Book Review — Lonely Planet’s Epic Road Trips of the Americas: Explore the Americas’ most thrilling driving adventures

Book Review — Lonely Planet’s Epic Road Trips of the Americas: Explore the Americas’ most thrilling driving adventures

When my companion and I acquired Lonely Planet’s new ebook, “Epic Road Trips of the Americas” within the mail the opposite day, we spent an hour straight away simply flipping by means of it, studying bits of it, trying on the photos, and speaking concerning the many highway journeys in it that sounded enjoyable and attention-grabbing. We discovered so many highway journeys to dream about! I really feel that it will take a VERY intrepid and decided traveler to even get near driving all of those highway journeys, however that dream is a part of the enjoyable. 

Navigating the Content

Not solely does the ebook cowl the highway journeys of the United States, it additionally covers Canada and South America (therefore the “Americas” within the title). North America is the most important portion of the ebook, protecting 35 chapters. Rather than being organized by area, which could be intuitive, the Contents part is organized alphabetically. At first I believed this was one of many solely flaws that got here to thoughts on this ebook. But then I noticed that not having the contents organized by area made the reader must perform a little extra looking, perusing, and discovering, which in the end, in a ebook about highway journeys, is an effective factor! Just to offer you a touch of what I imply, the primary entry is a few drive from Vail to Aspen, Colorado. This specific drive isn’t organized by A for Aspen, C for Colorado, V for Vail, or W for Western area. It is organized by A for the title of the chapter “Across the Great Divide: Vail to Aspen (CO)”. A minor concern.

Here’s an instance of the structure:

Start // Death Valley Junction
Finish // Big Pine
Distance // 160 to 280 miles (357 to 451km), relying on the route.
Best time to drive // Winter and spring are perfect for exploring Death Valley: keep away from the warmth of midsummer for those who can. Where to remain // The gateway cities of Furnace Creek or Stovepipe Wells have a spread of lodging.
Hot suggestions // The important roads in Death Valley are paved, however to discover backcountry areas you’ll require a 4WD with excessive clearance. Pack further gasoline, examine your spare tire and carry provides simply in case. The National Park Service advises that you simply drink not less than 1 gallon (4 liters) of water per particular person per day in summer time.
More information //

Road Trip Research

What was extra fulfilling was a few of the highway journeys we had taken, just like the west coast of Maui, which is talked about as being just like the wildlife viewing journey of driving by means of Chile. We have cherished the various journeys we have now taken on Highway 101 between San Francisco and Seattle talked about within the “Land of Giants: The Pacific Northwest” journey. We puzzled why we had by no means taken a highway journey to Route 66 (“Just For Kicks: Route 66”) and determined then and there that we had been going to take that drive sometime. 

I felt just like the entries had been very nicely written, even when they lacked just a little element. For occasion, the aforementioned Pacific Northwest drive mentions particularly Seattle and the city of Forks and Ilwaco in Washington. It skips over each Oregon coastal city till Port Orford, which is on the southern Oregon coast, then goes off into California. But if they’d added particulars about each lovely spot to cease, the ebook can be too heavy to choose up. 

Cape Disappointment Washington

Here is a view close to Cape Disappointment, which is simply a few miles from the city of Ilwaco talked about within the Pacific Northwest drive. You’ll see infinite jaw-dropping views like this alongside this route.

Each chapter opens with an enormous image overview concerning the drive and a small map of the area. There’s a full-page photograph, then some element photographs to set the scene. The photographs do have captions, so that you aren’t left questioning simply what’s proven, which is sweet. It has fundamental driving instructions. For the Seattle to San Francisco it says Start: Seattle and Finish: San Francisco, however it additionally consists of particulars corresponding to winter driving being just a little dreary (it’s, due to rain and fog), however you have got the benefit of winter being whale-watching season, and it additionally mentions summer time being busier with vacationers (which can also be undoubtedly true). It suggests a restaurant to eat at in Astoria, Oregon, The Bowpicker, a trawler turned fish and chips spot that’s close to the Columbia River Maritime Museum and is definitely price a cease at.

There’s additionally a “hot tip” to cease at San Frans’s It’s Tops for a “neon-and-jukebox experience.” After that may be a web page of “More Like This” journeys providing shorter write-ups on three journeys which might be related in a roundabout way, like British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, the Windward Coast of Oahu, and Cape Ann in Massachusetts.  

Order Your Own Copy

The journeys attraction to quite a lot of vacationers, from romantic {couples} drives to household journeys that everybody will keep in mind. The write-ups are written from the experience of somebody who has really taken the drive, and helps you recognize the problem degree of the drive, together with really helpful detours and when one of the best time to make the drive is. Overall, in case you are on the lookout for any type of highway journey inspiration and also you aren’t the sort to spend hours poring over entries on web sites, this ebook is for you. It is enjoyable to flip by means of, enjoyable to get impressed by, and every vacation spot leads you to a different, so that you’ll by no means run out of concepts.

The ebook was revealed in September 2022 by Lonely Planet, and is 320 pages with a hardback cowl. It retails for $33.51 on Amazon and would make an incredible present for you and the highway journey fanatic in your life! 


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