So the season ended, and you don’t know what to do with yourself. Why not get out of town? We’ve formulated an epic road trip that will start in Fayetteville and take you to thirteen US cities (though that is a generous term in some cases) that are namesakes of famous Shakespearean locales. It’s the Great American Shakespeare Road Trip: thirteen stops. One hundred seven hours and twenty minutes of driving time. 7004 miles. We don’t use the word epic lightly.
Start: Fayetteville, NC (the home of Sweet Tea Shakespeare!)
Be sure to visit: The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. You’ve seen a show in the backyard of the Poe House, but did you know that you can go inside?
Stop 1: Vienna, VA (Measure for Measure)
Be sure to visit: the Viva Vienna town festival
Stop 2: Windsor, CT (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
Be sure to visit: The Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut
Stop 3: Troy, NY (Troilus and Cressida)
Be sure to visit: Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market
Stop 4: Mantua, OH (Romeo and Juliet)
Be sure to visit: Headwaters Trail
Stop 5: Verona, WI (Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona)
Be sure to visit: The Sow’s Ear, “the Midwest’s first combined yarn store and coffee shop”
Stop 6: Illyria, IA (Twelfth Night)
Be sure to visit: No idea, but definitely take a selfie with the sign.
Stop 7: Padua, MN (The Taming of the Shrew)
Be sure to visit: Have a drink at the Padua Pub.
Stop 8: Inverness, CO (Macbeth)
Be sure to visit: It’s Colorado–there must be mountains, right?
Stop 9: Elsinore, UT (Hamlet)
Be sure to visit: The Elsinore Heritage Days Festival
Stop 10: Arden, NV (As You Like It)
Be sure to visit: It’s seven miles from Las Vegas, so definitely go see Celine Dion.
Stop 11: Venice, FL (Othello, The Merchant of Venice)
Be sure to visit: Duh–go to the beach.
Stop 12: Athens, GA (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Timon of Athens)
Be sure to visit: Downtown Athens certainly looks like fun.
Stop 13: Belmont, NC (The Merchant of Venice)
Be sure to visit: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Of course, you didn’t see any Shakespeare on this trip,but that’s okay: you should be back just in time for King Lear, our season opener. Happy travels.