Coffee across America

WASHINGTON, D.C. — We unfolded the United States map on the kitchen table, simultaneously excited and overwhelmed with our upcoming cross-country road trip. With an arrival date set in stone, we knew we had to be efficient, but we didn’t want such a remarkable experience to fly by in a haze of unremarkable strip malls and Starbucks.

In our planned 10 days on the road, how could we anchor our stops in a way that would let us experience each town, sans tourist traps?

We found our answer in local coffee shops.