The USA is the ultimate destination for road trips as the wide-open roads and ever-changing scenery offers a bit of everything for even the most jaded traveler.
It’s also a fun way to bond with loved ones and according to a recent survey, 57 percent of Millennial families take road trips every year in the country, while 41 percent of singles do the same with their friends.
Going on an American road trip allows you to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of the US. And if you’re a foodie, you’re in for a treat as taking to the road across the US will open up a whole new world of flavors and diverse cuisine that’s beyond your imagination. If a road trip is in the cards this year, get ready to hit the best food stops and follow this guide to planning the ultimate foodie road trip in America.
Eat the best seafood
Every road trip starts with picking the right vehicle for your adventure. Whether you choose a conventional car or an SUV, make sure to do your research and check out customer satisfaction ratings, the vehicle’s suitability for long drives, and its safety features so you can have a hassle-free road trip. If you’re traveling with friends, plan your stops and work out how to split your road trip expenses. You may also want to create a driving schedule so those who have a license can take turns behind the wheel during the trip.
If you’re a fan of seafood, then plan on heading to Maine for the best lobster bisques and lobster rolls. Fans of clam chowder shouldn’t miss a trip to New England, while those who love crab cakes should drive on to Maryland, where it’s a specialty and an old-time favorite. For those who like seafood cooked with a Southern twist, head on to Georgia for some shrimp and grits. If you visit in September, you’ll be able to attend the Shrimp and Grits festival which is a statewide celebration of this tasty dish.
Feast on amazing barbeque
Those who love all kinds of grilled food will love a road trip in Texas. The state boasts amazing rib shacks and barbeque joints which will have you coming back for more. If you’re in Houston, check out Ray’s BBQ Shack for sliced brisket and baby back ribs. Meanwhile, those who like Tex-Mex cuisine can check out The Switch in Austin, while fans of Asian and Southern barbeque should drop by Blood Bros. BBQ in Bellaire.
Wine and food tours for the win
Napa Valley is famous for its numerous wineries that offer wine tastings, and the gorgeous views makes it a fantastic road trip destination. If you and your friends want to go on a wine tasting adventure but want something a little more substantial than cheese to go with your vino, then check out some amazing wineries in the area that offer full meals. There’s Brasswood, which offers four wines along with a full course meal with their tour, while Davies Vineyard offers a sparkling wine and caviar brunch. Meanwhile, Robert Mondavi Winery offers a full meal that includes a soup, starter, main dish, and dessert to go with a trio of wines.
Satisfy your cravings by going on a foodie road trip this year. Remember to prepare well to have a hassle free time on the road, and be open to tasting new dishes to make the most of your trip!