The Oregon Trail

The dozen miles between Ashtabula and the Pennsylvania border offer a full range of Great Lakes scenery, from pristine waterfront forests and lakeside vacation cabins to historic covered bridges and massive power plants, best seen by following Lake Road, which runs right along the shore. Close to the state line, the historic town of Conneaut (pop. 12,708, pronounced “KAH-nee-ot”) is home to an engineering landmark, the 136-foot-long Middle Road Covered Bridge, built in the 1860s and restored in the 1980s, five miles south of downtown. It also has an art director’s dream of a road-food restaurant, the White Turkey Drive-In (388 E. Main Rd., 440/593-2209), on US-20. Owned and run by the Tuttle family since 1952, this place serves burgers and has a fantastic ambience but is truly famous for shredded turkey sandwiches, root beer floats, and chili-cheese fries. Between Mother’s Day and Labor Day, sit outside under the red canopy on a warm summer evening watching the fireflies, and everything is guaranteed to feel right with the world.