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Visiting the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio

It's easy to figure out why there's a National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio. The Packard brothers started out in Warren in 1899. Within a decade the company, known for its high-quality cars, was based in Detroit and neither Packard sibling…
Tucker car aaca Museum
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It's here! Guide to America's Classic Car Museums

Introducing the updated and expanded 2019 Second Edition of the perfect tool for anyone who loves vintage and collector cars! The 2nd edition of the Roadster Guide to America's Classic Car Museums & Attractions is now available. The 400-page…
Things to do in Indianapolis-downtown
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Beyond the 500: Unique things to do in Indianapolis

From guest writer Mark (an Indy native)~ Headed to Indianapolis for the Indy 500 or a conference? Looking for something else to do besides sit through another boring PowerPoint presentation? If you’re looking for other activities in town…

Calling Elvis: Is Graceland worth visiting?

Is Graceland worth visiting? August 15, 2019 marks the 42nd anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, and "The King" is more popular than ever. Below is our review of visiting Graceland, which reflects updates to the facility unveiled earlier this…
Lemay family Collection car museum Tacoma
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Filled to the rafters at the LeMay Family Collection in Tacoma

The LeMay Family Collection grew out of the automotive obsession of one man, Harold LeMay. He grew up as a humble farm boy, served in World War II, then returned to Tacoma to start what became one of the largest privately owned rubbish-hauling…

Escaping the Lock Museum of America in Connecticut

Lately we've noticed escape rooms popping up everywhere in our travels. We did our first one in Prague last year and really enjoyed it. We were intrigued when we heard about an escape room at the Lock Museum of America in Terryville, Connecticut.…
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Roadster Guide to America's Classic Car Museums

I've spent a major chunk of the last two years dragging Larissa around the country visiting car museums and auto attractions.  During that time, I've branched out from my travel writing about road trips for the Philadelphia Inquirer to writing…
Bally Pinball Wizard backboard

We're off to see the pinball wizard

Playing pinball across America Back in 2011, when we sold our home and jettisoned our possessions to start our global odyssey, one item we missed was our Genie vintage pinball machine. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to play pinball…
Tucker prototype Swigart Museum
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Classic Car Museums in Pennsylvania

During the two years I spent driving around the country visiting car museums for my new book, the Roadster Guide to America's Classic Car Museums & Attractions, I was pleased to see the high number of car museums in Pennsylvania,…
Nevada's Loneliest Road: a desolate but beautiful 2-lane highway that passes through 7 mountain ranges and high desert plateaus
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Driving the Loneliest Road in America

When we first heard about driving the Loneliest Road in America—otherwise known as U.S. Highway 50—that crosses the barren hinterlands of central Nevada, we were intrigued. In a 1986 article for Life Magazine, the American Automobile…
bison in yellowstone park
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Visiting Yellowstone in September and October

It was the summer of 1969 and, as Old Faithful was about to send its regular timed flume of scalding hot water about 140 feet into the air for a spectacular sunset performance, the crowds gathered in hushed anticipation. The geyser had been…
Little Bighorn Deep ravine trail

Little Bighorn: Two sides to the story of Custer's Last Stand

The expression that there are two sides to every story is never truer than at the Battle of Little Bighorn, the site of Custer’s famous Last Stand. Even the site has had two names; it was originally named after the vanquished George Armstrong…
slicing pizza in Old Forge, Pa
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Review of Old Forge pizza: Is it the pizza capital of the world?

When we think of places for the best pizza in the world our thoughts normally drift to New York or Italy. But the town of Old Forge, Pennsylvania claims that it is the “Pizza Capital of the World.” Those are pretty big words for such a small…
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Is California City a ghost town?

As we've been driving around the country seeking ghost towns we came across one that was unusual; the California City ghost town has a population of over 14,000 people so why would it be considered a ghost town? A bit of background first.…
Standing on a corner Park Winslow Arizona

Standing on a Corner Park in Winslow Arizona

The death of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey got us thinking about one of the group's signature songs Take it Easy, which that was written by Frey along with Jackson Browne. Frey sang the lead vocals, one of which put a dusty old town along…
American Sign Museum in Cincinnati

Visiting the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati

Classic American road trips are chock full of dusty forgotten towns with vintage neon signs advertising motels and roadside diners, still trying to lure passing motorists. Many of those signs are disappearing; victims of age, weather and neglect.…

Betsy Ross and the First American Flag: Did She or Didn’t She?

Here's an excerpt from Philadelphia Liberty Trail, our historical travel guide: According to folklore, early in the summer of 1776 George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross went to the Arch Street upholstery shop of a young widow named…
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The California town at earthquake Ground Zero

The San Andreas Fault at Parkfield California The town of Parkfield, California sits astride the San Andreas Fault and proudly bills itself as "The Earthquake Capital of the World." On the water tower outside the Parkfield Cafe they even declare…