This year, the United States Mint traveled across the country on our All-American Road Trip, making stops at beautiful parks, forests, and monuments. We began our journey at the iconic Camel Rock at Shawnee National Forest, then traveled down to Kentucky to visit Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, the “First Doorway to the West.” We continued our expedition northeast to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia, the third stop on our Road Trip. From there, we headed out west to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota to see the land that mesmerized our 26th President. We ended our Road Trip this year at South Carolina’s Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) where we learned about the changes to American coastal defense since 1776.
At each Road Trip stop, we learned about the land and history of each site through the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program—the U.S. Mint’s celebration of the splendor and beauty of America.
This year’s Road Trip might be over, but the memories last a lifetime! Using the guide below, you can plan your future adventure. Relive the All-American Road Trip with your loved ones and share the majesty of our Nation’s treasures!
Shawnee National Forest in Illinois encompasses the largest natural area in the state. With such abundant acreage, Shawnee attracts big-game hunters, equestrians, bird watchers, rock climbers, beach goers, and other adventurers.
For centuries, Westward travelers passed through the Cumberland Gap, a break in the Appalachian Mountain chain carved by wind and water. Today, we remember Cumberland Gap as the doorway to the West that led adventurers into the Kentucky wilderness.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park has witnessed many historic milestones in American history—from John Brown’s attack on slavery to the first successful American railroad. The 3,645 acres contained in the West Virginia park symbolize both the dramatic history of our Nation and an untethered yearning for adventure.
Established in 1946 in North Dakota, Theodore Roosevelt National Park captures the grandeur of the Little Missouri River Badlands in a just tribute to the 26th President’s dedication to conservation. Adventurers to the park can witness a diverse abundance of animal life, from bison to lizards, across the rugged terrain of this national treasure.
Having witnessed battles from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, Fort Moultrie in South Carolina commemorates key moments in American history. Today, it stands as a testament to American coastal defense and continues to intrigue historians and explorers alike.
Content updated August 29, 2016