For travelers with culinary skills or appreciation for food and drinks, planning a foodie road trip could be the perfect vacation! There’s no better way to experience the U.S. than by taste-testing your way across the country. Drive The Nation provides helpful articles about awarding winning restaurants in the USA, from fine dining to cheap local eats, your mouth will be watering throughout your entire journey.
Forget eating at chain restaurants – the next time you take a road trip, plan to stop along the way at authentic local restaurants that will help you truly experience the region. Or, why not plan an entire vacation around food you want to eat? Take a culinary tour of the South, head to an inspiring foodie destination like San Francisco, or visit all the best places in the country to try a certain food, like hot dogs or pie! Browse the articles below for reviews of some of the most incredible and flavorful restaurants in America.
The end of the 100-mile Overseas Highway, that long dramatic drive down through the Florida Keys, and the place of legend and lore is Key West. It is a town to linger in, and to soak in the “Conch” frame of mind. But if you have only a day to linger, here are the highlights to make your visit memorable.
For almost 30 years, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, has been celebrating summer with the renowned Harbourfest. An estimated 60,000 visitors flock to Shelter Cove Harbour every year for the free event. This event features food, fun, and entertainment every night of the week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. In addition, there are family-friendly festivities take place mid-island at mile marker 8. Located across from the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. The festivities include everything from arts and crafts to carnival games. If your heart desires a culinary creation then look no further!
At this event, you can fulfill your food desires because choices range from snow cones to luxe seafood meals and soft pretzels. But the biggest draw is the live entertainment, with fan favorites returning year after year.
The city of Salem, Oregon sits in the heart of the Willamette Valley. The city is just under 50 miles from Portland. Salem is not only picturesque but has plenty of fun activities for the whole family, too. Here are the must-sees and must-dos, whether you’re there for a day or a week.
For over a decade, Detroit’s RiverFront Conservancy has been celebrating the transformation of the city’s transformed Riverwalk area. The event features great live music, delicious food, and fun activities. On land and water–River Days has become a summer must for locals and tourists alike. This year River Days takes place from June 23-25, from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.
While the east coast seems to have the corner of the market on quaint historic towns, those in the Pacific Northwest are home to a hidden small gem of their own. Jacksonville, Oregon, was originally a gold mining town back in the 1850’s. It then continued to gain prominence until the railroad pushed many to leave. However, much of the city is preserved as a National Historic Landmark. And this is a convenient location for those seeking a quiet adventure.
While it’s widely known as a summer vacation destination, Cape May has more going for it than beaches and boats. Most noteworthy, there’s art, history, and culture aplenty. Here are the sights to see and things to do if you only have a few days in this unique seaside town.
Since its inception in 1967, the Festival of the Arts has served as the harbinger of spring for residents of Oklahoma City. For fifty years, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City has sponsored a six-day, family-friendly celebration of the arts that ranges from food to music to fine art. Did we mention admission is completely free?
Fort Collins may not be as well-known as Denver and Boulder, but it’s a haven for cycling enthusiasts and craft beer aficionados … not to mention, just a wonderful place to visit. Don’t miss these spots when you stop by.
One of the best ways to experience a new place is through food. Flavors and cooking styles vary widely across the U.S., so it can be helpful to try lots of new and different foods wherever you travel. Drive the Nation loves to feature local restaurants serving fresh foods that are locally or regionally based.
Share your favorite U.S. restaurants, favorite foodie cities, and foodie road trip stories with us using #drivethenation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! We’d love to hear from you, or even feature your ideas on our website. When it comes to travel, dining is one of the most significant and unforgettable parts of your vacation.