I took a cue from Dave Barry (motto: “I love mottoes”) and compiled this fictitious (please don’t sue me, city of Newport) travel guide.
Elko, Nevada: Motto “Our streets are more rutted than yours.” Come experience the real Wild West, as it applies to eating at one of the many delicious and smoke-filled casino restaurants, playing the slots while grocery shopping, and hanging out with pipe line workers at the laundromat. Local buckaroo sightings available in town every payday.
Montague, California: Motto “Weed has the college, Yreka has the Wal-Mart, but we have the roping club.” In this quaint rural town, you can buy fuel (including diesel!), eat at one of the one downtown restaurants, or mail a letter. Make a day of it and do all three.
Bozeman, Montana: Motto “We hate Californians.” In this beautifully built college town, you can eat some truly terrible Mexican food, some truly delicious sushi (fried chicken rolls available) and fly fish within miles of the city limits. Budget tourist packages consist of driving around local communities and taking pictures of multi-million dollar vacation homes. Bison burger lunches provided; bring your own camera.
Newport, Oregon: Motto “Where the ocean meets the sky, and the sun never shines.” Enjoy fresh-caught seafood in one of the many locally-owned restaurants, hike in the lush hills, watch surfers brave 2-foot waves in wetsuits (hypothermia optional; additional fee required), or count raindrops. Annual temperatures fluctuate from 56-59 degrees Farenheit. Rain expected 312 days a year, with special emphasis on July 4th.
Tombstone, Arizona: Motto “Wyatt Earp lives! He’s just on meth with the rest of the population.” A mere 15 miles from Mexico (as the crow flies. As the crow drives, it’s about 40 miles down the interstate and through the Border Patrol checkpoint), T-stone offers visitors the unique opportunity to stroll down wooden sidewalks, buy a t-shirt that reads “I’ll Be Your Huckleberry,” and eat an ice cream cone while watching a gunfight. Editor’s note: the $2 margaritas are mixed 50/50 and significantly raise the ratings for the entire town.
If this doesn’t inspire you to grab a change of underwear and your toothbrush, crank over the diesel engine and hit the interstate, you can always settle for the at-home cowboy vacation: buy a jug of Carlo Rossi and watch Lonesome Dove. Both discs.