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I love a good road trip.
I’ve driven from Toronto to California twice on Route 66 and back to Toronto through Colorado. A few of my other favourite trips have been to the East Coast all the way to PEI and then down to Washington, DC. I was also fortunate to road trip Highway 1 along California’s gorgeous coastline. Paul and I are also back and forth on the weekends to our new beach house.
I’ve learned a couple things from all these road trips, so here are my Top 5 Road Trip Essentials:
Are you planning a Route 66 Road Trip?
As crazy as it sounds, Paul and I have driven Route 66 TWICE. Once for vacation and the second time for when we moved from Toronto to Los Angeles. I thought I would put together a round-up of my favourite stops for anyone thinking of doing their own Route 66 Road Trip.
Start Here! Your starting point will be at a Route 66 sign on the side of a busy road, just in front of the Art Institue of Chicago. You’ll have to put your four-ways on and be super quick! Make sure to grab a selfie here before you set off on your big Route 66 road trip.
Giant Gemini? Check! Eat a Chicago-style hot dog? Easy! Once you start making your way out of Chicago, you’ll pass a few fun landmarks and diners on your Route 66 road trip. Henry’s Drive-In is a great place to stop for a Chicago Dog in Cicero, IL. About an hour away in Wilmington, IL you’ll bump into this Gemini Giant in the parking lot of the now defunct diner.
If you haven’t already, download Road Trip 66, an app that shows you quirky restaurants, relics, signage and fun stops on a map along the way. It was super helpful for us to find a few hidden gems on our Route 66 road trip. (more…)
One of the most surprising cities on my Route 66 road trip last year was St. Louis, Missouri! I had no expectations and barely did my research since we were blowing through this town for one night. Well, I fell for St. Louis after 24 hours and promised myself a longer visit the next time I returned.
What is it about St. Louis? I couldn’t put my finger on it but it’s just so hip without trying too hard. The hospitality of the midwest gets me every time. The food, the people, the sites. Again, I left wishing I had more time to at least go on the Budweiser Tour, catch a St. Louis Cardinals game, take a row boat out in Forest Park and visit the St. Louis Art Museum. It’s a city where I think to myself, “I could live here.” That’s how much I love it.
Here are the things I did do and I highly recommend you check out this often underrated city:
St. Louis Union Station – If you’re in the area, this majestic space is definitely worth a peek. The food court and mall attached to it was looking a bit sad, but there is a cute little ‘lake’ where you can rent pedal boats and glide along under the old station roof where trains used to come in. The Hilton hotel inside the station is quite pretty too.
Having driven Route 66 twice in my life already, I had a twinge of nostalgia when I was sent a copy of Travel Route 66: A Guide to the History, Sights, and Destinations Along the Main Street of America by Jim Hinckley.
So how I got about driving it twice is a funny story.
Paul and I made the big road trip in 2013 for an extended beach vacation in Los Angeles. We figured we’d bring our car with us for the month we were going to spend down there. Route 66 is a true delight, if you’re thinking of doing the drive yourself. The history, the nostalgia and being able to see so much of America in just one go was really what drew me to this trip. We really cherished this trip and never thought we would be driving again – but then life happens. Paul was offered the chance to open the US office for his consulting firm and so off we went again!
The Catoosa Whale in Tulsa, Oklahoma is a must-see – obvi.
Paul and I made the big road trip in 2013 for an extended beach vacation in Los Angeles. We figured we’d bring our car with us for the month we were going to spend down there. Route 66 is a true delight, if you’re thinking of doing the drive yourself. The history, the nostalgia and being able to see so much of America in just one go was really what drew me to this trip. We really cherished this trip and never thought we would be driving again – but then life happens. Paul was offered the chance to open the US office for his consulting firm and so off we went again! (more…)
Hello from Oklahoma!
The days have been long, lazy and humid. It’s also been the perfect excuse to wear every sundress that I own. I dug out this strapless lace dress from my closet, purchased from Urban Outfitters last summer during my recent stop in Oklahoma City.
My flats from Aldo have been a staple on this vacation, just for all the random walking that we’ve been doing. My Marc Jacobs Fran Bag goes with me everywhere. I stash this camera, my laptop, two cellphones and my passport in there when I travel. That way, when we make a gas station or food stop, all my valuables come with me in one swoop. I also use this bag as my carry-on when I fly for the same reason. (more…)
The best way to get your kicks?
Is on Route 66!
This is why I never question Nat King Cole.