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

American Road Trip Talk 10 – 11 – 19 Hunter House Hamburgers And Burger Wars

Detroit’s Hunter House Hamburgers was established in 1952 in Birmingham, Michigan, featuring the original type of slider – a little hamburger with some sweet juicy onions packed into the meat and with the buns steamed. The unassuming white pillbox diner is a family-run mainstay on Woodward Avenue, the first paved road in America.

American Road Trip Talk 10 – 04 – 19 The Magnificent RMS Queen Mary

Author and researcher Nicole Strickland, whose knowledge of the Queen Mary as a legendary luxury ocean liner is nonpareil, shares the rich and poignant history of a ship that occupies a remarkable niche in world history. Docked in Long Beach, California since 1967, the “QM” has bid an elegant (many say haunted) welcome to countless visitors from around the world.

American Road Trip Talk 09 – 27 – 19 National Scenic Byways Program With Mark Falzone

The Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019 directs the Secretary of Transportation to start the application process for new byways within 90 days and designate a new round of National Scenic Byways within one year. The implications for road travelers across the nation are far-reaching, heralding a resurgence of support for beautiful places off the beaten path. Mark Falzone, President of Scenic America since April 2017, describes the profound significance of this legislation. Photo by northofboston.org

American Road Trip Talk 09 – 20 – 19 Boston to Acadia National Park

New England is rich in historical significance and cultural influences harkening back to colonial and Revolutionary War days. From Boston, Massachusetts to Acadia National Park in Maine, history blends with some of North America’s most spectacular scenery to entice road trippers from sea to shining sea as Trip Talk host Gary Mantz recently discovered for himself.

American Road Trip Talk 09 – 13 – 19 A Guide To National Park Lodges

David L. Scott and Kay W. Scott have spent over thirty summers touring the United States and Canada, including six summers exclusively devoted to the national park lodges. They are experts in planning affordable enjoyment of the U.S. National Park system and the wide variety of lodging options it offers.

American Road Trip Talk 09 – 06 – 19 If Anybody Needs Me, I’ll Be In My RV

Author Kim Romaner and her retired husband decided over two years ago to sell their home and most of their possessions to embark on a cross-country RV adventure that continues to this day with stays at famous places like National Parks as well as small towns and roadside attractions that can accommodate their big rig. Kim is an inspiration to those who hope to pursue their own dreams someday by hitting the open road.

American Road Trip Talk 08 – 30 – 19 Weird Western Washington

Manresa Castle in Port Townsend, WA is both a haunted hotspot and a landmark hotel boasting Victorian-era elegance. Several other popular lodgings in the Evergreen State have a ghostly reputation as well, including The Tokeland Hotel in the town of Tokeland. It is the oldest hotel in Washington.