Road Trips

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Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip
Matthew Algeo
On June 19, 1953, Harry Truman got up early, packed the trunk of his Chrysler New Yorker, and did something no other former president has done before or since: he hit the road. No Secret Service protection. No traveling press. Just Harry and his childhood sweetheart Bess. Algeo revisits the Trumans’ route, staying at the same hotels and eating at the same diners, and takes readers on brief detours into topics such as the postwar American auto industry, McCarthyism, the nation’s highway system, and the decline of Main Street America.

 

Diners, Drive-ins, Dives: An All American Road Trip – with Recipes!
Guy Fieri
Like the show, Fieri takes diners on a tour of the country’s best local eateries, like Kansas City favorite YJ’s Snack Bar, which uses two electric burners and a sidewalk grill to crank out exotic fare from around the world; James Beard Award-winning Al’s Breakfast in Minneapolis; and all culinary points in between. Rounded out with plenty of behind-the-scenes anecdotes and local color, this tour of off-the-beaten-path establishments has enough regional entries to keep culinary road-trippers busy (and full) for many, many miles.

 

Travels with Charley: in search of America
John Steinbeck
Forty-five years ago, when “searching for America” was not yet the cliché it has since become, Steinbeck hit the highways with his French poodive, Charley. In a custom-built camper he named Rosinante after Don Quixote’s steed, the two traveled the country – 10,000 miles and 34 states. Their varied experiences comprise several slices of small-town back-roads Americana.

 

Led Zeppelin Crashed Here: The Rock and Roll Landmarks of North America
Chris Epting
Journey through America’s rich rock ‘n’ roll history with the musical landmarks detailed in this extensive collection. Nearly 600 locations, including birthplaces, concert locales, hotel rooms and graves, are neatly compiled and paired with historical tidbits, trivia, photographs, and backstage lore. Epting has included suggestions for the best classic road trip music to bring along.