While a road trip across the entire country is still on my bucket list (stay tuned for Book #2 if you want to learn more), I have the route from Nashville to LA covered. I’ve done both the 40/Route 66 route (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee) and the I-15 /I-70 route (California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee). I like both for different reasons. Utah and Colorado are definitely more scenic, but I always find classic Route 66 so interesting. From ghost towns to coffee shops, here are a few dog-friendly (and some non dog-friendly..womp womp..) things to see along the way.

1.) Eat BBQ in Nashville at the Peg Leg Porker 

2.) Then you should probably eat it again in Memphis.

I can’t vouge for it myself, but I hear Central BBQ is a good choice.

3.) Have a waffle at Waffle House (and also hash browns and scrambled eggs and probably bacon, too…)

4.) Stop for amazing coffee in Oklahoma City at Okay Yeah, a little coffee joint and eatery located in the Plante Shoppe.

You could also buy a pretty plant 🙂

And you should DEFINITELY order the PB&J tartlet


5.) Spray paint your name at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas 

6.) Check out the Conoco Gas station in Shamrock, Texas

7.) Stay at the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico 


And be sure to drink coffee and watch the sunrise (and play a banjo if you have one) before you hit the road! 

Oh, and make SURE you pet the resident golden retriever:

8.) Spend a day in Zion National Park, Utah 

It’s 45 minutes or so out of the way, but totally worth it. I’d recommend Angel’s Landing or the Narrows as the two best hikes.

9.) Spend the night in Jerome, Arizona at the Connor Hotel

But bring a friend (or a guard dog) because this is the oldest hotel in America’s most haunted town…and it is a little spooky.

While in Jerome, get an old-fashioned at The Spirit Room bar and catch some live music.

Swing by Kate’s Bookstore..

Or go for a run and check out the old prison cells… 

(No, Bette…we’re not going to put you in there..)

10.) Stop in Williams, Arizona and watch the trains  

11.) Take pictures at state lines…Utah and Arizona are two of my favorites! 


13.) Get a Double-Double..animal style. 😉

Well, there you have it! Some of my favorite stops on a road trip across the USA!  Have any favorites I missed? Post them in the comments below! 


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