Here in the ‘Fun Facts’ Category, I’ll be sharing information blogs in four areas of interest: History; Landscapes; Art & Architecture; and Religion. The blogs are each presented in a ‘bullet point’ style, designed to give you just a few pieces of information about things that you might see or do on a road trip in America.
These tidbits will either:
help you get the most of your visits, (if you don’t need too much to be satisfied)
whet your appetite for more information (about the things that you find really interesting and want to know more about).
Either way, you’ll discover more about yourself and where your interests lie.
I have divided the country into 9 Regions to help you easily find information for the area you are currently interested in. (You may read more about each region in the intro to the category on this site called The U.S. in 9 Regions). Here are the states (and other areas) in each Region:
REGION 1: NEW EUROPE
Maine * New Brunswick * Nova Scotia * Province of Québec
REGION 2: NEW ENGLAND AND THE ORIGINAL COLONIES
Virginia * New York * Massachusetts * Maryland / Washington D.C. * Rhode Island * Connecticut * New Hampshire * Delaware * North Carolina * South Carolina * New Jersey * Pennsylvania * Georgia Vermont
REGION 3: THE DEEP SOUTH
Florida * Alabama* Mississippi Louisiana * Arkansas
REGION 4: BLUE GRASS COUNTRY
Kentucky * Tennessee * Ohio * West Virginia
REGION 5: THE BREADBASKET
Oklahoma * Missouri * Nebraska * Kansas * Iowa
REGION 6: THE GREAT LAKES
Michigan * Indiana * Wisconsin * Minnesota * Illinois
REGION 7: THE OLD WEST
North Dakota * South Dakota * Wyoming * Montana * Colorado * Nevada
REGION 8: THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Washington * Oregon * Idaho * Northern California
REGION 9: THE SOUTHWEST
Central & Southern California * Texas * Arizona * Utah * New Mexico
Once you’ve determined the Region that you will be traveling in, look up info for that Region in each of the 4 ‘Fun Facts’ Categories.
Here’s how the Information Bullet Points Blogs are structured:
3). Architecture & Art
1). Information Bullet Points: History
For the History section, the 9 Regions are divided into 9 Blogs: 1 History Blog for each Region. Each region has an historical ‘heyday’- a place in time that gives this region its personality and identity. The Bullet Points of Information that you will find here will keep to that time period. The most significant pieces of information for a Region’s ‘heyday’ are called ‘Focused Events’.
For each of the 9 Regional Blogs in the History section you will find:
*A general summary of the region
*A general historical timeline of the region’s Focused Events
*A timeline of Focused Events for each state in the region
*A list of a few significant regional events called ‘What’s Happened Since”
2). Information Bullet Points: Landscapes
In the Landscape section I have listed 9 different types of landscapes that are the most obvious with a Blog for each type of landscape.
Each landscape blog will give you a few pieces of information in Bullet Point style to help you enjoy the natural surroundings that you find yourself in.
3): Information Bullet Points: Architecture & Art
This Architecture & Art section is structured by architectural features. As you stand in front of a building, home or other structure, you will note features which will help you to identify the style that you are looking at. For instance, if what you are seeing has a symmetrical design, a steep roof, a massive central chimney and small windows, you are probably looking at a Colonial Period style structure.
Having then identified those features, you then look at some Bullet Points of Information and learn a little about that period’s politics, economy, style, etc.. as well as its artists, art styles, music and literature.
4): Information Bullet Points: Religion
The United States has been greatly influenced by the various religious groups that have come here seeking their idea of religious freedom. These groups have forged our laws and molded our beliefs, standards and the identities of the areas that they settled in.
This section is organized by the 9 Regions of the U.S. and will cover the various religious groups that settled in each Region. You will be introduced to their beliefs and practices, which can help you to understand their influence and significance.
These bits of information in the ‘Fun Facts category will help what you are seeing or doing really come to life.
Each Category Drop Down Box has its own INTRO for that Category. Make sure to read that first!
Enjoy and have fun learning!
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