Who doesn’t love a good road trip? You and your friends or family blasting tunes in the car taking in the local scenery passing by you.
One of Dragonfly’s team members, Kim Kloess, decided recently to take a road trip to Nashville, Tennessee and had a fantastic time! On this road trip, she made it through eight (8) US states in 10 days! She saw and experienced so much in those 10 days, due to driving the roads versus flying the skies.
Follow along on Kim’s travels and she as she shares her Stories from the Road!
I absolutely love to take road trips – it’s not always about the destination, but the journey along the way that sometimes make the best vacation memories. This vacation we headed south to the United States and spent 10 days exploring Canada’s neighboring landscape from Michigan to Tennessee.
Starting our road trip in Michigan, while the weather was unfortunately monsoon like, it did not prevent us from witnessing some stunning views!
Mackinac Island is for sure a place that shouldn’t be missed! No motorized vehicles are allowed on the island and many movies have been filmed here! Mackinac Island is also known for the Mackinac suspension bridge which is the 10th largest over-water bridge where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet.
We drove to and stopped at a quaint German themed village called Frankenmuth which has the LARGEST Christmas store in North America called Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. This store is the size of 1.5 football fields and is open 361 days a year!!
Ohio was a quick drive through with not many stops – but we did see the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. And let’s not forget Cincinnati, located on the Ohio River that separates it from Kentucky.
Kentucky truly is “Blue Grass country” with beautiful rolling hills, caverns and caves throughout the state. My favorite stop here was the Mammoth Cave National Park and touring its caves!
We then made our way to Tennessee – and Nashville – a mecca for all country music lovers! The music talent in the local bars is unbelievable.
Tennessee has many other great cities, landmarks and history such as Sevierville just south of Knoxville also known as the birthplace of Dolly Parton!
Pigeon Forge is an amazing place!! There is so much for families to do such as themed haunted houses, theaters, carnival rides, speed racing tracks, retail shops, restaurants, and of course Dollywood!!
Gatlinburg is the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is a beautiful village with at least 3 to 4 gondolas you can take up into the mountains. There is a lot to do here including shopping and dining, visiting local attractions and exploring the folklore of the traditions of the Moonshine production.
#5 North Carolina
It is bittersweet leaving Tennessee, but our next state was North Carolina which was just the beginning of the charming southern scenery. The gentle rolling hills are intermixed with low mountain ridges.
North Carolina is home to the “Tail of the Dragon” road for thrill seeking, daredevil bikers with 318 turns and over 11 miles long! Not for the faint of heart!
#6 Virginia/West Virginia
Although the state dance in Virginia is funny enough: the Virginia Reel, we didn’t stay in this state long enough to do any dancing. The driving in this state took us through the Appalachian Plateau Mountains which were spectacular!
Pennsylvania is filled with history and famous landmarks. One landmark we drove past was the Kinzua Bridge (billed as the eighth Wonder of the World), which was destroyed by a tornado in 2003. It was at one time the tallest railway bridge in the world, being 92 meters high and 2,052 feet long spanning across the Kinzua Creek.
Ladies … this state is also one that you could shop till you drop in!!
#8 New York State
Being so close to Ontario, we Torontonians love New York State. This state has so much to see and do. Long Island, Lake Placid, the Finger Lakes, and Cooperstown, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. And finally, who can pass up a trip to New York City, which holds so much historical significance, as well as business and retail adventure.