How does Road Trip 2010 spend the July 4th weekend?

Road Trip 2010 has three unplanned days in western Pennsylvania over the Fourth of July weekend. If you have a suggestion of something to do, you could win a prize.

About a week into Road Trip 2010, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman has three days to get from point A--Whitehall, Pa.--to point B--West Orange, N.J. The problem is that it is the Fourth of July weekend. What would make good Road Trip stops in the areas between and near points A and B over the holiday weekend? Daniel Terdiman/CNET

WASHINGTON--As you probably know, we're about to hit the Fourth of July weekend, and that means plenty of fun and fireworks and barbecues and watermelon for most folks.

For me, being about a week into Road Trip 2010, my fifth annual journey around a region of the country in search of the best destinations related to aviation, space, architecture, military, technology, nature and so on, it's totally up in the air.

Each year, when I plan this trip, I meticulously plot out nearly every day of the trip. But figuring out what to do over the weekend of the Fourth is tricky, because many things are closed and many people are on vacation.

Still, Road Trip doesn't stop just because it's a holiday. Last year, for example, I was in Utah on the Fourth of July, and I ended up making a great side-trip to Nancy Holt's incredible earthwork, the Sun Tunnels . And that worked great, because it was open to everyone, didn't require a ticket, and doesn't have a clock.

I'm looking for things like that again this year--except I have three days like that to fill.

I've got plans through Friday afternoon, when I'll be making my last already-scheduled stop at the Apple Store in Whitehall, Pa. And I have to be in West Orange, N.J., on July 6. But that means pretty much the whole of central and western Pennsylvania, New Jersey and northeast Maryland are fair game.

So what should I do? I'd love to hear your ideas for what would make an ideal Road Trip stop--keeping in mind, of course, that it will be the Fourth of July weekend, and that Road Trip stops almost always are related to one of the subject matters I mentioned above, and support sizable photo galleries.

If you have an idea, please send email it to me (at daniel--dot--terdiman--at--cnet--dot--com, with "Fourth of July idea" in the subject line). If you send me an idea I end up using, I might reward you with a small token of my appreciation.

For the next few weeks, Geek Gestalt will be on Road Trip 2010. After driving more than 18,000 miles in the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest and the Southeast over the last four years, I'll be looking for the best in technology, science, military, nature, aviation and more throughout the American Northeast. If you have a suggestion for someplace to visit, drop me a line. In the meantime, you can follow my progress on Twitter @GreeterDan and @RoadTrip and find the project on Facebook. And you can also test your knowledge of the U.S. and try to win a prize in the Road Trip Picture of the Day challenge.

 

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