One of the most direct routes from Toronto to Rexburg, Idaho is via the I-80. And while I took that route last year (I’ll explain in a minute), this time around my insane road trip idea has us driving from Toronto to Idaho via Nashville and a chunk of Route 66.

I developed a small crush on small-town America in the fall of last year when I drove my friend’s daughter to BYU in Rexburg, Idaho. It was a last minute trip. We spent all of 2 hours planning it (once I saw a place called ‘Ogallala’ on the map, I was obsessed!) and did the drive in two days (it should have been three). A truly insane road trip idea, but fun and quirky.

And if you know me personally, you’ll know I love things that are insane, different and quirky.

As it turns out, our road trip last year is not nearly as insane as our road trip idea for the upcoming semester in April.

Toronto to Rexburg, Idaho via Nashville and a chunk of Route 66.

Confused? Most people are when we tell them. You go to Nashville on the way to NOLA (New Orleans) or maybe on the way to Georgia or Florida. Not on the way to Idaho.

And Route 66? That runs from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Feeding My Road Trip Addiction

A slice of Americana in rural Minnesota

A slice of Americana in rural Minnesota

I am a road trip addict. When most people bulk at the idea of being on the road for more than five or six hours, I get hyper and jitter to the point where it looks as though I’ve drunk a litre of espresso in 30 minutes.

I. love. road. trips.

Road trips, for me, are the pinnacle of freedom. I can drive whenever I want and wherever I want. If I see a sign saying ‘Camel Hump Lake’, you best believe that I am stopping to check it out (a cute little lake in North Dakota). If I see a busy greasy spoon and I’m feeling peckish, I’m stopping to order a heart attack with a side of cholesterol.

A Slice of Americana

I fell in love with small-town American during our drive through Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming. The quirky town names (Oh, Ogallala, I will always love you). The abundance of religious billboards. The friendly locals.

Next month we’ll be driving back to Idaho (and I’ll then drive back to Toronto). Instead of taking I-80 through the mid-west, we’re doing something crazy and driving down to Nashville, then along Route 66 to Flagstaff, AZ and up to Idaho. It is an extra 1,000 miles, but damn, it is going to be a good time.

Hotels and motels with a retro/vintage vibe. Deliciously unhealthy diner food. Quirky roadside attractions. Interesting towns.

Our Route

A Slice of Americana Road Trip Route

Do you have any tips or suggestions for Kentucky, Tennesse, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona or Utah? We’d love to hear them!


  • Mary

    March 8, 2018

    You’ll be passing through Kentucky bourbon country! If you’re a bourbon fan, this is a must-do. Much of central Kentucky is a home to distilleries that allow you to take a guided tour through their production facilities – and every tour ends with a tasting! My favorites are Makers Mark and Woodford Reserve, but you can’t go wrong with any of them 😉


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