Great American Road Trips: Scenic Drives

"But just because you can drive up to this rarefied atmosphere doesn't mean you don't have to earn it. Highway 5 from Echo Lake to the summit is not for the faint of heart."
Cathy & Gordon Illg
Authors of the section on Colorado's Mount Evans Scenic Byway
Great American Road Trips: Scenic Drives

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by FSB Associates, who sent me this copy of Great American Road Trips: Scenic Drives to review. All links in the article are mine and I will make a small commission if you click on them and make a purchase. 

Author: Reader’s Digest

Year Published: 2020

Geographic Area: United States of America


Summer is here and it’s officially Road Trip Season! Not only that, but the US’ combination of car culture, wide open spaces, an extensive highway network, and diverse ecosystems makes it one of the most road trippable countries in the world. To that end, Reader’s Digest has compiled some of the very best routes to drive across America. Whether you want a leisurely drive along the coast, the best drives for Fall foliage, or a more adventurous drive along the highest road in America, Great American Road Trips is a must-have guide. 

Why It’s a Great Travel Book

Blue Ridge Parkway, America's longest linear park, Virginia & North Carolina
Blue Ridge Parkway, America's longest linear park, Virginia & North Carolina

In a world inundated with road trip guides, Scenic Drives stands out because of the personal touch they bring to each journey. The photos are stunning and the advice great, but the real beauty of this book shines in the form of people who not only drove the routes, but grew up in the vicinity of them.

For example, one of the routes the book touches on is the Blue Ridge Parkway, which winds through the mountains of western Virginia and North Carolina. It’s one of my personal favorites, having driven it myself last summer, and I could tell you a lot about it. But from just driving it once, I couldn’t tell you to visit Price Lake in North Carolina, the only lake on the Blue Ridge that allows boating. 

I even learned about some new routes through the Texas Hill Country, near where I grew up. I thought I had driven every mile of that region, but I learned about drives starting way out in Bandera (“the Cowboy Capital of the World”) that I had never even heard of. 

These guides are written by people who have made the drives several times and know them like the backs of their hands. They can give you intimate knowledge that no one else can about what to do, when to go, and what to expect. 

That, to me, is the real value of Great American Road Trips

Historic National Road, America's oldest interstate, Maryland
Historic National Road, America's oldest interstate, Maryland

Other Thoughts

After reading through the book, the one thing I would say is that a lot of the photos were taken during Autumn. In other words, don’t go driving through north Georgia in July and expect it to look all yellow and red and vibrant! Other than that, the photos are vibrant and they will give you an idea of the kinds of scenery you can see on these drives.

I definitely recommend this guide.  


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2 Responses

  1. Krabby says:

    This was a great review! A Summer road trip sounds like a good idea after the year we all experienced.

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