road trip

Cornstalks at the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa

A RAGBRAI Road Trip: 2016 Edition

If you’re not from Iowa and not into cycling, chances are you’ve probably never heard of RAGBRAI. Each summer, thousands of (potentially crazy) cyclists embark on a week-long ride across the state of Iowa. RAGBRAI (which stands for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) began in 1973 when Des Moines Register feature writers John Karras and Donald Kaul decided to go on a bicycle ride across Iowa.

While I won’t be riding this year, I thought it might be fun to create a road trip inspired by the 2016 route, which winds through the small towns of southern Iowa.

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How I Plan a Road Trip

When it comes to planning a road trip, I fully understand that the process can seem a bit daunting. Unlike a destination vacation or an all-inclusive getaway, there are a lot of variables to consider when heading out on the open road. So in order to help make your planning process a little easier, I’ve decided to share what I do when I’m prepping for a road trip…

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Exploring Missouri: An Evening in Hannibal

As part of my first trip of 2016, I recently spent the night on the banks of the Mississippi in Hannibal, Missouri. The famous hometown of American author Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain), Hannibal is the perfect little getaway, steeped in history and charm…

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A Guide to Austin Street Art

When we first started planning our road trip to Austin, one of the things I was most excited to see was the city’s thriving street art scene. Growing up in Chicago, I’ve always had a certain fascination with graffiti and various types of unexpected public art. So, along with a few World’s Largest things, we made stopping at some local street art favorites a priority during our May trip south…

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Exploring Kansas: Ottawa

With a population of roughly 12,400, Ottawa is still (surprisingly) considered a part of the Kansas City metro but, even so, probably doesn’t seem like your typical road trip destination…