tour, Botanical Gardens
  • Cultural Significance: historical
  • Travel to Savannah, GA

Day 38: Charleston, SC                                                                    Monday, July 13, 2009

  • Distance: 467 miles (7 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 29403, 29401, 29406
  • Places to See: deep south, town squares, plantations
  • Cultural Significance: southern tradition
  • Travel to St. Augustine, FL

Day 39: St. Augustine, FL                                                    Tuesday, July 14, 2009

  • Distance: 181 miles (3 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Codes: 32080
  • Places to See: oldest city in America
  • Cultural Significance: southern tradition, unique culture of Florida
  • Travel to Montgomery, AL

Day 40: Montgomery, AL                                                                Wednesday, July 15, 2009

  • Distance: 411 miles (6 hrs)
  • Possible Zip Code: 36130
  • Places to See: deep south, civil rights museum, Cotton industry
  • Cultural Significance: southern tradition
  • Travel to Nashville, TN

Closing Days:                                                                                    Thurs-Fri, July 16-17, 2009

  • Closeout the experience and Final Papers

Total Mileage: 9359 miles in 40 days



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