How to Have the Road Trip of a Lifetime
Why not make your next vacation a road one? Here are a few essential tips and apps to make the ride a smooth one.
Hit Some of the Same Highlights as the Novel
If your planned route will take you to some of the same spots that were featured in Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road,” try to experience a few of the same activities as the characters in the book/movie.
If you end up in the mile-high city, pretend you are Sal Paradise for an afternoon and enjoy a baseball game at Coors Field. If you happen to come across a neighborhood pickup game while you are in Denver, you can stop to watch it too — just as Sal did. Now that sounds truly script-worthy!
The best way to get the most out of a cross-country road trip is to slow down and take your time. Just like the main protagonists did in Kerouac’s book, a road trip should not involve seeing how long you can be behind the wheel before your eyes begin to glaze over. A road trip is not about where you are going, but how you are getting there; this means it’s okay to spend a few hours lingering over strawberry shortcake and coffee at a roadside diner, and stopping to check out the world’s largest ball of string or hugest frying pan. It’s amazing how much more you will see when you’re not in a hurry.
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