This is one of those off-the-beaten-path books and one that I use every time I’m planning a road trip. It also includes detailed road maps that deserves a place in the car right next to the road atlas. The book is divided into 6 routes that criss-cross the country in eclectic fashion. One of my (many) travel goals is to drive every one of the routes.
Another row-your-boat adventure but very different from the first book in the first list. Mahoney’s quest to row a small skiff down the Nile and doing it as a woman leads to (almost) insurmountable obstacles due to the cultural differences between the Western and Muslim worlds. I don’t think I’m spoiling the story to tell you that she overcomes them all and does, in fact, row the Nile solo. She is a gifted writer who is also extremely funny.
The Complete Guide to America's National Parks: The Official Visitor's Guide to All 375 National Parks. By The National Park Service.
I don’t leave home without this one either. An invaluable reference for every one of the NP service sites. It’s concise yet full of information such as when to go, what to do, what is costs, and where to get the national passport stamped. See this post for a discussion of the National Park Passport Program and the hobby of travel stamp collecting.
More nominees for The Travel Writing Hall of Fame
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Travels With Charley In Search of America by John Steinbeck
Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival by Joe Simpson
The Travels of Marco Polo (Actually, I’ve not read this one yet but feel compelled to mention it since it is the inspiration for the title of my blog).
Three Men In A Boat (To Say Nothing Of The Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome
Into the Wild/ Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster - both by John Krakauer
The Long, Long Trailer by Clinton Twiss
What are some of your favorites?