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St. Louis-based author shares 100 unique road trip experiences

Travel writer, radio personality and avid road tripper Bill Clevlen spoke with host Don Marsh on Monday’s "St. Louis on the Air."
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio
Travel writer, radio personality and avid road tripper Bill Clevlen spoke with host Don Marsh on Monday’s "St. Louis on the Air."";

From a vacuum cleaner museum to the world’s tallest mailbox, the United States is abundant with unique destinations.

“These are things you’re only going to be able to do in America,” Bill Clevlen said, on Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, about the destinations in his first travel book. Inspired by his own hobby of road tripping and a desire to spread uplifting stories, Clevlen shares his experiences in “100 Things to Do in America Before You Die.”

The St. Louis-based travel writer and radio personality joined host Don Marsh to discuss a few noteworthy road trip experiences, several of them in St. Louis or within a few hours of the region.

Those looking to enjoy a stay-cation can check out these local attractions featured in the book:

  1. Ride a tram up to the top of the Gateway Arch. About 15 minutes from STLPR, www.gatewayarch.com
  2. Sit center stage for a production at the Fox Theatre. About 5 minutes from STLPR, www.fabulousfox.com
  3. Take a riverboat ride along the Mississippi. About 15 minutes from STLPR, www.gatewayarch.com

For those with interests outside of the St. Louis region, consider these nearby all-American destinations mentioned in the guide.

  1. Stop by the vacuum cleaner museum along Route 66 in St. James, Missouri. About 1.5 hours from STLPR, www.vacuummuseum.com
  2. Visit the world’s largest mailbox in the small town of Casey, Illinois. About 2 hours from STLPR, www.bigthingssmalltown.com
  3. Take a selfie in front of Tom Sawyer’s fence in Hannibal, Missouri. About 2 hours from STLPR,www.visithannibal.com
  4. Admire some of the nearly 200 fountains that populate Kansas City. Less than 4 hours from STLPR, www.kcfountains.com
  5. Zip line over canyons in an underground cavern in Louisville, Kentucky. About 4 hours from STLPR, www.louisvillemegacavern.com
  6. Climb inside a giant tractor at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois. About 4 hours from STLPR,www.deere.com
  7. Listen to Elvis Presley’s first recording at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Less than 5 hours from STLPR, www.sunstudio.com
  8. Explore the covered bridges in Madison County, Iowa. About 6 hours from STLPR, www.madisoncounty.com

St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and producers Mary EdwardsAlex HeuerEvie Hemphill and Caitlin Lally give you the information you need to make informed decisions and stay in touch with our diverse and vibrant St. Louis region.

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Caitlin Lally is thrilled to join St. Louis Public Radio as the summer production intern for "St. Louis on the Air." With a bachelor's degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Caitlin also freelances for area publications like Sauce Magazine and the Belleville News-Democrat. In her career, she's covered topics such as Trump's travel ban, political protests and community activism. When she's not producing audio segments or transcribing interviews, Caitlin enjoys practicing yoga, seeing live music, and cooking plant-based meals.