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Kinda-Sorta Stand at the Center of North America in This North Dakota Town

April 2, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Each year, thousands of people visit the small town of Rugby, North Dakota, as they make their way across the country. And what a stop it advertises itself to be. According to the town, it sits at the center of North America, offering visitors the novelty of standing in the middle of the continent, going as far as to build a monument and slap the slogan "Geographical Center of North America" on its welcome sign.

Leave it to those pesky scientists to rain on the parade. A few years ago, a report came out that questioned whether Rugby was actually the closest town to the center of the continent. The data revealed that the center was closer to two other towns, about 16 miles southwest of Rugby, 5.2 miles north of Orrin, and 6 miles west of Balta "in the middle of nowhere" and without any sort of marking or monument. This is exactly what the original data showed as well, but Rugby, being the biggest of the three and having an eye for tourism, made the claim to fame its own economical interest.

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Find Healthy Food on Your Summer Road Trip (There's an App for That)

May 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

No more Bob's Big Boy. Pass on the Perkins. Can the Cracker Barrel.

The day has finally come that the all-American road trip can be filled with healthy choices to eat instead of fast food and Cheet-os. Thanks to Shft, a multimedia website co-founded by Adrian Grenier and Ford Motor Company, the days of eating at a greasy spoon are over with a shift to wholesome and healthy fare. Besides, who likes driving with orange fingers anyway?

The '"sustainable culture" website has teamed up with the car company to create an iPhone app called Food Tripping to help those Jacks (and Jills) hitting the road this summer in the quest to see America. All from your iPhone, you can find fresh, healthy, local food options in between seeing the largest ball of twine or Corn Palace.

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Rental Car Companies Finally Forced to Do Right Thing about Recalled Cars

October 3, 2012 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s been an on-and-off battle over recalled rental cars for quite some time, one which has been in and out of the new for at least the last few years. Basically, car rental companies haven’t been doing their best when it comes to pulling recalled cars off the lot or sending them in for the necessary repairs. Obviously this isn’t a good idea, and that’s especially the case when it results in injuries, accidents, or other bad stuff.

Obviously there’s certain rules and regulations that have to be followed, but the basic premise is that rental car companies need to yank recalled cars off their lots as soon as possible. The new legislation requires the companies to stop renting out vehicles no later than 24 hours after getting the official recall notice, but the time period stretches up to 48 hours if the recall affects more than 5,000 cars within their garage.

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Seeing a Different Kind of Golden Arches in Reno, Nevada

September 21, 2011 at 11:07 AM | by | Comments (0)


It may not be as famous as the Golden Arches, but here’s an arch we always wanted to see: “The Biggest Little City In The World” on Virginia Street in Reno.

We always wanted to go to Reno to check it out as a grubby Vegas but were sold on the idea when we came across a postcard from the 1940s of Reno, with old cars passing under this glorious arch. And we knew we really had to go.

The Reno Arch was built in 1926 in advance of the Transcontinental Highways Exposition the following year, but it was only in 1929 that the slogan was coined, after a competition (the winner got $100 for inventing the phrase).

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A Rental Car Company That Only Has Hybrids? It's in California, Of Course.

September 15, 2011 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Some of the big rental car companies have gotten on the green travel bandwagon, but now there’s a new company in the neighborhood. Out in the Los Angeles area, MPG CarRental is only doing hybrids and electric automobiles, and they’ve even got some which are way cooler than a Prius.

A few of the cheapest options we found for a weeklong rental in the upcoming weeks were around $320, for the aforementioned Prius. However, they only include 150 miles per day, so just keep that in mind if you’re planning to use the hybrid for its true road trip potential.

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More Road Trip Deals! Drive Outta Arizona For Just $5 Per Day

March 28, 2011 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Not too long ago we were all excited about rental car deals out of Florida to pretty much everywhere, thanks to the migration of old people and college kids south. Now the rental car party is moving the way of Lewis and Clark, as Arizona has some cheapo one-way deals.

Now through the end of May you can grab a car from Hertz for as little as $5 per day. There’s no mileage caps, no drop-off fees, and all kinds of places to pick up the car and drop it off. California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington are just a few of the states where you can end your road trip. Just be sure to use the code DRV5 to get the deal or just click right here.

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Senator Chuck Schumer Asks the Country to Just Say No to Recalled Rental Cars

March 8, 2011 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re planning a road trip thanks to those out of control Florida rental car deals, you still need to keep an eye out for wacky gas prices. However, you might not need to worry about an unsafe car if one politician gets his way.

We’ve talked about some sketch-ball rental cars before, ones that have been less than awesome when it comes to their regular maintenance, and saying their safety recalls have been ignore sums up the situation. At least it looks like now someone is going to do something about it.

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Road Trip! $5 Hertz Rentals with Unlimited Miles Out of Florida

February 14, 2011 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s that time of year again, as rental car companies need your help to get their cars anywhere but Florida. We’ve seen this before, so expect the deals to start flowing now that the spring weather is just around the corner.

Avis has a deal where you can take a car from the Sunshine State for $20 a day, but your return is somewhat limited as it needs to be dropped off somewhere in the Southeast portion of the country. Both Carolinas, as well as Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi are all options between April and June. Budget has a pretty similar deal for $20 per day, and you’re free to pick your choice of car including an SUV.

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Things You See on a Road Trip: Fluctuating Gas Prices

August 20, 2010 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (2)

All this week, we're taking a road trip. The only difference between this and a regular road trip is that we're not leaving the road; instead, we're looking all the little things you overlook while driving long distances, but that make the road trip experience complete. Have a favorite thing you look for on the road too? Let us know!

What's the one topic you can always bring up to start a conversation with a stranger on the road? Gas prices, duh. Want to make a new friend at a rest stop (in a non-risque way, we mean) or chat up fellow line-waiters at an amusement park? Just ask them about the current unleaded gasoline price where they're from.

Today, in an average US city, you'll pay about $2.62 for one gallon, but up in Canada it's closer to $4.30 and let's not even start on gas prices in Europe. It's a good, blue-collar conversation and a change from talking about the weather. We use it to segue into conversation with strangers about their road travels, and as a sneaky way to glean some tips from locals.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Things You See on a Road Trip: Chihuahuas Taking a Potty Break

August 19, 2010 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, we're taking a road trip. The only difference between this and a regular road trip is that we're not leaving the road; instead, we're looking all the little things you overlook while driving long distances, but that make the road trip experience complete. Have a favorite thing you look for on the road too? Let us know in the comments!

If airports can throw a few dollars into having some pretty nice pet relief parks at their terminals—check out list of the best ones here—then how come pet areas on the highway, at rest stops where possibly hundreds of dogs per week stop for a walk and a pee, always look like a barren wasteland with a fence?

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Things You See on a Road Trip: Rest Stops Named After Dead Authors

August 18, 2010 at 11:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

All this week, we're taking a road trip. The only difference between this and a regular road trip is that we're not leaving the road; instead, we're looking all the little things you overlook while driving long distances, but that make the road trip experience complete. Have a favorite thing you look for on the road too? Let us know in the comments!

It's not a road trip until you've noticed that the rest stops where you've been grabbing slurpees, Cinnabons and Monster energy drink are all named after dead people, and if you're lucky enough to be in New Jersey, those dead people are narrowed down to famous authors and historical war figures.

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Things You See on a Road Trip: Weird Vending Machines

August 17, 2010 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, we're taking a road trip. The only difference between this and a regular road trip is that we're not leaving the road; instead, we're looking all the little things you overlook while driving long distances, but that make the road trip experience complete. Have a favorite thing you look for on the road too? Let us know in the comments!

Forget M&Ms, Doritos and Tastycakes; the vending machine becomes less of a snack dispenser when you're on the road and more of an art form. Recently, while at a an odd rest stop in Delaware, we stumbled upon a machine for nothing less than the freeze-dried "ice cream of the future," Dippin' Dots, but the craziness doesn't stop there.

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