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  1. It was a great day for frozen custard today... We started discussing classic frozen custard stands on our Facebook page. We'd love to know your favorite(s) and what makes them special.

  2. Thanks Rick...and Becky!


    I think I still have all AR issues from day one...but I did lose my membership card :( .


    I recall my excitement at the new magazine, and you have never let me down! But I still don't know how you knew to send me the advance noticed back then. You must have been mind readers!


    The index with the multiple search means wil be great.




    Keep the Show on the Road!


    Hi Dave,


    I'll have to see if we have any of the membership card stock left. If we do I can reprint one for you.


  3. Greetings everyone.


    We are thrilled to announce a new format for the American Road magazine index that American Road Forum Member Rick Etchells started a few years ago and continues to update for us. This format update has been some time coming, but, they say all good things are worth the wait.


    With Rick's help, we developed a search tool, that returns results based upon a query. Here's a link to access the Back Issue Index tool. You'll also find a link to the Back Issue Index tool under the "Magazine" navigation button and in the footer of each page in the main section of the American Road magazine website.


    We welcome any suggestions to continue to enhance the tool.


    Please join me in thanking Rick and the rest of the American Road staff who worked on this project!


    We hope you find this tool useful.



  4. Greetings everyone,


    Tune in to American Road Trip Talk. This week:

    When filmmakers want to create a dinosaur domain for our imaginations, there is one favorite place on earth that they go to create their prehistoric settings: The Hawaiian island of Kauai. Specifically, they set up their cameras in the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. Our spring issue of American Road Magazine is built around the theme of dinosaurs so I dialed up the NTBG and spoke with communications director Janet Leopold about this remarkable tropical gem. On Kauai, the westernmost of the Hawaiian islands Steven Spielberg found the perfect setting for many of the scenes in his 1993 prehistoric classic, Jurassic Park. Janet was there for the filming and has some interesting stories to share on this podcast.


    Click to Subscribe to the RSS feed for American Road Trip Talk - so you won't miss a mile!




    American Road Trip Sweepstakes:

    Have you entered for a chance to win a $100 Gas Card or a $250 Hells Canyon Byway Vacation Package? http://americanroadmagazine.com/sweepstakes.html


    Dream well and Drive Safely on the American Road!

  5. Greetings from Waterbury, CT! We're in the early stages of a 11 day adventure to the east coast, visiting Jennifer's family in Connecticut and bringing along the little grandson out to meet his family out here. Having a great time thus far (only into our 3rd day!) with a big agenda of food joints to encounter. :burgereater: Feel free to follow along on my Flickr page as I update with new pics daily. I've been using my cell phone on them thus far, which don't give *too* bad of a shot, but I'll be pulling out the Nikon D-40 today. We'll be hitting Mystic, CT Monday morning after a big family gathering this afternoon.



    Great to see the next generation of road warrior! I looks like you are having an excellent time! :)

  6. July 14-17, 2011, there will be a rally of some of the finest teardrop and tiny travel trailers assembled at McCormicks Creek State Park in Spencer, Indiana at McCormicks Creek State Park. The Crossroads of America 2011 Rally is expected to have well over 100 different types of home-built, factory-built teardrops and other forms of mobile escape pods. If you're in the area, bring along your camera, and mosey around the campground. Admission to the state park is required ($5 per car). Still some 4 1/2 months away, there are already 95 campsites claimed for the rally. If you have a trailer and want to join in, registration info can be found on the rally website. A big tip of the cap to Thomas & Becky Repp and American Road magazine for co-sponsoring the event!



    Hi Pat,


    We're looking forward to seeking lots of great photos from the event!




  7. I don't know about you, but, with gas prices on the rise I'm thinking about ways to save money everyday so we can still take our road trips. (Our road trips are imperative -- if we don't take our road trips we'll end up going crazy and will likely end up spending money on doctor visits!).


    Here are some things we've done recently to save some dough for our road trip fund - and most have had additional benefits. The best part, I don't feel as if I'm sacrificing to achieve these savings:


    -Switched to a pre-paid phone plan. Savings: $40/month ($480/year). I don't have the coolest phone or the best gadgets on it, but, I can check my email, send and receive text messages, and make and receive calls all with NO roaming, NO long distance, and NO limits on calls, text, or internet usage. Additional Benefit - I no longer have to worry about how many minutes I've used because its an unlimited plan!


    -Started hanging laundry to dry after 15 minutes of dryer time (except for towels and sheets). I noticed a $15 savings/month for the last few months since starting this practice. Additional Benefit: Clothes seem less wrinkled (so they don't need ironing - which I don't have time to do anyway!).


    -I've started buying almost all cleaning products at the dollar store. The only thing I still buy name brand is the automatic shower cleaner refill (I really dislike scrubbing shower tile). If the dollar store starts carrying one of those - I'll switch in a heartbeat!


    My next move is to change banks - as mine just started to charge a $10 monthly fee unless one maintains a minimum $2500 in the checking account. (I mean REALLY, who wants to keep $2500 in a non-interest bearing account every month?)


    I look forward to hearing what other folks are doing to save cash!



  8. You may have read about Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland in the Winter 2010 issue of American Road magazine. Bronner's started out as a Christmas store that now is a landmark tourist attraction in the Midwest. This week, join Foster Braun as he talks with Wayne Bronner, son of the store's founder.


    (Bronner's is located in Frankenmuth, Michigan--and is a short side-trip off of I-75. For those of you who love the two-lane back roads as we do--you'll find Bronner's lies not too far from a stretch of the Dixie Highway). Directions may be found on the store website.



  9. Host, Foster Braun, took time off during the New Year's holiday to enjoy time with family and friends. Foster began work today on new programming. We'll post an announcement when the next show is ready. In the meantime, we invite you to enjoy the podcast Foster posted on December 23 along with prior shows: http://americanroadmagazine.com/forum/index.php?app=blog


    You'll also find American Road Trip Talk in the podcast section of ITunes.


    Happy New Year!

  10. Just in time for the holiday: Listen to the latest American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Foster Braun interviews Sharon Tesch: Super-Sized Santa. The little village of Christmas, Michigan was built on a dream in the 1930's that was almost wiped out by fire. But the spirit of Christmas is alive and well on the shores of Lake Superior and is home to the world's tallest Santa Claus. http://americanroadmagazine.com/forum/index.php?app=blog

  11. Welcome!


    The American Road staff would like to extend a warm holiday welcome to all new magazine subscribers, e-newsletter readers, American Road Forum members, Facebook Fans, and Twitter Followers. We are thrilled to have you join the growing list of American Road enthusiasts!


    The Winter 2010 issue recently mailed from the printer. Watch your mailbox! For those our of you that subscribe to our Digital Edition, we are pleased to share with you that we are upgrading to a NEW digital system next week. The new version offers many "bells and whistles"- offering our readers a much more interactive experience. The text is fully search-able, you may bookmark favorite spots within the issue, and you may even post a sticky note reminder!


    Our expanded Winter issue is packed with road trip ideas, our regular departments, festivals and events, and roadside attractions. It's the perfect tool for planning your 2011 journeys across America's two lane highways. If you subscribed after December 1, your issue will be mailed in our second mailing-after January 15.



    Many mapmakers and civic planners have made merry with their name games. From Santa Claus, Indiana, to Mistletoe, Kentucky, Tannenbaum, Arkansas, and Silverbell, Arizona, holiday-themed towns and attractions turn winter into a wonderland.


    In the Winter 2010 issue of American Road, we unwrap that colorful package.


    Our nod to noël begins with "The Road to North Pole," a 364-mile trip from Valdez to Fairbanks along Alaska's Richardson Highway. Ace photographer Amy C. Elliott captures this icy landscape with an exquisite eye, focusing on the people, horizons, and free-roaming wildlife that cause so many to claim Alaska as one of the world's last unspoiled gifts. Editor Robert Klara and Executive Editor Thomas Repp provide the literary ribbons and bows.


    When-and how-did the first Santa-inspired roadside attraction come to be? The answer lies in 1915 San Francisco and Jillian Gurney's feature "Toyland: How Santa Arrived on the American Road." That story of Christmas Past serves as prelude to "American Road's Holiday Compendium" - an extensive ensemble piece in which our staff of stocking stuffers showcase twenty-five tinseled attractions across North America-from the California resort used to film Bing Crosby's 1942 musical Holiday Inn to the candy cane mecca that is Ohio's Spangler Store & Museum. You'll find the World's Tallest Santa Claus, the bridge that inspired Frank Capra's classic It's a Wonderful Life, and a Dickensian dark ride built in tribute to Scrooge's "Humbugs."


    Until your issue arrives, we hope you enjoy our news from the road and the travel planning ideas and tools.




    Erika Nelson to be on Conan O'Brien!


    Erika Nelson, independent artist, educator, and contributing editor for American Road magazine's "World's Largest" department, is heading out to Los Angeles for a taping of Conan O'Brien's new show "CONAN". The air date is set for December 22nd, and will air on TBS (check your local listing for channel) at 11 p.m. (10 p.m. Central).


    Erika was contacted in early October by a producer for the show, after he did a search on "World's Largest" and found the World's Largest Things website (www.WorldsLargestThings.com). After lengthy phone interviews, Erika and the producer worked up a pitch for Conan, with some of the best stories about World's Largest Things, and accompanying images and video.


    Read more: http://americanroadmagazine.com/roadnews.html"'>http://americanroadmagazine.com/roadnews.html"


    Billy Connolly's Route 66


    Scottish comedian, Billy Connolly, plans to travel Route 66 in May 2011 to film a new four part documentary series produced by Maverick Television for ITV1. Connolly turns Easy Rider and follows a lifelong dream as he makes the journey from Chicago to Santa Monica.


    Connolly will also be bringing his banjo along for the ride. With his unrivalled ability to tell a great story, he plans to bring to life both the big and small moments of American history: the world changing events and the comic asides.


    Connolly says: "Traveling Route 66 has always been a lifelong ambition. It brings together some of my favorite things, my trike, my banjo and America - the ultimate road trip."


    Anything could happen during the trip... from swapping his Harley saddle for a horse saddle in Texas to riding out with the "CHiPs" (the California Highway Patrol).


    The working title of the four time, sixty-minute series is Billy Connolly's Route 66. The series is commissioned by Alison Sharman, Director of ITV Factual and Daytime and Jo Clinton-Davis, ITV Controller of Popular Factual.



    Online with American Road


    Don't forget to visit http://www.Americanroadmagazine.com regularly for updated road news, trip ideas, and more, including:


    * The Calendar of Events:

    http://americanroadmagazine.com/calendar.html - Search events by date, name, city, or state/region from the US and Canada.


    * NEW American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): http://americanroadmagazine.com/forum/index.php?app=blog updated weekly highlighting fun road trip topics featuring Foster Braun.


    * Picture of the Month: http://americanroadmagazine.com/monthlyphoto.html - download FREE mobile wallpaper, road trip Itinerary and more!


    * Family Getaways: http://americanroadmagazine.com/getaways.html" - download Getaway guides to plan your exciting adventures for the entire family.


    * Road Trip Itineraries: http://americanroadmagazine.com/itineraries.html - search by region and download trip itineraries from the US and Canada.





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    Yellowstone Association Institute Offers Winter Programs and Opportunity to stay in Classic Tourist Cabins


    Yellowstone National Park (Mont. & Wyo.) -The people who live in Yellowstone National Park greet snow cheerfully--because more snow means more fun. Participants in the park's educational programs also greet the chilly season enthusiastically.


    "Winter for us means terrific cross country skiing, a sense of quiet and solitude and truly unparalleled opportunities for wildlife viewing," said Jeff Brown, director of education for the non-profit Yellowstone Association Institute (YAI). "With the exception of the hibernating bears and some migratory bird species, of course, winter in Yellowstone is the best time to view wildlife such as wolves, elk, bison and more in their natural habitat."


    YAI offers a variety of programs during winter months designed to help people understand and appreciate the fascinating place that is Yellowstone. The Institute offers Field Seminars, Private Tours, and Lodging & Learning programs... Read more: http://americanroadmagazine.com/roadnews.html





    Lincoln Hotel--where gourmet breakfast is an option

    408 Main Street - Box 222

    Lowden, IA 52255




    The Lincoln Hotel, at the junction of Herbert Hoover and Lincoln Highways offers travelers comfort on the road with 5 spacious suites, private baths and queen size pillow tops. On the NHR the hotel won Iowa's 1996 Best Restoration Award. Stop & stay when you're in the area! Reservations preferred. Serving auto travelers since 1915



    Gunflint Trail

    As you meander the 57 miles from the shores of Lake Superior to Saganaga Lake, the wilderness area washes away the work and worries you've carried with you so long. In appreciation of capturing a bit of the past,

    contemporary man cherishes the mystique of this natural world in the north, and over the past several decades activity has evolved into recreational appreciation of what the landscape has to offer. Whether it is canoeing,

    boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, birding or just exploring the road itself, travelers look to the Gunflint Trail as an opportunity where one can experience a journey through

    past and present to arrive at a place and experience living more fully in the presence of a natural moment.







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    Readers tell us that American Road magazine helps fuel their road trip dreams! That's why we call it your "Official Travel Companion to Planning the Ultimate Road Trip".


    Help your friends and family plan the trip of a lifetime! Each issue contains maps, diners, and roadside attractions in every region of the US. In our upcoming issues, we explore the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Byway, National Lampoon's Vacation, Route 66, the Old Spanish Trail, The Yellowstone Trail and more!


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    Enjoy the beautiful Winter season and safe travels!

    American Road® magazine staff

  12. Greetings everyone! Watch for a new American Road Trip Talk podcast this coming weekend. Foster Braun, the host for the show, took a week off for the holidays this week.


    This means that you have time to listen to some of the shows in the American Road Trip Talk archives! You'll find the podcast archives in the Itunes store. Just search for: American Road Trip Talk podcast


    Happy Motoring!

    Becky Repp


  13. Hello everyone,


    We hope you enjoyed your holiday! I apologize for not posting yesterday. We hosted Thanksgiving at our house this year and I started cleaning and cooking at 5am yesterday - and didn't have a minute to spare before guests started arriving. We had a wonderful day - and hope everyone else did as well. For those of your traveling this holiday - we hope you have a safe and enjoyable journey!



    Becky Repp


  14. After Denny clarified he wasn't having the same problem, I went back and re-subscribed to the feed. It actually worked this time (it didn't on prior attempts). I even was able to add the blog feed. Thank you to all. I'm back on the road again!





    Excellent news! Thanks to Denny for helping clarify the issue.


    Here's to happy and safe road and cyber travels!


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