The West's best road trips

Satisfy your wanderlust with a Western classic--a great road trip. Get ideas for the best routes and where to eat along the way

Top 77 road food spots

Start the car, and bring your appetite. Here are the absolutely best places to eat along Western highways

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More great spots for shakes
Photo by Andrea Gómez Romero

More great spots for shakes

K&R Drive Inn, Rice Hill, OR (Sunset reader favorite; pictured). Oregonians venerate K&R shakes the way they do Mt. Hood, as a symbol of the state’s superiority. And while the drive-in off Interstate 5 may not look like much, the shakes (70-plus flavors, made from local Umpqua ice cream)are deliciously overwhelming. $; 201 John Long Rd.; 541/849-2570. 

Sakuma Bros. Farms, Burlington, WA. In the Skagit Valley, Sakuma grows strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, and invites visitors to pick them and take ’em home. Great fun, but even better is rewarding yourself with a Sakuma’s fresh berry milkshake at the end of the day. $; 17790 Cook Rd.; 360/757-8004.

Shields Date Garden, Indio, CA. This beloved desert tourist attraction offers mango and mango-date shakes, but we stand by the classic Shields Date Shake, insanely sweet yet not cloying. And, yes, they’re still playing their inimitable movie, The Romance and Sex Life of the Date. $; 80-225 State 111; 760/347-7768.

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