As our road trip draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on what we’ve experienced during these past three weeks. Before this, our time in small towns was limited to visiting Grandma in St. James, Minnesota. Our past travel has taken us to world capitals like Paris and Hong Kong. We really had doubts about what small towns might have to offer.
This trip has changed our minds. While the sights are more modest, they are no less pleasurable. I have so enjoyed the activities, art, music, nature and (yes!) food we’ve sampled in these towns. Dancing in the street is fun! Lots of one-of-a-kind shopping. Quirky attractions. The quality of the sights and entertainment rivals that of much larger tourist centers.
The low cost, low hassle factor of small town travel is more important than we ever imagined. We have met so many wonderful people who love their town and are passionate about sharing its charms with visitors. They have been generous with their time, energy, and resources. Unlike large cities where you sometimes get the feeling that locals can’t wait for you to leave, residents of small towns are glad you’re there and happy to help and guide you.
So as we prepare to head home, we are grateful for all the new friends we’ve made all across the US, lots of memories (and quite a few souvenirs) and a new attitude about what it means to have travel adventures. Thank you Rand McNally, USA TODAY, Country Inns and Suites, Saab, but most of all, thank you Myrtle Beach, Yellow Springs, Glenwood Springs, Santa Claus, Park City, and Vacaville for the adventure of a lifetime. We sure hope to see you all again.