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Vintage Road Trips: 1966 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon Drives The Mississippi River Valley

From a Wall Street Journal Off Duty Travel article by By Matthew Kronsberg::

The Country Squire in the Stockholm, Wis. PHOTO ACKERMAN + GRUBER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNALChoosing a landscape for a car is like choosing a wine for a meal. The Country Squire—which, I discovered, handled with all the nimbleness of a riverboat—felt like a natural pairing for the Mississippi River valley south of the Twin Cities. The curves would be gentle, and the views sweeping: high bluffs on one side of the car, water on the other. My family and I would pick up Highway 61 in St. Paul, hopscotching between it and Wisconsin’s fantastically scenic Great River Road, exploring the small waterfront towns along the way. We’d stop for the first night in Red Wing, Minn., and the next in Alma, Wis., 98 miles downriver. The car came with a 150-mile-a-day allowance, and a request that we not venture farther than 100 miles from Minneapolis, should anything happen.

To read more click on the following link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-road-trip-with-retro-charmand-a-car-to-match-11565352147

To rent the Ford Country Squire: http://morriesheritage.com/cars/1966-ford-country-squire/?portfolioCats=1077%2C1078%2C1079%2C1081

Top European Road Trips: Granada To Almería, Spain Is Two Weeks Of Historic And Spectacular Sights

From The Guardian online article by Sorrel Downer:

Spain Road Trip Granada to Almeria The GuardianThe Alhambra marks the start of a drive taking in historic cities, a river valley and mountains – and ends in Almería’s spaghetti western desert.

Granada is dominated by its mighty Moorish fortress, the Alhambra. Book ahead and visit early, at its least-crowded, and then spend the afternoon meandering the narrow streets and plazas of the old town – the Albaicín….

….On day six drive the spectacular route (A-319, 17km) up and over mountains into the dappled valley of the Guadalquivir River, passing La Iruela (with its castle on a crag), and down into a tranquil enclosed world, thick with birds, smelling of pine, dominated by the wide, clear, burbling river. Allow four days here as there’s so much to explore….

 

…Day 12: The drive from Guadix to Almería (A-92, 113km, around 1 hour) passes through the pink and orange peaks and ravines of spaghetti western country, the Tabernas Desert, and several theme parks recalling the glory days of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns.

Spain Road Trip Granada to Almeria The Guardian

To read more click on following link: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/aug/07/spain-road-trip-granada-alhambra-almeria-spaghetti-western

Road Trips: The Vancouver To Whistler “Sea-To-Sky Corridor” Is 75 Miles Of Spectacular Scenery

From a Canada.com online article:

 

Sea To Sky Corridor Vancouver MapIf there’s only one drive that makes your list on your BC getaway, the Sea to Sky Highway has got to be it. No need to go stir crazy from a long drive, as the route offers plenty of worth-while stops along the way. Start your drive in BC’s urban centre of Vancouver and head north to Whistler and Pemberton via the Sea to Sky Highway. Snake your way through the small community of Horseshoe Bay and into Squamish where the Sea to Sky Gondola makes the perfect pit stop to gain another perspective of the vistas that surround you. Continue north along Highway 99 Sea-to-Sky corridor to Whistler, where you’ll find a variety of four-season activities in, and surrounding, the village.

To read more click on following link: https://beta.canada.com/travel/cruise-these-5-scenic-drives-through-british-columbia/wcm/363c9fbd-7267-4960-a61d-d0265fd2c2a2/amp/

Road Trip: Peak’s Island, ME Is Kayaker’s Paradise, “Wild & Rocky Coastline” Two Hours From Boston

From a Boston Magazine article:

Peak’s Island, ME PHOTO BY TRENT BELLDifferent Strokes | If the idea of wearing a tank top seems profoundly depressing, skip the sports club in favor of an upper-body workout that’ll replace the reflection in the gym mirror with a view of Maine’s wild and rocky coast. And thankfully, there’s little exertion in getting there. Drive up Friday night; stay at Portland’s Regency Hotel (two hours from Boston); then catch the nearby ferry at 9:15 a.m. to Peaks Island, where the affable staff of Maine Island Kayak Company will escort you to a kayaker’s paradise. After an introductory paddling course, a primer on the vagaries of ocean weather, and some disclaimers, you’re ready to slide into a single-person sea kayak and head for open water. 

To read more click on following link: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/2010/10/12/52-weekend-getaways-from-boston/?utm_campaign=Welcome&utm_source=hs_automation&utm_medium=email&utm_content=62834177&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–XkUG6GUmi64K3MsN3JBCCSYZTmSFfqMgdjKZMlOzbGKmeNDMi1Rdgn3fr8B54rvdKQJAhfxOMTtYTm6Rb0hcYkaNceQ&_hsmi=62834177

Top New Travel Videos: “Overlook – A Journey Through Nebraska’s Unsung Beauty” (Vimeo)

“Overlook” is a tribute to Western Nebraska. Nebraska is known for it’s cows, crops and college football — my intent is to showcase the unique landscapes and dramatic skies that the panhandle has to offer.

“I began production in 2016, but my urge to explore Nebraska’s panhandle came after a road trip in 2014. I shot hundreds of timelapse clips since my initial trip, and have narrowed it down to my favorite 25 scenes for this film.

Next time you are planning a trip, or driving down interstate 80, consider a short detour to these incredible locations.”

Filmed and edited by: Jesse Attanasio
Music by: White Space – Big Score Audio

https://vimeo.com/onelapse

Road Trips: Mendocino Coast Offers Wind-Washed Cottages, Wine, Redwoods And Artware

From Wall Street Journal article by Ryan Haase:

“With its wind-washed cottages and water towers, the town of Mendocino looks like it was built by a seafaring crowd rather than a tree-felling one, even though forestry was once big business here. After it faded by the 1950s, artists came in and now Mendocino pumps out pottery, paintings, glassware, jewelry and woodwork.”

Mendocino Road Trip

NORTHERN California’s coastal stretches have long lured roadtrippers, even before John Steinbeck, his wife, Elaine, and their peripatetic poodle rumbled down the Pacific Coast in 1960. In “Travels With Charley,” Steinbeck famously enthused about ogling the “ambassadors from another time,” referring to the region’s ancient redwoods. Last summer, as wildfires raged uncomfortably close to those redwood forests, four-wheeled vacationers steered clear. By the year’s end, fires burned more than half a million acres in Northern California alone, but largely spared the coastal woods and villages. Now that the smoke is clear and driving-vacation season is shifting into high gear, we’ve designed a detailed three-night itinerary. You set out from San Francisco, snake through Mendocino County and then on to Humboldt County, with the landscape growing wilder with each mile.

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-quintessential-california-road-only-better-11558701425

Modern American “Road Trips” Began With Henry Ford And Thomas Edison “Autocamping” In 1920’s

“By the mid-1920s, the term “autocamper”— describing drivers whose trips were long enough to necessitate stops at night to camp —entered the national lexicon. Thanks were due in large part to Henry Ford and three of his friends: the inventor Thomas Edison, the tire-company magnate Harvey Firestone and the naturalist and author John Burroughs.”

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  • “…when Ford and Edison, joined by Firestone (one of Ford’s major suppliers) and Burroughs (Ford enjoyed his books and essays on nature), set out on their summer car trips, Americans were eager to share every moment. The Vagabonds’ car-and-truck caravan was routinely followed by packs of journalists and film crews, the latter often hired by Ford. In theaters, feature films were proceeded by news “shorts,” and audiences enjoyed watching Ford perform basic roadside repairs and Edison snooze beside a campfire…”

Wall Street Journal

Read more in the Wall Street Journal:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-invention-of-the-summer-road-trip-11561780860