Oregon Is Home to 54 Quaint Covered Bridges. Here's How to See Them All in One Road Trip

Cameron Yee, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Cameron Yee, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If you're looking for a theme for your next road trip, you have your pick of options. You can find maps that plan routes around cemeteries, restaurants, and national parks. This map from Jamie Hale gets even more hyper-specific, plotting over 50 covered bridges in the state of Oregon.

Writing for The Oregonian, Hale rounded up all the state's covered bridges that he could confirm are still standing. After sifting through sites like Travel Oregon, Covered Bridge Map, and Wikipedia, and cross-checking his research with local jurisdictions, he tallied up 54 in total. Considering that many bridges are in various states of disrepair—and not all of them are well-documented—it can be hard to name an exact figure, but Hale believes Oregon boasts the most of any state in the West.

Most of the bridges on his list were built in the early 20th century. It includes the Chambers Railroad Bridge, one of few surviving covered railroad bridges in the state; the Earnest Covered Bridge, which appears in the 1965 film Shenandoah; and the Joel Whittemore Bridge built by a high school shop class in 1989.

The designs of the bridges are as varied as their histories. They're all concentrated in the western side of the state, so hitting each site in one charming road trip is easy. You can check out the map of the covered bridges of Oregon below.

[h/t The Oregonian]

New Jersey's Anthony Bourdain Food Trail Has Opened

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Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Before Anthony Bourdain was a world-famous chef, author, or food and travel documentarian, he was just another kid growing up in New Jersey. Earlier this year, Food & Wine reported that Bourdain's home state would honor the late television personality with a food trail tracing his favorite restaurants. And that trail is now open.

Bourdain was born in New York City in 1956, and spent most of childhood living in Leonia, New Jersey. He often revisited the Garden State in his books and television shows, highlighting the state's classic diners and delis and the seafood shacks of the Jersey shore.

Immediately following Bourdain's tragic death on June 8, 2018, New Jersey assemblyman Paul Moriarty proposed an official food trail featuring some of his favorite eateries. The trail draws from the New Jersey episode from season 5 of the CNN series Parts Unknown. In it, Bourdain traveled to several towns throughout the state, including Camden, Atlantic City, and Asbury Park, and sampled fare like cheesesteaks, salt water taffy, oysters, and deep-fried hot dogs.

The food trail was approved following a unanimous vote in January, and the trail was officially inaugurated last week. Among the stops included on the trail:

  1. Frank's Deli // Asbury Park
  1. Knife and Fork Inn // Atlantic City
  1. Dock's Oyster House // Atlantic City
  1. Tony's Baltimore Grill // Atlantic City
  1. James' Salt Water Taffy // Atlantic City
  1. Lucille's Country Cooking // Barnegat
  1. Tony & Ruth Steaks // Camden
  1. Donkey's Place // Camden
  2. Hiram's Roadstand // Fort Lee

Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin Urges Visitors to Treat the Exclusion Zone With Respect

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Following the success of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, one tour company reported that bookings to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone located in Ukraine rose 35 percent. Now, series creator Craig Mazin is imploring the new wave of tourists to be respectful when snapping selfies at Chernobyl, Gizmodo reports.

A 2500-square-kilometer exclusion zone was established around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after its reactor exploded in 1986 and flooded the area with harmful radiation. The abandoned towns are still too radioactive for people to live there safely, but they have been deemed safe to visit temporarily with the supervision of a guide.

Chernobyl has supported a dark tourism industry for years, but thanks to the miniseries, photographs taken there are gaining new levels of attention online. News of influencers posing for irreverent selfies at the site of the nuclear disaster quickly went viral. Mazin tweeted:

Regardless of why people are visiting the site, being respectful in the presence of tragedy is always a good idea. It's also smart to resist leaving a tour group to snap the perfect selfie in some abandoned building: Tour companies warn that breaking rules and wandering off approved paths can lead to dangerous radiation exposure.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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