Culinary traditions can often enrich a destination. Help your family develop a taste for travel with local specialties from across the country. Here are five tasty spots.
1 MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE A visit to this Southern gem may well include a stop at Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. Not only did the Memphis Flash love music, but he had a passion for creative comfort food. Not far from his legendary digs, you'll find the Arcade Restaurant, a '50s style, family-owned diner that serves Elvis favorites including his go-to sandwich: fried peanut butter and banana on Texas toast.
2 PHOENIX-SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA There are plenty of reasons you'll need to hydrate in the Valley of the Sun: hiking in the desert, biking along the canals or playing golf on top-notch courses. Add sampling local salsas and chili-infused treats to the list. The TeePee Tap Room has been the choice of presidents and is a family favorite for those seeking homemade Mexican food since 1958.
3 KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI This Midwestern town is famous for its dry-rubbed, slow-smoked barbecued ribs. There are more than 100 establishments blending a mouthwatering combination of flavors and styles, according to the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
4 THE CALIFORNIA COAST A road trip along the Golden State coast from historic Monterey through scenic seaside stretches will be one to remember. Hungry? The culinary insiders at Open Table have created a Summer Road Trip guide to great dining from San Francisco's Zuni Cafe to San Diego's Bottega Americano with plenty of savory stops in between.
5 RHODE ISLAND The Ocean State has a long history of cultivating oysters dating back to the tribes that first inhabited the area. During a New England adventure, learn about the recent boom in aquaculture and how oysters make their way from shallow waters to an icy serving platter. Shuck a few at a dockside seafood shack or at top spots like Hemenway's in Providence.