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Road Trip USA (Eighth Edition): Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways Paperback – 26 Apr 2018
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The Road Awaits!
Criss-cross the USA on America's classic two-lane motorways with Road Trip USA!
About the Author
Jamie Jensen was immersed in road trip culture from an early age. He grew up in Southern California, back when freeways were new, cheeseburgers cost a quarter, and every beach had a beachfront amusement park. After a three-year stint bumming around the country, making hay in Kansas, and ghostwriting a book for the Grateful Dead, Jamie set to work researching and writing Road Trip USA. Since then he's traveled more than 400,000 miles in search of the perfect stretch of two-lane blacktop. When not crisscrossing the country by car, he rides his bike whenever possible. Jamie lives with his wife, Catherine, and twin boys, Tom and Alex, in New York City, at the east end of the Lincoln Highway.
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The fact that it gives you colour rather a ton of detail might make it sound like there isn't advice at all in the book. That isn't true. It gives recommendations about where to eat, and what to do in a lot of places, but because of the size of the book, the sort of small town America it covers, don't expect to get lots of ideas for the places it suggests you visit.
There is about 100 pages devoted to each route so you're basically getting eleven small books in one big book.
Map detail is simple and not detailed, so you obviously need a map and/or sat nav to supplement the book.
Lots of really useful info on accommodation and eateries. Other great info such as warnings to fuel up in some more remote locations where fuel is sparse.
The only annoying aspect for me personally is that the route I am doing is east to west and the book details the routes west to east, but you can't blame the book for that!
When we travelled along the suggested routes we used the book throughout the day to locate places of interest and places to eat/stay. The book pointed us towards some really good diners to eat in (like Doug's Fish Fry in Skaneateles), some of which we would no doubt have stumbled on ourselves in some of the smaller places we passed through but others we possibly would have missed. The book does also contain a few notes on interesting places just off the routes and suggests a few diversions; it also has some general notes on states and areas and some odd interesting facts. Most days one of us would read out some of these interesting facts about the places we travelled through - world's largest kazoo anyone?
Bought this as had the 101 road trip book and it is excellent.
Lent the 101 book to some friends and it got lost in the post when they sent it back.
Have used this as a replacement for the 101 book - happy memories- and for tips of places to visit when on our American holidays.
See also roadsideamerica.com "Roadside America, your travel guide to offbeat attractions, tourist traps, weird vacations, and roadtrips." for some fun stuff to do.
Unless you are following street for street one of the 11 trips planned out in the book then you have little chance of hitting the sights and stops they reccomend. Surrounding areas are completely neglected so you're on your own if you veer off course.
The book offers very few - if any - eating or accomodation recommendations and where it does cite a hotel, it rarely provides a telephone number or address.
The maps in the book tend to be a big red line through a bunch of town - there are no usuable maps that will help you navigate through a city once you're in it.
I would only recommend investing in this if you have no idea where you want to go or what you want to see and want to get some ideas. I'd leave it at home when you hit the road though.
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