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50 songs for 50 states

The 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s travelogue On The Road inspired Laura Barton to compile her ultimate drive-time soundtrack to every US state.

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Lynyrd Skynrd — Sweet Home Alabama
The Skynrd’s 1974 riposte to Neil Young’s Alabama is a tribute to Muscle Shoals (an Alabama city famous for its music), blue skies and the Swampers (session musicians), and a prime example of Southern Rock.

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10 seawater pools

There’s something rather special about swimming pools hewn out of a rocky coast – ideal for those who like their brine tame

Summerleaze beach at Bude, Cornwall
Curved around the base of a cliff and filled with slippery slithers of seaweed and starfish, this oval-shaped lido has served as the perfect seawater pool since 1930. Stay all day, lie on the sunbathing terraces and watch the tide wash back in, reclaiming the pool and the day’s sandcastle remnants. Watch the kids, too, especially at the white end, and don’t dive because the water levels are inconsistent.

Dancing Ledge, Langton Matravers, Dorset
This roughly-hewn pool has been cut into a disused Purbeck (what else?) stone quarry at the bottom of a steep cliff. The pool can only be accessed from a path running from Langton Matravers and the last few feet down from the cliff ledge is almost a sheer drop, so lots of people give up – don’t! The icy crystal-clear pool may be a schlep to reach, but it’s well worth it for a close-up view of this kingdom of clinging limpets and barnacles.

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