Road trips have beginnings and ends, but it's what's in between that counts. This collection takes you doen the American roads less traveled to discover the pulse of the Heartland: the scenic splendor of the country's most treasured national parks, the people and communities created far from major cities, and the distinctive charm that is uniquely American. #1) Alaska- View giant glaciers up close while cruising the waters of Kenaji National Park. Stop off at the Crow Creek Mine to try pan for gold. River-raft at the base of Mt. McKinley. Explore the riches of Fairbanks, just 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle. #2) Blue Ridge- Fox hunt in Moorland Park before taking in the breathtaking vistas of the Shenandoah Valley via Skyline Drive or the lush Appalachian Trail. Head to Roanoke's art scene, and the relive a Civil War clash at New Market Battlefield. #3) California- Head north to boonville. Explore the fortress of Redwood trees in Humboldt State Park. From Mendecino County to the Calistoga Hot Springs, you'll work up a thirst for the wines of Napa Valley. #4) Hawaii- Watch a veteran lei maker in action. Step into the solitude of the Place of Refuge, built for ancient lawbreakers. Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to catch mighty explosions before your eyes. #5) Idaho and Wyoming- Travel to Golden Spike, where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific meet. See Ketchum, where Hemingway lived, wrote and died. Taste the Idaho potatoes, and then cross into Wyoming to experience Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. #6) Michigan- Head north to see the Upper Peninsula. Charter a boat on Lake Superior and see cliffs that rival the oceans' coasts. Stop off for a quiet visit in Big Bay and meet the colorful locals, like the Benedictine monks who run a jam shop. #7) Montana- Begin your trip in Missoula's thriving art community. Visit a cattle ranch where the cowboy tradition is still very much alive. Partake in some of the country's best fishing in Great Falls, and enjoy the sights amid the tranquil beauty of Glacier National Park. #8) Natchez Trace- Journey the historic trail from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi. Stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame. See Elvis Presley's hometown. View antebellum plantations around Vicksburg, along the way hearing legends that surround the Natchez Trace Trail. #9) Northern New Mexico- Ski in Taos, the town that has captivated artists such as Ansel Adams and Georgia O'Keefe. Watch seasoned artisans spin their creations, then take an architectural tour of Santa Fe. Float high above Albuquerque while taking part in a hot air balloon rally. #10) Red Rock Rim- See the storied western frontier. Stop off in Sedona and meet a cowboy poet. See the Grand Canyon riding atop amule, or high above from a helicopter. Discover Monument Valley, immortalized in movies, and meet those responsible for its fame. #11) Vermont- Begin with a visit to the Ben & Jerry's Factory and an apple cider mill. Visit the Shelbourne Museum and its esoteric art collection. Detour to Stockbridge, Massachesetts where Norman Rockwell painted, and be sure to stay the night in a charming country inn. #12) Washington- Begin at Seattle's Farmer's Market, serving fresh food 365 days a year. Ferry to the San Juan Islands to join a whale-watching expedition. Explore the base of Mt. St. Helens, where the remains of the 1980 explosion have been preserved as a National Monument. Each Episode is approximately 50 minutes.