5 Best Alternative Road Trip Routes In The USA

A photo of Blue Ridge Parkway with rolling, misty hills in the background

Nothing beats hitting the open road with nothing but a map and a head full of plans. Feeling the breeze in your face and the sun glinting down on the hood of your car, a road trip is a true rite of passage that everyone should take at some point. So where should you be heading if you wanna vape on the open road? Here we take a look at the 5 best alternative road trip routes in the U.S.

Route 50

A great alternative to the much famed Route 66, Route 50 starts off in California and runs across the north of the U.S. right through to Washington D.C. Instantly recognizable to Forrest Gump fans and stretching over 3,000 miles, Route 50 is the same length as 44,000 football fields.

An image of Route 50 with a mountain range in the distance

The drive takes a minimum of 40 hours, and that’s without counting stops for gas and bathroom breaks! Route 50 is often described as “The Loneliest Road In America” as its stretch through Nevada runs mostly through rural deserts and mountains. Although you may be short on company, you won’t be short on wonder as the landscape along Route 50 is magnificent as you ride past jaw-dropping plains and ominous mountains.

Highway 61

Highway 61, which is also known as the Blues Highway, runs from the city of Wyoming in Minnesota down to Louisiana. Around a thousand miles shorter than Route 66, this route has many connections with the music industry as Bob Dylan, Johnny Young and Sunnyland Slim all have songs named after it.

A photo of a sign indicating Route 61

Music fans will want to make sure to stop off at the number of famous music sites along the way including B.B. King’s Blues Club and Graceland, the home of the King!

Beartooth Highway

Described by the late journalist Charles Kuralt as “the most beautiful drive in America”, Beartooth Highway runs along Route 212 in Montana near to Yellowstone National Park.

A shot of Beartooth Highway passing green fields and mountains

Its extreme elevation – it is nearly 11,000 feet above sea level – means that it is often closed due to snow during the colder months. When it is passable in summer, it has spectacular views of the landscape, with lush green fields contrasted against the harsh, rocky mountains behind them.

Hana Highway

The island of Maui is home to stunning scenery forged by Hawaii’s surges in volcanic activity, and it is also home to one of the more picturesque routes in the U.S. Hana Highway connects the town of Hana in the east with Kahului and boasts some of the island’s best attractions on its route.

A bridge on the Hana Highway

There are a series of waterfalls to visit including the spectacular Wailua Falls in the southeast corner of the island. Hana Highway’s winding roads hug the cliff closely allowing you to get a wonderful view of the ocean.

Blue Ridge Parkway

This All-American Road runs 469 miles from Virginia down to North Carolina past some of the country’s most amazing scenery. Some of the natural highlights along the route include Cold Mountain and Devil’s Courthouse.

A photo of Blue Ridge Parkway with rolling, misty hills in the background

The longest linear park in the United States, Blue Ridge Parkway is best visited in the fall when the trees start to change color, giving the route a glorious backdrop.

The Most Important Food Festivals This Summer

A plate of ribs from Happy Harry's Ribfest

If you’re planning on travelling around the country this summer, you’re sure to work up an appetite along the way. But an amazing vacation deserves amazing food, and that’s why we’ve picked out some of the most important food festivals happening across the country this summer.

Taste Of Chicago (Wednesday, 5th – Sunday, July 10th)

This outdoor food festival is about so much more than just the grub, as Taste Of Chicago is also home to a number stages where you can see some of the best bands in the US as well as up and coming artists from the Windy City. But don’t think for a second that the food takes a backseat, as the festival has been playing host to the best food around since 1980!

A photo of the entrance to the Taste Of Chicago festival

Set right on the waterfront, Taste Of Chicago is one of the best places to be when the sun’s out as its warm atmosphere and welcoming staff make it one of the best food festivals in the world.

Boston Seafood Festival (Sunday, August 13th)

Held right in the heart of the Seafood District (where else!), the Boston Seafood Festival is a celebration of the all the seafood found in the Boston area. The festival was started in 2012 by a man named Christopher Basile who has always placed a strong focus on sustainability and the festival looks to create a healthy attitude towards fishing.

Trays of shrimp with sauce and lemon wedges from the Boston Seafood Festival

There’s loads of activities to check out with regular chef demos held throughout the day as well as competitions and plenty of delicious food stalls.

Cherry Festival (Saturday, 1st – Saturday, July 8th)

All of you out there who love to vape Cherry will definitely want to check out the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City in northern Michigan. The self-proclaimed “Cherry Capital Of The World” began informally around 1910 and has since grown into one of the country’s most loved food festivals.

A close-up of many plastic trays of cherries

The National Cherry Festival has a number of great traditions including parades and the crowning of a National Cherry Queen. The festival has also managed to make it into the record books as in 1987 it helped set the record for the world’s largest cherry pie. The pie was over 17 feet wide and weighed 28,350 lbs – we hope they were hungry!

Maine Lobster Festival (Wednesday, 2nd – Saturday, August 6th)

Rockland will host the Maine Lobster Festival for the 70th year in a row this summer, and it’s easy to see why the festival has lasted such a long time. Over 30,000 people attend the Maine Lobster Festival every year to try some of the most mouth-watering lobster in the state with more than 20,000 pounds of lobster eaten each year!

A huge lobster float from the Maine Lobster Festival

The Maine Lobster Festival is also home to an amazing carnival complete with everything you need for a real slice of Americana.

Happy Harry’s Ribfest (Wednesday, 7th – Saturday, June 10th)

Barbecue-lovers will want to make sure that they don’t miss Happy Harry’s Ribfest in Fargo, North Dakota. Home to some of the finest barbecue from across the country since 1996, Happy Harry’s Ribfest also has live music in the evening and great activities for kids during the day.

A plate of ribs from Happy Harry's Ribfest

Rib cookers come from as far as Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida, and they’ll all want to make sure their ribs come out on top so you can be sure it’ll be a feisty affair!

LA Food Fest (Saturday, June 10th)

Purveying some of the best food trucks and pop-ups from across the country, LA Food Fest is enjoying its eighth year this summer and it doesn’t take long to figure out why! A ticket gets you into the event for five hours, during which time you can eat and drink as much as you can handle. There’s also a prize drawing, five different craft beer gardens and tons of cool attractions to check out.

A burger and fried chicken platter from the LA Food Festival

Vapers heading to the event need to bear in mind that vaping isn’t allowed inside the venue and there’s no readmission, so you won’t be able to head outside for a vape break.

Natural Wonders In The US

A wide photograph of the Garden Of The Gods

We all know that the likes of the Grand Canyon and Niagra Falls make for great vacation spots, but what if you’re after some amazing natural phenomena and scenery that you never even knew were there? Here we look at some of the natural wonders found across the U.S. that you may never have heard of until now!

Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

The longest cave system in the world is right here in our back yard, and at over 400 miles long Mammoth Cave rightly hosts some of the most stunning caves you’ll ever see. There are plenty of sights to see inside the cave such as Fat Man’s Misery and Tall Man’s Misery – we’ll leave you to figure why they were given these names!

A large group of people attending a tour of Mammoth Cave

Crater Lake, Oregon

Forged in the collapse of the massive volcano Mount Mazama, this caldera lake is the deepest lake in the U.S. with a depth of nearly 2,000 feet. Crater Lake has no rivers flowing in or out of it and has no fish, giving the water an eerily still feel. This feeling is added to by the Old Man of the Lake, a 30 foot-long tree stump that has been floating vertically in Crater Lake since before the turn of the 20th century!

A photograph of Crater Lake showing a small island within the lake itself

Northern Lights, Alaska

There are few sights comparable on Earth to that of the Northern Lights dancing against the clear night sky. The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis as it is also sometimes called, is said to happen when solar flare particles come through the Earth’s magnetic field, although scientists are still not entirely sure why this results in light being emitted. What is for sure is that the Northern Lights should be on everyone’s bucket list.

A photo of the Northern Lights

Palouse Falls, Washington

A few miles upstream from where the Palouse River meets Snake River, Palouse Falls is a spectacular waterfall that sits beautifully against the rocky outcrop surrounding them. However, for some people the natural beauty alone is not quite enough. Kayaker Tyler Brandt set a world record when he kayaked over the falls, although at nearly 200 feet tall, we’d recommend you leave the kayaking to the professionals!

An aerial shot of Palouse Falls

Eternal Flame Falls, New York

Not quite as tall as Palouse Falls but jaw-dropping nonetheless, Eternal Flame Falls emits natural gas from behind the bottom of the falls which can be set on fire. This small flame can be seen through the falls and must be re-lit when it goes out to avoid a build up of natural gas.

A close-up of the Eternal Flame

Garden Of The Gods, Colorado

The Garden Of The Gods combines harsh, red rock formations against thick green foliage to produce a truly stunning national park. Home to a number of geological wonders such as the Balanced Rock and Sentinel Spires, the Garden Of The Gods is a photographer’s dream as it also sits in front of the foreboding Cheyenne Mountain.

A wide photograph of the Garden Of The Gods

Something Fishy’s Going On At blu

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To everyone who saw the announcement about our new Fish flavour e-liquid, we say…

APRIL FOOLS!

Unsurprisingly there aren’t a whole lot of vapers who are looking for a fishy punch to their vape. That being said, we’re always interested to hear your thoughts and we’d love to get your opinion on what you think would make a great blu® Liquid flavor in the future.

It’s your ideas that keep us moving forward, so make sure to share on our Facebook and Twitter page.

 

How To With blu Videos

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Trusting a new brand is always an exciting time or a toss-up, and you want to make sure that your first time goes as smoothly as possible. We know this is the case with e-cigarettes, and that’s why we’ve decided to give you a helping hand!

To get you up and running, we’ve made a series of videos to show you how to start and get the most out of your blu, whether you’re using the blu PRO™ or the blu PLUS+™. Each video has a few of the most important hints on how to get started. This way you can get vaping without any holdups!

Getting Started With The blu PLUS+™

 

Getting Started With The blu PRO™

 

In this series we also cover how to take care of your blu® Rechargeable Device, with guidance on how to keep it clean and where to store it. Lastly, we’ll explain how to refill your blu PRO™ as well as the best way to keep your e-liquid topped up. By taking this time to learn about your device, you start off with blu on the right foot and assured that everything’s taken care of.

Maintaining Your E-Cigarette Battery

Refilling Your E-Cigarette

We hope you enjoy our videos and if you ever have any more questions, our Customer Service Team are always on hand to help. Happy vaping!

 

blu Goes Italian!

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Ciao, siamo aperti!

That’s about as subtle a way as possible to let you know that our brand new Italian shop is now live! You may not have been aware that you can vape when on your travels through Europe, but rest assured that any globetrotting vapers are now able to vape around the world!

Being able to talk to and connect with vapers from all over the world is something that blu prides itself on, and hearing the different perspectives of vapers from a variety of countries allows us to make sure every box is ticked when it comes to our e-cigarettes and e-liquids. Ultimately this makes our products even better than ever, which helps improve your vaping experience – and when it comes down to it, that’s all we’re after!

So the next time you’re using your blu, remember that you aren’t alone and that there’s a global vaping community who are right there with you, every step of the way.

blu’s New Website Is Live!

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As Dr. Frankenstein once famously said, “It’s aliiiiivvvveeee”. No need for pitchforks or torches though as our new website isn’t scary. In fact, we made the video above to give you the low down on all the big changes we made. So give it a watch and then be sure then explore our new website for yourself. Once finished, let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter but please keep the pitchforks and torches at home.

Why blu? Hear It From Our Customers!

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If you’re thinking of switching to vaping, you may be a little skeptical. We think blu is the best thing since sliced bread (heck it might be better!). Don’t take our word for it though; see what real blu users have to say about the benefits of vaping.

It Will Change Your Life

Katrina - "I no longer have to go outside and freeze, or put my book down and go walk away. I like being in the zone with my book and use my blu".

 

“I don’t miss smelling like cigs, I don’t miss our car smelling like cigs.” Debbie

“When I wash my hair, it smells like shampoo. When I wear my perfume, I smell like perfume. Not like an ashtray.” Audrey


It’s Not As Complicated As You Might Think

Ken - "I'll be honest, I tried others....this became the easiest, smoothest, the one I like the best".

“I’m really busy. I didn’t want to deal with the hassle. I wanted something simple, not complicated, that could travel when I travel and I could just pick up and use.” Claire

It’s very easy to do, there’s no mess, there’s no hassle with it. You just grab it and go.” Robert


Treat Your Taste Buds

Amber - "I don't know what it is about it, but I always go back to the cherry crush".

“One thing I love is the flavor continues strong throughout, rather than tapering off gradually.” Jonathan

“Just tried my first blast of Carolina Bold…WOAH shut the barn door. This one’s a keeper.” David


Winning Products

Robert - "It's outstanding, they're far superior to anything I've tried before, or will try again. They're on the cutting edge".

“blu feels very natural. I feel like it’s a part of me now. I don’t know what I would do without it.” Amber

“blu is amazing…I can’t really say anything more about it.” Kim


We Got Your Back

Carla - "Besides just a good product, is there a company behind the product that you can actually talk to? blu hit on all of those things".

“They have a customer service team that cares. People who go out of their way to make sure we stay happy as customers.” Mike

“Everyone wants to be a part of something. The company itself feels like family. Their customer service is outstanding, and in these times, that means a lot. It makes you feel even better about the product.” Robert

New Flavors, New Products, And More!

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We have some exciting news! We’ve launched many new products and flavors, ranging from brand new devices like the blu PRO™ kit to new blu PLUS+ Tank™ flavors. Now we’ve taken your feedback and delivered. Without further ado, take a look below at all of the new members of the blu product family.

blu PRO™ kit

It’s a question our fans have been asking us for a while. Do you have plans to introduce a refillable device in the United States? Well, we’ve been listening, and we’re happy to announce that the blu PRO™ Kit and blu® Liquids are the latest addition to the blu US family!  Our blu PRO™ Kit is refillable meaning you can refill the device with different e-liquids. In the UK, our blu PRO kit won “Product of the Year” in 2015, the first year it was on the market. The blu PRO™ features blu Smooth Flow Technology™ to create a smooth draw and purer, cleaner taste. It also comes with a top-filling clearomizer to make refilling easier and reduce the possibility of spillage.

blu® Liquids

Complementing the blu PRO™, we’re happy to announce that blu® Liquids are now available in refillable bottles! On top of the flavors you know and love in our blu PLUS+ Tanks™, you’ll also find new blends such as Caramel Café, Berry Cobbler, and more!

New Tank Flavors

If you love your blu PLUS+™ but still want to try out the different flavors, you’re in luck! All of our new flavors have also been introduced in pre-filled tanks. Some of these will only be available for a limited time, so be sure to act now by clicking here if you want to get your hands on these flavors.

New blu® Disposables

Last but not least, our blu® Disposables range got an upgrade as well! A couple of months ago we brought two fan favorites, Vivid Vanilla and Carolina Bold, to the disposable family, and now we’re introducing one more – Glacier Mint. Not only is the blu® Disposables range getting new flavors, but we decided to introduce a new nicotine strength for all of our disposable flavors, which is 4.5%.

We know this is a lot to take in but we want to hear your thoughts on these exciting new products by visiting us on Facebook and Twitter. By giving us your feedback we can only get better!

Changes Are Coming To blu Rewards

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At blu we strive to always listen to what you have to say and boy, do you tell us! That’s why we’re happy to announce some changes coming to our rewards program. Soon you’ll be able to use your reward points towards blu® products sold online. That means more savings on the products you love!

Due to the demand for rewards based on blu products we’ll be moving away from branded clothing and items. We know that many of you love the rewards we offer now, so we won’t be doing away completely with these types of items just giving you more with less. In fact, in the future we’ll have some really awesome rewards including products and experiences exclusive to our bluNation® reward members.

Of course we still want to hear what you think. What would you love to have in the future? What blu® product will you spend your points on once we make our changes? Hit us up on Facebook at or on Twitter. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say.