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This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me.

— partial 1944 song lyrics by Woody Guthrie [1912-67]


General U.S.A. Travel Links
Society of American Travel Writers [est. 1955] is based in Illinois

Roadside Americana Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

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General U.S.A. Reading Material

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America Day by Day travel book by Simone de Beauvoir & Carol Cosman  "America Day By Day" [France 1948, U.K. 1952, USA 1999]
by Simone de Beauvoir, new translation by Carol Cosman

French feminist philosopher de Beauvoir [1908-86] spent four months in 1947 traveling on a lecture tour across the United States and taking daily notes of her impressions; she traveled by car, train & Greyhound bus, visiting small towns and big cities and tourist traps: Chicago, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas & Reno in Nevada, Los Angeles & Hollywood, New Orleans, New York City, Niagara Falls, San Antonio in Texas, and Vassar College in New York
Univ Calif Press 9x6 pb [3/2000] for $25.49
Univ Calif Press 9x6 hardcover [1/99] out of print/many used

Travels With Charley In Search of America book by John Steinbeck  "Travels With Charley In Search of America" [1962] by John Steinbeck [1902-68]
In 1960, Nobel-winning author Steinbeck set out in a pickup-truck-with-camper, accompanied by his French standard poodle Charley, and traveled across America, from Long Island to Montana to New Orleans to California. He found that the 'New America' replacing the old American values was not something that he liked.
Penguin mass pb [1/80] for $8.00
Bantam mass pb [1963] out of print/many used
Penguin Audio UNABR audio CD read by Gary Sinise [6/2011] for $20.60
HighBridge UNABR audio cassettes read by Gary Sinise [11/94] 6 tapes - out of prodn/many used
other editions, sequels, etc. on Spirit of America's John Steinbeck Page

The Most Scenic Drives in America  "The Most Scenic Drives In America: 120 Spectacular Road Trips" [1997]
Reader's Digest 10¼x10¼ pb [3/2005] for $19.80
Reader's Digest 10¼x10 hardcover [5/97] out of print/used
National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways  "National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways"
[2001 second edition]

National Geographic 8¼x5¼ pb [3/2001] for $16.50
Road Trip America  "Road Trip America: A State-by-State Tour Guide to Offbeat Destinations" [2003]
by Andrew F. Wood

Collectors Press 9x6 pb [4/2003] for $10.17
Motel America  "Motel America: A State-By-State Tour Guide To Nostalgic Stopovers" [2004]
by Andrew F. & Jenny L. Wood

Collectors Press 9x6 pb [3/2004] for $10.17
Roadfood Coast-To-Coast Guide Revised & Updated book by Jane Stern & Michael Stern  "Roadfood: The Coast-To-Coast Guide To 800 of The Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More"
[orig 2005, rev 2011] by Jane & Michael Stern

Kindle Edition from Random House/Clarkson Potter [5/2011] for $13.99
Clarkson Potter Revised & Updated 9x6 pb [5/2011] for $14.95
Broadway Books '700' edition 9x6 pb [4/2008] out of print/many, many used
Broadway Books '600' edition 9x6 pb [4/2005] out of print/many, many used
United States of America State-by-State Guide children's book by Millie Miller & Cyndi Nelson  
"The United States of America: A State-by-State Guide" [ages 8-12; 2006]
by Millie Miller & Cyndi Nelson

Scholastic Reference 11x8½ pb [10/2006] for $7.99
Paw Prints 11x8¾ library hardcover [5/2008] for $16.99
Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate book by Michael D. Yates  "Cheap Motels and A Hot Plate: An Economist's Travelogue" [2007]
by Michael D. Yates

Both a standard road trip account of the adventures of the author (an economist) and his wife after retirement and a penetrating examination of work & inequality, race & class, alienation, and environmental degradation in the small towns and big cities of the contemporary United States.
Monthly Review Press 7¾x5½ pb [4/2007] for $14.66
Monthly Review Press 8x5¾ hardcover [4/2007] for $62.39
1,000 Places to See Before You Die in the U.S.A. & Canada book by Patricia Schultz  "1,000 Places To See In The U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die" [2007]
by Patricia Schultz

Organized by regions and then states: New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Mississippi Valley, Midwest, Great Plains, Four Corners & Southwest, West Coast, Alaska & Hawaii, and Canada
Kindle Edition from Workman Publng [3/2011] for $9.18
Workman Publng 7½x5¼ pb [3/2011] for $12.46
Workman Publng 7¾x6¾ hardcover [5/2007] out of print/used

LIFE America the Beautiful photography book  "LIFE America The Beautiful: A Photographic Journey Coast To Coast - and Beyond" [2007] from the Editors of Life Magazine & Robert Sullivan
featuring photographers Ansel Adams, Joel Meyerowitz, Galen Rowell, Michael Melford, and many others
Time-Life hardcover [10/2007] for $19.77
State by State Panoramic Portrait of America book edited by Matt Weiland & Sean Wilsey  "State By State: A Panoramic Portrait of America - 50 Writers On 50 States" [2008] Edited by Matt Weiland & Sean Wilsey
Each essay is by a different author: Alabama by George Packer, Illinois by Dave Eggars, Iowa by Dagoberto Gilb, New Jersey by Anthony Bourdain, North Dakota by Louise Erdrich, Oklahoma by S.E. Hinton, Rhode Island by Jhumpa Lahiri, Tennessee by Ann Patchett
Kindle Edition from HarperCollins e-books [10/2010] for $12.99
Ecco Press 9x6¼ pb [9/2009] for $11.55
Ecco Press 9x6 hardcover [9/2008] out of print/dozens used
Ruin / Vanishing America book by Brian Vanden Brink & Howard Mansfield  
"Ruin: Photographs of A Vanishing America" [2009]
Photographs by Brian Vanden Brink, Text by Howard Mansfield

Down East Books hardcover [6/2009] for $43.57
LIFE America Visual History photography book  "LIFE America: A Visual History - From Then To Now" [2010]
from the Editors of Life Magazine

iconic photography of Jacob Riis, Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, and others, featuring Life staff photographers Margaret Bourke White, Alfred Eisenstaedt & Gordon Parks
Time-Life 12¼x11¼ hardcover [5/2010] for $19.77
official book site

A Fork on the Road book by Mark DeCarlo  "A Fork On The Road: 400 Cities / One Stomach" [2010] by Mark DeCarlo
Author is a comedian who hosted Fox's "Studs" TV show, then 400 episodes of Travel Channel's "Taste of America"; this book is the result of criss-crossing America – Maui, New Orleans, Nashville, Los Angeles – seeking real food specialties and oddities, and these tales are compared by reviewers to John Steinbeck's "Travels With Charlie" and to Groucho Marx.
Lyons Press 9x6½ pb [9/2010] for $1.30 {sic}
author's official website
Tourist Trains Guidebook from Trains Magazine  "Tourist Trains Guidebook" [2007, rev 2017] by Editors of Trains Magazine
Describes 500 of the most popular train attractions, museums, and railroad vacation destinations in the U.S. and Canada, with over 200 of the most popular sites detailed in full-page reviews
Kalmbach Publng 6th edition 8¼x5½ pb [5/2017] for $15.63
Kalmbach Publng 5th edition 8¼x5½ pb [5/2015] for $15.63
Kalmbach Publng 4th edition 8½x5½ pb [4/2013] for $11.20
Great Railroad Museums of the USA book by Jan Young  "Great Railroad Museums of the U.S.A.: The Railfan's Guide" [2013] by Jan Young
Details of the 'sixty-seven largest, most interesting, and most important railroad museums in the country'; special index listing 160+ especially-interesting cars & locomotives (with locations); ninety photographs; and bonus chapters on the six best museum rail rides in the country, and nineteen significant rail preservation sites outside of traditional railroad museums.
LULU.com 9x6 pb [2/2013] for $20.66
LULU.com 'in color' edition 9x6 pb [2/2013] for $66.89
Garden Tourism book by Richard W. Benfield  "Garden Tourism" [2013] by Richard W. Benfield
author is a U.K.-based academic, still, much of the information here covers the phenomenon in America
Kindle Edition from C.A.B.I. [5/2013] for $70.00 {sic}
C.A.B.I. 9¾x7½ pb [rev 6/2013] for $50.29
The Longest Road / Overland in Search of America travel memoir by Philip Caputo  "The Longest Road: Overland In Search of America, From Key West To The Arctic Ocean" [2013] by Pulitzer Prize-winner Philip Caputo
Like Steinbeck and Least Heat Moon, the author decided to look at the country afresh by searching for today's America on its two-lane highways, with the companionship of two dogs.
Kindle Edition from Holt/Macmillan [7/2013] for $12.59
Henry Holt & Co. 9¼x6½ hardcover [7/2013] for $17.48
USA's Best Trips Travel Guide book by Lonely Planet  "Lonely Planet Travel Guide: USA's Best Trips - 65 Amazing Road Trips" [rev 2014]
Kindle Edition from Lonely Planet [2/2014] for $4.49
Lonely Planet 2nd Edition 8x5¼ pb [4/2014] for $14.99
Discover USA Travel Guide book by Lonely Planet  "Lonely Planet Travel Guide: Discover USA - with foldout map" [rev 2014]
Lonely Planet 2nd Edition 7¾x5 pb [6/2014] for $19.70
Complete North American Train Travel Guide book by Jim Loomis  "All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide"
[4th edition 2015] by Jim Loomis

Kindle Edition from Chicago Review Press [1/2015] for $9.99
Chicago Review Press 4th edition 8¾x5½ pb [1/2015] for $15.34
The 50 States / Explore the U.S.A children's book by Gabrielle Balkan & Sol Linero  "The 50 States: Explore The U.S.A With 50 Fact-Filled Maps!" [ages 7-10; 2015]
by Gabrielle Balkan, Illustrated by Sol Linero

Wide Eyed Editions 13&frac3r4x11½ hardcover [10/2015] for $22.65

"The Best American Travel Writing 2014" [10/2014] Edited by Jason Wilson & Paul Theroux
http://www.amazon.com/Best-American-Travel-Writing-2014/dp/0544330153/

"The Best American Travel Writing 2015" [10/2015] Edited by Jason Wilson & Andrew McCarthy
http://www.amazon.com/Best-American-Travel-Writing-2015/dp/0544569644/

"The Best American Travel Writing 2016" [10/2016] Edited by Jason Wilson & Bill Bryson
http://www.amazon.com/Best-American-Travel-Writing-2016/dp/0544812093/

Best American Travel Writing 2017 book edited by Lauren Collins  "The Best American Travel Writing 2017" [2017]  10/2017
Edited by Jason Wilson & Lauren Collins

Kindle Edition from Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [DUE Oct 2017] for $9.99
Mariner Books 8¼x5½ pb [DUE Oct 2017] for $9.75

Regional U.S.A. Reading Material
The Beehive Foundation: Books About The South

Route 66 Research Page
Route 66 Pages at Spirit of America Bookstore
    

Blue Highways book by William Least Heat Moon  "Blue Highways: A Journey Into America" [1982]
by William Least Heat-Moon

Little Brown 8¼x5½ pb [11/99] for $10.47
Little Brown 8½x5¾ hardcover [11/99] for $20.97
Nightingale-Conant ABR audio [11/91] out of prodn/used
Pacific Coast Highway book by Nick Freeth  "Pacific Coast Highway: 2,066 Miles From Olympia To Tijuana" [2003]
by Nick Freeth, Foreword by Bill Harris

MotorBooks Intl. 12x10x10¾ hardcover [9/2003] out of print/many used
The American Midwest Encyclopedia book  "The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia" [2006]
Edited by Richard Sisson, Chris Zacher & Andrew Cayton

This "Midwest Encyclopedia" assumes that there are twelve states in the U.S. Midwest; this travel page puts nine in that category – Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North & South Dakota, and Oklahoma; the other three are Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin (here considered Central States).
Indiana Univ Press 11x9 hardcover [11/2006] for $51.00
Roads To Quoz / An American Mosey book by  book by William Least Heat Moon  
"Roads To Quoz: An American Mosey" [2008]
by William Least Heat Moon

Back Bay Books pb [11/2009] for $11.55
Little, Brown 9¼x6 hardcover [10/2008] for $18.47
U.S. Highway 89 / Scenic Route book by Ann Torrence  "U.S. Highway 89: The Scenic Route To Seven Western National Parks"
[2009] by Ann Torrence

U.S. Highway 89 runs north from Flagstaff, Arizona to Yellowstone (848 miles)
and then to the Canadian border (404 miles).
Sagebrush Press 11x8½ pb [12/2009] for $29.95
U.S. Highway 89 entry at Wikipedia • U.S. Highway 89 fansite
publisher book page • Ann Torrence Photography in Salt Lake City, Utah

History of Chowder book by Robert S. Cox & Jacob Walker  "A History of Chowder: Four Centuries of A New England Meal" [2011]
by Robert S. Cox & Jacob Walker

Kindle Edition from The History Press [4/2011] for $9.99
The History Press pb [4/2011] out of print/used
The History Press 8½x5½ hardcover [4/2011] for $14.05
The History Press hardcover [4/2011] out of print/used
Southern Biscuits cookbook by Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart  "Southern Biscuits" [2011]
by Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart, Photographs by Rick McKee

Kindle Edition from Gibbs Smith [5/2011] for $8.49
Gibbs Smith 9x9 hardcover [5/2011] for $18.97
Historic Bars of The Southwest book by Melody & Myke Groves  "Hoist A Cold One!: Historic Bars of The Southwest" [2011]
by Melody & Myke Groves

Descriptions of 25 historic establishments in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico & Colorado,
with photos past & present and driving directions

U.N.M. Press 8x10 pb [7/2011] for $18.21
Sunset™ Eating Up the West Coast: The Best Road Trips, Restaurants and Recipes from California to Washington book by Brigit Binns  
"Eating Up The West Coast: The Best Road Trips, Restaurants and Recipes From California To Washington" [2015] by Brigit Binns
Oxmoor House 9¾x8¾ flexibound [4/2015] for $15.73

The Storied South / Voices of Writers & Artists book by William Ferris  "The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists" [2013] by William Ferris
A 40-year labor of love and scholarship by historian Ferris's that vividly portrays 26 writers, scholars, musicians, painters, and photographers as they discuss the sense of place and the power of story in their lives, exploring questions about the meaning of art, race, region, and history. Voices include: WRITERS: Sterling Brown, Ernest Gaines, Alex Haley, Alice Walker, Margaret Walker, Robert Penn Warren & Eudora Welty; SCHOLARS: John Blassingame, Cleanthe Brooks, John Dollard, Charles Seeger & C. Vann Woodward; MUSICIANS: Bobby Rush & Pete Seeger; PHOTOGRAPHERS: William Christen-berry, William Eggleston & Walker Evans; and PAINTERS: Benny Andrews, Julien Binford, Carol Cloar, Rebecca Daven-port, William Dunlap, Maude Gatewood, Sam Gilliam, Ed McGowin & George Wardlaw
Kindle Edition from Univ NC Press [8/2013] for $22.99 with audio & video
Univ NC Press 9½x8¼ hardcover [8/2013] for $25.97 with audio CD & video DVD

South Toward Home / Southern Literature book by Margaret Eby  "South Toward Home: Travels In Southern Literature" [2015] by Margaret Eby
the author visits: Jackson, MS (Eudora Welty and Richard Wright); Oxford, MS (William Faulkner, Barry Hannah, and Larry Brown); Milledgeville, GA (Flannery O'Connor); Bacon County, GA (Harry Crews); Monroeville, AL (Harper Lee and Truman Capote); and New Orleans, LA (John Kennedy Toole)
Kindle Edition from W.W. Norton & Co. [9/2015] for $14.99
W.W. Norton & Co. pb [9/2016] for $15.95
W.W. Norton & Co. 8½x5¾ hardcover [9/2015] for $18.77

"Road Trip USA: Appalachian Trail" [3/2010] by Jamie Jensen
http://www.amazon.com/Road-Trip-USA-Appalachian-Trail/dp/1598805797/


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subscribe: 22 issues/year for $47.00
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Oxford American Magazine  The Oxford American Magazine: Exploring &
Celebrating The American South [est. 1992]

4 issues/year [USA only] for $19.97
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Afar Magazine [est. 2/2010] which is also a social-networking site for travelers
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site for travelers}

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Other Media

Modern Marvels Pacific Coast Highway DVD from History Channel  "Modern Marvels: Pacific Coast Highway" [History Channel Feb 2004]
U.S. Highway 101 from Seattle to the Mexican border took 25 years for construction.
A&E Television Networks 47-minute DVD-R [7/2008] for $24.95
full credits at IMDb

International Travel Reading

Drives of a Lifetime book from National Geographic  
"Drives of A Lifetime: 500 of The World's Most Spectacular Trips" [2010]
from National Geographic

Locations include Alaska, Argentina, Norway, Wales, Morocco, Cambodia, Ireland
National Geographic 12x9¼ hardcover [10/2010] for $25.00
1,000 Places to See Before You Die book by Patricia Schultz  "The New 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Completely Revised & Updated With Over 200 New Entries" [orig 2003, rev 2011] by Patricia Schultz
organized by sections and by country: Great Britain, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, North Africa, West Africa, East & Southern Africa, Indian Ocean, Middle East, East Asia, South & Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Pacific Islands, United States, Canada, Mexico & Central America, South America & Antartica, and The Caribbean
Kindle Edition from Workman Publng [11/2011] for $8.99
Workman Publng 2nd edition 7¼x5¼ pb [11/2011] for $12.76
Workman Publng 2nd edition 7½x5½ hardcover [11/2011] for $21.75

Lonely Planet Travel Anthology book edited by Don George  "The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology: True Stories From The World's Best Writers" [2016]
Edited & Introduction by Don George

Kindle Edition from Lonely Planet [11/2016] for $9.99
Lonely Planet 7¾x5 pb [11/2016] for $15.99
A collection of 34 original travel tales set in Scotland, Thailand, Malaysia, Moldova, Tanzania, Austria, and beyond - all around the globe, by authors Marilyn Abildskov, Blane Bachelor, Natalie Baszile, T.C. Boyle, Robin Cherry, Bridget Crocker, Yulia Denisyuk, Torre DeRoche, Rebecca Dinerstein, James Dorsey, Maggie Downs, Karen Joy Fowler, Shannon Leone Fowler, Elizabeth George, Bishwanath Ghosh, Jeff Greenwald, Jane Hamilton, Pico Iyer, Suzy Joinson, Carissa Kasper, Porochista Khakpour, Emily Koch, L.H. McMillin, Jan Morris, Keija Parssinen, Ann Patchett, Francine Prose, Candace Rose Rardon, Mridu Khullar Relph, Anthony Sattin, Tahir Shah, Jessica Silber, Alexander McCall Smith, and Robert Twigger



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