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10 Most Original Road Trip Snacks Slideshow

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Czech Kolache

The Czech Stop

West, Texas

Take exit 353 on I-35 in central Texas and you'll find the appropriately named town of West, Texas. Here, you'll find the appropriately named roadside store, the Czech Stop, which for 17 years has proudly promoted Czech heritage in the area. Fill up your tank and stock up on their famous kolaches: small pastries native to Eastern Europe. This 24/7 bakery sells both sweet and savory varieties (eg, raspberry, pecan, sausage, kraut) and offers by-the-dozen discounts.

Chocolate-Covered Bacon

All Things Chocolate & More

Richmond Hill, Ga.

Just because crêpes are divided into savory and sweet varieties, don't think you can't combine the two. Enter what's arguably the perfect roadtrip nosh: chocolate-covered bacon. Located southwest of Savannah on highway 144, the snack-makers at the family-owned All Things Chocolate & More are eager to fill your glovebox with this sweetened meat. Also available: chocolate-covered pepperoni.

Koolickle

Throughout Mississippi

What do you get when you drop a perfectly good pickle into a vat of red Kool-Aid? The Koolickle, aka the Kool-Aid Pickle, wildly popular among kids across the Mississippi Delta. When you're craving something sweet on your next Southern roadtrip, put down that mass-produced candy bar. Whether you're at a mom-and-pop shop or a chain convenience store, you're likely to find a jar of red pickles next to the cash register.

Rocky Mountain Oysters To-Go

Bruce's Bar

Severance, Colo.

Thanks to widespread media coverage, everyone knows that rocky mountain oysters are actually bull testicles. But adventurous foodies needn't rely on the various "testicle festivals" held annually across the U.S. If you're passing through Severance, Colo. (roughly between Denver and Cheyenne), grab a batch of deep-fried jewels for the road at Bruce's Bar, the delicacy's "original home." Or, settle in for the $13.95 all-you-can-eat deal.

Alligator Jerky

iStock/StevenGibson

Throughout Florida

Drying and preserving meat until it's a dry, leathery strip of spicy goodness is hardly an American innovation, but there's no denying that we're good at turning wild animals into handy, portable food. In Florida, the market for weird jerky belongs to Alligator Bob, whose line of hardwood-smoked "premium meat snacks" includes ostrich, venison, buffalo, and of course, gator jerkies. Available at gift shops, tourist spots, and convenience stores statewide. Or, order online before you hit the road.

Agua Fresca

Throughout the Southwest

This refreshing beverage may not pack the same punch as an energy drink, but no hot, sweaty roadtrip across the American southwest is complete without at least one stop for agua fresca, or "fresh water." Available at just about every open-air market, legit taqueria, and mom-and-pop convenience store, this delicious drink is little more than syrup, water, and whatever fruit is in season. It's like a taste of Mexico — without worrying about the water.

Fried Grasshoppers

Mini Mercado Oaxaca

9407 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Ariz.

A common source of protein in Mexico, fried grasshoppers are slowly catching on across the American southwest. They're typically served in a corn tortilla and lightly flavored with salt and lemon. The problem is, the little critters are falling afoul of local health departments. Which is why, if you're cruising through Phoenix, you'll need to ask the counterperson at Mini Mercado Oaxaca for chapulines. If they're in stock, you're in luck.

BBQ Pickled Eggs

The Carolinas

For many Northerners, pickled eggs are a cheap snack reserved for old-school drinkers in old-man bars. But in the Carolinas — perhaps because vinegary snacks pair so well with the area's famous barbecue — pickled eggs are a common side at roadside restaurants. If the Blue Ridge Mountains aren't on your itinerary, the North Carolina Egg Association has several recipes on its website, including pineapple pickled eggs.

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog

Downtown Los Angeles

As tempting as gas-station hot dogs can be after a long day on the road, there's no excuse for being unimaginative. Particularly if you're departing from Los Angeles, where food-cart vendors have been surreptitiously selling bacon-wrapped hot dogs, a downtown favorite. Because grilling isn't allowed for small pushcarts, these so-called "heartattack dogs" are actually contraband. Stock up before you get on I-15 for that long drive to Vegas.

Boiled Peanuts

Throughout the Real South

A longstanding southern tradition, this tasty snack is made from raw peanuts boiled in salty water until they've reached a soft pea-like consistency. If you're passing through confederate territory anytime between May through November, hop off the highways and stop at a roadside stand selling these salty gems. Canned varieties are available for off-season consumption, but purists cry foul.


Lincoln Highway Road Trip

To get fired up for a road trip on the Lincoln Highway, which runs from NYC’s Times Square to San Francisco, it helps to understand its origins. The road was born of one man’s vision during a time when America had few roads, the vast majority of which were dirt. When it rained, these roads turned to muck. To get anywhere, most people took trains. Here’s what happened next.

Lincoln Highway’s Origins

In 1912, Carl Fisher, the entrepreneur who had founded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, thought America needed a coast-to-coast highway. When the project appeared stalled, Henry Joy, the president of Packard Motor Car Co., suggested naming the road after Abraham Lincoln, a move that reignited support for the project. The 1913 dedication of the highway made it the first national memorial to Abraham Lincoln. It was built during an era of highways that had names only the numbered system replaced this in 1926 and the Lincoln Highway, over the protests of its founders, was divided among numerous numbered routes. Originally running 3,389 miles, the route was shortened over the ensuing 9 years to 3,142 miles -- its length today. For a wealth of information on the highway and play-by-play driving instructions see the Lincoln Highway Association’s website.

OK, class dismissed! It’s time to get out there and drive this road.

Lincoln Highway: State by State

Brunswick, New Jersey

For a taste of history that pre-dates the Lincoln Highway, take a walking tour of the 15-block historic district of New Brunswick, NJ, where several mansions and churches date back to the 1700s.

Philadelphia

Staying on theme, drop into Philadelphia (the highway approaches from the north) and visit the recently improved Liberty Bell Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park and, if you’ve got kids with you, Franklin Square one of 5 public parks planned by William Penn in his original Philly design.

Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, stretch your legs in 561-acre Frick Park before checking out the Andy Warhol Museum, both just off the Lincoln Highway.

Ohio

In Ohio, look for the historic Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, OH. Also, one Ohio’s 4 original Lincoln Highway markers is about 2.5 miles east of Bucyrus, OH, on County Highway 76 (the Old Lincoln Highway) at the northwest corner of the Stewart Cemetery. The stretch of road between the Ohio cities of Canton and Massillon hold numerous businesses named Lincoln, including the Lincoln Theater, which shows classic films. Also standing sentry here are the Lincoln Way Motors and the Motel Lincoln.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

The highway passes through Fort Wayne, IN, where you can see a replica of Lincoln’s Log Cabin in Foster Park, and take in a national production at the ornate Embassy Theater, built in 1928.

Dixon, Illinois
In Dixon, IL, stop by the Lincoln Monument and at a number of seriously old but well-preserved structures.

Nebraska

Nebraska offers a chance to drive on original Lincoln Highway bricks, laid down in 1920 follow highway signs 2.5 miles west of the village of Boy’s Town.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

If you’re up for paying more homage to the Lincoln Highway in Cheyenne, WY, pause at the Lincoln and Henry Joy monuments, which are next to each other. Also visit the Union Pacific train station. In Evanston, in far west Wyoming, immerse in aquatic activities and spy elk and bison in Bear River State Park.

Salt Lake City

In Salt Lake City, walk the trendy-hip ’hood of 9th and 9th and the emerging district around 1500 East and 1500 South, which includes the trendy Paris Bistro.

Nevada

In Nevada, the highway doubles up with US Route 50 the eerily empty spaces justify the nickname “The loneliest road in America.” Loneliness has its virtues, however, including the town of Austin, NV, where you can choose from a buffet of outdoor activities, including fishing, mountain biking, ATV riding and wilderness hiking.

In a nod to Carl Fisher, stop at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV. He would be proud.

California

California! The Lincoln Highway actually took 2 routes over the Sierra Nevada. The northern route is more thrilling, rising 7,056 feet high. At Donner Pass, you can visit (on foot) remnants of the original road. The end of the highway, while scenic, is unceremonious: a marker adjacent to a golf course in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. To more fittingly mark your completion of Fisher’s vision, head to Elixir, one of the oldest continually running saloons in San Francisco. The restored wood and fittings will bring you back to an era when people dreamt big -- and followed through. Unfortunately, it won’t transport you back to NYC’s Times Square.

Travel writer John Briley has unwittingly driven many sections of the Lincoln Highway.


Lincoln Highway Road Trip

To get fired up for a road trip on the Lincoln Highway, which runs from NYC’s Times Square to San Francisco, it helps to understand its origins. The road was born of one man’s vision during a time when America had few roads, the vast majority of which were dirt. When it rained, these roads turned to muck. To get anywhere, most people took trains. Here’s what happened next.

Lincoln Highway’s Origins

In 1912, Carl Fisher, the entrepreneur who had founded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, thought America needed a coast-to-coast highway. When the project appeared stalled, Henry Joy, the president of Packard Motor Car Co., suggested naming the road after Abraham Lincoln, a move that reignited support for the project. The 1913 dedication of the highway made it the first national memorial to Abraham Lincoln. It was built during an era of highways that had names only the numbered system replaced this in 1926 and the Lincoln Highway, over the protests of its founders, was divided among numerous numbered routes. Originally running 3,389 miles, the route was shortened over the ensuing 9 years to 3,142 miles -- its length today. For a wealth of information on the highway and play-by-play driving instructions see the Lincoln Highway Association’s website.

OK, class dismissed! It’s time to get out there and drive this road.

Lincoln Highway: State by State

Brunswick, New Jersey

For a taste of history that pre-dates the Lincoln Highway, take a walking tour of the 15-block historic district of New Brunswick, NJ, where several mansions and churches date back to the 1700s.

Philadelphia

Staying on theme, drop into Philadelphia (the highway approaches from the north) and visit the recently improved Liberty Bell Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park and, if you’ve got kids with you, Franklin Square one of 5 public parks planned by William Penn in his original Philly design.

Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, stretch your legs in 561-acre Frick Park before checking out the Andy Warhol Museum, both just off the Lincoln Highway.

Ohio

In Ohio, look for the historic Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, OH. Also, one Ohio’s 4 original Lincoln Highway markers is about 2.5 miles east of Bucyrus, OH, on County Highway 76 (the Old Lincoln Highway) at the northwest corner of the Stewart Cemetery. The stretch of road between the Ohio cities of Canton and Massillon hold numerous businesses named Lincoln, including the Lincoln Theater, which shows classic films. Also standing sentry here are the Lincoln Way Motors and the Motel Lincoln.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

The highway passes through Fort Wayne, IN, where you can see a replica of Lincoln’s Log Cabin in Foster Park, and take in a national production at the ornate Embassy Theater, built in 1928.

Dixon, Illinois
In Dixon, IL, stop by the Lincoln Monument and at a number of seriously old but well-preserved structures.

Nebraska

Nebraska offers a chance to drive on original Lincoln Highway bricks, laid down in 1920 follow highway signs 2.5 miles west of the village of Boy’s Town.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

If you’re up for paying more homage to the Lincoln Highway in Cheyenne, WY, pause at the Lincoln and Henry Joy monuments, which are next to each other. Also visit the Union Pacific train station. In Evanston, in far west Wyoming, immerse in aquatic activities and spy elk and bison in Bear River State Park.

Salt Lake City

In Salt Lake City, walk the trendy-hip ’hood of 9th and 9th and the emerging district around 1500 East and 1500 South, which includes the trendy Paris Bistro.

Nevada

In Nevada, the highway doubles up with US Route 50 the eerily empty spaces justify the nickname “The loneliest road in America.” Loneliness has its virtues, however, including the town of Austin, NV, where you can choose from a buffet of outdoor activities, including fishing, mountain biking, ATV riding and wilderness hiking.

In a nod to Carl Fisher, stop at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV. He would be proud.

California

California! The Lincoln Highway actually took 2 routes over the Sierra Nevada. The northern route is more thrilling, rising 7,056 feet high. At Donner Pass, you can visit (on foot) remnants of the original road. The end of the highway, while scenic, is unceremonious: a marker adjacent to a golf course in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. To more fittingly mark your completion of Fisher’s vision, head to Elixir, one of the oldest continually running saloons in San Francisco. The restored wood and fittings will bring you back to an era when people dreamt big -- and followed through. Unfortunately, it won’t transport you back to NYC’s Times Square.

Travel writer John Briley has unwittingly driven many sections of the Lincoln Highway.


Lincoln Highway Road Trip

To get fired up for a road trip on the Lincoln Highway, which runs from NYC’s Times Square to San Francisco, it helps to understand its origins. The road was born of one man’s vision during a time when America had few roads, the vast majority of which were dirt. When it rained, these roads turned to muck. To get anywhere, most people took trains. Here’s what happened next.

Lincoln Highway’s Origins

In 1912, Carl Fisher, the entrepreneur who had founded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, thought America needed a coast-to-coast highway. When the project appeared stalled, Henry Joy, the president of Packard Motor Car Co., suggested naming the road after Abraham Lincoln, a move that reignited support for the project. The 1913 dedication of the highway made it the first national memorial to Abraham Lincoln. It was built during an era of highways that had names only the numbered system replaced this in 1926 and the Lincoln Highway, over the protests of its founders, was divided among numerous numbered routes. Originally running 3,389 miles, the route was shortened over the ensuing 9 years to 3,142 miles -- its length today. For a wealth of information on the highway and play-by-play driving instructions see the Lincoln Highway Association’s website.

OK, class dismissed! It’s time to get out there and drive this road.

Lincoln Highway: State by State

Brunswick, New Jersey

For a taste of history that pre-dates the Lincoln Highway, take a walking tour of the 15-block historic district of New Brunswick, NJ, where several mansions and churches date back to the 1700s.

Philadelphia

Staying on theme, drop into Philadelphia (the highway approaches from the north) and visit the recently improved Liberty Bell Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park and, if you’ve got kids with you, Franklin Square one of 5 public parks planned by William Penn in his original Philly design.

Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, stretch your legs in 561-acre Frick Park before checking out the Andy Warhol Museum, both just off the Lincoln Highway.

Ohio

In Ohio, look for the historic Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, OH. Also, one Ohio’s 4 original Lincoln Highway markers is about 2.5 miles east of Bucyrus, OH, on County Highway 76 (the Old Lincoln Highway) at the northwest corner of the Stewart Cemetery. The stretch of road between the Ohio cities of Canton and Massillon hold numerous businesses named Lincoln, including the Lincoln Theater, which shows classic films. Also standing sentry here are the Lincoln Way Motors and the Motel Lincoln.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

The highway passes through Fort Wayne, IN, where you can see a replica of Lincoln’s Log Cabin in Foster Park, and take in a national production at the ornate Embassy Theater, built in 1928.

Dixon, Illinois
In Dixon, IL, stop by the Lincoln Monument and at a number of seriously old but well-preserved structures.

Nebraska

Nebraska offers a chance to drive on original Lincoln Highway bricks, laid down in 1920 follow highway signs 2.5 miles west of the village of Boy’s Town.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

If you’re up for paying more homage to the Lincoln Highway in Cheyenne, WY, pause at the Lincoln and Henry Joy monuments, which are next to each other. Also visit the Union Pacific train station. In Evanston, in far west Wyoming, immerse in aquatic activities and spy elk and bison in Bear River State Park.

Salt Lake City

In Salt Lake City, walk the trendy-hip ’hood of 9th and 9th and the emerging district around 1500 East and 1500 South, which includes the trendy Paris Bistro.

Nevada

In Nevada, the highway doubles up with US Route 50 the eerily empty spaces justify the nickname “The loneliest road in America.” Loneliness has its virtues, however, including the town of Austin, NV, where you can choose from a buffet of outdoor activities, including fishing, mountain biking, ATV riding and wilderness hiking.

In a nod to Carl Fisher, stop at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV. He would be proud.

California

California! The Lincoln Highway actually took 2 routes over the Sierra Nevada. The northern route is more thrilling, rising 7,056 feet high. At Donner Pass, you can visit (on foot) remnants of the original road. The end of the highway, while scenic, is unceremonious: a marker adjacent to a golf course in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. To more fittingly mark your completion of Fisher’s vision, head to Elixir, one of the oldest continually running saloons in San Francisco. The restored wood and fittings will bring you back to an era when people dreamt big -- and followed through. Unfortunately, it won’t transport you back to NYC’s Times Square.

Travel writer John Briley has unwittingly driven many sections of the Lincoln Highway.


Lincoln Highway Road Trip

To get fired up for a road trip on the Lincoln Highway, which runs from NYC’s Times Square to San Francisco, it helps to understand its origins. The road was born of one man’s vision during a time when America had few roads, the vast majority of which were dirt. When it rained, these roads turned to muck. To get anywhere, most people took trains. Here’s what happened next.

Lincoln Highway’s Origins

In 1912, Carl Fisher, the entrepreneur who had founded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, thought America needed a coast-to-coast highway. When the project appeared stalled, Henry Joy, the president of Packard Motor Car Co., suggested naming the road after Abraham Lincoln, a move that reignited support for the project. The 1913 dedication of the highway made it the first national memorial to Abraham Lincoln. It was built during an era of highways that had names only the numbered system replaced this in 1926 and the Lincoln Highway, over the protests of its founders, was divided among numerous numbered routes. Originally running 3,389 miles, the route was shortened over the ensuing 9 years to 3,142 miles -- its length today. For a wealth of information on the highway and play-by-play driving instructions see the Lincoln Highway Association’s website.

OK, class dismissed! It’s time to get out there and drive this road.

Lincoln Highway: State by State

Brunswick, New Jersey

For a taste of history that pre-dates the Lincoln Highway, take a walking tour of the 15-block historic district of New Brunswick, NJ, where several mansions and churches date back to the 1700s.

Philadelphia

Staying on theme, drop into Philadelphia (the highway approaches from the north) and visit the recently improved Liberty Bell Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park and, if you’ve got kids with you, Franklin Square one of 5 public parks planned by William Penn in his original Philly design.

Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, stretch your legs in 561-acre Frick Park before checking out the Andy Warhol Museum, both just off the Lincoln Highway.

Ohio

In Ohio, look for the historic Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, OH. Also, one Ohio’s 4 original Lincoln Highway markers is about 2.5 miles east of Bucyrus, OH, on County Highway 76 (the Old Lincoln Highway) at the northwest corner of the Stewart Cemetery. The stretch of road between the Ohio cities of Canton and Massillon hold numerous businesses named Lincoln, including the Lincoln Theater, which shows classic films. Also standing sentry here are the Lincoln Way Motors and the Motel Lincoln.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

The highway passes through Fort Wayne, IN, where you can see a replica of Lincoln’s Log Cabin in Foster Park, and take in a national production at the ornate Embassy Theater, built in 1928.

Dixon, Illinois
In Dixon, IL, stop by the Lincoln Monument and at a number of seriously old but well-preserved structures.

Nebraska

Nebraska offers a chance to drive on original Lincoln Highway bricks, laid down in 1920 follow highway signs 2.5 miles west of the village of Boy’s Town.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

If you’re up for paying more homage to the Lincoln Highway in Cheyenne, WY, pause at the Lincoln and Henry Joy monuments, which are next to each other. Also visit the Union Pacific train station. In Evanston, in far west Wyoming, immerse in aquatic activities and spy elk and bison in Bear River State Park.

Salt Lake City

In Salt Lake City, walk the trendy-hip ’hood of 9th and 9th and the emerging district around 1500 East and 1500 South, which includes the trendy Paris Bistro.

Nevada

In Nevada, the highway doubles up with US Route 50 the eerily empty spaces justify the nickname “The loneliest road in America.” Loneliness has its virtues, however, including the town of Austin, NV, where you can choose from a buffet of outdoor activities, including fishing, mountain biking, ATV riding and wilderness hiking.

In a nod to Carl Fisher, stop at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV. He would be proud.

California

California! The Lincoln Highway actually took 2 routes over the Sierra Nevada. The northern route is more thrilling, rising 7,056 feet high. At Donner Pass, you can visit (on foot) remnants of the original road. The end of the highway, while scenic, is unceremonious: a marker adjacent to a golf course in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. To more fittingly mark your completion of Fisher’s vision, head to Elixir, one of the oldest continually running saloons in San Francisco. The restored wood and fittings will bring you back to an era when people dreamt big -- and followed through. Unfortunately, it won’t transport you back to NYC’s Times Square.

Travel writer John Briley has unwittingly driven many sections of the Lincoln Highway.


Lincoln Highway Road Trip

To get fired up for a road trip on the Lincoln Highway, which runs from NYC’s Times Square to San Francisco, it helps to understand its origins. The road was born of one man’s vision during a time when America had few roads, the vast majority of which were dirt. When it rained, these roads turned to muck. To get anywhere, most people took trains. Here’s what happened next.

Lincoln Highway’s Origins

In 1912, Carl Fisher, the entrepreneur who had founded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, thought America needed a coast-to-coast highway. When the project appeared stalled, Henry Joy, the president of Packard Motor Car Co., suggested naming the road after Abraham Lincoln, a move that reignited support for the project. The 1913 dedication of the highway made it the first national memorial to Abraham Lincoln. It was built during an era of highways that had names only the numbered system replaced this in 1926 and the Lincoln Highway, over the protests of its founders, was divided among numerous numbered routes. Originally running 3,389 miles, the route was shortened over the ensuing 9 years to 3,142 miles -- its length today. For a wealth of information on the highway and play-by-play driving instructions see the Lincoln Highway Association’s website.

OK, class dismissed! It’s time to get out there and drive this road.

Lincoln Highway: State by State

Brunswick, New Jersey

For a taste of history that pre-dates the Lincoln Highway, take a walking tour of the 15-block historic district of New Brunswick, NJ, where several mansions and churches date back to the 1700s.

Philadelphia

Staying on theme, drop into Philadelphia (the highway approaches from the north) and visit the recently improved Liberty Bell Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park and, if you’ve got kids with you, Franklin Square one of 5 public parks planned by William Penn in his original Philly design.

Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, stretch your legs in 561-acre Frick Park before checking out the Andy Warhol Museum, both just off the Lincoln Highway.

Ohio

In Ohio, look for the historic Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, OH. Also, one Ohio’s 4 original Lincoln Highway markers is about 2.5 miles east of Bucyrus, OH, on County Highway 76 (the Old Lincoln Highway) at the northwest corner of the Stewart Cemetery. The stretch of road between the Ohio cities of Canton and Massillon hold numerous businesses named Lincoln, including the Lincoln Theater, which shows classic films. Also standing sentry here are the Lincoln Way Motors and the Motel Lincoln.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

The highway passes through Fort Wayne, IN, where you can see a replica of Lincoln’s Log Cabin in Foster Park, and take in a national production at the ornate Embassy Theater, built in 1928.

Dixon, Illinois
In Dixon, IL, stop by the Lincoln Monument and at a number of seriously old but well-preserved structures.

Nebraska

Nebraska offers a chance to drive on original Lincoln Highway bricks, laid down in 1920 follow highway signs 2.5 miles west of the village of Boy’s Town.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

If you’re up for paying more homage to the Lincoln Highway in Cheyenne, WY, pause at the Lincoln and Henry Joy monuments, which are next to each other. Also visit the Union Pacific train station. In Evanston, in far west Wyoming, immerse in aquatic activities and spy elk and bison in Bear River State Park.

Salt Lake City

In Salt Lake City, walk the trendy-hip ’hood of 9th and 9th and the emerging district around 1500 East and 1500 South, which includes the trendy Paris Bistro.

Nevada

In Nevada, the highway doubles up with US Route 50 the eerily empty spaces justify the nickname “The loneliest road in America.” Loneliness has its virtues, however, including the town of Austin, NV, where you can choose from a buffet of outdoor activities, including fishing, mountain biking, ATV riding and wilderness hiking.

In a nod to Carl Fisher, stop at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV. He would be proud.

California

California! The Lincoln Highway actually took 2 routes over the Sierra Nevada. The northern route is more thrilling, rising 7,056 feet high. At Donner Pass, you can visit (on foot) remnants of the original road. The end of the highway, while scenic, is unceremonious: a marker adjacent to a golf course in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. To more fittingly mark your completion of Fisher’s vision, head to Elixir, one of the oldest continually running saloons in San Francisco. The restored wood and fittings will bring you back to an era when people dreamt big -- and followed through. Unfortunately, it won’t transport you back to NYC’s Times Square.

Travel writer John Briley has unwittingly driven many sections of the Lincoln Highway.


Lincoln Highway Road Trip

To get fired up for a road trip on the Lincoln Highway, which runs from NYC’s Times Square to San Francisco, it helps to understand its origins. The road was born of one man’s vision during a time when America had few roads, the vast majority of which were dirt. When it rained, these roads turned to muck. To get anywhere, most people took trains. Here’s what happened next.

Lincoln Highway’s Origins

In 1912, Carl Fisher, the entrepreneur who had founded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, thought America needed a coast-to-coast highway. When the project appeared stalled, Henry Joy, the president of Packard Motor Car Co., suggested naming the road after Abraham Lincoln, a move that reignited support for the project. The 1913 dedication of the highway made it the first national memorial to Abraham Lincoln. It was built during an era of highways that had names only the numbered system replaced this in 1926 and the Lincoln Highway, over the protests of its founders, was divided among numerous numbered routes. Originally running 3,389 miles, the route was shortened over the ensuing 9 years to 3,142 miles -- its length today. For a wealth of information on the highway and play-by-play driving instructions see the Lincoln Highway Association’s website.

OK, class dismissed! It’s time to get out there and drive this road.

Lincoln Highway: State by State

Brunswick, New Jersey

For a taste of history that pre-dates the Lincoln Highway, take a walking tour of the 15-block historic district of New Brunswick, NJ, where several mansions and churches date back to the 1700s.

Philadelphia

Staying on theme, drop into Philadelphia (the highway approaches from the north) and visit the recently improved Liberty Bell Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park and, if you’ve got kids with you, Franklin Square one of 5 public parks planned by William Penn in his original Philly design.

Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, stretch your legs in 561-acre Frick Park before checking out the Andy Warhol Museum, both just off the Lincoln Highway.

Ohio

In Ohio, look for the historic Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, OH. Also, one Ohio’s 4 original Lincoln Highway markers is about 2.5 miles east of Bucyrus, OH, on County Highway 76 (the Old Lincoln Highway) at the northwest corner of the Stewart Cemetery. The stretch of road between the Ohio cities of Canton and Massillon hold numerous businesses named Lincoln, including the Lincoln Theater, which shows classic films. Also standing sentry here are the Lincoln Way Motors and the Motel Lincoln.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

The highway passes through Fort Wayne, IN, where you can see a replica of Lincoln’s Log Cabin in Foster Park, and take in a national production at the ornate Embassy Theater, built in 1928.

Dixon, Illinois
In Dixon, IL, stop by the Lincoln Monument and at a number of seriously old but well-preserved structures.

Nebraska

Nebraska offers a chance to drive on original Lincoln Highway bricks, laid down in 1920 follow highway signs 2.5 miles west of the village of Boy’s Town.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

If you’re up for paying more homage to the Lincoln Highway in Cheyenne, WY, pause at the Lincoln and Henry Joy monuments, which are next to each other. Also visit the Union Pacific train station. In Evanston, in far west Wyoming, immerse in aquatic activities and spy elk and bison in Bear River State Park.

Salt Lake City

In Salt Lake City, walk the trendy-hip ’hood of 9th and 9th and the emerging district around 1500 East and 1500 South, which includes the trendy Paris Bistro.

Nevada

In Nevada, the highway doubles up with US Route 50 the eerily empty spaces justify the nickname “The loneliest road in America.” Loneliness has its virtues, however, including the town of Austin, NV, where you can choose from a buffet of outdoor activities, including fishing, mountain biking, ATV riding and wilderness hiking.

In a nod to Carl Fisher, stop at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV. He would be proud.

California

California! The Lincoln Highway actually took 2 routes over the Sierra Nevada. The northern route is more thrilling, rising 7,056 feet high. At Donner Pass, you can visit (on foot) remnants of the original road. The end of the highway, while scenic, is unceremonious: a marker adjacent to a golf course in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. To more fittingly mark your completion of Fisher’s vision, head to Elixir, one of the oldest continually running saloons in San Francisco. The restored wood and fittings will bring you back to an era when people dreamt big -- and followed through. Unfortunately, it won’t transport you back to NYC’s Times Square.

Travel writer John Briley has unwittingly driven many sections of the Lincoln Highway.


Lincoln Highway Road Trip

To get fired up for a road trip on the Lincoln Highway, which runs from NYC’s Times Square to San Francisco, it helps to understand its origins. The road was born of one man’s vision during a time when America had few roads, the vast majority of which were dirt. When it rained, these roads turned to muck. To get anywhere, most people took trains. Here’s what happened next.

Lincoln Highway’s Origins

In 1912, Carl Fisher, the entrepreneur who had founded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, thought America needed a coast-to-coast highway. When the project appeared stalled, Henry Joy, the president of Packard Motor Car Co., suggested naming the road after Abraham Lincoln, a move that reignited support for the project. The 1913 dedication of the highway made it the first national memorial to Abraham Lincoln. It was built during an era of highways that had names only the numbered system replaced this in 1926 and the Lincoln Highway, over the protests of its founders, was divided among numerous numbered routes. Originally running 3,389 miles, the route was shortened over the ensuing 9 years to 3,142 miles -- its length today. For a wealth of information on the highway and play-by-play driving instructions see the Lincoln Highway Association’s website.

OK, class dismissed! It’s time to get out there and drive this road.

Lincoln Highway: State by State

Brunswick, New Jersey

For a taste of history that pre-dates the Lincoln Highway, take a walking tour of the 15-block historic district of New Brunswick, NJ, where several mansions and churches date back to the 1700s.

Philadelphia

Staying on theme, drop into Philadelphia (the highway approaches from the north) and visit the recently improved Liberty Bell Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park and, if you’ve got kids with you, Franklin Square one of 5 public parks planned by William Penn in his original Philly design.

Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, stretch your legs in 561-acre Frick Park before checking out the Andy Warhol Museum, both just off the Lincoln Highway.

Ohio

In Ohio, look for the historic Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, OH. Also, one Ohio’s 4 original Lincoln Highway markers is about 2.5 miles east of Bucyrus, OH, on County Highway 76 (the Old Lincoln Highway) at the northwest corner of the Stewart Cemetery. The stretch of road between the Ohio cities of Canton and Massillon hold numerous businesses named Lincoln, including the Lincoln Theater, which shows classic films. Also standing sentry here are the Lincoln Way Motors and the Motel Lincoln.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

The highway passes through Fort Wayne, IN, where you can see a replica of Lincoln’s Log Cabin in Foster Park, and take in a national production at the ornate Embassy Theater, built in 1928.

Dixon, Illinois
In Dixon, IL, stop by the Lincoln Monument and at a number of seriously old but well-preserved structures.

Nebraska

Nebraska offers a chance to drive on original Lincoln Highway bricks, laid down in 1920 follow highway signs 2.5 miles west of the village of Boy’s Town.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

If you’re up for paying more homage to the Lincoln Highway in Cheyenne, WY, pause at the Lincoln and Henry Joy monuments, which are next to each other. Also visit the Union Pacific train station. In Evanston, in far west Wyoming, immerse in aquatic activities and spy elk and bison in Bear River State Park.

Salt Lake City

In Salt Lake City, walk the trendy-hip ’hood of 9th and 9th and the emerging district around 1500 East and 1500 South, which includes the trendy Paris Bistro.

Nevada

In Nevada, the highway doubles up with US Route 50 the eerily empty spaces justify the nickname “The loneliest road in America.” Loneliness has its virtues, however, including the town of Austin, NV, where you can choose from a buffet of outdoor activities, including fishing, mountain biking, ATV riding and wilderness hiking.

In a nod to Carl Fisher, stop at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV. He would be proud.

California

California! The Lincoln Highway actually took 2 routes over the Sierra Nevada. The northern route is more thrilling, rising 7,056 feet high. At Donner Pass, you can visit (on foot) remnants of the original road. The end of the highway, while scenic, is unceremonious: a marker adjacent to a golf course in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. To more fittingly mark your completion of Fisher’s vision, head to Elixir, one of the oldest continually running saloons in San Francisco. The restored wood and fittings will bring you back to an era when people dreamt big -- and followed through. Unfortunately, it won’t transport you back to NYC’s Times Square.

Travel writer John Briley has unwittingly driven many sections of the Lincoln Highway.


Lincoln Highway Road Trip

To get fired up for a road trip on the Lincoln Highway, which runs from NYC’s Times Square to San Francisco, it helps to understand its origins. The road was born of one man’s vision during a time when America had few roads, the vast majority of which were dirt. When it rained, these roads turned to muck. To get anywhere, most people took trains. Here’s what happened next.

Lincoln Highway’s Origins

In 1912, Carl Fisher, the entrepreneur who had founded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, thought America needed a coast-to-coast highway. When the project appeared stalled, Henry Joy, the president of Packard Motor Car Co., suggested naming the road after Abraham Lincoln, a move that reignited support for the project. The 1913 dedication of the highway made it the first national memorial to Abraham Lincoln. It was built during an era of highways that had names only the numbered system replaced this in 1926 and the Lincoln Highway, over the protests of its founders, was divided among numerous numbered routes. Originally running 3,389 miles, the route was shortened over the ensuing 9 years to 3,142 miles -- its length today. For a wealth of information on the highway and play-by-play driving instructions see the Lincoln Highway Association’s website.

OK, class dismissed! It’s time to get out there and drive this road.

Lincoln Highway: State by State

Brunswick, New Jersey

For a taste of history that pre-dates the Lincoln Highway, take a walking tour of the 15-block historic district of New Brunswick, NJ, where several mansions and churches date back to the 1700s.

Philadelphia

Staying on theme, drop into Philadelphia (the highway approaches from the north) and visit the recently improved Liberty Bell Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park and, if you’ve got kids with you, Franklin Square one of 5 public parks planned by William Penn in his original Philly design.

Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, stretch your legs in 561-acre Frick Park before checking out the Andy Warhol Museum, both just off the Lincoln Highway.

Ohio

In Ohio, look for the historic Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, OH. Also, one Ohio’s 4 original Lincoln Highway markers is about 2.5 miles east of Bucyrus, OH, on County Highway 76 (the Old Lincoln Highway) at the northwest corner of the Stewart Cemetery. The stretch of road between the Ohio cities of Canton and Massillon hold numerous businesses named Lincoln, including the Lincoln Theater, which shows classic films. Also standing sentry here are the Lincoln Way Motors and the Motel Lincoln.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

The highway passes through Fort Wayne, IN, where you can see a replica of Lincoln’s Log Cabin in Foster Park, and take in a national production at the ornate Embassy Theater, built in 1928.

Dixon, Illinois
In Dixon, IL, stop by the Lincoln Monument and at a number of seriously old but well-preserved structures.

Nebraska

Nebraska offers a chance to drive on original Lincoln Highway bricks, laid down in 1920 follow highway signs 2.5 miles west of the village of Boy’s Town.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

If you’re up for paying more homage to the Lincoln Highway in Cheyenne, WY, pause at the Lincoln and Henry Joy monuments, which are next to each other. Also visit the Union Pacific train station. In Evanston, in far west Wyoming, immerse in aquatic activities and spy elk and bison in Bear River State Park.

Salt Lake City

In Salt Lake City, walk the trendy-hip ’hood of 9th and 9th and the emerging district around 1500 East and 1500 South, which includes the trendy Paris Bistro.

Nevada

In Nevada, the highway doubles up with US Route 50 the eerily empty spaces justify the nickname “The loneliest road in America.” Loneliness has its virtues, however, including the town of Austin, NV, where you can choose from a buffet of outdoor activities, including fishing, mountain biking, ATV riding and wilderness hiking.

In a nod to Carl Fisher, stop at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV. He would be proud.

California

California! The Lincoln Highway actually took 2 routes over the Sierra Nevada. The northern route is more thrilling, rising 7,056 feet high. At Donner Pass, you can visit (on foot) remnants of the original road. The end of the highway, while scenic, is unceremonious: a marker adjacent to a golf course in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. To more fittingly mark your completion of Fisher’s vision, head to Elixir, one of the oldest continually running saloons in San Francisco. The restored wood and fittings will bring you back to an era when people dreamt big -- and followed through. Unfortunately, it won’t transport you back to NYC’s Times Square.

Travel writer John Briley has unwittingly driven many sections of the Lincoln Highway.


Lincoln Highway Road Trip

To get fired up for a road trip on the Lincoln Highway, which runs from NYC’s Times Square to San Francisco, it helps to understand its origins. The road was born of one man’s vision during a time when America had few roads, the vast majority of which were dirt. When it rained, these roads turned to muck. To get anywhere, most people took trains. Here’s what happened next.

Lincoln Highway’s Origins

In 1912, Carl Fisher, the entrepreneur who had founded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, thought America needed a coast-to-coast highway. When the project appeared stalled, Henry Joy, the president of Packard Motor Car Co., suggested naming the road after Abraham Lincoln, a move that reignited support for the project. The 1913 dedication of the highway made it the first national memorial to Abraham Lincoln. It was built during an era of highways that had names only the numbered system replaced this in 1926 and the Lincoln Highway, over the protests of its founders, was divided among numerous numbered routes. Originally running 3,389 miles, the route was shortened over the ensuing 9 years to 3,142 miles -- its length today. For a wealth of information on the highway and play-by-play driving instructions see the Lincoln Highway Association’s website.

OK, class dismissed! It’s time to get out there and drive this road.

Lincoln Highway: State by State

Brunswick, New Jersey

For a taste of history that pre-dates the Lincoln Highway, take a walking tour of the 15-block historic district of New Brunswick, NJ, where several mansions and churches date back to the 1700s.

Philadelphia

Staying on theme, drop into Philadelphia (the highway approaches from the north) and visit the recently improved Liberty Bell Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park and, if you’ve got kids with you, Franklin Square one of 5 public parks planned by William Penn in his original Philly design.

Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, stretch your legs in 561-acre Frick Park before checking out the Andy Warhol Museum, both just off the Lincoln Highway.

Ohio

In Ohio, look for the historic Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, OH. Also, one Ohio’s 4 original Lincoln Highway markers is about 2.5 miles east of Bucyrus, OH, on County Highway 76 (the Old Lincoln Highway) at the northwest corner of the Stewart Cemetery. The stretch of road between the Ohio cities of Canton and Massillon hold numerous businesses named Lincoln, including the Lincoln Theater, which shows classic films. Also standing sentry here are the Lincoln Way Motors and the Motel Lincoln.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

The highway passes through Fort Wayne, IN, where you can see a replica of Lincoln’s Log Cabin in Foster Park, and take in a national production at the ornate Embassy Theater, built in 1928.

Dixon, Illinois
In Dixon, IL, stop by the Lincoln Monument and at a number of seriously old but well-preserved structures.

Nebraska

Nebraska offers a chance to drive on original Lincoln Highway bricks, laid down in 1920 follow highway signs 2.5 miles west of the village of Boy’s Town.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

If you’re up for paying more homage to the Lincoln Highway in Cheyenne, WY, pause at the Lincoln and Henry Joy monuments, which are next to each other. Also visit the Union Pacific train station. In Evanston, in far west Wyoming, immerse in aquatic activities and spy elk and bison in Bear River State Park.

Salt Lake City

In Salt Lake City, walk the trendy-hip ’hood of 9th and 9th and the emerging district around 1500 East and 1500 South, which includes the trendy Paris Bistro.

Nevada

In Nevada, the highway doubles up with US Route 50 the eerily empty spaces justify the nickname “The loneliest road in America.” Loneliness has its virtues, however, including the town of Austin, NV, where you can choose from a buffet of outdoor activities, including fishing, mountain biking, ATV riding and wilderness hiking.

In a nod to Carl Fisher, stop at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV. He would be proud.

California

California! The Lincoln Highway actually took 2 routes over the Sierra Nevada. The northern route is more thrilling, rising 7,056 feet high. At Donner Pass, you can visit (on foot) remnants of the original road. The end of the highway, while scenic, is unceremonious: a marker adjacent to a golf course in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. To more fittingly mark your completion of Fisher’s vision, head to Elixir, one of the oldest continually running saloons in San Francisco. The restored wood and fittings will bring you back to an era when people dreamt big -- and followed through. Unfortunately, it won’t transport you back to NYC’s Times Square.

Travel writer John Briley has unwittingly driven many sections of the Lincoln Highway.


Lincoln Highway Road Trip

To get fired up for a road trip on the Lincoln Highway, which runs from NYC’s Times Square to San Francisco, it helps to understand its origins. The road was born of one man’s vision during a time when America had few roads, the vast majority of which were dirt. When it rained, these roads turned to muck. To get anywhere, most people took trains. Here’s what happened next.

Lincoln Highway’s Origins

In 1912, Carl Fisher, the entrepreneur who had founded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, thought America needed a coast-to-coast highway. When the project appeared stalled, Henry Joy, the president of Packard Motor Car Co., suggested naming the road after Abraham Lincoln, a move that reignited support for the project. The 1913 dedication of the highway made it the first national memorial to Abraham Lincoln. It was built during an era of highways that had names only the numbered system replaced this in 1926 and the Lincoln Highway, over the protests of its founders, was divided among numerous numbered routes. Originally running 3,389 miles, the route was shortened over the ensuing 9 years to 3,142 miles -- its length today. For a wealth of information on the highway and play-by-play driving instructions see the Lincoln Highway Association’s website.

OK, class dismissed! It’s time to get out there and drive this road.

Lincoln Highway: State by State

Brunswick, New Jersey

For a taste of history that pre-dates the Lincoln Highway, take a walking tour of the 15-block historic district of New Brunswick, NJ, where several mansions and churches date back to the 1700s.

Philadelphia

Staying on theme, drop into Philadelphia (the highway approaches from the north) and visit the recently improved Liberty Bell Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park and, if you’ve got kids with you, Franklin Square one of 5 public parks planned by William Penn in his original Philly design.

Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, stretch your legs in 561-acre Frick Park before checking out the Andy Warhol Museum, both just off the Lincoln Highway.

Ohio

In Ohio, look for the historic Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, OH. Also, one Ohio’s 4 original Lincoln Highway markers is about 2.5 miles east of Bucyrus, OH, on County Highway 76 (the Old Lincoln Highway) at the northwest corner of the Stewart Cemetery. The stretch of road between the Ohio cities of Canton and Massillon hold numerous businesses named Lincoln, including the Lincoln Theater, which shows classic films. Also standing sentry here are the Lincoln Way Motors and the Motel Lincoln.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

The highway passes through Fort Wayne, IN, where you can see a replica of Lincoln’s Log Cabin in Foster Park, and take in a national production at the ornate Embassy Theater, built in 1928.

Dixon, Illinois
In Dixon, IL, stop by the Lincoln Monument and at a number of seriously old but well-preserved structures.

Nebraska

Nebraska offers a chance to drive on original Lincoln Highway bricks, laid down in 1920 follow highway signs 2.5 miles west of the village of Boy’s Town.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

If you’re up for paying more homage to the Lincoln Highway in Cheyenne, WY, pause at the Lincoln and Henry Joy monuments, which are next to each other. Also visit the Union Pacific train station. In Evanston, in far west Wyoming, immerse in aquatic activities and spy elk and bison in Bear River State Park.

Salt Lake City

In Salt Lake City, walk the trendy-hip ’hood of 9th and 9th and the emerging district around 1500 East and 1500 South, which includes the trendy Paris Bistro.

Nevada

In Nevada, the highway doubles up with US Route 50 the eerily empty spaces justify the nickname “The loneliest road in America.” Loneliness has its virtues, however, including the town of Austin, NV, where you can choose from a buffet of outdoor activities, including fishing, mountain biking, ATV riding and wilderness hiking.

In a nod to Carl Fisher, stop at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV. He would be proud.

California

California! The Lincoln Highway actually took 2 routes over the Sierra Nevada. The northern route is more thrilling, rising 7,056 feet high. At Donner Pass, you can visit (on foot) remnants of the original road. The end of the highway, while scenic, is unceremonious: a marker adjacent to a golf course in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. To more fittingly mark your completion of Fisher’s vision, head to Elixir, one of the oldest continually running saloons in San Francisco. The restored wood and fittings will bring you back to an era when people dreamt big -- and followed through. Unfortunately, it won’t transport you back to NYC’s Times Square.

Travel writer John Briley has unwittingly driven many sections of the Lincoln Highway.