A Dozen States, Dozens of Scenic Drives: Announcing Midwest Road Trip Adventures

Explore scenic drives in the heartland of America with experts from the Midwest Travel Network.

From the Great Lakes to the Great Plains, Midwest Road Trip Adventures is a new anthology that helps travelers re-discover their home state — even during a pandemic.

This summer I did something crazy. I know, I know, that’s not a big surprise to anyone who knows me, but this was next level even for me.

What did I do?

I drove around Illinois – literally – over four and a half days. I slept in the back of an SUV at truck stops. I ate out of a cooler, drove from sunrise to sunset, and stopped at every roadside attraction and historical marker I could find. Detour was my middle name as I took this spur and that spur, hunting for the next piece of kitschy Americana.

Superman statue in Metropolis, Illinois, wearing a mask, and Theresa Goodrich wearing a mask

Why, you ask? Was this some travel-starved attempt at normalcy? Did I really miss road trips that much?

Yes to both (which also won’t surprise anyone who knows me), but there was a bigger reason for this adventure:


This whirlwind trip became my chapter in the upcoming anthology:

Midwest Road Trip Adventures!

Cover mock-up for Midwest Road Trip Adventures, due out November, 2020

Due out in November, Midwest Road Trip Adventures takes travelers along some of the most storied highways and byways in the nation, including The National Road, the Great River Road and Route 66. With scenic byways in every Midwestern state, this book helps you find adventure that’s close to home.

Prolific powerhouse Dannelle Gay invited fellow authors and writers from the Midwest Travel Network to create this action-packed anthology highlighting the best road trips in the Midwest. Some of the wonders you’ll discover include:

  • Historic lighthouses along the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio
  • The Arikaree Breaks, a region of ravines and canyons in Kansas
  • Four out of the five Great Lakes in Michigan
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Illinois
  • The rugged Badlands in South Dakota
  • Authentic fish boils in Wisconsin’s Door County.
  • The ballpark from “A League of Their Own” in Indiana
  • Covered bridges showcased in the “The Bridges of Madison County,” Iowa
  • Touring America’s most German town in Minnesota
  • The World’s Largest Scrap Metal Sculpture in North Dakota
  • The oldest powwow in North America in Nebraska
  • A 42-foot tall rocking chair on Route 66 in Missouri

and so many more!

Mural on Route 66 in Virden, Illinois
Mural on Route 66 in Virden, Illinois

Dannelle’s put together a stellar team of experts who are passionate about travel, about the Midwest, and about our states. It’s been a true pleasure to collaborate with this group. It was particularly fun contributing to the South Dakota chapter with Alicia Underlee Nelson of Prairie Style File and Roxie Yonkey of Roxie on the Road. I’m excited that Midwest Road Trip Adventures is the first in a series of four anthologies celebrating the central states.

“Sharing stories about the Midwest falls perfectly into the laps of Midwestern writers,” says anthology author and Midwest Travel Network co-owner Lisa Dunham Trudell.

“We live here. We work here. Most of us grew up here. It’s more than just a place to us; it’s home. We know the attractions and love sharing stories about them. Who better to tell the stories of the Midwest than the people who live in its backyard?”

Lisa Dunham Trudell

You can pre-order your copy from the publisher (please select Theresa Goodrich as the author), or pre-order directly with me and I’ll autograph it for you.

I have the opportunity to double my royalties based on pre-orders, so anyone who pre-orders directly through me by September 27 will automatically be entered to win an autographed set of Two Lane Gems, Volumes 1 and 2! Scroll down to learn more about these road trip romps. If you order multiple copies of Midwest Road Trip Adventures, you’ll receive an entry for each copy.

(If you’ve already read Two Lane Gems, you know they’ll make great gifts!)

Midwest Road Trip Adventures will be out in time for the holidays, so you can get shopping done for yourself and for anyone on your list.

Ready for an adventure?

Pre-Order Midwest Road Trip Adventures

Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1

Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1

Turkeys are Jerks and Other Observations from an American Road Trip

This fun and uplifting travel memoir is a road trip romp from the Chicago area to San Diego and back. Theresa L. Goodrich grabs her laptop, her camera, and her journal and makes (asks, she means, asks) her husband, Jim, to drive 6,479.5 miles through thirteen states so she can fulfill a childhood dream.

Two Lane Gems, Vol. 2

Two Lane Gems, Vol. 2

Bison are Giant and Other Observations from an American Road Trip

Theresa L. Goodrich and her ever-so-patient husband, Jim, embark on a cross-country adventure through the northwest. Departing from the Chicago-area, the couple heads for the Oregon coast with a loosey-goosey itinerary and a bucket of trail mix.