Road Trip USA Pacific Coast Highway (英語) ペーパーバック – 2018/4/17
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The Road Awaits!
From the evergreen giants of the Pacific Northwest to the beaches and brews of San Diego, Road Trip USA: Pacific Coast Highway reveals the best of the PCH.
- Excerpted from Road Trip USA
- Mile-by-mile highlights so you can make the most of this winding highway through Olympic National Park, Cape Perpetua, Avenue of the Giants, Hearst Castle, and more
- Driving maps covering 1,500 miles of classic American blacktop, from Oregon's ancient forests down the coast to California's sunny beaches
- Vintage snapshots, full-color photos, and beautiful illustrations of the West Coast both then and now in a slim, portable guide
- Local history that reveals the unique personalities of small towns and big cities along the route, plus roadside curiosities and worthwhile detours
- Expert advice from road-warrior Jamie Jensen, who has zoomed along nearly 400,000 miles of highway in search of the perfect stretches of pavement
Want more road trips? Criss-cross the country on two-lane highways with the 11 routes in Road Trip USA.
Jamie Jensen was immersed in road trip culture from an early age. He grew up in Southern California, back when freeways were new, cheeseburgers cost a quarter, and every beach had a beachfront amusement park. After a three-year stint bumming around the country, making hay in Kansas, and ghostwriting a book for the Grateful Dead, Jamie set to work researching and writing Road Trip USA. Since then he's traveled more than 400,000 miles in search of the perfect stretch of two-lane blacktop. When not crisscrossing the country by car, he rides his bike whenever possible. Jamie lives with his wife, Catherine, and twin boys, Tom and Alex, in New York City, at the east end of the Lincoln Highway.
I like travel books that get to the point quickly and that are actually well-enough organize to be what they claim to be: a guidebook. This book is beautifully organized: it starts in Washington, moves down to Oregon and then devotes most of the book to California. The entries for places like the Monterey Aquarium, the Santa Cruz Pier, the Hearst Castle and many of the California state parks are complete enough to give you an overview and written in a friendly and helpful voice. Yes, you can find more detail in more in-depth books, I suppose, but truthfully I think a travel book is best when it is guiding you to interesting spots, not when it takes pages and pages explaining every last drop of history.
The book has a great table of contents and a very accurate index, as well (don't buy a travel book that doesn't have a good index unless it is written in alphabetical format). Also, the book is indeed small enough to fit in the inside pocket of my denim jacket or in a purse (and certainly in a glove compartment). If you're thinking about driving this magnificent highway, buy this book: you will be thrilled that you did.
I am currently in planning for this trip, and this book is the backbone of my planning. Surprisingly, there are limited resources for this road trip style journey. Especially for such a famous highway. I had been looking for maps of just the three states and only came up with junk. I had to buy a Rand McNally maps book for $45. The maps in this book are great for a basic route, and there are plenty of places I don't think I'd have known about using just google search and maps.
It is nice and small to travel with, a great overview of the complete highway, and far better than anything else I have browsed on Amazon or in a book store.