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2009/166: Bonus! Vacation Planning 101

  • Decide where you want to go
  • Plan your route, making sure you can visit some friends along the way.
  • Log on to Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins & Dives website* and look for “where Guy went”, then go down the list to see what’s listed for the states that your vacation route will take you through.
  • Mark DDDs with a red flag on your map.
  • Take Alton Brown’s Feasting on Asphalt book off the shelf, see what’s on your route, and mark the restaurants with a red flag on your map.
  • 2009-166 VacationPlanning101

    (* Greg has Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives book, too, but it doesn’t list all the restaurants. The website does.)

18 responses

  1. Wow, looks like a lot of fun and a lot of driving!

    15. June, 2009 at 19:23

  2. plainmama

    Can’t wait!!!

    15. June, 2009 at 20:01

  3. dalia


    15. June, 2009 at 20:10

  4. The green pen is your round trip? Sweetie, you need more red dots, or you will be hungry! lol!

    I love the planning stage. I think it is almost as much fun as actually being on holidays. 🙂

    15. June, 2009 at 22:14

  5. How exciting! Will you be able to write a the blog while you are traveling? It would be nice to join you in cyberspace, and see all your photos.

    16. June, 2009 at 02:59

  6. Amber, not as much driving as our CA trip last year!
    Blue, the red flags are the restaurants from the TV shows, that Greg marked, and that we’re hoping to try.
    Birgitte, I will have a new blog post every day while we are gone, but I won’t be able to post any vacation pictures until after we get back.

    16. June, 2009 at 05:30

  7. really, this is less driving than CA last year? I would’ve never guessed…wow. How many miles is your trip approx?

    I am so bummed I won’t get to meet up with you …but there is always next time….

    16. June, 2009 at 08:00

  8. doreen3boys

    where are the diners in Jersey? Or at least it looks like a ton, lol. Let me know, bet we’re close to some.

    16. June, 2009 at 08:59

  9. Cheryl, I can’t remember how many miles it said… I’ll have the true miles after we get back.
    CA was 4700 miles!!!

    Doreen, there a TONS of DDDs in Jersey! And some in Philly, too. Here’s the link to the episode guide, just scroll down the list and look for the NJ ones.

    16. June, 2009 at 09:23

  10. That does look like a lot of driving. Can’t wait to see photos from your trip! The closest I’ve been to anywhere on that green line is DC.

    16. June, 2009 at 10:55

  11. doreen3boys

    none of the ones listed are around me………except the barnegat light, that’s where the lighthouse is down the shore……..might be worth the drive. We’ll figure something out………….I was trying to think what we did when Merna was here……….do you guys have an aquarium?

    16. June, 2009 at 12:03

  12. Doreen, Barnegat Light might be fun!! I’m game! (My friend Heike is going to smack me if I don’t get any lighthouse pictures on this trip!! LOL). I would rather do that than the aquarium… unless it rains that day.

    16. June, 2009 at 14:47

  13. Oh, how fun!!! How long do you have to complete the circuit?

    17. June, 2009 at 11:31

  14. Oh, and if you are stopping in Ocean City, NJ…the very very very best chocolate macaroons on the planet can be found here. 😉

    17. June, 2009 at 11:35

  15. I’m so glad you put us on the map last year. Vance still talks about Sara;) When are you going this year?

    17. June, 2009 at 17:56

  16. KD, we have 16 days for this trip (actually 17, but Greg wants to be home one full day before he has tp go back to work). Thanks for that link! Not sure if we’ll be in Ocean City, but if we make it there, I’m looking for that store 🙂

    Anjeanette, we’re going soon!

    18. June, 2009 at 05:44

  17. Ah, the Great American Driving Vacation still ives! Have a lot of fun and don’t eat too much! LOL Hmmm…can’t upload pics on this trip? You need to get an iPhone. 🙂

    Drive safe and we’ll be all be riding along with ya!

    22. June, 2009 at 09:11

  18. Well, Greg IS taking the laptop, so technically I could upload vacation pics, but there’s no editing program on it, so they will have to wait until we get back.

    Nope, don’t need an iPhone 😉

    22. June, 2009 at 09:17

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