Preview – Arkansas

The Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public and is located in Murfreesboro.  The policy here is “finder-keepers” so you can actually keep any diamonds you find.  Certainly looking forward to getting covered in dirt and hopefully bringing home something awesome!

Preview – Rhode Island

We won’t have the opportunity to stay overnight in Rhode Island, however there is something we are looking forward to seeing when we arrive.

Providence was the home of the important early horror writer HP Lovecraft.  He was so connected with this area that engraved on his tombstone is “I am Providence.”

There are several sites around Providence which are of significance in his life.  A great outline of some of the key sites around providence is available here.

Preview – Boston

Lots to do in Boston as it is a wonderful historic city.  In keeping with the historical theme, we will be staying in the very historic Omni Parker House. I bid a bit higher than normal on Priceline.com, but I think it will be worth it.  The hotel is centrally located along the Freedom Trail, which is one of the key areas we will be seeing while in Boston.

The Freedom Trail contains many key revolutionary war sites and will be a fascinating insight into the of the country.

Also can’t miss another famous part of America’s History, the Salem Witch Museum.

I am also really excited about Boston as we will be there during restaurant Week.  I am looking forward to trying out a range of meals at reasonable prices.

Preview of Alaska

It will be quite a big change going from Hawaii to Alaska but it should certainly be an exciting few days.

We will be staying at the Millenium Hotel in Anchorage which was another great buy from Priceline.com

We will be arriving very early in the morning, so we may be able to catch the Aurora Borealis.

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Either way I am hoping to get my first view on real snow on the Galcial snowmobile tour. It may not be possible to go to the actual glacier depending on the weather, but it should certainly be a very new experience.

I am also looking forward to enjoying the peace and quiet of this lovely state.

Rating Each State

I have had a few questions about whether I will be providing a summary of each state.

I think it is a bit unfair just to summarise each state with an overall star rating, but I think it is better to provide a score in several categories.

I will provide a score out of 10 for each category for a total score out of 50.

The categories will be:

Home comforts
Quality of food, accommodation, etc.

Attractions
The quality of the attractions and generally how fun and interesting they were.

Natural Beauty
The aesthetic vistas of the state which make the drive easier.

Culture
Historical and cultural sites and interactions with the locals.

Value
Financial value – bang for your buck, so to speak.