Best of Road: Texas and New Mexico

Our road trippin’ videographer, Allison Otto, captures small town life in several Texas towns and in Sante Fe, NM, while touring the country on the Best of the Road RV.

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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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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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A child celebrates the Fourth of July in Gainesville, TX, which was awarded “Most Patriotic” town in America in the recent Best of the Road tour. 960 1280

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Truffles decorate a table at a community Fourth of July party in Gainesville, TX, which is a Medal of Honor host city. 960 1280

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Dogs celebrate the Fourth of July in Denton, TX. 960 1280

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The Best of the Road RV crew enjoyed almond-encrusted onion rings at Luna Red in San Luis Obispo, CA. 960 1280

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On a busy weekend in Gainesville, TX, the Fried Pie Company can sell as many as 800 pies. 960 1280

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Travel Channel videographer Allison Otto photographs a Fourth of July parade in Gainesville, TX. 960 1280

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Best of the Road co-host Gary Hurt stretches his legs on a California byway. 960 1280

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Detail from a street mural in San Luis Obispo, CA. 960 1280

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The famous BubbleGum Alley in San Luis Obispo, CA. 960 1280

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The origins of BubbleGum Alley are unknown. Some historians claim it was started after World War II by a graduating class of San Luis Obispo High School. 960 1280

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A couple enjoys an evening canoe trip in Seattle. 960 1280

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The sun sets in Seattle, the final destination for Best of the Road. 960 1280

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The Best of the Road crew celebrate the completion of the tour with an evening boat cruise in Seattle. 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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