Whether you are an American who has not previously visited much of your own country, or a foreigner looking to learn more about America, a road trip around the United States is a definite “must” for a serious traveler. For this trip, we’re skipping the bigger cities like New York and San Francisco and heading to Asheville, New Orleans and Memphis where the culture there cannot be duplicated. So pack a bag, get your road map (or GPS) and fill ‘er up. We’re going on a good old-fashioned American road trip!
Asheville’s River Arts District
In Asheville, tour America’s largest home and marvel at the European architecture of the Biltmore, sample Spanish tapas as good as what is available in Barcelona at Curate, feast on oysters from every oyster-producing region of the country at The Admiral, read classic literature while you sip champagne and sample French cheeses at Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar or be entertained till you are blue in the face on a LaZoom bus tour. You can even carry on your own libations! Just don’t forget to leave time for real Southern food with a twist at Tupelo Honey Cafe. There’s also the River Arts District, the Highland Brewing Company and Troy & Sons Distillery. Asheville is like a cross section of everything that is truly great about the United States yet it also includes so many of the cultural aspects that influenced the United States, from countries all around the world.
Memphis’ popular Beale Street at night.
Memphis is known as one of the best places for barbecue in America and it never ceases to draw tourists with to places like Graceland and Beale Street. Yet landmarks like Mud Island offer a lot for history aficionados, The Peabody Hotel’s rooftop bar is a terrific place to view sunset over the Mississippi River and the Blues City Cafe serves up the best steak in town all night long. Follow that with a late night milkshake at Dyers diner and you might never want to leave Tennessee
The Bean in Chicago.
Chicago does their pizza very differently from Naples and from anywhere else you can find the delicious Italian import in the USA. When you visit, make sure to stop in at Gino’s East to see what all the doughy fuss is about. However, leave time to also visit one of the best aquariums in the country [Shedd], a world-class art museum [Art Institute of Chicago] and the beautiful waterfront Millennium Park, where Cloud Gate, aka the ‘Bean,’ reflects both you and the city — making for endless photo opportunities.
Cafe du Monde in New Orleans is a popular known for its café au lait and its French-style beignets.
New Orleans was physically ravaged by Hurricane Katrina but the soul of the city was never washed away and its residents are stronger and more vibrant than ever before. It’s still possible to listen all night long to some of the best jazz created within the 50 states at the Spotted Cat Music Club on Frenchman Street, the beignets at Cafe du Monde are still a can’t miss and sitting in Jackson Square in the shadow of Saint Louis Cathedral will still provide you with some of the most interesting people watching anywhere. Leave time for an artisan cocktail in the Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone, the best of which is their Sazerac; though a Mint Julep won’t disappoint either.
Between these cities and the small towns which dot the midwest states, you’ll see all kinds of roadside oddities and remnants of what was once America’s most traveled highway: Route 66. Enjoy the ride!
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