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Friday, May 25, 2012

road trip {what do I need to know?}

My husband and I are planning a summer road trip and I need your help! We are driving from Massachusetts to Colorado ((that's more than 1900 miles)). We'll drive through eight states and it's been almost seven years since I've driven cross country like that. Here's where you come in. I'm asking you to leave a comment telling me one of the following ((or both)).
  1. Tell me your favorite place in one or more of the following states: Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas
  2. What is your favorite thing to do on a road trip ((do you stop at breweries? pick up magnets from every state?))
  3. Tell me what's on your must pack list ((essential music or road trip games))


  1. Where will you be in IL? Central or Chitown?

  2. I love picking up all those random pressed coins you can make from a penny [or is it a quarter] at the service stations. That and collecting magnets! In PA although we haven't been ourselves yet - a place on our must have list is to see Falling Waters which is in the Laurel Mountains. As for Ohio its very flat and I found going along the turnpike to be a very dull drive!

  3. that sounds like so much fun! you should definitely stop at breweries-- and maybe random places? giant ball of twine, anyone? ha!

    also, I make road trip mixes and books on tape are great. my husband and i also play silly games. my few favorites are the gross game where you have to think of two foods, stuff you would eat, and put them together. like refried beans and melted butter.

    the other game is the questions game where you think of really fun silly questions-- like what you would bring on a desert island, if you were a food what food would you be... stuff like that :)

  4. Columbia, MO is a fun place! And right off I-70. The Mizzou campus is beautiful and there are a handful of awesome local eateries a block away. I'd recommend Shakespeare's for pizza, Booches for burgers (cash only establishment), Flatbranch for a local brew and amazing food, and Sparky's homemade ice cream for dessert. :) Let me know if you think you'll stop here - I'd love to say hi!

  5. I've never really been on a road trip like that, although we made the 13 hour trek to my grandparent's house pretty often growing up. I think snacks are necessary for road trips! ;)

  6. I don't know any great stopping places (we usually just rush right through!) but we do know what to pack! Here are our essentials:
    Big water bottles, Hubba Bubba bubble gum, NPR podcasts,GPS and back up map/atlas

    Good luck! You'll have so much fun!

  7. Sounds super exciting! Where are you headed in Colorado? I've made that trip several times from Baltimore because my sister lives in Colorado.

    If you're taking I-80/90, stop in Goshen, IN-- my hometown. ;) You'll definitely get a good taste of small town Indiana and you could grab some lunch at my mom's bakery called Rachel's Bread.

    Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland is a great place to eat and pick up some delicious beer (also off of 80/90).

    Sad to say, but there's not a whole lot going on in Kansas. That's the long haul to Colorado that can be a bit boring. I highly recommend some Mad Libs and some good music!

  8. That is AMAZING. I would absolutely LOVE to road trip out west. The only suggestion is obvious - Chicago. Also, Bloomington, Indiana is a cool little college town with a great arts scene. Excited for you (and, I'll admit, a little jealous).


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