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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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"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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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!
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!
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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trips, never enough time!
For someone who enjoys to travel and loves to find unexplored (by me) roads, I looked forward to recieving this book. What a dissapointment. This author was very negative and had something to say on just about every road he wrote about. For example, instead of talking about the virtues of Plantation Alley, the author calls it Chemical Corridor. Yuck.
There are many lovely books available about traveling and a good map will provide you with many roads unexplored. I would suggest that you skip this book altogether.
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.
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