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Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways by Jamie Jensen
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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Road Trip USA
  • Paperback: 919 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 5th 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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The best USA road-tripping book. Have done portions of 3 or 4 of the routes (improvising along the way of course and combining some different routes. I had the previous edition as well (which I'm going to keep since one of the routes was inexplicably removed from this edition). I simultaneously bought the similar "Let's Go Roadtripping USA (3rd Edition)" but if you're just going to buy one, this one (Road Trip USA/Jamie Jensen) is way better (but they did complement each other somewhat). Lots of off-the-beaten track tips that must have been a labour of love to have discovered!
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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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Prior to leaving on my spring 2012 solo cross country road trip I purchased Route 66: EZ66 Guide for Travelers, 2nd Edition by
Jerry Mc Clanahan (5 stars), Route 66 Adventure Handbook: Turbocharged Fourth Edition by Drew Knowles (3 stars) and Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways by Jamie Jensen (4 stars) from Amazon (best prices you'll find). My plan was to drive to Chicago, IL from Providence, RI and from there to Santa Monica, CA following old RT 66.

For the Providence to Chicago leg of my trip I used Road Trip USA. While this book gives you a general idea of the routes you want to take it is NOT a turn by turn guide (good driving directions would have been appreciated). It does give many sightseeing suggestions that I did use extensively. Paired with a good GPS unit or additional maps this book is idea for road trips throughout the USA.

On reaching Chicago I found RT 66 and switched over to Route 66: EZ Guide and Route 66 Adventure Handbook. I found RT 66: EZ Guide to be indispensible for traveling 66. I did manage to get lost in nearly every city I drove through as I was both driver and navigator but this would have been solved with the inclusion of the street name of 66 as it passed through cities. Route 66 Adventure Handbook was less useful. It does give you great ideas for sightseeing but finding these locations can be a problem. The addition of street addresses or GPS coordinates would be helpful! Highlights along 66 were Pontiac, IL, Meramec Caverns, the Painted Desert and Grand Canyon.

On reaching Santa Monica I had no plan so I pieced together several of the routes in Road Trip USA to return home. The highlights of the return trip were the Pacific Coast Highway and Yellowstone, not to be missed.
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