The neon lit front of the retro Blue Swallow Motel along Route 66.

Exploring the Spirit of Route 66 in New Mexico

Though officially decommissioned, Route 66 (now traced by I-40) is still alive in New Mexico in the form of neon signs and cruising culture. Hit the road, preferably in a convertible, and check out these retro sights.

The Cape Fear River in North Carolina's Raven Rock State Park.

Touring the Sandy Lowlands: Barbecue, Antiques, and More

Between the Triangle and the beaches are a band of small towns like Wilson which continue to be culturally vital, architecturally interesting, and full of good places to browse for antiques and to gobble up barbecue. Here’s a quick look at the Sandy Lowland’s towns and state parks.

A bronze statue of a man holding a diver's helmet.

Tarpon Springs: Soak up the Greek

A booming town of Greek restaurants, Greek Orthodox churches, and Greek festivals, Tarpon Springs is all about sponges. (Really!) Learn about the history of the renowned sponge-diving port, as well as where to discover sponges, which restaurants are the best, and more.

The famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign in kitschy keychain form.

Las Vegas: Where New Year’s Resolutions Come to Die

Pack your dancing shoes, your hiking boots, and your flip flops, but leave your sensible shoes at home. From the first glimpse of neon glowing in the middle of the empty desert, Las Vegas seduces the senses and indulges your appetites. Read more about Sin City here.

A simple stone bridge lead to the main building of the nursery.

Sights, Accommodations, and Camping along I-90 in Northwestern Montana

Forest-rimmed, hilly, and as wild as an interstate ever gets, I-90 follows the Clark Fork and St. Regis Rivers most of the way between the Idaho border and Missoula. From the state line east to Frenchtown, just west of Missoula, I-90 follows the Mullan Road, built by John Mullan and his crew in the 1860s as a military road from Fort Benton to Walla Walla, Washington.

Photo  © Laura Martone.

A Day at the Races

There’s no shortage of quirky competitions in America and author Laura Martone points you towards some of the wackiest boat, animal, and wheeled races around featuring everything from toads to toilets.