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National Geographic's Driving Guides to America

This is a wonderful series of books. Each slim volume describes a series of driving tours, one to four days long (most are two/three days), that loop through a particular stretch of country. Between them they aim to cover as many of the most interesting places as possible.The complete series covers the United States and Canada, including Alaska and Hawaii.

The writing is clear, and the facts are right (I find plenty of travel books full of errors). The maps are excellent, tailor-made for each loop. And the photography is, well, National Geographic quality.

There isn't a lot of information about the places mentioned - take along a Moon Handbook for that. I use these mainly as planning and idea guides. The loops are very well worked out - if you follow them you won't miss much of importance. Conceivably you could take every loop in a book, covering the twenty or so trips in about six weeks. Let's see, twelve books at six weeks each, a week off in betwen each region, that's about a year and a half to see the U.S. and Canada. I'd do it if I had the chance!


Of the West

Canada , by Katherine Ashenburg, Alison Kahn, Jeremy Schmidt, Thomas Schmidt, photographed by Michael Lewis, Pierre St. Jacques

Pacific Northwest: Oregon, Washington, and Alaska , by Bob Devine, photographed by Phil Schofield

The Rockies: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado , by Thomas Schmidt, photographed by Michael Lewis

California: and Nevada and Hawaii

Southwest: Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, by Mark Miller, photographed by Danny Lehman


Others in the Series
Washington, D.C.: and Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, by K.M. Kostyal, photographed by Pete Souza
New York: and Pennsylvania and New Jersey, by Randall Peffer, photographed by Pete Souza
New England: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, by Kay and William G. Scheller, photographed by Shawn G. Henry and Vincent J. Musi
Great Lakes: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, by Geoffrey O'Gara, photographed by Layne Kennedy
Florida: and Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky, by John M. Thompson, photographed by Raymond Gehman
The Heartland: Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota
Texas: and Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, by Mel White, photographed by Danny Lehman

See also the National Geographic Guide to America's Outdoors series

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