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Road Trip USA: Cross Country Adventures on America's Two Lane Highways (Moon Handbooks) Paperback – 13 May 1999

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  • Paperback: 810 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (13 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566911494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566911498
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.1 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"An immensely sophisticated masterwork. For those who feel an adrenaline rush every time they hear the words "road trip", and who understand that getting there is at least half the fun, this is quite simply the best book of its type ever published".-- Conde Nast Epicurious

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book really does help you get the full flavour of what a road trip across Northern America can really be about. This book covers places of interest and a lot of detailed local information in a compact and informative format.
There has been a lot of research put into this book, and you get the sense that the author has actually gone through a similar experience, which is always a help!
I recommend this to anyone thinking or who has an interest in doing a road trip across the US. Its a great resource, and small enough to take with you!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun. 2001
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Jenson's view is that the Interstate is not for real travellers. The book covers a series of coast to coast and border to border trips through small town America in a detail which can be annoying and yet is thoroughly enjoyable. His style is easy, compulsive and, based on our previous experience of some of the places he describes, very honest.
Full of throw away descriptions of "blink or you'll miss them" towns, facts and figures, the best places to eat, drink and sleep, and survival guides to the major metropolis en route the book is much more than the stereotypical guide. It offers an insight into an America which is not obtained from the more formal Fodor and Rough Guide style of guidebook. It is that lack of formality which makes the book such a delight.
Its unlikely that anybody will be able to complete any of the routes and visit all the suggested sites in the standard two week annual holiday, but, by judicial selection and patching bit together, its possible to see some of the country described. It is difficult to find good travel guides to the lesser known areas of America; Road Trip USA was an unexpected pleasure!
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covers everything I need for my 7500 mile road trip
Los Angeles to east coast then down to Florida and accross the Gulf coast into New Mexico,Arizona, and across to Mexico
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346 of 350 people found the following review helpful
The Only Book You'll Need 6 July 2000
By R. M. Calitri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Just last week I returned from taking several of Jamie Jensen's road trips in the USA, and I can attest to the high quality of his book. We set out with Lonely Planet's USA guidebook which greatly failed us. Typical of Lonely Planet's laziness (their television series greatly outranks their travel books),their USA book was wrought with so many errors and outdated information that we quickly reverted to Road Trip USA thereby enhancing the remainder of our 8,200 mile trip around the USA and making it a truly educational, one month drive. We really saw the USA from beautiful back roads and will never regret it. Instead we owe a huge debt of graditute to the author and his editors.
I've used almost every travel book available when traveling, so I have absolutely no doubt that this is the best book available if you are considering taking a drive in the USA. We drove 3 of the major trips in this book--including Route 66, The Oregon Trail, and The Great River Road--and if we had depended on other books, the truth is, we would have missed almost every great site Jensen points out. He and his editors have accomplished more than I'd have ever hoped from a mere travel guide. If you use this book for even part of one road trip, you will see the real USA.
The book provides indepth coverage of eleven road trips in a lively, knowledgeable, and educated format highlighted with many great photographs and asides in the margins of corresponding trip narratives. All routes are readable from either direction one chooses to drive them as we found driving the Great River Road from south to north instead as outlined in the book--from north to south--and we had no problems whatsoever because Jensen has thought of every angle for us.
Road Trip USA is jam packed with hints, "secrets," history, gossip, lore, and myths, in addition to advice on great places to take photographs of unique sights, best spots to find perfect pie, local radio stations to tune in for local flavor, and out-of-the-way lodging and camping information that other books will not even mention. If you prefer the superhighway, this is not the book for you. If you want to see the America you hope is out there, this book will help you find it. I give it my highest recommendation. As far as I can tell, he didn't miss a thing! And I can now say without reservation, this is a beautiful country. END
139 of 139 people found the following review helpful
Hit the Road and Live it Up 29 Mar. 2001
By Justin J. Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent, excellent book for anyone who wants to take a road trip as a vacation and see the country like you've never seen it before. I used this book to see so many funky pieces of Americana: everything from a miniature Stonehenge in Missouri to the world's largest ketchup bottle in Illinois. I traveled Rte. 66 and stayed at a great little motel in Missouri (Munger Moss) recommended by this book. That motel is a must for any Rte. 66 fans: its gift shop is filled with Rte. 66 memorabilia. And it's cheap!! $25 a night with clean rooms. The whole idea of this book is to get people to see that America isn't all the same, though it seems that way when you stay on the highways. It's filled with great road trips to take wherever you are in the country, north or south, east or west. It's really an amazing country we live in and you'll find out that you can have a great vacation traveling endless roads that provide new discoveries.
You'll get a whole new perspective on areas you may have visited. And the author offers suggestions on places to go to get a local flavor. So instead of eating at a McDonald's or Denny's for breakfast, you can try a diner in Memphis that Elvis used to frequent.
A couple of my Chicago-based colleagues were very impressed when I told them I ate at Berghoff's and Lou Mitchell's in downtown Chicago. They said nobody from out-of-town would have gone there.
It's like having a knowledgeable traveling companion with you wherever you go. I enjoyed every town and city I visited on a two-week trip thanks to this book.
I've looked at other travel guides and they don't compare to this book. High praise to Jamie Jensen for creating such an informative book, packed full of useful nuggets. This book was never far from my fingertips on that trip.
I'm planning a motorcycle road trip in the near future and will definitely have this book along. I only wish I had more time to take more of these road trips.
Enjoy and happy motoring.
57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Great road trip book 24 Nov. 1999
By C. Polinsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After my first trip across country, I wanted to write a real road trip book. All of my US guide books give good information about big cities but little about small towns and back roads. The real gems I found on cross country trips were a cheese factory in Wisconsin or an ice cream shop in Iowa. Luckily I found this book before my second cross country trip. It was really great. It gives about 8 different 2-lane highway routes usually stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic or from Canada to the Southern tips of the US. It doesn't cover everywhere I want to go, but it's great if you're going on a long road trip... or if you live near one of the 2-Lane Highways in the book. Although it gives information about large cities along the way, you may want a supplement if you plan on spending lots of time in big cities. This book focuses more on the interesting places between those major cities.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
A treasure trove of backroad people, places and things 6 May 2000
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Organized primarily around 11 coast-to-coast (some north-south, some east-west) trips, you may not find your current location covered. But if you're thinking of taking a long drive, or if one of the pinpoints you visit by airplane is on a route covered within, "Road Trip USA" will provide you with things to do, places to eat, people to see and a good helping of local history with which to orient yourself.
The authors' emphasis is on the unusual and the local, which means you'll find out-of-the-way cafes, odd museums, classic tourist traps and more.
Perhaps this books biggest drawback is that its nearly 800 pages is bulky, making it a bit cumbersome to carry. But then, if you're travelling by car, this isn't really a problem.
One of a few essential books I consult before heading some place new (or revisiting some place old).
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This book made my cross country trip great! 17 Jun. 2000
By Philip Nisbet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I rode 6600 miles through the US on a motorcycle, with most of the routes chosen from this book. This book made my trip great. The restaurants, hotels and roads are well thought out and have clearly been visited first hand by the author and his team. Don't take a road trip without this book.
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