Taking a road trip across the country this summer? In a “horseless carriage” or Model T perhaps, or maybe even an electric car? Make sure you have a map to help you find your way (check out this butterfly one!) and enough luggage. And definitely, don’t forget a camera! If you’re taking to the friendly skies, you’ll want to read up on the early days of flight from The Wright Brothers topics page. Possibly you’ll travel by motorcycle or a bicycle? Or, maybe you plan to get around in a canoe?
Visiting a national park or going camping? Check out this topics page on Yosemite National Park. (Make sure to bring the bug spray!) Not sure where to go? You’ll find lots of ideas for top tourist attractions from visiting parrots in Miami, Florida, to the Lincoln Memorial, to Alaska’s beautiful scenery (Here’s quite the unique tourist attraction: “Pete,” a squirrel who lives on the White House grounds.) For even more ideas, read the Evening Star’s Traveler’s Notebook column.
In Chronicling America, you will find lots of tips for packing for your journey. If you’ll be traveling with children you’ll want to print out some pages from the Book of Magic supplements to keep them occupied. The Evening Star’s fashion editor Helen Vogt says it’s “really important to select clothes suitable to your mode of transportation.” And of course, you’ll want to be sure your furry travel companions are well-suited as well, say in the latest Paris fad– the automobile suit for dogs.
If you’ll be heading to the beach, be sure to pack the newest fad, the “really satisfactory bathing shoes,” the beach kicks.
No plans to skip town? Travel back in time as far as 1789 with Chronicling America newspapers! Looking for more travel-related images? Check out the reference aid “Around the World with the Library of Congress Poster Collection” which provides an overview of the thousands of travel posters held at the Library of Congress.