Thought I'd pull this out of the snob thread, since that is going so well and I'd hate to dilute it or pollute it. I was very lucky growing up. Wasn't one of those kids who was whisked away to Europe or exotic locales, but my 'rents did a damn fine job of making sure we saw huge hunks of North America ... via car, of course. Numerous trips into the heartland and back, several times coast to coast, both here in the Great Turmoil and up in beautiful Canuckistan (nearly, Montreal was the terminus), who knows how many regional getaways on both sides of the border. Probably saw every state outside of Alaska, Hawaii and the deep south by the time I was 10, a bit of Mexico and most of the first-tier provinces. I remember whisking through multiple New England/mid-Atlantic states in less time than it took to drive between California's two largest cities.