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America’s Five Best Road Trips

Monument Valley Best Road Trips

Monument Valley, Utah. Image Source: 2 Wheels 1 Cause

There is something poetically American about heading down the open road. With nearly 4 million miles of American road to navigate, you can weave in and out of awe-inspiring natural wonders, pass through small towns and bustling cities, taste different cuisines, and discover rich histories. While you’re at it, you can experience the romance–or, if you’re anything like the family from Vacation, the headaches–of the Great American Road Trip.

However, as most anyone who has spent more than two hours in a car will know, the United States is also home to many miles of highway that feel like purgatory (Ohio). Avoid those soul-sucking routes and give in to profound wanderlust with these five amazing road trips.

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Photo Of The Day: This Is What The Driest Place On Earth Looks Like This Year

Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth, but heavy rainfalls stemming from El Nino have flooded the area first with rain, and then with flowers. Image Source: Reddit

Chile’s Atacama desert is the driest place on Earth, but this year it is filled with color.

The desert has the longest dry streak on record after it went 173 consecutive months without a single drop of rain in the early 1900s. But this year, the Atacama was breaking records of a different kind. One day in March, the Atacama got .96 inches of rain. That may not sound like much, but given that the desert’s average rainfall is about .07 inches per year, that one day in March was the equivalent of having 14 years of rain in a single day.

Thus we now have the stunningly pink malva flowers (pictured above), which bloom every five to seven years depending on the El Nino cycle. This year’s rainfall has been especially heavy, even for an El Nino year, and people are calling it the “most spectacular blossoming of the past 18 years.”

Why Hurricane Patricia Wasn’t The Most Devastating Storm Ever

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Hurricane Patricia, viewed from the International Space Station at night. Image Source: Mashable

Hurricane Patricia spun its way into history on Friday as the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Yet it didn’t come with catastrophic damage or legislation-changing death tolls after it made landfall in Mexico, and there‚Äôs been little follow-up news since the peak of the storm. That stands in sharp contrast to what the U.S. saw after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, and there are a few reasons why.

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