Old-fashioned malts, a frosty mug of root beer, hot dogs oozing with chili or ketchup, and a big twisty cone with a perfect curl on top can only mean one thing: It’s drive-in season in Minnesota.
While Winona’s Lakeview Drive Inn dates back to 1938, most drive-ins opened mid-century when post-war, automobile-loving America embraced any excuse to go out cruising and cool off. Today, these family-run drive-ins offer a tasty slice of Americana.
Typically open April to October, many drive-ins also host cruise nights when classic car owners show up in restored Pontiacs, Buicks and Fords with their rocket-inspired chrome work, flashy curves and vintage colors.
Now that you know the history, make plans to stop at any of these 14 drive-ins on your next summer road trip.