Colonial Williamsburg — part 8 of the great American road trip

Colonial Williamsburg — part 8 of the great American road trip

Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot stars Jack Lord as John Fry, a fictitious Virginia planter elected to the House of Burgesses in the pre-dawn of the American Revolution. This post contains affiliate links.  For more information, click here. The 37-minute orientation film at Colonial Williamsburg traces Fry’s growth from Tory to Patriot through his associations…

Tennessee to Virginia — part 7 of the great American road trip

Tennessee to Virginia — part 7 of the great American road trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park spans the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. The roughly 40 miles that I drove up and over the range, part of the Blue Ridge, were among the most peaceful of my entire cross-country road trip. In Springtime, the differences stand out between this most visited U.S. national park and…

Louisiana to Tennessee — part 5 of the great American road trip

Louisiana to Tennessee — part 5 of the great American road trip

Bossier City sits on the east bank of the Red River, opposite Shreveport, in northern Louisiana. It’s home to four riverboat casinos: Horseshoe, Boomtown, Diamond Jack’s, and Margaritaville, which offer table games and slots and all-you-can-eat crawfish buffets. Horseshoe comped me a spacious hotel room with a view of the other three through floor-to-ceiling windows….

Utah to New Mexico — part 3 of the great American road trip

Utah to New Mexico — part 3 of the great American road trip

Western states are big. It’s one thing to note on a map; it’s another to drive. As I headed southwest from Salt Lake City, Utah unfolded more open, more arid, more spare. The mountains in northern Utah are bluish, topped with lots of white snow. They become more layered further south, red and rocky with…

Northern Utah — part 2 of the great American road trip

Northern Utah — part 2 of the great American road trip

“This is the place.”  So declared Mormon pioneer Brigham Young on reaching northern Utah, at least according to legend.  As I drove in from Wyoming, I could imagine why.   Nestled at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, which form the western edge of the Rockies, northern Utah is spectacularly beautiful.  At the height of Spring, it is…

Virginia to Wyoming —  part 1 of the great American road trip

Virginia to Wyoming — part 1 of the great American road trip

One of the first things you have to decide before taking a road trip around America is which way to go:  clockwise or counter. For my trip, counter-clockwise made better sense. This post contains affiliate links.  For more information, click here. I expected that the D.C.-Chicago portion would contain the worst traffic, and I wanted to…