I remember as a kid growing up in the early 60s going on road trips with my family. It was always so exciting to jump in the car and take off to parts unknown. If you take your time, it’s the best way to see America. Great American Road Trips: Scenic Drives by Reader’s Digest, is a bible every road tripper should have.
The book is a compilation of scenic drives throughout the United States with commentary by travelers who know the routes backward and forward. They describe the drive, point out various side trips, and give you tips on sights and activities not to be missed.
It covers the best road trips in the United States so that all you have to do is jump in your car and start driving.
Being a Californian since I was 3 years old, I was especially interested in points West like the Big Sur Coast and California U.S. Route 395. I drove to Southern Colorado once, but otherwise, I like being driven most of the time because my eyes get wanky on the road.
However, there are amazing road trips described in the book. so if you don’t want to drive a long distance and happen to fly to various parts of the country, you can always pick up a rental car, follow your route of choice from the book, and take in the sights.
Drive along the Apache Trail in Arizona, probably not in summer, or Great River Road through Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. (good in summer)
See the gorgeous autumn leaves along the Historical National Road in Maryland where stagecoaches used to travel, or check out lighthouses, cranberry bogs, and ocean views on Cape Cod’s Route 6. We drove that route that once with my family in the winter. There were no tourists there at the time, and it was cold but I’m sure spring and fall must be amazing!
Or, why not drive through Amish Country in Central Pennsylvania?
There are so many spectacular views throughout the United States that sometimes I wish I had 100 years left to see it all.
Great American Road Trips: Scenic Drives has astonishingly beautiful photography throughout. It’s the type of book you want to read over and over again and then dream about it later.