Roadside Standouts

Drop in on any Saturday afternoon for a free country music jam session at Acorn Supply feed store in Council Bluffs, Iowa. That’s what the locals have been doing for the past 17 years. Take a seat on an old church pew, and one of the regulars is sure to stop by with a warm welcome.

The Acorn Supply Saturday Jam Session was named one of 27 winners in the annual Rand McNally 2004 Best of the Road awards program. Each year Rand McNally editors hit the road to uncover local dining spots, unique shopping, special events and new takes on well-known attractions on five scenic road trips across North America. The latest award winners will appear in the 2004 Rand McNally Road Atlas.

“We congratulate the 2004 Best of the Road winners,” said Robert S. Apatoff, CEO of Rand McNally. “These are the unique places that make memorable road trips.

Rand McNally’s goal is to find and recommend these top spots so travelers can explore these American travel treasures right here in their own backyard.”

The 2004 Rand McNally Best of the Road trips and winners:

Philly to the Poconos

Art lovers, antique collectors
and outdoor enthusiasts can indulge in their passions in peaceful harmony.
Wharton Esherick Museum, Paoli
The Log Cabin Restaurant, Leola
Yuengling Brewery, Pottsville
Blue Mountain Sports & Wear, Jim Thorpe
Visual Mixology home décor shop, Stroudsburg

Georgia to Florida:
Historic Waterfront

Follow the Intracoastal Waterway from saucy Savannah, Ga., to St. Augustine, Fla., and discover treasures found only off the interstate.
Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Ga.
Café GelatOhhh!, Savannah, Ga.
Mary Miller Doll Museum, Brunswick, Ga.
Jekyll Island, Ga.
The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville, Fla.
Alligator Farm, St. Augustine, Fla.

The Explorers’ River Trail

Follow the steps of Lewis and Clark along the river route the explorers forged 200 years ago, and explore small town America along the way.
Puppetry Arts Institute, Independence, Mo.
American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Mo.
Moon Marble Company,
Bonner Springs, Kan.
Lied Conference Center Dining Room, Nebraska City, Neb.
Acorn Supply Saturday Jam Session, Council Bluffs, Iowa

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New Mexico:
Southwestern Sojourn

Witness picturesque points of interest including regional art
and cooking.
Rio Grande Nature Center, Albuquerque
Painter’s Alley, Santa Fe
Hacienda de los Martinez restored home, Taos
Tierra Wools textile weavers, Los Ojos
El Farolito restaurant, El Rito

Pacific Northwest Passage

Take a turn on the curvy roads along the Pacific Coast and the Columbia River and glimpse the natural wonders found on the route.
American Advertising Museum, Portland
Blue Heron Herbary, Sauvie Island
Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria
Alder House III glassblowing studio, Lincoln City
Whale Cove Inn Restaurant, Depoe Bay
Heceta Head Light Keeper’s House, Yachats

Each trip is about 150 to 300 miles long, can be driven in two to five days and enjoyed at least three seasons of the year.

Descriptions and details of each 2004 Rand McNally Best of the Road trip appear in the new 2004 Rand McNally Road Atlas, on sale at major retailers and online at Complete trip descriptions and routes are also available on the web site.

This is the third year of the Rand McNally Best of the Road awards program, which made its debut in the 2002 Road Atlas.