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Stay on Route 6: Your Guide To All 3,652 Miles of Transcontinental US Route 6 (Volume 1) Paperback – May 10, 2012

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With credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Newsday, Sierra, Paddler, and dozens of other publications, freelance travel writer Malerie Yolen-Cohen has been writing about the most exciting and unique places to see, stay and eat in the USA for over 20 years.
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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468049399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468049398
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Stamford, CT based Malerie Yolen-Cohen grew up on the Greenwich, CT/ Port Chester, NY border and spent her formative years crewing on her parents succession of sailboats. After nearly 20 years in the financial industry selling stocks and bonds, she decided to return to her first love; journalism. Always captivated by travel and exploration, (though with an intense fear of flying) Yolen-Cohen carved out a freelance travel writing career documenting road trips and local and regional attractions. In 2011, with a new empty nest, she spent one and a half months crossing the USA on its longest contiguous highway, US Route 6, then returned to write a guidebook about it. With credits in Newsday, National Geographic Traveler, Sierra, Ladies Home Journal, Westchester Huffington Post and dozens of other publications, Stay On Route 6 is Yolen-Cohen's first book.

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If you want to take a happy, hip, information packed transcontinental road trip across America, Stay on Route 6 is a must read. Route 6 (not the mythical Rt. 66) is the longest cross country road in the U.S., starting in MA., running through 14 states and ending in CA. As you travel it with gifted, lively travel writer Malerie D. Yolen-Cohen you live vicariously, and become joyfully enriched and educated. You visit a surprising range of "who knew" museums (dinosaur, prairie, carousel, clock, railroad, antique, tractor, quilt, windmill, arsenal, scouting, mining and many more). You sample some of the tastiest foods, cheeses and wines found anywhere, experience unforgettable, local home-made, home-grown specialties and sleep in historic, pampering, antique decorated B&B's, posh hotels or economical motels (depending upon your preference and budget). In each state you'll visit the quaint, the quirky, the beautiful and have memorable fun -- art galleries, candy factories, a perfumery, local libraries, huge zoos, amusement parks, jails - and places that restore your faith in humanity (e.g., Boys Town in Nebraska). You'll meet welcoming, talented and talkative locals who will provide historic insights, enlighten and entertain you. Malerie tells you what to expect along all of Route 6 from stunning scenery to all too familiar Big Box Central commercial plazas and some seemingly endless deserts. Because of her unique way with words and phrases she keeps you excited, delighted and amused while providing you with excellent directions, contact and cost information (websites, addresses, phone numbers). When your trip across Route 6 ends it is with joy and sorrow. You've learned so much, so painlessly, and while experiencing so much pleasure for 3,652 miles.
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Malerie has produced a well researched travel guide in "Stay On Route 6", to small & large American towns & cities, that are "just off of I-80"; often by-passed by folks hurrying on the "super slab". She visited these towns & cities and has found things even the natives did not know about . . or had forgotten.
I witnessed her visit to Ashland NE in June of 2011. Ashland lies 1/2 way between Omaha & Lincoln; Malerie showed real interest in the history, the present,
the arts & religious heritage of the community - she had done research before she got there and asked probing questions for her blog & for the "Stay On Route 6" book. Malerie showed sincere interest & wrote about the people that live in Ashland in her blog & now in her book.
Having grown up in NE & having traveled alot of US Hwy 6 in several states, BEFORE the "super slab" & after, as a child & and adult, her stories about
each segment of the historic road were & are fascinating.
Stay on Route 6 is a MUST read & travel companion when one chooses to get off the beaten path - which EVERYONE should place on their "bucket list" !
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A good travel guide should do three things: make you want to travel, help you plan your trip, and be a handy reference once you hit the open road. Malerie Yolen-Cohen's book "Stay on Route 6: Your Guide to all 3,652 Miles of Transcontinental US Route 6" does all three of those things very well.
This first guide book dedicated to the oft-overlooked and sometimes maligned US Hwy. 6 is written with a sense of humor and a keen sense of appreciation for the diversity one can find when traveling across America. Perhaps if Jack Kerouac had had such a guide he wouldn't have let a little rain stop him from following this "great red line across America" and those of us who know and love this highway wouldn't always have to be saying, as Yolen-Cohen does with the hint of a weary sigh, "US Route 6 is NOT Route 66."
From that clarification Yolen-Cohen goes on to describe Route 6 as the "living, breathing, still-viable federal highway" that it is, and even if you find yourself humming that famous song (you know the one I mean), you'll find much to enjoy in this book and on the long and lovely road it follows.
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As the first book I know of to cover all of US 6, this guide does a nice job of identifying places to eat and sleep across the width of the country along with plenty of museums and other attractions to keep a traveler busy.

Yolen-Cohen created this book after driving the entire route herself. The trip was a single drive from one end of US 6 to the other and the book is also a single pass of the road. There is a little serendipity in the trip but not much as most stops were planned before departure. I like that most of the author's observations are real-time and personal. Of course, the book is not limited to those personal observations. Yolen-Cohen usually describes multiple restaurants and lodging choices in each locale and they typically cover a range of prices and tastes. Even when she describes a place where she didn't actually eat or sleep, I have the feeling that she at least drove by and probably talked to a manager and took a look inside if possible. She doesn't get them all. There are certainly good motels and eateries on the route that she doesn't mention but she does present a pretty good selection.

This is not a guide to the history and changing alignments of US 6. The author does give directions for the historic route from the current terminus just inside California's eastern border to the former terminus near the coast in Long Beach but, with few exceptions, the reader is expected to otherwise follow the currently signed route. Nothing wrong with that. Just means there's plenty of room left for the road historians.
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