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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.


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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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$100 Gift Card: Tonya Bridges - Bryan, TX

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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

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