Matt Kirouac

Matt Kirouac started writing about food and restaurants while attending culinary school in Chicago, going on to write for outlets like Time Out Chicago, Plate Magazine, Serious Eats, Daily Candy, and Zagat — the latter of which led him to his coolest celebrity encounter to date: having cocktails with Steven Soderbergh at Drum Bar in Chicago. He also published two Chicago restaurant books, The Hunt Guides: Chicago (2016) and Unique Eats & Eateries of Chicago (2017). Following an eye-opening trip to South Dakota's Badlands and Black Hills in 2016, he's branched into travel writing, covering everything from national parks and Disney World to festivals, hotels, and Pride parades for outlets like Travel + Leisure, Thrillist, Culture Trip, AFAR, TripSavvy, Tasting Table, and Conde Nast Traveler. In 2018, he sold his loft in Chicago to travel full-time in an RV, which led to him creating a national parks travel podcast with iHeartRadio called Parklandia. After premiering in 2019, the show became the most downloaded travel podcast in the country. In 2020, he launched a new podcast, Hello Ranger, all about diversity within the national parks community. The two shows have been covered by outlets like The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, AFAR, Block Club Chicago, Barron's, and KAYAK. That year, Matt also settled in Oklahoma City, where he became the first gay writer to have a story on the front page of The Oklahoman newspaper. He lives with his husband Nathan and their mini dachshund, Finn, and enjoys re-watching Twister on an all-too-regular basis.

All Articles From Matt Kirouac

The Star Attraction at This Colorado Festival? A Frozen Corpse.

Frozen Dead Guy Days is a campy and whimsical weekend centered around the late Bredo Morstøl, whose body has been kept on dry ice for years

The Ultimate Bucket List of Historic General Stores

From a Kentucky outpost opened in 1831 to an unassuming California shack with great wine, these 11 time capsules are true Americana

What’s Old Is New Again in New Hampshire

The unexpected thrill of rediscovering a home after 20 years away

Aspen Gay Ski Week Is the Ultimate Winter Pride

"All the fur, all the sequins, all the thongs”

Live Out Your Dairy Dreams at the House Cheddar Built

Tillamook Creamery is one of the top tourist destinations in all of Oregon.

You Are Here: Oklahoma City

All the sweetest parts of Oklahoma City, according to someone who lives there

Channel Agatha Christie Aboard These Murder Mystery Trains

From Florida to Napa Valley, these seven railways let you live out your wildest "Murder on the Orient Express" fantasies

Iconic Horror Movie Filming Locations You Can Actually Visit

Are you brave enough to stay at the hotel from "The Shining"?

This Bourbon Country Town Is Experiencing a Renaissance

Go for the bourbon, stay for the historic hotels, queer cafes and dog mayors

11 Scenic Drives and Hikes to Take This Fall

Eat your leaf-peeping heart out, from Maine to Texas

This Classic Car Company Takes Vintage Vehicles Into the Windy Wilderness

A case study on adventure, classic cars and the power of community

Lettuce Grow Makes it Easy to Garden at Home and in Your Hotel

No need for a green thumb with this hydroponic company

This Montana Valley Was “Paradise” for Jimmy Buffett

Where the cheeseburgers come with a scenic backdrop

10 Great American Food Trails Worth Road Tripping For

From bourbon and onion burgers to surry sonker and pepperoni rolls

How to Spend a Perfect Weekend in Santa Fe

What to see, do and eat, plus where to stay in this high-desert dreamscape.