From sea to shining sea, there's no better traveling buddy than the exuberant Let's Go guide, Roadtripping USA: The Complete Coast-to-Coast Guide to America. This hefty book, a quirky paean to the American road trip, features eight classic routes that dance along our coasts, crisscross our plains and trace our north-south borders. Want to kick up your heels on Route 66? Dog the footsteps of Lewis and Clark? Hoist a few in Hemingway's favorite Key West watering hole? This thorough, budget-conscious guide will get you there, and is packed with invaluable, entertaining information: detailed maps and navigation tips; regional and local lore; odd roadside attractions; the must-see sights and nightlife; and food and lodging recommendations. There's even an essay on meeting people on the road. Bonuses are sections on the history of the American road trip (with a list of roadie films), and one on "essentials" all the necessary information (plus great car care tips) for a safe, happy trip.

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