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Lately, we’ve been thinking about buying a pop-up camper. We love a good road trip and we know this would allow us to travel further. We could go big and get a massive RV, but we have reasons to keep it small. Along with my dreams of getting a camper come driving the all American road trip. And even though I don’t have the camper yet, you know I’m doing the planning. Here are a few of the books I either own or plan on buying… or plan on dropping hints for gifts (hello, Christmas and Birthday!)
Most of these books are great for planning any type of travel really. And quite a few I’ve used for our current travels, both road trips, and air travel.
I’ve set up the list as bucket list places to see before you grow up or die, scenic drives, and of course, food.
Places to See Before…
I love these lists type books because you can search the index by the geographical area you’re visiting. Recently on our trip to Boston, I used 500 Places to Take Your Kids before they Grow Up for ideas. It’s here I read about Old Ironsides. We may have missed it were it not for this book.
These books are also great for exploring areas close to home that you may not have known about. Even if you can’t get away for a whole week to explore another state or country, you can do a weekend or a day trip.
I also like the following:
All American Road Trip Drives
It’s not a road trip if we’re not talking about driving. While I do love the interstate to get where we’re going fast, there’s a time to do some back road scenic drives too. These books are chock full of inspiration.
I have the Moon guide Road Trip USA book and I enjoy how it’s off the interstate with not only full routes for cross country trips but also regional itineraries that combine more than one of the two-lane highways. I highly recommend it.
Specific Sights to See
More than a generalized list book like above, these are specific to a genre. Here you’ll find National Parks, State Parks, Off the Beaten Path attractions. I particularly like the New York Times book. This one gives you a weekend full of ideas across the USA and Canada. Truly more than just 36 hours, this is a full itinerary for escapes.
Road Trip Road Food
When you’re on the road, ya gotta eat, right? While chain restaurants are safe and you know what you’re getting, why not try these family-style, authentic roadside attractions. Often, you can speak to the owner or a server who knows the area well. They are a fantastic resource for lodging and attraction recommendations.
More Road Trip Inspiration
Before you go out on a great all American road trip, make sure you prepare your car for a safe road trip.
Books for Kids
If your kids need travel inspiration while you hit the road, be sure to check out these travel guides and stories for kids.
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