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Navigation Destination: California's Central Coast

via Photos by Clark on Flickr Last week we linked to a list of the nation's best adventure towns. But maybe you're a wine lover/foodie who is looking for a road trip catering more to the palate. If so, point your navigation system toward the Central California Coast. The region boasts an impressive variety of culinary attractions, from fresh oysters and cheap tacos in Paso Robles to the farmers' market in San Luis Obispo. And, of course, there are numerous vineyards, restaurants, historic inns, and quaint shops to explore and enjoy. Condé Nast Traveler has a complete overview of the region and its offerings.

Best Adventure Towns in the U.S.

via smilla4 on Flickr Looking for adventure this summer? Check out National Geographic's Best Adventure Towns Map for action-packed locations throughout the U.S. From Blue Hill, Maine (pictured above) to Arcata, California, this comprehensive list includes towns known for biking, hiking, kayaking, and many other exciting outdoors activities. Read More

Add Baseball Stadiums and Museums to Your Travel Itinerary

photo via UIC Digital Collections on Flickr With spring training winding down (and summer just around the corner), it's time for the baseball season to begin in earnest! If you're a fan of the game, be sure to add a few historic baseball sites and museums to your travel itinerary. AP.org has a complete list that spans the United States and abroad. From Babe Ruth's birthplace in Baltimore to the "Field of Dreams" in Dyersville, Iowa, there's bound to be a baseball attraction wherever your travels take you. Are you one of those hardcore fans planning to visit all of the MLB stadiums throughout the country? Visit poidirectory.com to download the GPS coordinates for all of the major league parks. Play Ball!

A Little Bit of Road Trip Inspiration

photo via Paige Burghardt on Flickr Last week we posted 5 spring weekend road trips. Hopefully, no matter where you live, we got you excited about hitting the road and taking in the beautiful colors and warmer weather. Should you need further inspiration, check out this article on the art of the road trip.

Eagles and Stars: Rejected Interstate Sign Designs

Photo: Greg Castillo Photoshop: Kenny Malone When driving in familiar areas, it is easy to ignore road signs. The blue interstate shields often blend into the passing scenery. But those shields came about as the result of a design contest that preceded President Eisenhower's signing of the Federal-Aid Highway Act in 1956. Miami's WLRN recently looked at the contest submissions and, thanks to the magic of Photoshop, replaced Richard Oliver's winning shield with some of the rejected designs (like the one pictured above). It is fun to imagine driving past a giant eagle or a sheriff's star or any of the other signs that could have been. See the complete set of photos here.

Could GPS Help Detect Air Turbulence?

Turbulence is a regular part of the flying experience. However, it can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are considering ways in which GPS signals could be used to detect turbulence. The proposed solution would deploy a network of pre-existing, high-end GPS receiving stations maintained and used by local governments. Although this proposal has yet to be tested, it would likely be more precise than the current system in which pilots simply issue individual alerts after passing through turbulent air. Find out more at Forbes.com.

Travel Tip: World Heritage Sites for Kids

via facildeuntar on Flickr Still making family travel plans for 2014? If you're looking for something that is both kid-friendly and a bit more adventurous, check out National Geographic's Top 10 World Heritage Sites for Kids. From the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland (pictured above) to Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada, each listing offers a variety of activities certain to please the entire family. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines the World Heritage List as, "981 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value." Find a map of the complete list of World Heritage Sites here.

Free Entrance to National Parks February 15-17

via Grand Canyon NPS on flickr Don't let the cold keep you cooped up inside! Winter is a great time to explore the great outdoors as noted this week in Navigation.com's article on 5 Spots for Winter Geocaching. Likewise, the National Park System provides miles of beautiful winter scenery. You can even take advantage of free entry to the national parks from February 15-17, 2014. The fee waiver includes entrance fees, transportation entrance fees, and commercial tour fees. Click here to find a park near you.