Cities like New York and San Francisco have legendary food scenes, but it costs a pretty penny just to sample at even the most humble of restaurants. When planning a culinary road trip across America, here are the five best cities for foodies on a budget.
A home of hip food trends, Portland caters to the working professional sharing an apartment with five other people by offering food- and drink-based happy hours at most restaurants. Patrons can stop in during specific hours and find not only decent drink prices but also easy-to-digest food prices, and menus that offer more than just chips and guac.
Cincinnati serves its chili three ways: on top of noodles, with onions and/or beans or five-way, which includes chili, cheese, onions and beans, all on a bed of noodles.
While most people think of Disney World when they think of Orlando, the city’s international city extends way beyond Epcot. Dive into the Cuban culture at Black Bean Deli, which serves Cuban sandwiches and coffee, or venture into Orlando’s Vietnamese scene in the Mills 50 neighborhood which boasts a handful of pho restaurants.
Houston is a big city but often overlooked, a fact that also applies to its food scene. With more than just barbecue, Houston is also known for its Caribbean and Creole cuisines, as well as a strong Asian influence by way of Korea and Vietnam.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
New Mexico is where roadside diners and Tex-Mex thrive, both of which are affordable and plentiful in this near-the-border state.
North America offers many scenic and historic train rides. These train rides delight and inspire travelers because it gives them a new way to experience the world. Thousands of people take these trains every year and this type of travel is only gaining more followers. The North American train system is still years behind European and Asian countries, but they get the job done. Taking a train is also a great way to add an extra adventure to a trip or destination. It’s not just going from one place to another but getting to view everything in between as well.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Planning a road trip often involves time dedicated to researching routes, planning stops and figuring out how to pass the time for endless hours on the highway. Thankfully, technology comes to the rescue with a handful of mobile apps that can help in the road trip planning process.