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Where should CNET Road Trip go in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas?

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 … Read more

Planes, trains, and automobiles: Road Trip 2013 comes to an end

Some people on the West or East coasts may call the American Midwest the "flyover states," but after driving more than 5,200 miles around eight states in the heartland this summer, I can definitely say I got to know the region intimately.

As part of CNET Road Trip 2013, I drove deep into eight states in the region over the last month-and-a-half, exploring Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Missouri in search of technology, architecture, aviation, and manufacturing stories.

Over the course of the 5,200 miles, I stayed in 24 different cities and made … Read more

How Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin survived murder, fires, constant change

SPRING GREEN, Wis. -- Is it possible for a masterwork of architecture to be best known for a grisly murder?

In the case of Taliesin, architect Frank Lloyd Wright's longtime home, the answer may well be yes.

In 1911, Wright built a stunning home on a terrific piece of land with a steep drop on one side and a gentle descent on the other. He built it for Mamah Borthwick, a client's wife with whom he had fallen in love. Needing to escape Oak Park, Ill., where he had lived and worked, but where the client lived, he … Read more

Road Trip Pic of the Day, 8/11: What is this?

Update (Monday, 11:29 a.m. PT): The answer to Sunday's challenge -- which 361 people got right -- is the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Mo. Thanks to all who played Sunday, and to everyone who played throughout the seven weeks of the 2013 CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day Challenge. Please come back for the 2014 Challenge, which should begin sometime next June.

Welcome to the Road Trip Picture of the Day contest. This is your chance to win some cool prizes as you test your skills at recognizing pictures.

For the last seven weeks, I'… Read more

Road Trip Pic of the Day, 8/9: What is this?

Update (Friday, 10:33 p.m. PT): The answer to today's challenge -- which 83 people got right -- is the Strategic Air & Space Museum, in Ashland, Neb. Thanks to all who played, and to everyone, please come back for tomorrow's challenge. And remember, there's only two days left in this year's Road Trip Picture of the Day Challenge.

Welcome to the Road Trip Picture of the Day contest. This is your chance to win some cool prizes as you test your skills at recognizing pictures.

Each day until Sunday, Aug. 11, I'll be … Read more

How Goodyear uses tech to make a faster race tire

AKRON, Ohio and INDIANAPOLIS -- If you want to know how a major Nascar race is won, think about the fact that when Ryan Newman won last month's Brickyard 400, his sub-three-second margin of victory was chalked up to having replaced just two tires on his last pit stop rather than all four.

Considering that a pit crew like the one that supports Newman can change all four tires in about 14 seconds (see video below), it's easy to see how choosing to skip replacing two may have saved him enough time to end up ahead of race … Read more

Road Trip Pic of the Day, 8/8: What is this?

Update (Thursday, 11:33 p.m. PT): The answer to today's challenge -- which 100 people got right -- is Frank Lloyd Wright's Wingspread, also known as the Herbert Johnson House, in Racine, Wis. Thanks to all who played, and to everyone, please come back for tomorrow's challenge. And remember, the 2013 CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day Challenge ends Sunday, Aug. 11.

Welcome to the Road Trip Picture of the Day contest. This is your chance to win some cool prizes as you test your skills at recognizing pictures.

Each day through Sunday, Aug. 11, … Read more

Road Trip Pic of the Day, 8/7: What is this?

Update (Wednesday, 11:22 p.m. PT): The answer to today's challenge -- which 94 people got right -- is Goodyear's tire proving grounds in Akron, Ohio. Thanks to all who played, and to everyone, please come back for tomorrow's challenge. And remember, the 2013 CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day Challenge ends this Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.

Welcome to the Road Trip Picture of the Day contest. This is your chance to win some cool prizes as you test your skills at recognizing pictures.

Each day through Sunday, Aug. 11, I'll be posting a … Read more

Road Trip Pic of the Day, 8/6: What is this?

Update (Tuesday, 10:28 p.m. PT): The answer to today's challenge -- which 232 people got right -- is the Old Courthouse, in St. Louis. Thanks to all who played, and to everyone, please come back for tomorrow's challenge. And remember, the 2013 CNET Road Trip Challenge ends this Sunday.

Welcome to the Road Trip Picture of the Day contest. This is your chance to win some cool prizes as you test your skills at recognizing pictures.

Each day through Sunday, August 11, I'll be posting a new photograph from my various travels, and your job … Read more

Slides, whales, and tunnels, oh my: A 'museum' like no other

ST. LOUIS -- Other cities may be better known for their art scenes, or their architecture, their planetariums, or their parks. But nowhere else has anything quite like the playground meets science fair meets historical architecture meets circus show that is the City Museum.

The brainchild of internationally known artist Bob Cassilly, the City Museum could hardly be less like what its name implies. Though there are paintings, historical artifacts, and educational exhibits, it's hard to imagine another museum whose director describes his job as "I build slides for a living. How hard is [that?]" … Read more