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Times ad columnist Stuart Elliot recently took a "three-week, 16-state, 3,989-mile road trip" to parts west of the Hudson. What did he find? The answers might surprise you!

Chain restaurants!
Plenty of Starbucks!
Skin-care products!
Hotels with WiFi!
High gas prices!
No ethanol!
People who like God!

Well, except for the God thing, it seems a lot like the world we live in here in New York! It doesn't sound so scary anymore, this "America." Maybe we'll visit some day!

They've got strip clubs, right?

On the Road, an Ad Landscape That Is Increasingly Familiar [NYT]