WHEN THE MERCURY RISES, it's all about freedomto hit the road, float a lazy river, down a cold one in a mountain saloon, climb a crag or two, munch some local grub, cast for lunkers, watch the sunset from a seaside lodge. Our ten favorite stretches of American blacktop come with all the essential summer pleasures. So pick your pavement and go.
MONTANA: Here's the Beef
NORTH CAROLINA: The Outer Limits
KENTUCKY: Big Holler
VERMONT: Flowin' Slow Like Maple Syrup
WISCONSIN/MINNESOTA: Ya, Shore, You Betcha
MOAB, UTAH, TO TELLURIDE, COLORADO: Outlaw Territory
MISSISSIPPI: Miss. You
CALIFORNIA: Going Cali
NEVADA: The Loneliest Road
WASHINGTON/OREGON: It's Gorge-ous!
RAISING NORTH DAKOTA
NoDak is going back to the things that once made it an empty, wide-open frontier: bison, Indians, and prairie grass. And did we mention the excellent deals on ghost towns?
By Bill Vaughn