American Roads and Global Highways has a brand new look. We'll be posting more often now. Our older stories will still be archived but newer ones will be available under topics. Looking for food or drink related stories? Just click "Food." Stories with a historic tone, click "History" and so on. this is new so bear with me as it will take time to get things posted to each group.
by Anne JenkinsEarly in October you're standing among hundreds on a historic Main Street watching two long lines of enthusiatic citizens, in groups of three. Each group is holding up a ski with three attached shot glasses topped up with whisky, all trying to drink it at the same time. Pinch yourself, you're in Utah. Park City, to be exact, and they're engaged in a friendly rivalry with Breckenridge, Colorado to see who can get in to the Guiness Book of Records in 2018 for the “Shotski Challenge”. Park City won. Breckenridge swears to rise to the challenge in 2019. Everyone has a grand time and lots of money is raised for local charities. Read more
By Renee S. GordonLouisiana is internationally famous for its Cajun and Creole cuisine and generally Chef Paul Prudhomme is credited for its introduction and popularization into the American mainstream. You can literally find great food everywhere in the state but ground zero for fresh, locally sourced, regional dishes is the Lake Charles area in Southwest Louisiana (SWLA). Here visitors can craft a special experience and soak up the history that led to this unique culture as well as dive into the adventure, music, art, festival, beverage and dining scenes. Read more
by Tom Straka Photographs by Pat StrakaBack in the Fall 2014 we visited Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, on the edge of the Ohio River where a free ferry crosses over to Kentucky. It is a favorite route of ours and an especially fun alternative that avoids the interstate, facilitating a cross-state route (the long way) on mainly U.S. highways. We’ve covered the history and geology of the location in the past issue, but missed a key aspect that makes the stop even more attractive. So attractive, we’ve revisited it.
by Kathleen WallsIt's so nice when a historic building gets refurbished for a new use. Such is the case in Pittsburgh. The Drury Plaza Hotel was once the Federal Reserve Bank of Pittsburgh. The Georgia marble faced Art Deco building began life in 1931 and was bought by the hotel in 2013 and began renovations in 2014. The Drury has kept many of the historic features. Read more
Story by Tom Straka
spell checker tells me I have two suspicious words
in the title. It has not heard of turpentining or a
catface. Many of the readers can probably figure out
what the former means, but I bet they don’t know
what the latter is. There are lots of festivals
across the country which provide a travel adventure
immersed in local history and folk culture. The
CatfaceTurpentine Festival held annually in early
October in Portal, Georgia is one of those.