20 Trips, 10 Cities, 1 Tank of Gas

Save money on fuel with these escapes from 10 US cities that can be reached on a single tank of gas or less.

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Hit the Road

Route 66 Road Trip

Check out the motels, restaurants and roadside attractions of Route 66.

Bold, twin arrows mark the exit for this abandoned gas station on Route 66. 960 1280

  

Gemini Giant

Gemini Giant

Gemini Giant stands at the Launching Pad Drive-In in Wilmington, IL. The Giant is one of the "Muffler Men" made by International Fiberglass. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

Polka Dot Drive In Figures

Polka Dot Drive In Figures

Just down the road in Braidwood, IL, is the Polka Dot Drive-In. Here you'll find these famous figures -- Elvis, Marilyn, James Dean and Betty Boop. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

Shea's Marathon Museum

Shea's Marathon Museum

Shea's Marathon in Springfield, IL has become a museum of gas station and automobile memorabilia. The owner, Bill Shea, spent his career in the gasoline business. He is now retired and runs the museum. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

Cozy Drive In

Cozy Drive In

Home of the famous "Cozy Dog" (aka corn dog), this restaurant in Springfield, IL, has a rich history on the route. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

Wagon Wheel Motel

Wagon Wheel Motel

The Wagon Wheel Motel, in Cuba, MO, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1935, the cafe and cabins have a long history. Now owned by Connie Echols, the motel was recently renovated being careful to preserve its unique features. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

66 Drive-In Theatre

66 Drive-In Theatre

In Carthage, MO, you'll find the 66 Drive-In Theater. You get 2 movies for the price of 1. There is a concession stand and consumers are encouraged to sit outside their cars (not on top!) to enjoy the film. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

An arched bridge spans a small creek along Historic Route 66 outside Baxter Springs, KS. 960 1280

  

Eisler Brother's Market

Eisler Brother's Market

Eisler Brother's Market in Riverton, KS, has lots of Route 66 memorabilia, as well as the typical things you would find in a market. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

Tow Tater at the Four Women on the Route Gas Station and Grill

Tow Tater at the Four Women on the Route Gas Station and Grill

Tow Tater sits outside of the Four Women on the Route Kan-O-Tex service station and grill in Galena, KS. He was the inspiration for the Tow Mater character in the Disney Cars movies. 960 1280

Marcin Wichary on Flickr  

Blue Whale in Catoosa

Blue Whale in Catoosa

The Blue Whale in Catoosa, OK, has an interesting history. Built by Hugh Davis as part of the waterpark on his property, he gave it to his wife Zelta on their anniversary. Their kids kept asking for something to jump off and this waterfront structure provided just the means. The whale and grounds were restored in 2002 and have become a major attraction on Route 66. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

Large Soda Bottle in front of pops

Large Soda Bottle in front of pops

This large soda bottle stands 66 feet tall and weighs more than 4 tons. It towers over a futuristic building in Arcadia, OK, which is home to POPS restaurant, soda ranch and shake shop. 960 1280

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Braum's Milk Bottle

Braum's Milk Bottle

The Braum's Milk Bottle, in Oklahoma City, is taller than the building (a bakery) on which it stands. The bottle originally advertised for Townley Dairy. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

On Route 66, west of Clinton, OK is this interesting automobile art. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

Kachina doll outside the National Route 66 Museum

Kachina doll outside the National Route 66 Museum

Meet Myrtle, a Kachina doll that stands outside the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, OK. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, TX

U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, TX

The Tower Station and U-Drop Inn were once a gas station and restaurant that served travelers in Shamrock, TX, on Route 66. Today it has been restored and acts as the Chamber of Commerce and tourism office. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

Leaning Water Tower of Britten

Leaning Water Tower of Britten

When driving in Groom, TX, you'll find the "Leaning Water Tower of Britten." It appears in the animations seen between visits on the PBS show Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo Texas

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo Texas

In 1974, Stanley Marsh 3 and San Francisco artists, who called themselves Ant Farm, created this Cadillac graveyard to baffle the locals in Amarillo, TX. The 10 cars are supposedly buried at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza. Over the years visitors have added their special touch to the cars. 960 1280

Ken Koehler   

Tee Pee Curios in New Mexico

Tee Pee Curios in New Mexico

In Tucumcari, NM, is the Tee Pee Curios store. The concrete wigwam is fused onto a building where they sell souvenirs along Route 66. 960 1280

Ken Koehler   

Blue Swallow Motel

Blue Swallow Motel

Across the street from the Tee Pee is the Blue Swallow Motel. It was bought by its current owners in early 2011 and is being renovated with the goal of keeping the historic aspects, such as the garages for cars. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

Few experiences match the magic of dawn at Monument Valley. 960 1280

  

Route 66 winding its way through Arizona. 960 1280

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Wigwam Motel

Wigwam Motel

In the late 1930s, Chester E. Lewis had several motels on Route 66 and decided he wanted to add a wigwam village. An architect, Frank Redford, who patented the wigwam villages design, struck a deal that allowed Lewis to build one of his own in Holbrook, AZ. Today the Wigwam Village Motel #6 is one of the few such motels left. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

Jack Rabbit Trading Post

Jack Rabbit Trading Post

The Jack Rabbit Trading Post in Joseph City, AZ, cannot be missed with its famous "Here It Is" sign. The trading post sells Route 66 souvenirs along with Indian arts and crafts. There is also a wide selection of Jack Rabbit goodies. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

The Museum Club

The Museum Club

The Museum Club in Flagstaff, AZ is a bar with karaoke nights and live music. This large log cabin didn't start out as a bar. Built by taxidermist Dean Eldredge in 1931, "the Zoo" was a museum for him to show off his stuffed friends, Winchester rifles, Indian artifacts and more than 30,000 other items. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

Dinosaur on Route 66

Dinosaur on Route 66

A dinosaur seen along Route 66 in Arizona. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

The Desert Market

The Desert Market

The Desert Market is a historic building in Daggett, CA. A variety of people have owned the market. It was destroyed in a fire in 1908 and rebuilt. The store was a place where miners converted their gold dust into "spendable" currency. In 1953, the store was robbed and more than $1,000 of gold nuggets were taken. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

El Rancho Coffee Shop and Motel

El Rancho Coffee Shop and Motel

The El Rancho Coffee Shop and Motel in Barstow, CA. 960 1280

Ken Koehler  

The World's Largest Rocker

The World's Largest Rocker

This 46-foot-tall wood and steel rocking chair stands outside of the Fanning US 66 Outpost & General Store in Cuba, MO. It was the creation of the store's owner Dan Sanazaro as a way to attract more business. 960 1280

Serge Melki on Flickr  

A flat, sweeping stretch of old Route 66 near Amboy, CA. 960 1280

  

An abandoned motel sign along Route 66 in California gives a haunted air to this stretch of highway. 960 1280

  

Near the western end of Route 66 is the neon sign marking the Santa Monica Pier in California. 960 1280

  

Family Fun

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8 Adventurous Vacations the Whole Family Will Love

From tracking elephants in South Africa to visiting ancient Mayan temples in Belize, here are some of the most action-packed trips for families who want to get out and explore the world together.
Raft the Grand Canyon

Raft the Grand Canyon

It is the epic American adventure – rafting 277 miles over eight days through the towering red walls of the Grand Canyon, navigating rapids by day and sleeping under the stars at night. The Grand Canyon Expeditions Company makes this bucket-list experience possible for the whole family thanks to their well-planned, safe and ruggedly fun river trips. The family will eat well, sleep comfortably and yet still get the thrill of buckling down for some bumpy white waters (life jackets required at all time, of course!) By spending eight days on the river you get to know this magical land like the 19th century explorers did – see eagles soar above as you float through canyons that tell the story of the Earth’s geological past. While this respected river company is flexible, they recommend the trip for children eight and older. 960 1280

John & Lisa Merrill  

Family Safari in South Africa

Family Safari in South Africa

You will never forget the first time you hear a lion roar on the African plains. Or see giraffes run freely. Or watch a leopard stalk its prey. These are experiences that stay with you, and thanks to the super kid-friendly Madikwe-Lelapa Lodge in South Africa, the entire family can have them together. The lodge is located in a malaria-free zone on the edge of the Kalahari, so parents can rest easy bringing the kids along. While many safari lodges are reluctant to take young children, all ages are happily welcome at Madikwe (although, for safety purposes, children under the age of two have to sit out the game drives). With special play spaces and animal activities for the kids and fine dining for the grown-ups, everyone will be wildly entertained here. 960 1280

Roger de la Harpe  

Ride Wild in Texas

Ride Wild in Texas

No place for the idle, Texas Horseback Adventures gives your family a taste of the real cowboy life. Sleep in a comfy bed roll in a canvas tent on an expansive, privately-owned ranch in the West Texas desert and wake up to wide open spaces where horses ramble freely. Gourmet chef, expert guide, and head cowgirl Missy Cantrell will serve up a cowboy breakfast prepared over an open fire, after which you will help her saddle up and ride. And this is no slow-moving trail ride, but rather a real horse lover’s journey on which you may trot for miles, sometimes up rocky mountains to jaw-dropping views over the ridges of Mexico. Cantrell, however, is skilled at catering the ride to all levels and schedules, from a one-day ride to a week. If your kids can’t get enough of horses and like to help out and get dirty, this is the adventure for them. 960 1280

Stevens Fremont  

Go Eco in Belize

Go Eco in Belize

Ride horses to ancient Mayan temples, discover archeological pottery shards amid the stalagmites on a caving trip, or canoe down the serene Macal River at the Black Rock Lodge in Belize. The Black Rock is a totally off-the-grid riverside eco lodge nestled in the rainforest, so the kids learn not only about the rainforest and how to take care of it but also about resource conservation in general. No TVs or internet connection means that everyone gets to unplug together. Who needs their gadgets anyway when you can see three types of toucans before breakfast? It’s best to travel to Belize in the cooler months – late April through September can get pretty steamy. 960 1280

Danita Delimont  

Sail the British Virgin Islands

Sail the British Virgin Islands

Tired of the regular beach vacation? Take it to the high seas. Whether you are an able sailor or prefer to hire a skipper, a boating trip around the British Virgin Islands is a great adventure – even if you have yet to learn how to hoist a sail. The gentle winds around the British Virgin Islands make it a particularly safe place to launch your first family sailing trip; and because the islands are clustered together, you are never too far from land. Rent your ocean vessel from an international boating company like the Moorings; they will teach you what you need to know, provide you with a crew if desired and suggest itineraries for sailing from island to island. “It’s like a floating RV,” says one mom who took her four-year-old and six-year-old sailing. “The kids help out with things like dropping anchor, and we would all swim into the beaches together, exploring different islands every day.” 960 1280

Christian Wheatley  

Get Unplugged in Jamaica

Get Unplugged in Jamaica

Rather than opt for the mega-resort vacation in Jamaica, try a bolder off-the-grid adventure by renting a house in the jungles of the northern coast near Ocho Rios. In spacious rentals like the Cabarita Lookout, for example, there is sparse internet service, so everyone can trade in their screen time for hiking under waterfalls at Dunn’s River Falls, jumping off of cliffs (small ones!) into clear pools at Blue Hole or hunting seashells on a remote black sand beach. And because a driver and cook often come with the rental property, parents can really relax – without the crowds or expense often found at the all-inclusive hotels. If you and your kiddos want to venture back into the land of tourist attractions, swimming with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove is a nautical adventure that the kids will love. 960 1280

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Surf Camp in San Diego

Surf Camp in San Diego

When you learn to surf with your kids, that means you will also laugh, wipe out, and feel the buzz of riding your first wave together – and nothing beats that. But to make the first family surf experience a good one, go with a pro who is both encouraging and safe. “The big V variable is the ocean,” says Pat Weber, the San Diego-based surf coach who has run the San Diego Surfing Academy for twenty years. “Understanding the waves is the hardest part of the sport.” That knowledge is a big part of the education you’ll get with Coach Pat, who knows how to introduce surfing safety, etiquette and technique to all ages in a positive way that you’ll never forget. The friendly school customizes the surf camp experience to each child’s swimming level, athletic ability and focus. Stay at one of their partner properties – some located steps from the beach – for a personalized surf adventure in the right hands. 960 1280

Stephen Simpson  

Rent a Riad in Marrakech

Rent a Riad in Marrakech

Step into the otherworldly delights of Marrakech, Morocco, where the locals are renown for doting upon the little ones. Walk with your children through the cultural phenomenon that is the Plaza Jemaa el Fna to see the snake charmers, hear the Arabic and Berber storytellers entertaining the crowds (even if you miss the plotline, it is still fun to witness) and sample the tagines and couscous at the food stalls that come out at dusk. Stay in a family-friendly riad, like Les Trois Mages, decked out with mosaic tiles, cushioned alcoves and ample gardens – many riads, or traditional Moroccan homes, are an affordable option for large families. Take a donkey ride, visit a traditional souk and mosque and enjoy the beautifully haunting cry of the muezzin call to prayer. North Africa will not fail to capture the imagination, no matter what age. 960 1280

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About the Show

Epic journeys are a family tradition in the Warburton clan, and Patrick and his eldest son, Talon, are about to embark on a road trip across the nation to discover the crazy, beautiful and always inspiring traditions and legacies that make up the American family. Whether it's smashing up cars in a demolition derby in Missouri, whizzing across the Alaskan tundra on the back of a dog sled or driving a herd of cattle across the plains, they'll take us to incredible places to meet fascinating people as they challenge their perceptions and put their mental and physical skills to the test.

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