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Family Road Trip Destinations this Summer

Family Road Trip DestinationsSummer is here, and it’s time for you to start preparing for your road trip. Where should you go? Here are five places you can go with the family this  summer.

  1. You can’t really go wrong with Colorado for your road trip. It is one of the few destinations that you can take a drive through and marvel at the beauty. You may think there is not much in Colorado, but when you see those snow kissed mountain tops and beautiful lakes as you drive through, you’ll be impressed. Also, a great place to take an RV or go on a camping trip.
  2. Southern flair and food seems to get the best of most people. You could be one of those people who is dining on fine southern BBQ and southern cuisine. If eating is on your platter, you should take a visit to savory New Orleans, Louisiana with your family this summer.
  3. Marveled as a truly American city, you might want to visit Chicago. There is a number of upscale clubs that remind you a place Al Capone would spend his time. If that doesn’t do it, the architecture will be a sight to see. Don’t forget to pick up a slice of Chicago style pizza.
  4. Of course, a road trip isn’t complete without a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. Of course, as with everything in Las Vegas, it comes at a price. The entertainment is world-class, even for your kids, and people come from around the world to see Las Vegas. It’s definitely among the top five places you can visit in the United States.
  5. New York City has a great mixture of people and entertainment options. It is one of the best places for tourists to visit, since there is a cultural melding pot within the city. You could spend your entire life doing a new event each day, but you would never do everything within New York City. Places to see include the Statue of Liberty, Chinatown, Little Italy and Times Square.

Before you head out for your road trip, make sure you have checked your tires and prepared your vehicle. The last thing you want on the road is a flat tire. Stop on by TireZoo for a check up on your tires.



Spicy Honey Roasted Cashews: Great Travel Snack

spicy honey cashews recipeIf you’ve ever been to an event where there are fresh roasted nuts of all flavors and varieties, you know they smell amazing. Making them at home isn’t difficult, and you’ll be amazed how close they’ll taste to the more expensive counterpart. The best thing is that they’re the perfect snack on the go, so pack some on your next road trip!

Spicy Honey Roasted Cashews

1 Tbls peanut oil (or sesame oil)
2 Tbls honey
1 Tbls lemon or lime juice
1 Tbls curry powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 1/2 cups cashews or almonds


Heat the oven to 300°F. Combine all first 6 ingredients in a small pan. Stir and heat on low until everything is well combined. Pour sauce over nuts and mix well. Layout on a cookie sheet either sprayed with spray-oil or lined with parchment paper. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes.

Place the pistachios in a bowl and pour the hot curry seasoning over nuts. Toss with a spatula or spoon until the nuts are fully coated. Spread the seasoned nuts onto a parchment-lined baking tray. Roast the nuts for about 25 minutes, stirring once at halfway mark, until the coating looks baked on and dry. Allow to cool, then break cashews apart and store in a zip-lock bag or individual containers for your next road trip.


Check Your Tires and Road Trip for BBQ

If you find yourself with a road trip planned, why not become a connoisseur of our vast American BBQ styles. As you make your way to your final destination, you can taste and compare some of the US’s original cuisine.

Take off from Minnesota and enjoy the different BBQ flavors across our country starting in St. Louis, working your way South and East.

BBQ Regions in USA Plan your road trip


Regions of BBQ Flavor and Technique in the USA

St. Louis: No light dusting of sauce here. Heavy on the sauce and flavor.

Kansas City: You’ll find lots of spare ribs (pork) with a thicker sauce that includes tomato, molasses and brown sugar.

Texas: Is known for their beef, specifically beef brisket that uses a long smoking process. It produces well cooked and tender meat with a tomato and vinegar sauce blend.

Louisiana: A melting pot of flavors influenced by world cuisine for a very unique flavor of meat (usually pork) and sauces.

Alabama and Kentucky: Sauces often include bourbon and mayonnaise that distinguishes this region of barbeque from the rest.

Memphis and Nashville: You might find a white BBQ, in addition to some amazing dry rubs and sauce, often served on the side so you can appreciate all the flavors.

Carolina’s: Known for a thinner sauce highlighting both vinegar and mustard in their BBQ recipes.

While all of these places feature delicious variations of barbecue, Minnesota has hot dish! Ever had a hot dish with a BBQ sauce? Where is the best BBQ you’ve ever had?

Minnesota Lakes Word Find, Perfect for Road Trips

Minnesota Lakes Word FindMinnesota Lakes Word Find: Our newest road trip printable puzzle, featuring Minnesota Lakes (in .pdf form). ~Good Luck and Drive Safely!