Places and Recommendations

Goal here is to catalog places to stay, to visit, people to meet, live music and other interests. Here’s a list of major cities along the way (see “The Route” page for more previous post).

Check out the Map

  • Arizona:
    • Phoenix
    • Tucson
      • Hotel Congress
      • Mt Lemmon
  • Texas:
    • El Paso
    • Austin
    • Houston
  • Louisiana:
    • New Orleans
  • Mississippi:
    • Jackson
  • Tennessee:
    • Memphis
      • Graceland
    • Nashville
  • Kentucky:
    • Louisville
  • Ohio:
    • Cincinnati
    • Columbus
    • Cleveland
  • Michigan:
    • Detroit
  • Indiana:
    • Chicago
  • Missouri:
    • St Louis
  • Oklahoma:
    • Tulsa
    • Oklahoma City
  • Texas:
    • Amarillo
  • New Mexico:
    • Taos (snow boarding)
    • Santa Fe
    • Albuquerque
  • Arizona:
    • Petrified National Forest
    • Flagstaff
    • Grand Canyon
  • California:
    • Los Angeles
    • San Diego
  • Nevada:
    • Las Vegas
    • Death Valley
    • Yosemite
    • Tahoe

Have any great ideas on places to stay- a favorite campsite or hotel? I’ll be checking out camp sites, hostels and bed and breakfasts and open to any suggestions.


  • Michelle
    January 31, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    jewel! hows it going hon? hopefully well!! i miss you! i wanted to let you know that when you’re in tucson, i wrote in your book that you should visit my friend hannah (you should totally call her!) but you have hotel congress written on your outline. she works at hotel congress! yay! so you’ll have to definately go there, and definately call her now. BIG HUGS!!! from the homeland 🙂

  • Steve
    January 25, 2008 at 10:20 am

    San Diego – gotta chack out Balboa Park. There are a ton of greeat museums and incredible architecture (former World’s Fair Site). Also, for a day of old school, low-key, no frills southern CA beach vibe, check out Ocean Beach…

  • Erin
    January 25, 2008 at 8:37 am

    San Diego – Make sure you drive out to Coronado island. It’s beautiful and the Hotel Coronado is one of the only Victorian wood hotels still in existence in the US. It’s flipping unbelieveable! Plus, Some Like it Hot (Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon) was filmed there! You can go to the beach there for free if you are sneaky!

  • Erin
    January 25, 2008 at 8:35 am

    I have family in AZ. It’s way cheaper to stay in Mesa than in any other place in Phoenix. Tons of hotels and whatnot (and retirement trailer parks – FUN!). Plus there’s the flea market (awesome) and the dog track (not as awesome, but could be fun if you’re into it.)

  • Erin
    January 25, 2008 at 8:32 am

    In Phoenix, you should drive out of the city to west toward Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, etc. At the far end of Mesa is a little town called Apache Junction. There’s a ride up (as in on a horse!) bar there. My grandma took me there. She goes EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON for their live music! Enjoy a cheap cold beer, listen to the country cover band, and check out the incredible vistas! I’ll forward you a pic. You NEED TO GO!

  • yourself
    January 21, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Austin, TX
    6th Street and 4th Street club and bar scenes
    SXSW – March 7-16


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