Use SAS to help plan your next vacation!


SAS is great at helping make important business decisions - how about helping decide where to take your next vacation?...

Here's a picture from one of my favorite vacations with my buddy Joe. As you can see, I like "nature vacations." Can you guess where this one was? (leave a comment with your best guess!)


I was looking around for potential vacation spots to visit this summer, and came across a cool article on the CNN website that listed one great natural wonder in each of the 50 US states. The article was laid out on a single page, and it took a lot of scrolling to find the states I was interested in. So I thought to myself, "Self - why don't you plot this data on a SAS map, and set up drilldowns in the map that jump to the desired state in the article?"

And that's exactly what I did! Click the thumbnail below to see the full-size interactive SAS map. Hover over the markers to see summary info, and click the markers (or the states) to jump to that state's section of the CNN article. It's a nice example of visual (and geographical) analytics, to show the power of SAS!




About Author

Robert Allison

The Graph Guy!

Robert has worked at SAS for over 25 years, and is perhaps the foremost expert in creating custom graphs using SAS/GRAPH. His educational background is in Computer Science, and he holds a BS, MS, and PhD from NC State University. He is the author of several conference papers, has won a few graphic competitions, and has written a book (SAS/GRAPH: Beyond the Basics).


  1. Leonid Batkhan
    Leonid Batkhan on

    Great usage, Robert, and great pictures! Let me guess: Sahara Desert? Would be also nice if you provide some explaining on how you did it.

  2. Julie4435637 on

    The map is not working for me. The hovering is fine but when I click the dot - I am taken to the top of the CNN article - not the state section.

    • Robert Allison
      Robert Allison on

      Julie - try it a couple more times. Their page seems to have a random problem with the anchors, such that they don't work about 1 time out of 10 (at least that's what I'm seeing using Internet Explorer). If the problem persists, you might also try viewing it using a different browser if you've got and extra one (such as IE, Google Chrome, Firefox, etc).

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