On The Road
It the 1950s, when car travel was pretty much the norm, a real
mystic developed about taking car trips for vacation. It was during
that time, when the interstate highway systems were being developed
in America, that the famous Route 66 came into being. Before too
long route 66 became a metaphor for getting out and seeing America.
That is really when the idea of sight seeing and trying to take in
the really great things this country has to offer became
That popular mythology of getting out there and discovering the
world of America surfaced in a lot of popular ways. The book On the
Road by Jack Kerouac, while about more than just travel and
sightseeing, spoke to an exploding need and desire in all Americans
to know their country better face to face. A little later that urge
to travel that was bubbling to the surface in all kinds of ways
became more popularized by a TV show Route 66.
That part of being American which comes out as the urge to
travel and see everything there is to see is part of our
patriotism. But it is also a big part of the American spirit of
adventure that is what brought our ancestors over here from the
home country. The courage and desire to explore is just part of
what makes Americans tick and it is one of the many reasons we love
to get out there and see everything we can see.
That desire to get out there on the road is just as much part of
how you and I as Americans tick today as it was when travel was
new. Even though we have ample travel options especially by air,
there is something irreplaceable about driving across the country,
discovering its amazing sights from the front seat of an
So if you think we are suggesting you actually plan a cross
country car safari for nothing more than the sheer joy of being on
the road again, you are exactly right! When we talk about the great
sightseeing high spots in America, its easy to talk about the big
ones such as the Washington Monument or Niagara Falls. But there
are hundreds of tucked away sights that are a sheer delight to
discover when you just come across them in your cross country car
Small towns and out of the way highways and byways have some
unique and unforgettable sights of their own. Think of how you will
wow your friends when you come back from your road trip adventure
with pictures of...
* The strange but oddly beautiful
Cadillac Ranch of song fame. As you drive along the badlands of
Texas, dont drive off the road when you look out and see a field
full of Cadillacs buried upside down in the Texas soil back ends
sticking up like some bizarre experiment in farming.
* An off the road spot where you
can actually mine for gold in the black hills of South Dakota.
* A desert in the middle of
Oklahoma with sand dunes suitable for dune buggy rides.
* A massive replica of the pyramids
of Egypt. And you dont need a turban to see it. Just take a few
minutes off from the Grand Ol' Opry and visit this sight in the
heart of Nashville Tennessee.
The fun sights you can see on the road in a car trip across the
majestic expanse of America will be sights that will stand out in
your mind as much as the great and very well known sights that
everybody enjoys. And dont be surprised if you see a look of envy
in your friends eyes when they realize you were the one who had the
guts to get out there and put your tires to the road and discover
America all over again.