This is a blog about our roadtrips around America and our quest to visit each and every state in the U S of A.
The cowboys, the cheeseburgers, the blues, the barbecue, the motels, the skyscrapers, the giant redwoods, the surfers, the deserts, the diners, the outsider art, the roadside attractions, the mom-and-pop stores, the honky-tonks, the dive bars, the small towns, the big skies, the open roads…the whole lot.
One State at a time. 50 States One Day.
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* We have to spend at least 1 night in every single state – no cheating.
* We have to have both been to each of the States – not just one of us.
*Errrrr, that’s it.
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Here’s a neat little Q and A we did so you can see what we’re all about:
What do you think makes for a really great roadtrip? – do it with someone you enjoy spending time with. One of our trips consisted of over 50 hours in the car in three weeks, you need to be entertained in that time and not arguing! And plan. You have to plan! If you go somewhere with an idea of what you want to do, you can always change your mind but if you’re lacking inspiration you’ll always have something to fall back on. And there’s never a shortage of things to put in your plan in America!
Where would you tell someone to visit in the US if they could only go once? – very tough question, The Pacific Northwest is pretty hard to beat but it rains a lot, the Deep South is incredible but gets super hot. California has an awesome climate and scenery…if I had to pick one place it’d be Nashville.
What’s your favourite song about roadtripping? – On the Road Again by Willie Nelson, cheesey but a classic. Back catalogues of Johnny Cash or Elvis always make for excellent listening.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten in the USA? – American burgers really are the best, from fast food to haute cuisine, the burger is always amazing. That said, I had Wagyu beef at a restaurant in Portland which I can still recall the taste of today, absolutely incredible.
Is there anywhere in America you’d never want to go back to? – not really, I like to take the view that even the run down places have something about them. I’m not sure I’d walk around on my own at night in certain parts of Atlanta or San Francisco, but then you could say that about parts of London too…
Describe America in three words: Huge. Beautiful. Welcoming.
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What do you think makes for a really great roadtrip? – A car, any old rust-bucket will do, that has a working stereo + an open road + my husband/roadtrip buddy Josh + a camera to hand for snapping roadside attractions. Oh and a satnav. We always ALWAYS have a satnav. I can’t be trusted with a map.
Where would you tell someone to visit in the US if they could only go once? – Only once? What? I’d ask them to save up and try and go back again. That said… The Deep South. If you love great food, history, welcoming people, architecture, great music (and why wouldn’t you?) then it has it all and more.
What’s your favourite song about roadtripping? – I also love ‘On The Road Again’ by Willie Nelson. Or Talking Head’s ‘Road to Nowhere’ – it makes me grin just thinking about it. But anything by Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, Elvis (etc) will make me very happy.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten in the USA? – Before I became vegan I loved eating Charlie Vergo’s Memphis dry-rub ribs. And Molly Moon’s Salted Caramel Ice-Cream we bought in Seattle knocked my socks off. Now I’m veggie-only I loved Plant in Asheville for amazing Seitan Chile Con Queso and I adore that Mellow Mushroom Pizzerias (found across numerous states) have such cute hippy-vibes and stock nice vegan cheese. Drinks-wise I’d get some potent rum cocktails from Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco.
Is there anywhere in America you’d never want to go back to? – Nope. Every corner of America has something special going on. And if it doesn’t you can always jump back in your car and a few miles later you’ll be astounded by something new.
Describe America in three words: – tasty, diverse, fun.
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