American Road® magazine's “Rock, Paper, Scissors”-themed issue visits places such as Massachusetts’ Paper House, the Wall of Scissors at Maine’s Sardine Museum, and the Ghost Town of Granite in Montana. The motif also provided the opportunity to trace the making of the 1973 film PAPER MOON—revisiting PAPER MOON locations that made make-believe—under a canvas sky. Then Academy Award winner Tatum O’Neal shares her memories of the movie-in-the-making in an exclusive American Road® interview.
Features include Wonderland Way—an article that traces a 1921 scenic route set against the shores of the Ohio River, Hopping the Hippety Highway—a tribute to six long-eared leapers, and Alice in Postcard Land.
Features A Night at the Drive-In 2—highlighting thirty-two drive-ins, Burt Reynolds speaks to his experiences in an exclusive American Road interview, and this issue examines a dozen films named for genuine thoroughfares.
Features include Bank Shot: The Winding Ways of Old Washington State Road 8 and American Road’s Waterworks (sites around North America that go with the flow).
From Vermont's Molly Stark Trail to Colorado's Molly Brown Route, Maryland's Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, Connecticut's Prudence Crandall Museum, and California's Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park, our travels this quarter salute women.
“Electric Highway” tells the tale of its titular road, a Montana auto trail named in 1920 after the amped-up trains of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad. “I Sing the Roadside Electric” is a tribute to light twisted with gas and glass. Across US Highways 2, 10, 50, 66, and others, American Road visits one hundred masterpieces of the neon signmakers’ art. And, the “Energy Loop Scenic Byway,” follows a route that honors the men and the mines that brought Utah fame.
Features include: US Highway 10 (Midland, Michigan, to Fargo, North Dakota) and American Road's Take Ten!
Features include: Virginia 10: Porkers, Appomattox Manor, Pocahontas, and Mr. Peanut and Arkansas 10: Lunar Moths, French Legends, and Lively Little Rock.
Features include: The Pinball Route, Ten Pin Alley and American Road's Sports Stops.
Features include: Orange Bowl (Florida's Orange Blossom Trail) and Cherries Jubilee (Wisconsin's Door Peninsula).
Features include: Baby's Last Drive: The Baby Face Nelson Route and American Roads Gangland Getaways.
Features include: American Road's Top 12 Road Films," "A Night at the Drive-In," and "Intermission Time, Folks!"
Features include: American Road's Guide to the Galaxy and US Highway 70: A Space Odyssey.
Features include: Happily Ever After (America's Storybook Parks) and Bunyan Derby (Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway)
Features include: Old Forts, Big Sky (Montana-to-Alberta Old Forts Trail), Washington Wonder (Capturing Whidbey Island), South Carolina Stronghold (Exploring Fort Sumter), and Texas Treasure (Remembering the Alamo).
Features include: California Salton Sea, Florida Manatees (Indian River Lagoon Cruise), South Carolina Peachoid, Arkansas Hot Springs.
Features include Main Time Machine (Schoodic Scenic Byway) and Indiana Roamin' Road (The Ben-Hur Route), Texas Wind Run (Highway 15), and Alaska Seward Highway (the Glory of the Kenai Peninsula).
Features include Florida Mermaid Tour (Visiting Weeki Wachee Springs!), California's Bigfoot Byway (The Big Fellow's Scenic Drive!) and Tennessee Road of Fire (Braving the Tail of the Dragon!).
Features include Passing the Buck (Pennsylvania's Bucktail Trail) and The Beefsteak Trail (New Mexico US 60).
Features include Gimme 3C (a tour of Ohio's 3C Highway) and Numbers Game (an historical look at the number system).
Features include Surviving the One (California Highway 1) and The Goofy and Great US 98 (Florida's Highway 98).
Features include Drive Me Lonely (US 50 through Nevada) and The End of the Earth (Arizona's Indian Highway 18).
This issue of American Road is dedicated to birds—those free spirits of the air who seem ageless as they sail through the centuries. The tribute begins with a trip that is timelessness itself: “Watch the Birdies” explores Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail, that warbling line of beaches and bayous, salt marshes and Creole culture. Wetland refuges thrive in the brine and thrill bird-watchers who come to sneak peeks at paradise. “American Road’s Big Birds” visits twenty-one of the nation’s largest roadside avians. Here, one finds the huge Bluebird of Happiness, prodigious Pelican Pete, colossal Claire d’Loon, and a flock of additional oversized fowl too enormous to fit in a birdcage.
Surf’s up in this “Muscle Beach Party”
issue of American Road magazine,
beginning with “Gulf Course,” a tour of Alabama’s Coastal Connection National
Scenic Byway. On this journey along the edges of Mobile Bay and the Gulf of
Mexico are the origins of Forrest Gump’s Bubba Gump Shrimp, the fish of the
Dauphin Island Estuarium, the sea turtles of Bon Secour, and even the
mysterious Catman. Oh, and what’s a beach party without the cheeses of Elberta,
Say “desert isle” or
“three-hour tour” and most children of the 1960s will recall Gilligan’s Island
and the ever-popular question—“Ginger or Mary Ann?” American Road believes
there is no contest, and an exclusive interview with Dawn Wells (aka Mary Ann)
For even more fun in the sun, American
Road departments chase Gidget down Hollywood Boulevard, sleep on the RMS Queen
Mary, revisit old Cape May, and investigate the racing heritage of Daytona
Grab a beach blanket to enjoy the
American Road Winter issue, and discover what American Road readers can do with
a camera and a bit of shoreline inspiration in the “Back to the Beach Photo
Ahhh...a day at the
beach. Pack flip-flops and a copy of American Road magazine. Then point a
compass toward the coast. How about a little umbrella for that lemonade?
Since ancient times, myths have helped
us make sense of our world—where we’re going, where we’ve been. The classic
Greek stories—the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Argonautica, and the Oresteia,
among them—have endured through the centuries because they speak to archetypal
Myths teach. Myths interpret. And in
this issue of American Road, they
turn the highway into a labyrinth, and the roadside into a land touched by the
golden fingers of Midas.
American Road’s odyssey begins with a
trip through time: In 225 BCE, the Greek engineer Philo of Byzantium identified
seven wonders of the ancient world that he recommended every good citizen see.
We take his list and apply it to the USA, finding our own “Colossus of Roads”
and other marvels in “Seven Wonders of the Modern Road.” Did you know that the
modern-day Zeus sits at the corner of Woodward and Jefferson avenues in
downtown Detroit? No? Well, he does. And he’s green.
“Mythic Proportions,” this issue’s compendium,
is the largest we’ve ever assembled. In it, we visit thirty-six sites named for
Greek gods, heroes, and monsters—from California’s Hercules Tree to South
Carolina’s Mt. Atlanticus Minotaur Goff and Baltimore’s Orpheus with the Awkward Foot. You’ll even find a cyclops in
there—a one-eyed giant that serves as a fine introduction to our final feature,
“O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Revisited.” Fifteen years ago, the Coen brothers brought the songs of the
sirens, the winds of Aeolus, and John Goodman’s gluttonous Bible-thumping
Polyphemus to Mississippi and the moviegoing masses. We look back at the
production and its filming locations in the Magnolia State that managed to
capture the magic of ancient Greece and the lands Odysseus visited during his
Life is a poem and a journey—a sonnet and an
odyssey. Write it, mythically, on the road.
Features Walking Six (US Highway 6) and Thumbs Up! (a tour around Michigan's thumb area).
Features include The Titans of US 2 and Avenue of the Giants (California's Redwood Highway).