The automobile is back. Okay, we may not call it that anymore, but nostalgia, car culture and the road trip – quintessential emblem of freedom – is experiencing a resurgence in popularity.

Name a metropolis - we'll show you a lake that's two hours away and surrounded by redwood trees. Name a countryside - we'll show you a bonafide commerce capital with the world's most significant art museums. Your day can start with horns honking and end with a serene symphony of cicadas, or vice versa.

Put your foot on the pedal, roll down your windows and whip around your proverbial backyard. Like Ruscha and Eggleston, find the beauty in the places in between. Rest stops, gas stations, topography changes. 'The motor car has restored the romance of travel,' Edith Wharton once said. We call shotgun.

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