My road trip essentials feature is back, with 31-35 must-do stops along the highway. In no particular order...
Since fast food is such an important (if regrettable) part of the roadside experience, search out "fast food firsts," such as the first KFC and the first Pizza Hut.
Visit an alligator farm. Just make sure you don't confuse this stop with a petting zoo.
Drive Route 66 through Texas and plan a stop at Cadillac Ranch. Bring spray-paint so you can add your words of wisdom to this tourist trip for the ages.
Visit the McDonalds in Vinita, Oklahoma. Eat a burger over the interstate.
Plan a theme trip searching for "capitals" of the world, such as a town boasting itself the "lentil capital of the world."