Call me a tightwad, but I tend to look at things in terms of “bang for the buck.” Which means I get kind of excited when I discover a truly extraordinary experience that’s absolutely free!
Yes, I know there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But while you may have to invest in a couple of tanks of gas and a motel room or two, I think you’ll find that the fun-per-dollar quotient of these three all-American adventures is off the charts:
- Woodward Dream Cruise: Every August, Detroit hosts this 12-hour automotive spectacle that attracts more than 1.5 million people and 40,000 custom and classic cars. Simply put, it’s the coolest car event you’ve probably never heard of.
- Drive Route 66: While you may not have the time or money to drive all 2,400-odd miles of John Steinbeck’s Mother Road like I did a few years ago, there are several choice sections of Route 66 that lend themselves to a great long weekend’s drive. Check them out here.
- Fred’s Lounge: This nondescript brick building in the tiny town of Grand Mamou, Louisiana is famous for being the place where Cajun culture was reborn more than a half-century ago. What really makes Fred’s remarkable however, is the fact that the Saturday morning party there is absolutely the most fun you can have before noon.
Next Time: In The Air, On The Streets, and Underground