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Taft House, Cincinnati, Ohio (2009)

Taft House, Cincinnati, Ohio (2009)

“Two roads diverged in a wood,
And I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

Nerd Trips are excursions to historic sites, particularly presidential homes, libraries or birthplaces. I also enjoying visiting the homes of authors and poets. I find that taking the time to learn how famous/historic people lived gives us time to reflect on our own lives and the choices we make.   The destinations of Nerd Trips are, by definition, not the coolest places to visit. In fact, the name came when someone was mocking a road trip to President Hayes’s house.

While I always learn things at the destination, part of the fun is the laughs you have along the way, discovering small towns, local eateries and kooky characters! I see Nerd Trips as a little like “House Hunters” meets “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” meets the History Channel and the Travel Channel. You also learn a lot about the friends and family who go with you on the journey.

Lincoln's Cottage, Washington, D.C. (2011)

Lincoln’s Cottage, Washington, D.C. (2011)

About the author:

Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia (2009)

Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia (2009)

My name is Sharon Boston. I work in public relations for a hospital in Baltimore. I was an English major/art history minor in college and went on to get a master’s degree in broadcast journalism, so a blog seemed like a great way to put some of those skills to use and share one of my hobbies – Nerd Trips.

Nerd Trips combine many of my interests, including a love of history, architecture, literature and travel. I also have what I describe as a “keen interest in people” (one of my college roommates called me “Miss Nosey Nose”).

Sleepy Hollow, New York (2011)

Sleepy Hollow, New York (2011)

My mom may have also played a role in putting me on the road to Nerd Trips. When I was a kid, she took me on tours of model homes.  She also once took me on a driving tour of a cemetery because she liked the landscaping.

LBJ Library (Austin) Oval Office

LBJ Library (Austin) Oval Office

I love to learn and accept the fact that some people think I’m nerdy.

If you have a suggestion for a Nerd Trip, please e-mail me at You can also follow the blog on Twitter @nerdtrips or on Facebook,

The Nerd Trips Sign

It’s been across the nation and across the Atlantic ocean, and you can download the original Nerd Trip sign. Take a pic with the sign and share it in the comments section on the Nerd Trips Facebook page. We want to see where you’ve been!

And, if you post on your own social media pages, please use the hashtags #nerdtrip or #nerdtrips.

You may notice that the sign is a bit crinkly. That’s due to all its travels, including occasionally being stepped on or shoved into a bag. I like to think of it as “well loved” and “well traveled.”

Your own Nerd Trips

I wish you lots of learning, loads of laughs and safe travels on your own Nerd Trips!