cover image Most Scenic Drives in America

Most Scenic Drives in America

Reader's Digest Reader's Digest Editors, Robert Dolezal, Reader's Digest. Reader's Digest Association, $30 (384pp) ISBN 978-0-7621-0580-9

The beauty of the open road is captured in this exquisitely illustrated guide to America's best driving routes. Newly revised and updated since its first publication in 1997, this volume is complete with tourist information, maps and breathtaking photographs to help readers plan their next cross-country vacation. Organized by region, the 120 suggested road trips span all 50 states and offer a wide variety of scenic adventures, from exploring the remote canyons of New Mexico to visiting the most beautiful beaches on Cape Cod. Each route offers a number of must-see points of interest, such as the carefully preserved mid-19th-century home of Washington Irving in New York or the best places to spot wildflowers in the Texas Hill Country. Also included for each drive is a helpful ""Trip Tips"" table, providing not only the basic information about length and the best time of the year to visit, but invaluable pieces of advice (i.e., ""No fuel is available on the 70-mile stretch of highway between Marblemount and Mazama""). Although it's often hard to get a sense of the particular personality of a drive from the rather dry descriptions, the large color photographs provide readers with a snapshot view of the unique beauty of each area. Perfect for anyone planning a road trip, this comprehensive volume will inspire readers to explore the natural scenery of the United States, whether travelling across the country or re-discovering the beauty of their home state. 400+ color photographs and 120 maps.