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Road Trip USA by Jamie Jensen
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Jul 19, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, travel, bloody-brilliant
Read in January, 2004

Absolutely INDISPENSABLE book for anyone who is planning an authentic American Road Trip. This isn't your typical travel guide telling you where to find five star lodging and the best golf courses. This book presents real "Golden Age of America" car travel, taking you along two-lane U.S. Highways, through small towns and by roadside attractions less frequented in this increasingly fast-paced and impersonal society. If you're the kind of person who prefers sticking only to the interstate, eating only at national chains and patronizing only the places that provide in-your-face entertainment, I'd like to say that this isn't the book for you, but really, this is a book that you, of all people, NEED to read.

The book is organized into several pre-packaged "trips" along formerly major U.S. Highways including Route 50 (the Loneliest Road), and Route 66. The author guides you from the beginning of the highway to the end, going from coast to coast (and in a few cases from Canadian to Mexican border), detailing pretty much EVERY point of interest (major and minor) along the way. These include, but are not limited to, national parks, historic buildings, quirky roadside diners, ghost towns and just general roadside kitsch. Places you can bet none of your friends ever visited. Places that YOU might never have heard of, much less considered visiting otherwise.

In practice, I don't think many people follow any of the routes in this book from beginning to end. We didn't. But it is certainly a good jumping off point for finding destinations as you plan your trip. And then, as you're on the road, it is a great resource to pull out at random and see what kinds of cool stuff you'll be driving by. It's also a great book just to pick up at random when you're feeling a bit of wanderlust, just to read about all the places in this great country that you have left to see. Can't say enough good about this book.
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