Nothing is more American that a road trip! As the 50s experienced the development of the Interstate highway system and more people could afford automobiles, the ritual of the family road trip was born. According to the New York Times, in 1963, 85 percent of Americans vacationed by car.
Anyone remember Dinah Shore singing, See the USA in Your Chevrolet? Favorite childhood road trip memories include: staying at the Motor Lodge, stopping at Stuckey’s for snacks and kitschy souvenirs, singing along with the radio, and eating hamburgers at the drive-in. Along the way, convincing Dad to stop at the quirky roadside attraction advertised on 20 billboards in the last 50 miles.
Understandably, there has been a resurgence in the all American road trip. So, in keeping with our faith inspired theme, here are a few fun and informative destinations.
In Washington D.C., visit the Museum of the Bible. Of course, in D.C. there are tons of things to see. Head down to Charlotte, North Carolina, to see the inspiring Billy Graham Library. Head east to Kentucky, where you can experience the Creation Museum and, 40 minutes away, walk through a life-sized ark at the Ark Encounter.
“Life is a journey, not a destination.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
As with any road trip, who knows what you will discover and explore along your drive. Hungry? Support businesses that promote Christian values like Chick-fil-A and In-N-Out Burger. Click the links to learn more about the outstanding ways they support their employees and how they live out their beliefs in a corporate environment.
Shifting gears, try a focus on experiencing God in nature by visiting our country’s amazing National Parks. It all began in 1872 when congress established Yellowstone National Park. Today there are over 400 National Parks in the United States. For planning tips and route ideas, check out morethanjustparks.com.
Start packing, air up the tires, and check the oil. The open road is calling!
A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway.Proverbs 15:19 NLT