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 |  Oct 05 2011, 4:30 PM

Ford has scoped out the 20 cool places for you to charge your electric vehicle on your next cross-country road trip. With more charging station popping up all the time, EV owners have more options when it comes to long-distance trips and sight-seeing locales.

Ford picked each location based on a number of factors, including distance to a landmark, dining and shopping venues to visit while you’re waiting for your electric vehicle to charge. Here are the 20 coolest places to charge in the U.S., listed alphabetically, along with what makes them so cool.

Edison Park Fast Lot – New York City: Near Times Square and Broadway.
Fashion Island, Newport Beach, Calif.: Located at a premier outdoor shopping center.
Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco: Enjoy waterfront dining, shopping, and sightseeing
Give Kids the World Village, Kissimmee, Fla.: A nonprofit center that gives children with life-threatening illnesses a memorable experience.
Greenville Zoo, Greenville, S.C.: Visit the world-class zoo while charging.
Hall Wines and Clif Family Winery, St. Helena, Calif.: Tour the two wineries and take in the scenery.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, Honolulu, Hawaii: Take a break at this beach resort.
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Houston:
A day of fun with nature and animals.
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles:
The nearby Staples Center offers plenty of attractions.
Malibu Country Mart, Malibu, Calif.:
Look for celebrities or hit the stores while shopping.
Mall of America – Bloomington, MN: Enjoy shopping, entertainment, and a variety of other attractions.
Magnificent Mile – Downtown Chicago: One of the most iconic streets in America.
Mint Street Parking Garage – Downtown Charlotte, N.C.: A first-class view of downtown Charlotte.
NFL Stadiums: CenturyLink Field, Seattle and M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore: Cheer on the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.: A solar-powered electric vehicle charging station.
Peaches Bed & Breakfast, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Spend the night at this historic manor.
Ruby Falls, Chattanooga, Tenn.: America’s highest underground waterfalls.
Santa Monica Plaza Shopping Center, Santa Monica, Calif.: Beach lovers can hang out on the Santa Monica Pier.
Science Museum of Richmond and Children’s Museum of Richmond, Va.: Visit the two museums.
Stevens Pass Mountain Resort, Leavenworth, Wash.: Hit the slopes at this ski resort.