• Gas

    Gas stations, auto repair, tire shops, and car care …

    gasoline-graveyard-wide
  • Food

    Fast food, drive-ins, diners, and hot dog stands …

    Neely's Barbecue Sandwiches
  • Lodging

    Hotels, motels, tourist courts, inns, and cabins …

    holiday-inn-motel-florida
  • Attractions

    Trading posts, amusement parks, shrines, and oddities …

    Airstream Vacation

Gas

Fill up your tank with gas station history and filling station folklore—past and present. It’s all here, from America’s first visible register pumps to the mega convenience stores of today.

Food

It's breakfast, lunch, and dinner to go as we head out on a culinary road trip to sample the food at America’s best—and worst—roadside restaurants, drive-ins, diners, and cafes.

Lodging

As night falls and the neon “Vacancy” signs flicker to life, load up your bags in the trunk as we hit the road in search of America’s most memorable hotels, cheap motels, and tourist courts.

Attractions

Let's take a detour from the ordinary and ride the fringe—as we gaze in wonder at the amazing amusements, diversions, and oddities found along the coast-to-coast sideshow.

03rd Mar
The Big Boy Himself

The Devolution of Bob’s Big Boy

In 1937, Robert Wian created his signature two-story cheeseburger at a five-stool lunch counter in Glendale, California and along with it—gave birth to a new roadside icon. At the time, six-year-old Richard Woodruff was a regular customer there, always on the make for free food. Occasionally, Wian let him sweep the floor in exchange for […]

03rd Mar
soda-sipper

Immoral Sodas to Sundaes

America’s first ice cream soda fizzed to life in October of 1874. At the time, Robert Green was working as a soda fountain concessionaire at the Franklin Institute’s exhibit in Philadelphia. Serving drinks from a three-foot square dispenser, he ran out of cream for a popular beverage. Plopping a large dollop of ice cream into […]

29th Feb
Valentine Little Chef Diner

Arthur Valentine’s Portable Diners

In 1872, Walter Scott inaugurated the East Coast region as the bastion of diners when he served a snack from a rolling “lunch wagon” in Providence, Rhode Island. In the decades that followed, a raft of diner manufacturers appeared, adopting his tenets of portability and efficiency as the basis for construction. Unfortunately, shipping these prefabricated […]

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