We are getting ready to set forth on an epic road trip, going the length and breadth of this great land of ours. I’ve always wanted to do that. To get our minds ready for summer vacations and as an experiment in localism, I would like to ask you this:
If I or any other reader of this blog were to come through your neck of the woods, what should we see? What should we do? Where should we eat? And if we eat there, what should we order? Is there any historical fact, cultural curiosity, or quirky inside information that we should know about?
I realize that some places may not have all that much to them, but I have found that if you scratch the surface, interesting things are everywhere. Other places, like big cities, have an overabundance of things to do, and what visitors need are recommendations and inside information.
I’d like to hear about natural vistas, odd museums, and local industries. And food: I’m a diners, drive-in, and dives kind of guy. Particularly serious BBQ. Chicago has deep-dish pizza and otherworldly hot dogs. What food stands out in your city, region, or locale? As for tourist traps, well, I’m going to be a tourist.
UPDATE: Everybody, these are priceless suggestions. I will make a pilgrimage to some of these places. Some I’ve been to already and concur about how great they are. And some actually will be on our route this summer! I urge all of you to refer to this as an online travel guide.