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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