Join Thomas and Becky Repp as they team up with Gary Mantz to bring you a new road trip adventure each week. American Road Trip Talk is your chance to discover the backroads that embody true Americana. As the owners and producers of award-winning American Road magazine, Thomas and Becky want your future road trip to be both interesting and exciting. By teaming up with veteran radio broadcaster, Gary Mantz, they offer up valuable road trip planning information.

Latest Episodes

The Enduring Glory Of Santa Fe, New Mexico

From the stately Palace of the Governors to myriad cultural and scenic venues, Santa Fe is a burnished jewel of the Southwest. We spoke with Hersch Wilson, known as The Zen Firefighter and a local newspaper columnist, about his ardent love for New Mexico’s capital and all it has to offer

Welcome To Litchfield, Illinois On Route 66

Visitors are rewarded with a look backward in the town of Litchfield, one of the premier locations along historic Illinois Route 66; we talked earlier this year with local expert Carol Sneed to get the details about its fascinating history and contributions to the enduring mystique of The Mother Road.

Adventures In Historic Long Beach, WA

In this episode, we trek to legendary Long Beach, Washington. Laying claim to The World’s Longest Beach, this stretch of shoreline is a genteel oasis for retirees and beach bums but also home to Jake The Alligator Man, Rubberneck Row, The World’s Largest Chopsticks and The Whale Skeleton on Long Beach Trail. Matt Shea shares stories from his four decades of pilgrimages to this enticingly offbeat patch of the Pacific Coast.

Exploring Washington State Curiosities

Need a break from the grinding turmoil and stress of daily life? Climb in and join us on a rollicking tour de force of the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Evergreen State has to offer! Harriet Baskas returns with plenty to say about places you will want to visit and can never forget.

Historic Indian Agency House In Portage, WI

Join us on a trip to The Historic Indian Agency House in Portage, Wisconsin for insights into the cultural and historical context surrounding John H. Kinzie’s 1830s commission as United States Indian Agent to the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Nation. Built in 1832, the house was opened as a museum in 1932 by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Wisconsin. This historic site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. (Adapted from

Erika Nelson’s Trip To Tulsa And The Golden Driller Statue

Erika Nelson is an independent artist and educator, exploring the fringes of art and culture as experienced on the back roads and offbeat roadside attractions that dot the American landscape. Her recent exploration of Tulsa, Oklahoma got her up close and personal with a celebrated statue known as the Golden Driller and other memorable landmarks deep in oil country.

Graceland, The Home Of Elvis Presley

With small crowds and social distancing in mind, iconic Graceland is once again open to the public. Elvis Presley aka The King of Rock and Roll, left a great legacy of popular songs, hit movies and his beautiful sprawling home which is still a top tourist destination in Memphis, Tennessee. From hardscrabble roots in the delta town of Tupelo, Mississippi to the heights of fame and fortune, the journey of Elvis can be traced from home to home in a single day. In January we discussed the pilgrimage millions have made with Elvis expert, Cory Cooper.

Haunted Hotels And Hiking Trails With Marie D. Jones

For the past two decades, Marie D. Jones has been researching and writing her way to literary stardom through non-fiction and fiction genres alike. Marie is also a screenwriter and producer, with a science fiction feature film titled “AURORA,” in development with Bright Frontier Films, as well as numerous other projects in various stages of development. She is the author of more than 20 books including Celebrity Ghosts and Notorious Hauntings, a compendium of places to visit (if you dare) that are accessible by road.

Ahoy! The Crystal Coast Of North Carolina

Joey and Tonya Madia are renowned for sharing their love of North Carolina, including the Crystal Coast which is an 85-mile stretch of coastline extending from the Cape Lookout National Seashore with 56 miles of protected beaches, southwestward to the New River. The Crystal Coast is a popular area with tourists who revel in the sand, surf and sensational lore of legendary pirates who once plundered the region.

Anson Williams Combats Drowsy Driving

As America gradually reopens to road-trip travel, the dangers of drowsy driving return as well. Thankfully there is a simple and affordable remedy, invented by actor Anson Williams of Happy Days fame, offering quick relief to tired motorists. Hear him describe the benefits of Alert Drops before you set out on your next highway adventure.