The days are warm and sunny here in Northern California, and though it's only the middle of March, it already feels like summer is just around the corner.
One reason is that I've started the planning in earnest for Road Trip 2014, my ninth-annual journey to highlight some of the best destinations around for technology, military, aviation, architecture, science, nature, and so on.
For seven of the past eight years, CNET Road Trip has taken me all around the roads of the United States, giving me the opportunity to visit the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, the Southeast, the Rocky Mountain region, the Northeast, and the West Coast. In 2011, I crossed the pond and covered seven countries in Europe, and last summer, I criss-crossed much of the Midwest, traveling through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri.
This year, I'm working on covering some of the last major areas in the Continental United States that I've never visited on Road Trip. While the exact itinerary is still very much unclear, I know I'll be spending a good chunk of time in, and then making my way into Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
Thanks to my own research and the helpful suggestions of readers, I've already got a list of a few potential destinations, but I'm turning to you again, fine readers, for ideas for can't-miss places I need to include in the project.
So, if you have an idea for a Road Trip stop in Arkansas, Oklahoma, or Kansas, please send it to daniel--dot--terdiman--at--cnet--dot--com. Here's what I'm looking for: a place in any of those states that would appeal to a national audience, that has a heavy tech or geek element, and that is highly visual, lending itself to a big photo gallery.
Some things that might work are manufacturing facilities for iconic brands, famous monuments, large-scale works of art or architecture, and famous or important military or aviation facilities. Past examples of Road Trip items include a behind-the-scenes look at America's, New York's , a look inside , behind-the-scenes at , the high-tech gear aboard the , and so on.
I'd like to reward readers who come up with a great idea. So while I do have a list of potential destinations, if you send me a suggestion I haven't already thought of myself, and that I end up adding to my itinerary, I'll send you a small gift in exchange.
I hope to hear from you, as I know that many of you have extensive experience traveling, and I'd love to be able to benefit from that experience -- and share the wealth with my readers. I look forward to hearing from you.