Affordable Adventures: Part 2

Call me a tightwad, but I tend to look at things in terms of “bang for the buck.”  Which means I get kind of excited when I discover a truly extraordinary experience that’s absolutely free!

 Yes, I know there’s no such thing as a free lunch.  But while you may have to invest in a couple of tanks of gas and a motel room or two, I think you’ll find that the fun-per-dollar quotient of these three all-American adventures is off the charts:

  •  Woodward Dream Cruise:  Every August, Detroit hosts this 12-hour automotive spectacle that attracts more than 1.5 million people and 40,000 custom and classic cars.  Simply put, it’s the coolest car event you’ve probably never heard of. 
  •  Drive Route 66:  While you may not have the time or money to drive all 2,400-odd miles of John Steinbeck’s Mother Road like I did a few years ago, there are several choice sections of Route 66 that lend themselves to a great long weekend’s drive.  Check them out here
  •  Fred’s Lounge:  This nondescript brick building in the tiny town of Grand Mamou, Louisiana is famous for being the place where Cajun culture was reborn more than a half-century ago.  What really makes Fred’s remarkable however, is the fact that the Saturday morning party there is absolutely the most fun you can have before noon.

Next Time:  In The Air, On The Streets, and Underground



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