Road Trip USA Book Review

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If I had my way when we are traveling we would avoid freeways at all cost. Not because of the traffic and the speed, but because of the little of the country you actually see from them. We are fortunate enough to be retired, so that a 24 hour road trip to Florida can take us three days, with all the exploring we do.

It is by traveling the two lane roads that you really get a taste of what America is about. Some of these side trips have been boring but others have been truly amazing. The views and small towns in these areas are unbeatable.

We now have a resource to use, Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America’s Two-Lane Highways by Jamie Jensen.

Road Trip USAIt is described as a road trip down two lane highways in America. This book is divided into six road trips through which he discusses 47 states and Canada. A state could be analyzed in more than one road trip, depending on the route.

I immediately went to Michigan, which is our home state. I wanted to see if there was anything here I recognized or if he had any off the beaten track suggestions. While the route he recommended covered only the upper peninsula, he did write about the highlights of the area. Cities and locations I was familiar with.

In some of his narrative he interspersed facts that I was not aware of and surprised me. He does a very nice job of helping me seeing the area not only with his words but the pictures that he has used. Jensen makes recommendations for hotels and locally owned restaurants, with prices included. He sometimes mentions museums, tourist traps or tours that are worth visiting.

Dispersed throughout are history lessons about the area. I was glad to read that he does not mince words, if he was not impressed with an area, he says so and why. Because he did such an effective job with Michigan I can trust that the rest of the book is as useful.

The index is very helpful. When I first opened the book it appeared that it did not even touch Michigan, but by going through the index I found the pages for it. I would recommend that you use the index if you are looking for something specific. It is very thorough and helpful.

Whether you are an armchair traveler or love to explore the back roads, Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America’s Two-Lane Highways for you.

Product was provided. No compensation was received. The honest opinions are my own.

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  1. Maralea says:

    We love taking road trips and often travel off the beaten path. You do miss so much scenery by always driving the interstate. Great review!

  2. I love that it is a road trip on a two-lane Highway. I agree that is the best way to see the area around us. Looks like a great book!

  3. md kennedy says:

    My husband and I love road trips – the last one we took was 7 weeks from Boston to Key West and back. Wish we’d had this book then, but we certainly will for our next trip!

  4. Tammy S says:

    This sounds like a great book. I love taking side trips. That is how you can really learn about different areas and cultures.

  5. I love traveling! I wish we had more time and money to travel :)

  6. Becky Greene says:

    What a great idea for a book. I agree that Interstates are not the most interesting way to travel. Thanks for the introduction to the book.

  7. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Love Traveling ! Exploring New Towns And Scenery It My Favorite ! The Book Sounds Great !

  8. Ashley S says:

    Sounds cool! Might have to pick it up!

  9. I’d rather take the byways than the highways any time I’m traveling for vacation. Sounds like a good book to have.

  10. I agree about skipping the highway and getting onto the side roads. They are so much more fun. We are planning numerous road trips this summer. Thanks for the great review of this book.

  11. sounds like a great resource! Thank you for sharing!

  12. This would be great for people who like to travel around in their RV’s. Thanks for sharing.

  13. This sounds like a very interesting book. I have not been able to travel much at all since I was 19 so this would come in handy when I would be able to travel.

  14. If I could ever convince the husband to go on a road trip; this would be an awesome book to help us plan it out! It looks like it has some great information to make an amazing trip possible.

  15. Sounds like a great, honest read – nice review!

  16. Thanks for sharing! This sounds like a great book!

  17. We love road trips! I will have to check this book out! Thank you for the review!

  18. Austin Baroudi says:

    Sounds like it’d be worth reading. I wonder what route reccomended over here in Maine. Thanks for another great post!

  19. Sounds like a good book. Thank you for the review!

  20. Kristine E. says:

    Awesome book, it’s been too long since I have taken a road trip. Will check it out, thanks!

  21. Maralea says:

    This sounds like a great book! We love taking road trips!

  22. Stephanie says:

    I love this concept. I’ve been hoping to plan a month-long trip across the US for years. This would be perfect to help us find all the hidden gems outside the big cities.

  23. saminder gumer says:

    sounds like a great book. not something i would read though.

  24. this looks like it could be very helpful-thanks for the review

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