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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.

Latest Stories

Shotskis, Winter Olympics and Art, oh my!

by Anne Jenkins

Early 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

Craft a Classic Experience in Southwest Louisiana

By Renee S. Gordon

Louisiana 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

Cave in Rock Revisited

by Tom Straka Photographs by Pat Straka

Back 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. Read more

Drury Plaza Hotel:
It's More Than a Place to Lay Your Head

by Kathleen Walls

It'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

Turpentining in Georgia

Story by Tom Straka
Photos by Pat Straka

My 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. Read more

Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas

by Renee S. Gordon

Musical symphonies are composed of individual movements, distinct sections, written to be played by a large orchestra. Haydn and Mozart are credited with creating the classical symphonic arrangement and later composers have layered the form with creativity and innovations. Royal Caribbean’s  newest cruise ship, the aptly named Symphony of the Seas, has deftly blended all aspects of the perfect cruise into one awesome experience much like an orchestral arrangement. Read more

Chuckwagon Roundup

Cajun Food: A Way of Life in Lafayette

by Kathleen Walls     11-29-2018

Food is an intricate part of Cajun culture. Café Vermillionville, (circa 1835) was built as an inn for salesmen in Lafayette then named Vermillionville. During a Union occupation during the Civil war supposedly a Cajun shot a Union soldier for making advances at the man's wife. Rumors claim the old building is still haunted by the soldier as well a young female ghost. Read more

War Roads

Fort Ligonier

by Kathleen Walls     11-29-2018

Long before United States was born, there was a world war. It started in the American colonies and spread across Europe. There it was called the Seven Years' War.Read more


Renee's Road    

California Coast  Town and Gown College Tour

by Renee S. Gordon     11-29-2018

While academic programming may be considered the most important factor in selecting a college, also essential to success are both the campus and local culture. College tours are an excellent way to experience a slice...Read more

Best Pennsylvania Town You Never Heard of

by Kathleen Walls          11-29-2018

Saxonburg, Pennsylvania is a beautiful example of what one immigrant can do for this country. John Roebling and his brother, Carl, came here in 1832 to escape totalitarian conditions in Germany.
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Civil Rights Trail

From Slavery to Freedom:
Pittsburgh's Contribution

by Kathleen Walls      11-29-2018

Pittsburgh has so much history related to the Underground Railroad. Senator John Heinz History Center has an exhibit, From Slavery to Freedom, that tells the story...read more

Fork in the Road

Primanti Translates to Sandwich in Pittsburgh

by Kathleen Walls         11-29-2018

Say “sandwich” in Pittsburgh and it conjures up a different image than anywhere else in the world. In Pittsburgh, a sandwich is often a Primanti created by Joe Primanti during the depression. ... read more

Renee's Road

Hampton Four Centuries on the Bay

By Renee S. Gordon                     11-29-2018

At the end of August in 1619 the White Lion landed at Old Point Comfort, in what is now Hampton, Virginia, and exchanged “20 and odd negroes” for food and supplies. These Angolan ... Read more


History Lives at First Colony Inn

By Kathleen Walls             11-29-2018

First Colony Inn is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Outer Banks history while enjoying all the modern conveniences. Lost Colony Inn is not luxurious but it is comfortable and so welcoming. ... Read more

Renee's Road

Western New York's Famed Corrider:
Buffalo to Niagara

By Renee S. Gordon        11-29-2018

The Buffalo-Niagara Corridor in Western New York has the distinction of having always been both a permanent sanctuary and a reliable embarkation point. Geography, accessibility to  the Falls and ... Read more

Happy Trails

The Natural Bridge of Virginia

By Thomas Straka            9-1-2018

Natural Bridge of VirginiaOne of the best attractions along Interstate 81 is the Natural Bridge of Virginia. Early in the nation’s history, Hudson River School artists painted the landscapes of America’s most iconic natural scenes. These are the large landscapes that hang in the U.S. and state capitols. The Natural Bridge, Virginia, painted by Frederic Edwin Church, is one of them. That landscape is little-changed from 1852 when he painted it... Read more

Historical Trails

America's Oldest Unsolved Mystery

By Kathleen Walls              9-1-2018

Cast of The Lost colony play on stageAmerican's oldest mystery has never been solved.The story began with the settlement of Roanoke in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The prelude was the earlier all-male expeditions. The first led by Arthur Barlowe and Philip Amadas, in 1584 was more of an exploratory one. One thing they did had a profound on the final settlement; they brought two young natives, Manteo and Wanchese, back to England. Read more

Off the Beaten Path

Enchanted Mountains of New York

By Renee S. Gordon and Kathleen Walls          9-1-2018

Cattaraugus County New York is known as the Enchanted Mountains for good reason. It may be a lesser known destination but there is so much to see and do among those picturesque mountains you will be enchanted.Read More

North Carolina's Newest Treasure:
Carvers Creek State Park

By Kathleen Walls            9-1-2018

Rockefeller House at Carvers Creek State ParkIt's always exciting to watch a new state park develop. North Carolina's newest is Carvers Creek State Park. It was authorized in 2005 and opened the first stage in September 2013. Park Superintend Jane Connolly, told us about the park's background. In the mid 1700s Scottish immigrants began moving into the area. Read more

Louisiana's Plantation Country River Road

by Renee S. Gordon            9-1-2018

No experience has so impacted the United States as profoundly and lastingly as the years of black enslavement from 1619 to the end of the Civil War. “The peculiar institution” remains a defining characteristic of who we were, are and will become as a nation. How do we align the events of the past with the view of ourselves that we are a country founded on the principles of liberty for all and malice toward none? Read more

Auburn: A Sanctuary City

 by Renee S. Gordon        9-1-2018

Monument to Jerry Rescuers in Auburn
In 1793 when Revolutionary War veteran Colonel John Hardenbergh, the first documented white settler in the Finger Lakes area, arrived in the Auburn, NY region it was home of the Haudenosaunee and was called 
Ahskuby.” Read more

Mother Earth's Powerhouse: Niagara Falls

by Kathleen Walls           9-1-2018

Niagara Falls There is nothing more beautiful than Mother Nature's most powerful places. Niagara Falls is one of those special places. I just returned from a visit there and was literally blown away. At the top of Cave of the Winds as I stood on Hurricane Deck I felt as if I was experiencing the most powerful storm ever.Read more

St. Simons: 
A Georgia Barrier Island Bursting With Charm

by Christine Tibbets        9-1-2018  

King and Prince Hotel on St. Simons IslandBarrier islands distinguish Georgia’s coast.Their geography’s   interesting to know, and to see up close. What’s happening on the one named St. Simons Island is robust, ever changing while holding on to historic charms. The tides here are distinctive; consider them metaphor for beachfront lodging, expansive culinary, bustling downtown and personal ways to delve into the history. Read more                    

Art Trails

Oregon Trail

by Anne Jenkins                  9-1-2018

Three covered wagons on Oregon TrailStories from the Oregon Trail enthrall, terrify or impress with their perserverance and strong sense of hope. People from all walks of life packed up their belongings, loaded wagons and walked   Read more 

Photos from the Roadside

Joshua National Park: Night and Day

by Jim DeLillo     9-1-2018

Jousha Tree National park landscapeThe prickly trees reach toward the sky like praying hands into the heavens. The Mormons saw these trees, and it reminded them of Joshua. The branches of the trees point their way westward like Joshua in an appeal for a safe journey to the promised land. Yucca brevifolia has a small range limited to the boundaries of the Mojave Desert. The magnificent examples of hardiness can live for hundreds of years; some manage the extremes of the arid landscape for a thousand years.Read more



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