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I have been to 49 US states and a number of provinces of Canada. We have great beauty to share but you always have to find food along the way as well!
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5511 Rugby Hwy, Rugby, TN 37733, USA
Rugby, Tennessee was founded as a utopian community in the late 1800s. Many buildings stand today and a preservation society gives tours of the historic town still located in the wilds of Tennessee. Above is a photo of the Library, intact from the...
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6000 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482, USA
This fabulous 1950s vintage house in its original location is right alongside the Shelburne Museum and has been incorporated into their property. The museum has it all- historic buildings, homes decorated in various period furniture and and art....
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118 Smokey Bear Blvd, Capitan, NM 88316, USA
An icon of fire safety programs for decades Smokey Bear was an actual bear cub rescued from a horrible forest fire which burned his paws. At this NM Forestry Department owned burial site you can learn all about Smokey's life and career along with...
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3315 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37408, USA
On another DART we found this gem. You hope you never need a tow truck but if you do, you will have new found appreciation for the work of these drivers. This is a museum dedicated to the best of them and has a large number of tow trucks antique...
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2717 W 3rd St, Elk City, OK 73644, USA
Along Route 66 in Elk City OK you will find a museum complex with a Route 66 museum, an old town museum, a transportation museum and a farm and ranch museum. A massive collection of tractor seats and another of barbed wire are among the many...
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1003 Lopezville Rd, Socorro, NM 87801, USA
the Very Large Array is just that - extremely large array of radio telescopes linked together to search the universe for signals. Off Route 66 near Socorro NM these dishes form a majestic sight. the dishes move along tracks and can be moved closer...
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620 N Harvey Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, USA
The victims of the Oklahoma City bombing are memorialized in what is perhaps the most moving and most beautiful memorial created in the United States. Located in the heart of OKC there is a museum alongside the memorial. This is an absolute must...
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Guthrie, OK, USA
More DART along Route 66 - you will find OKC as it is known - Oklahoma City. Not too far north from there is a charming small town of Guthrie. No it is not the town of Woody Guthrie who is from nearby Enid, OK but it is a town steeped in OK...
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1000 E Hwy 66, Gallup, NM 87301, USA
On Route 66. Do stop in to see this place- stars of yesteryear stayed here when the location for the western films of their era were nearby. A good mexican cafe is located in what would be the coffee shop and they offer a credible lunch. The rooms...
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Miami, OK, OK, USA
A DART to Oklahoma (my 48th state) was designed around Route 66 stuff for me and cowboy stuff for my travel buddy. This photo was taken on a side road where the original pavement for Route 66 still stands. We got out of the car and walked a half...
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New Mexico, USA
Of course I am only kidding. Another stop along the DART - although this one won't be disappearing anytime soon. This picnic area is located in the white sands national monument in NM. The glistening white sand is gypsum and you would swear you...
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5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA
If you find yourself on the Gulf Coast of Florida don't miss Cà d'Zan the Ringling home. Built in the roaring twenties when the circus business was apparently rolling in the dough, the home spared no expense. Much of the construction done by...
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Bouyón, Cienfuegos, Cuba
In Cuba, music is everywhere! And every Cuban learns to dance even while they are learning to walk. This explained why the ladies seated in the front tables at the 'son' concert we attended laughed at middle aged americans dancing. The band has...
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Bradenton Rd, Venice, FL 34293, USA
My list of the best things to DO starts with watching sunsets. You don't have to go any special place to do this and it is like having a holiday/vaca for a half hour of the day no matter where you are. This photo taken at River Cottage a rental on...
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3004 Telescope Loop, Sunspot, NM 88349, USA
a DART (Dissappearing America Road Trip) brought us to Sunspot NM and the National Solar Observatory. The small town has the feel of an abandoned movie set from a 1950s sci-fi film. The several observatories can be visited as well as a quite nice...
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120 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
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LARGEST HAT STORE IN THE SOUTH proclaims the sign in front of Meyer the Hatter, just off Canal Street on St. Charles Avenue. In truth, it actually doesn’t feel all that big inside. That’s in part because it’s so packed with hats,...
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1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Route 100, Waterbury, VT 05676, USA
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Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory was an absolute zoo- hundreds of tourists waiting for their tour and their ice cream - but around back you can find the "retired" flavor grave yard and a place to kick back and relax. Even though they sold out to...
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Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538, USA
We call them DART (Disappearing America Road Trip) and the whole point is to find the things that are disappearing before you can no longer find them at all. Here an eight lane alley with the counter service for burgers and grilled cheese still...
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150 Spurwink Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074, USA
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Spurwink Country Kitchen is a favorite for our visits to Maine and qulaifies for DART status as far as I am concerned. Friendly service, home made pies and great comfort food. Put the address in GPS and head on over.
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is it a deli? is it a motel? or more correctly was it? there did not seem to be a going concern in the building where we came across this very interesting sign in the Traverse City area of Michigan - only wish we had gotten there sooner -...
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Havana, Cuba
My buddy and I agreed that we had never had so many welcome drinks on any other trips we had taken. Mojitos, daiquiris, pina coladas, batidos, drinks we never even learned the names of... Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, everywhere we went we were...
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500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
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New Orleans is of the few places in the US to allow drinking on the streets. No glass allowed, but open alcohol in cups is no problem. So get yourself a to-go daiquiri—they're available at these stands in a variety of flavors—and stroll a city...
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69 Old River Road (Rte 12N & Old River Road), Woodstock, VT 05091, USA
Who remembers their very first drink? Likely not a single person- but these gals provide first drinks for many, along with a great libation for cookies and cakes... We visited the Billings Farm Museum (here the Ritz Carlton of dairy farms) while...
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y O, Vedado, Postal Code: 10400, Cuba, Calle 21, La Habana, Cuba
The drink- batidos (in this case one banana and one guava) - these are a beloved drink of the Cubans- a kind of fruit milkshake. Due to shortages in supplies the ingredients vary somewhat from vendor to vendor. The place - the poolside bar at the...
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603 Paseo de Martí, La Habana, Cuba
Yes, you read that correctly. This beautiful bar at the Saratoga Hotel is a place for both drinking and smoking. Now forgotten in the US, this used to be how most people passed their time in bars in the "olden days" - here in Cuba, it IS the...
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Obispo, La Habana, Cuba
and he might even have slept here- this place is world famous for two things - its Hemingway connection (Papa still resides in the corner of the bar in a life sized bronze) and it is reputed to be the home of the original daiquiri. what I can say...
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We traveled between Cienfuegos and Trinidad in Cuba along the coastal road. We stopped outside of Trinidad to buy some tropical fruits from two roadside vendors who sold in front of their homes. This is a selection of one man's wares including the...
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1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
There's a lot to love about Cleveland, though I'll admit I was a little shocked that there could be at first. I mean, it's Cleveland, right? LeBron is gone, Drew Carrey doesn't hang out there anymore, and the Indians haven't been relevant since...
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518 Calle Reforma, Trinidad 62600, Cuba
In recent years Cubans have been permitted to open their own restaurant businesses called paladars. Davimart in Trinidad is one of the most successful of the paladars. Here a photo of our dinner shows why. We found good paladars pretty much...
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43111 Trans-Canada Hwy, Boston Bar, BC V0K 1C0, Canada
The salmon salad and salmon chowder are the specialty of the cafeteria at the Hell's Gate Airtram. A hair raising ride down to the Fraser River through the steep canyon walls brings you to a small cute museum and the cafeteria and some incredible...
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Plaza Vieja, Albuquerque, NM 87104, USA
my friend and I were walking around the Plaza in Old Town early one morning when a red pick-up truck pulled up beside us. In the back were several dozen skulls. We got into conversation with the driver who told us he went into Mexico to the...
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107 N Boulder Ave D, Tulsa, OK 74103, USA
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or so it seemed to us. We had already eaten lunch and so were not really hungry when we happened upon the Coney Island eatery in a fringe area of down-town Tulsa one weekend afternoon. My hometown of Cincinnati is known for it's coneys ("chili-dog...
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3895 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9, Canada
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While New York has its pastrami, Montréal is the home of smoked meat. (The preparation of both is similar: A beef brisket is cured in spices for a week, then hot-smoked and finally boiled before being served.) Though others may question the...
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900 SE Baker St, McMinnville, OR 97128, USA
At the end of July each year, about 600 folks gather at Linfield College in McMinnville to celebrate the pinot noir grape at the IPNC. The event is always marked by amazing meals as well as outstanding wine tastings, but the evening of the Pacific...