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Product Details

  • Series: Road Trip USA
  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; Fifth Edition edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598801015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598801019
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jamie Jensen has been immersed in road trip culture from an early age. After a three-year stint bumming around the country, making hay in Kansas, sailing boats in Chesapeake Bay, painting houses in Boston, and living in the storeroom of a Manhattan music studio, he returned to California and earned a degree in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley. Rather than get a real job, he then moved to England, where he began to write about America. Jamie is the author of Road Trip guides to the USA, California & the Southwest, and New England. He lives in Northern California, at the west end of US-50.

More About the Author

I grew up in Southern California back when cars were king, freeways were new, cheeseburgers cost a quarter, and every beach had a beachfront amusement park. After some very pleasant years traveling around the country (making hay in Kansas, crewing sailboats on the Chesapeake Bay, studying architecture at UC Berkeley and ghost-writing a book for the Grateful Dead...), I started work on my book Road Trip USA, a thick and tasty (and fully illustrated!) guide to the best drives in America.

Since then, over 20 years and what are now six (SIX!) ever-improving editions of the book, I've traveled close to half-a-million miles in search of the perfect stretch of two-lane blacktop. Though I drive way more than is healthy, for me or for the planet, I get out of the car as much as possible to check out the best french fries, rodeos, historic trails, and slices of cherry pie that I can find.

So please join me. Check out Road Trip USA, and hit the road!

Customer Reviews

For anyone who likes to travel, if only by reading a book, this is a great one.
Betty Parr
I have a few trips planned and I have looked things up in this book to coordinate with the driving.
Lisa Mccully
I found this book helpful last summer during a couple of trips up and down the east coast.
Sara Beth Wade

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Fulton on April 26, 2010
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This is one of the best books I've ever read. It is, in my opinion, a Goldilocks book. Not too much info, not too little. It gives you the route for 11 road trips across North America/the U.S. I didn't know it while I was doing it, but I've done 30%-45% of the Great River Road tour. I've hit a bit of a few of the other ones as well. If you just want to get out and go, and aren't sure where to go, this is worth picking up. If you just want to try something different, pick this up. It gives you an idea of what to see along the way, and even where to stay. It doesn't give you everything, otherwise it would weigh a hundred pounds. It does, however, give you a bit above the basics. I've been to some of the cities on several of the routes, and I knew about those cities, but this showed me a few things I didn't know. It's just a good read to get off the Interstates and Freeways of America and really see America.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Mccully on June 9, 2009
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This book is action packed with info, pictures and old postcard art. I love it. I look at it all the time. It has trivia, facts, history and just everything you'd want to know. I carry this book with me all the time, just in case I get bored somewhere. It has inspired me to stop at places I would not have stopped at before. I have a few trips planned and I have looked things up in this book to coordinate with the driving. I'm so happy I bought this book :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rachel M. Kozak on December 10, 2010
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very pleased with this book. it has roadtrips going north to south and east to west across the united states in it. it has commentary about the cities along the way and some pictures and fun facts. my dream retirement plan is to travel the united states and this book is exactly what i'd need to get me started (because of course you would see more than what was listed along the way). very inspiring book if you're a travel bug or got the wanderlust.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara Beth Wade on July 12, 2011
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I found this book helpful last summer during a couple of trips up and down the east coast. Particularly helpful was for traveling down US 1 down to Key West, FL--it gave us some places to check out and restaurants to try and we weren't disappointed. We were also able to use it around the Myrtle Beach/Murrels Inlet, SC area too, mainly for restaurant recommendations. Mainly I like his anti-highways philosophy--even if I don't travel his prescribed routes exactly (some of them look like they would take a month or more to do at one go!) it encourages me to take the back roads on long trips more often. We were able to travel from Chattanooga, TN to Key West, FL entirely on US 27, connecting to US 1 in Miami. It was so much fun to turn off the GPS and follow this 2-lane road past all the little town squares in Georgia, some cute parks in Tallahasee (and past nothing in particular in lower Florida...) Overall, it's just fun to read--sometimes I have to look for "virtual vacations" instead of real ones, and I love to dream about taking some of these drives! You may not agree with all of the recommendations (my older parents didn't), but as a road-trip-loving, biggest-ball-of-twine kind of gal, I found it a great place to start planning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Veronique Buenos on August 29, 2011
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The book's strenght is its outline. It's very well divided up but possible roads and by region. However my only criticism is because ALL roads are included there isn't a high level of detail for each. But great place to start thinking about an itinerary.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Anderson on June 15, 2010
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We are BIG travelers - and we especially love the two lane road trips! This book will be a great addition to our traveling library. We bought this especially for Highway 50 exploration, but found so many other great roadways to be explored across our great nation. When traveling, we want to know what makes the trip special - diners, motels, sights - the things that you may or may not find out on your own. After completing Route 66, we know Highway 50 will be equally as fun! Can't wait to pack up and get on the road!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Scott Haines on November 27, 2011
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Bought this for a friends birthday. She loved it so much that I got a copy for myself. It has designated trips you can take in different parts of the country, or you can get in on part of a trip. It's a wonderful vacation planning source.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nosebreaker on September 5, 2013
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The book is a slightly outdated, but I found lots of these places still exist and the trips they suggest were fantastic. I drove 3 of these trips and found this book valuable to have. I planned out my trip with a large map and this book.
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