If you go East or West from either of America's coasts, you'll find yourself in what are often called flyover states. These are the states that you'd fly over when traveling from the “all important” New York and L.A. And while many of our country's largest metropolitan areas are on the coasts, there's more to the middle of America than endless cornfields… dontcha know.
Automated Into Oblivion
In the age of self-driving cars and drone-delivered online purchases, much of the American heartland is getting lost. In our quest to be ever more efficient, we've forgotten to go for the gusto. That's why we recommend you go for an old-fashioned road trip.
The old U.S. Routes that still amble on alongside the Interstates remain the best places to find good coffee, pancakes, pho, tacos and offer way more in the way of impressive landscapes and vernacular architecture. It is never not magic to stumble upon a country house in Louisiana serving up gumbo to visitors, or a lobster festival in an out-of-the-way town in Maine, or to buy perfectly in-season peaches at a fruit stand in Georgia that brushes up against the orchard where they were grown. Like art, road trips can be gruelling and often seem pointless. But like art, they can open dramatically expanded ways of understanding the context of a city, or a culture, or a country, flyover or otherwise.
Do you have any favorite road trips? Share them with us in the comments!
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