Where to Go: Iowa State Fair
Des Moines, Iowa (nearby Best Western hotels)
August 12-22
You have to love any event that bills itself as "Non Stop Fun," because who doesn't love fun? Last year this quintessentially American institution attracted more than a million fun-lovers (and a few old grouches) with the help of one of the world's largest livestock shows, the country's largest state fair foods department, and hundreds of competitive events and wacky contests. Among the signature treats served by the fair's 600 concessionaires is the popular pork-chop-on-a-stick.

What to Take: 2010 Ram Pickup Truck
The 2010 Ram is the only full-size pickup with a coil-over rear suspension, which makes it a wise choice for long-haul road trip comfort. The HEMI V8 engine delivers a healthy 390 horsepower along with respectable highway fuel economy of 20 mpg, and the truck's boldly styled sheetmetal might just turn a few heads when you roll into town.

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