Best of Road: Texas and California

Allison Otto, our videographer on the Best of the Road RV, tours the best small towns in CA and TX before completing the trip in Seattle.

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One small-town wonder: A little wrangler in College Station, TX. 960 1280

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Exterior of the Depot Café, a popular local diner in Frisco, TX. 960 1280

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The water tower is a well-known landmark in Frisco, TX. 960 1280

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Mary Mathis has been serving her famous snow cones in Frisco, TX, for more than 25 years. Her snow cones are a summertime tradition. 960 1280

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The snow cone lady’s shack in Frisco, TX, serves more than 50 varieties of snow cones. 960 1280

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A windmill in Frisco, TX, where temperatures reach more than 106 degrees. 960 1280

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A replica of the ring worn by graduates of Texas A&M. 960 1280

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Colonel, the horse, watches the sunset in College Statiom, TX. 960 1280

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The Best of the Road RV tackles the Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, New York. 960 1280

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Best of the Road co-hosts Gary Hurt and Amanda Pflugrad dance to a mariachi band in the Santa Fe Plaza, a National Historic Landmark. 960 1280

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An all-female mariachi band performs at the historic Santa Fe Plaza. 960 1280

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Santa Fe’s Railyard District is now home to a vibrant arts and food scene, which features a Southwestern-flavored farmer’s market on the weekends. 960 1280

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A railcar at the historic Railyard District in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Southern Railway offers scenic High Desert trips in their vintage cars. 960 1280

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A local farmer sautés fresh snap peas for shoppers to sample. 960 1280

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The Santa Fe Farmer’s market is a great place to find a budget breakfast or lunch on Saturday. 960 1280

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Fresh sage burros for sale at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. 960 1280

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Bert and Best of the Road co-host Amanda Pflugrad, joke with the check won by team Two for the Road for their work as judges of the America’s Most Beautiful Towns category. 960 1280

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The Best of the Road teams and staff celebrate with Bert on a yacht in Seattle. 960 1280

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Joplin, MO, gives a warm welcome to the Rogue Riders, the Best of the Road team assigned to discover America’s friendliest small towns. 960 1280

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Percy Katz (pictured here with museum director Brad Belk) is the official museum greeter at the Joplin Museum Complex in Joplin, MO. The 12-year-old Russian Blue, who is named after local composer Percy Weinrich, has survived cancer and a kidnapping that made front-page news to become the unofficial mascot of Joplin. 960 1280

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Percy Katz, Joplin’s most famous cat and resident greeter at the Joplin Museum Complex in Joplin, MO. 960 1280

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Route 66 Carousel Park, a vintage, family-owned park along the popular Route 66 byway that runs through Joplin, MO. 960 1280

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A view of Route 66 Carousel Park. 960 1280

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Best of the Road co-hosts Gary Hurt and Amanda Pflugrad enjoy the Route 66 Carousel Park in Joplin, MO. 960 1280

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The Old Courthouse, built in 1892, is now the Bardstown Visitor’s Center. The Courthouse stands in the center of Bardstown’s historic district. 960 1280

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Bardstown’s nickname is the Bourbon Capitol of the World with mint juleps made with bourbon being a popular local drink. 960 1280

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A mint julep made with Kentucky bourbon and topped with powdered sugar. 960 1280

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Bardstown’s Old County Jail, built in 1797, was the oldest operating jail in the state of Kentucky until 1987. 960 1280

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The old, one-room schoolhouse in historic Bardstown, Kentucky. 960 1280

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Grand Falls, Missouri’s largest continually flowing natural waterfall, is a popular swimming hole just south of Joplin. The depth of the water can climb to about 25 feet. 960 1280

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The Best of the Road Rally RV took off from the Airforce Memorial, a few miles outside of Washington, DC. 960 1280

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Best of the Road host Bert Kreischer jokes with team members Patricia Serrano and Anna Haas of the “Fresh Travelers” (in orange) and Dusty and Nikki Green of “Two For The Road” (in blue). 960 1280

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Patricia Serrano and Anna Haas of the “Fresh Travelers” team stand in front of their official team vehicle. 960 1280

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The Best of the Road Rally RV is handing out cool freebies, like these camp chairs, to travelers during the cross-country adventure. 960 1280

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Campground hamburgers grilled over an open fire are a tasty summertime tradition. 960 1280

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A welcome sign hangs beside an RV campsite near Gettysburg. 960 1280

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A tall ship docked in Clayton, which is part of the 1,000 Islands region in upstate New York. 960 1280

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The Merrill children and their dog, Cooper, enjoy the weekend in Clayton, NY. Nine-year-old Cooper competed in Clayton’s DockDogs long jump competition as a first-time entrant. 960 1280

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Three friends backflip off the dock in Clayton, NY. 960 1280

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Victorian homes line the streets of Clayton, NY. 960 1280

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An anchor overlooks the St. Lawrence River in Clayton, NY. 960 1280

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Detail of a mural in Clayton, NY. 960 1280

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Dr. McDowell’s violin rests atop a piano at the McDowell Museum in Danville, KY. 960 1280

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Check the Best of the Road blog for a bourbon slush recipe by David Sullivan, a bartender from Danville, KY. 960 1280

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A traditional Kentucky BBQ welcomes the Best of the Road crew to Danville. 960 1280

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The Great American Dollhouse Museum features more than 200 dollhouses and a replica village. 960 1280

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A maid cleans up in the miniature home of an art dealer at the Great American Dollhouse Museum in Danville, KY. 960 1280

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This mansion in Danville, KY, was featured in the 1957 film, Raintree County, starring Elizabeth Taylor. 960 1280

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Cupcakes from The Twisted Sifter Cake Shoppe in Danville, KY, line the dessert table at a community BBQ. 960 1280

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Fleetwood RV driver, Bob Bailey, take the road rally team across the country. 960 1280

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(Left to Right) Rand McNally videographers Andrew Saunderson, Zach Mann, driver Bob Bailey and Best of the Road co-hosts, Amanda Pflugrad and Gary Hurt, lean against the swanky 40-foot Fleetwood RV that transports our crew across the country. 960 1280

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