Friday, March 10, 2017

Three Days in Key West

Key West is home to the Southernmost Point in the Continental United States, key lime pie, beautiful sunsets, the End of US 1, and Hemingway's 6-toed cats.  We spent three days there after arriving by way of US 1 and the Overseas Highway, and today we're sharing our recommendations for how visitors to Key West can spend their time.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

US 1: The Road That Started it All

To sum up US Highway 1 in a single, manageable blog post would be a major challenge - both for me to write and for you to read.   The highway originates at the Canadian border in Fort Kent, Maine and ends 2,593 miles later in Key West, Florida!  This first US 1 post will focus on the southern portion from the State House in downtown Columbia, SC to the Southernmost Point in Key West, FL - only about a third of the highway!

Our US 1 story takes place over several years, beginning in 2008 and ending in 2016.  After our wedding in 2008, we moved into an apartment on US 1 in Lexington, South Carolina.  We traveled on it daily to and from work and errands and at some point we learned that if we just drove past our apartment and kept going, we'd get all the way to Canada or Key West, depending on which direction we headed.

48 No Interstate: Our Favorite Highways: US 1

In August 2009, we set out on our first vacation together.  The first of our many back roads road trips began on a Friday afternoon with 9 days of open road ahead of us.  We began in downtown Columbia in front of the South Carolina State House and drove South with the goal of reaching Key West, taking US 1 the whole way.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Our Favorite Restaurants in America

Traveling long term requires that you dine out quite frequently.  Today, I'm sharing our recommendations for finding good restaurants in unfamiliar towns, along with a few of our favorite local restaurants from across the USA.

48 No Interstate: Our Favorite Restaurants in America

Finding local joints instead of always eating at the Olive Garden or Golden Corral is really a requirement for the best and fullest road trip experience.  Generally, these restaurants are family run and many have employees who have worked there for 10, 15, or 20 years.  Often, the owner will be present.  Ninety-nine percent of the time, the service is above and beyond the average experience at a chain place.  It can be a little daunting to cruise into a town you've never heard of and find a restaurant with great food and great service, but we guarantee it's possible!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

How to Create a Road Trip Itinerary

It's the fifth week of our Planning a Back Roads Road Trip series, and we're sharing suggestions for planning your itinerary, from selecting your destination(s) to finding the route to take you there.

48 No Interstate: How to Create a Road Trip Itinerary

When planning a vacation, some people like to wing it and leave the entire trip open to surprise.  Others plan down to the minute and know exactly what to expect each day of the trip.  Still others will fall somewhere in between, which is what we'd recommend for most road trips.  You've probably got specific dates that you'll be working with, so you'll want to plan to do and see as much as you can in that time period, while staying on track so you return from your trip on time and having fully enjoyed your time off.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Long Term Travel: How to Pack / Doing Laundry in a Hotel

It's Week 4 in our Planning a Back Roads Road Trip series, and we're here to talk about packing your bags to make sure you're prepared for whatever weather comes your way, plus doing laundry on the road when the need arises.

48 No Interstate: Long-Term Travel: How to Pack & Doing Laundry in a Hotel

When you're setting out on a long trip, you want to make sure you have everything you'll need without having excess stuff to lug around.  Especially if you're traveling as seasons are changing, you'll need to pack a variety of clothing to make sure you're prepared, regardless of what kind of weather you encounter along the way.