Kitschy Road Trip Wish List, with Danielle!

Hi everyone, my name is Danielle and I'm thrilled to be guest blogging on Moorea's gorgeous blog. She never ceases to blow me away with her multiple talents... graphic designer, jewelry maker, illustrator, brilliant blogger, singer.. I mean, really! She's amazing. : ) I thought sharing my "Road Trip Dream List" would be appropriate while Moorea is off on a road trip adventure of her own.

My husband and I have wanted to take a road trip across America for many years. It's ironic because I think we've seen more of Europe than our own country (in fact I know it!). In 2002 we backpacked all the way across Europe, through 10 countries. It was the ultimate trip, traveling by bus, train, plane and even ship (from Italy to Croatia and back). Not long after that we had children and it's been a bit challenging doing that kind of travel with small kids. We can't wait til they get a bit older so that we can do hard core traveling like that again, and experience it through their eyes! In the meantime we'll dream of driving across the States with our vintage caravan in tow, stopping at kitschy (the odder the better!) roadside attractions, photographing vintage road signs and decaying motels, sleeping over in WigWams (we actually get to do this in Kentucky very soon!) and of course not missing the fabulous Route 66. What a dream that will be.

Here are some fabulous finds I rounded up from around the web. These are on my wish list.

(sources: Roadside Attractions Illustration, Dino - Colorado, 66 Motel sign - California, Chief Motel Sign - Idaho, Wig Wam Hotel - Arizona, UFO - South Carolina, A&W Burger Family - Oregon, Howe Auto Muffler Man - Oklahoma, Gemini Giant - Illinois, Route 66, Dinos - Arizona, Tee Pee Curios - New Mexico, Giant Gnome, Wig Wam Village Postcard - Kentucky, Pedro - South Carolina, Dinos - Arizona, Caravan, Vintage Travel Book, Our Auto Trip Vintage Book.)

You may notice the obsession with giant dinosaurs. I'm not sure if it's because my youngest son is obsessed with them, or that they remind me of one of my all-time favorite movies and movie quotes...

I actually get to visit these same dinos when I visit Palm Springs, CA in July. Excited!

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Thanks Moorea! Hope you have a lovely trip.


  1. Oh my goodness what a visually stunning blog post! I absolutely dream of the day I go on a roadtrip like that! Looks dreamy!

  2. My boyfriend and I also talk about a roadtrip across the country...sigh...right now, it's a dream. I really love that first map.

  3. YAY! I love that you referenced "Pee Wee's Big Adventure!" It's one of my favorite movies from my childhood, and a great example of a road trip movie.

  4. every photo looks so vintage :O love them, special the UFO
    I hope you can do that roda trip :)
    The problem of my country is the security jejeej we have a lot of problems in politics-gang groups, but we also have lovely place to visit

    have a great day

  5. And Allie....remember we saw that actress in Santa Monica.
    (Hi, Moorea!)

  6. Those are all DREAM destinations. I'd love to see them all! One day...an epic kitsch road trip must begin!

  7. Fun, fun, fun, Danielle! You'll love the kitschy factor of the Dinosaur's in California. I used to see them every time we travelled from my old house in Covina to my grandma's in Palm Desert. We only ever stopped once & didn't even go in. DRAT!

  8. the dinosaurs in palm springs are pretty amazing ;)

  9. I have always wanted to take a road trip around America,Aah maybe one day!

  10. I love this! So 1960's. :) This would be a very fun road trip to take.

  11. That giant garden gnome is right here in the Hudson Valley; his name is Chomsky and he's adorable! I'm also a big fan of roadside attractions. I blog about my family's road trip adventures to see the "world's largest"...whatever!


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