Best of the Road: Missouri and Kentucky

Our road warrior videographer, Allison Otto, captures small town life from the Best of the Road RV trip through Missouri and Kentucky.

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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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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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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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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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Photos

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

Detail of a mural in Clayton, NY. 960 1280

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto   

(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

Allison Otto   

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

Allison Otto  

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

Allison Otto  

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

Allison Otto  

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

Allison Otto  

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

Allison Otto  

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

Allison Otto  

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

Allison Otto  

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

Allison Otto  

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

Allison Otto  

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

Allison Otto  

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

Allison Otto  

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

Allison Otto  

The Best of the Road crew celebrate the completion of the tour with an evening boat cruise in Seattle. 960 1280

Allison Otto