5 nostalgic American drive-in theaters to catch a flick... yes, there are some still standing!

Behind-the-wheel movie magic

A trip to the movies is an experience nearly all of us have had, many times over, since childhood. The magic of the huge screens, comfy seats, ushers, concession stands, and enticing previews make the movies special and sentimental. But not all theaters are indoors. Drive-ins make movie-going moments nostalgic, yet new again. Here are 5 U.S. drive-in theaters that have us revved up for movie-watching from behind the wheel.

Becky's Drive-In

Becky's Drive-In Movie Theater in Walnutport, PennsylvaniaVia zipcar.com

Recognized by USA Today as one of 2016's Best Drive-In Theaters, Becky's Drive-In is a local 2-screen favorite for folks in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley who love the old-fashioned film-viewing experience. 440 cars can park and view at a time, making each night a community gathering. Once dusk sets in, movie-goers tune into their car's radio and take in the latest showings from their Fords and Hondas. While being entertained under the stars, customers can fill their bellies with refreshments like fountain drinks, cheeseburgers, fries, nachos, cotton candy, pizza, and of course, hot popcorn. To make those movie memories last, take home a souvenir like a Becky's-embroidered baseball cap, a T-shirt, or hoodie.

4548 Lehigh Dr. Walnutport, PA

Coyote Drive-In

Coyote Drive-In Movie Theater in TexasVia iamjaymarks.wordpress.com

Coyote Drive-In has three locations – Fort Worth and Lewisville, Texas and Leeds, Alabama. The Fort Worth spot features an outdoor theater and canteen with a full menu from chicken sandwiches and wings to thin crust pizza and burgers. Cold beer is on tap and wine is flowing… for the non-drivers, naturally. Every night is a double feature, making the fun night out last and last. Leeds has all the joy of the movies plus a mini golf course for a little friendly competition. Their new menu has gone gourmet with Thai shrimp salad, wagyu beef bacon cheeseburgers, and sweet chili shrimp. Lewisville has some fun fare too, like street tacos, footlong corn dogs, and Cinnabon bites. All locations host events and parties, making the drive-in experience a real showstopper!

223 NE 4th St. Fort Worth, TX

1901 Midway Rd. Lewisville, TX

6200 Grand River Pkwy. Ste. 510 Leeds, AL

Delsea Drive-In Theater

Delsea Drive-In Movie Theater in Vineland, New JerseyVia youtube.com

New Jersey's only drive-in, Delsea Drive-In Theater, reopened in 2004 after a decades' long closure, bringing the thrill of outdoor viewing back by popular demand. At Delsea, there is always a double feature, and on special occasions, viewers can take in three flicks at a stretch! Rent a chair for just $2 if you don't feel like staying in the car, otherwise tune into the radio, sit back, and escape into cinematic adventure. Grab a bite like pork egg rolls, eggplant parm, onion rings, or shrimp with brown rice. There are plenty of gluten-free options and diet Atkin's foods too. Sweeten the mood with cotton candy, Oreo cookies, or funnel cake. Munching and movies has never been more enjoyable. Drive-in and pig out!

2203 South Delsea Dr. Vineland, NJ

Ford Wyoming Drive-In Theater

Ford Wyoming Drive-In Movie Theater in Dearborn, MichiganVia oaklandcountyprosper.com

Open all weekend starting Friday evenings, the Ford Wyoming Drive-In Theater in Dearborn, MI is a local entertainment hub for drive-in lovers who enjoy two for the price of one… there's always a double feature. This theater is the largest drive-in in the world with five big screens for the ultimate drive-in experience. And don't let the chill of winter deter you from driving in. Ford Wyoming will provide heaters, so you can stay cozy and comfy for hours. Bring your own snacks or purchase something at the concession stand, sit back, and enjoy the show!

10400 Ford Rd. Dearborn, MI

Shankweiler's Drive-In Theater

Shankweiler's Drive-In Movie Theater in Orefield, PennsylvaniaVia driveinadventures.wordpress.com

Celebrating its 84th season, Pennsylvania's Shankweiler's Drive-In Theater is America's oldest drive-in. Double features are always playing, and the schedule is varied and entertaining, making each visit a family affair. Beverages and bites from the snack bar make the experience even better, with treats like sodas, hot chocolate and coffee, chili dogs, beef brisket, fresh popcorn, soft pretzels, ice cream, and candy. Fans love their updated projection and sound equipment which was installed a few years ago, bringing a modern touch to a nostalgic movie-going outing.

Route 309 Orefield, PA

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8 of the Best Donut Spots In the United States

Celebrate National Donut Day with our favorite treats across the country.

November 5th marks one of 2020's two National Donut Days.

Occurring in both June and November, National Donut Day allows fans of those delectable yeasty treats to embrace their sweet tooth. But like any niche food group, people often take their donuts very, very seriously, and there are countless places to get your fix.

Below, we've rounded up some of the best donut spots across the country. From coast to coast, these bakeries are sure to impress even the pickiest donut-heads.

Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop – Modesto, CA

Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop

If you ever find yourself in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's worth taking a short trek out east towards Modesto for some of California's best donuts. Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop has remained family owned since its opening over 30 years ago, providing both tried-and-true classic donuts as well as experimental flavors and holiday specials. Even their 24-hour service doesn't diminish the line that trails out the door most mornings.

Dough — New York, NY

Dough \u2014 New York, NY

Donuts might not be the first circular, doughy treat you think of when it comes to New York City. If you've had your fair share of bagels, the Big Apple also boasts some spectacular donuts at Dough, a go-to spot for both tourists and locals alike. Here, you'll find a host of Latin American-inspired flavors that are hard to come by anywhere else; their Dulce de Leche flavor is a customer favorite, while the tangy Hibiscus donut is just as good for Instagramming as it is for eating.

Blackbird Doughnuts — Boston, MA

Blackbird Doughnuts \u2014 Boston, MA

Boston's Blackbird Doughnuts is a no-frills donut spot specializing in both brioche "raised" donuts and old-fashioned cake donuts. With a small menu of year-round donuts and a rotating cast of seasonal flavors, Blackbird keeps it simple and classic. Why mess around?

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop — Brooklyn, NY

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop \u2014 Brooklyn, NY

For over 60 years, Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop has been calling the quaint Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint home. Since then, the bakery has remained a popular spot for both regulars and new visitors passing through the area. Here, you won't find uber-trendy decor or gimmicky recipes, just damn good donuts that prove the power of long-standing local businesses.

Pip’s Original — Portland, OR

Pip\u2019s Original \u2014 Portland, OR

In both their mobile catering van and brick-and-mortar locations, Pip's Original is a staple for small, sweet treats in Portland. They're known for their tiny donuts that come in inventive seasonal flavors like marionberry-lavender and mango ghost pepper. But even if you opt for one of the more traditional flavors, Pip's Original proves good things can come in small packages.

Round Rock Donuts — Round Rock, TX

Round Rock Donuts \u2014 Round Rock, TX

Founded in 1926, Round Rock Donuts—located just north of Austin—are impossible to miss. These donuts' distinct yellow-orange color, caused by fresh eggs in the original recipe, make them stand out among the crowd. While this classic outpost can easily churn out hundreds of dozens of donuts a day, they also offer Texas-Sized Donuts, which are just as ginormous as you'd imagine. Round Rock Donuts are not only delicious and easily recognizable, but they're a slice of Lone Star history.

The Holy Donut — Portland, ME

The Holy Donut \u2014 Portland, ME

In Maine's Portland, you might not find tiny donuts or a decked-out catering van, but you will find a slightly healthier alternative. The Holy Donut was founded on the premise of creating tasty donuts that used all-natural ingredients to make a treat you could feel good about eating. The secret ingredient is fresh, mashed Maine potatoes, which make these donuts delectably moist without sacrificing flavor.

Donut Friend — Los Angeles, CA

Donut Friend \u2014 Los Angeles, CA

As expected of a city so focused on entertainment, Los Angeles' Donut Friend puts an edgy spin on their inventive donut flavors. Their year-round menu features donut flavors with names like Green Teagan and Sara, Fudgegazi, and Bacon-182 that are sure to delight the rock music nerds. For everyone else, the delicious donuts speak for themselves.