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Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways | Jamie Jensen
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Now in its seventh edition, Jamie Jensen's best-selling Road Trip USA is better than ever. Inside, youll find cross-country routes and road-tested advice for adventurers who want to see the parts of America that the interstates have left behind. Jensen also includes mile-by-mile highlights celebrating major cities, obscure towns, popular attractions, roadside curiosities (if youre looking for the worlds largest jackalope, youre in luck), local lore, and oddball trivia. With full coverage of more than 35,000 miles of classic blacktop, Road Trip USA will take you off the beaten path and into the heart of America. Features include: A flexible network of route combinations, extensively cross-referenced to allow for hundreds of possible itineraries Essential tips for the road: survival guides for two dozen cities, call letters of the liveliest radio stations, and details on where to eat and sleep Full-color interior with more than 140 meticulously detailed maps
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Even though #Washington was the only new state I visited in September for #RoadTripUSA2022, it was a remarkable trip!

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I visited four new states in August: Georgia, Hawaii, Oregon and Montana. (Actually, only half of The Paris Library was set in Montana. Th other half was set in France. If France wanted to become a state, I‘d vote yes in a heartbeat!)

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July was a busy travel month. Five new states! Delaware was the most enjoyable. Colorado was the most thought-provoking.
#RoadTripUSA2022 @megnews

mabell I enjoyed the Rescued Word mysteries - I‘m sorry she hasn‘t continued the series 4mo
julieclair @mabell This is the first one I have read, but will definitely read more. 4mo
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Two new states in June. The trip to South Carolina was fascinating. The trip to Michigan, unfortunately, was just plain weird. May have to re-visit Michigan at some point, hoping for a better experience, lol!

#RoadTripUSA2022 @megnews

TheBookHippie Don't plan on it!! OY VEY..........bahahahaha. 5mo
julieclair @TheBookHippie 😂🤣😂 5mo
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I visited 2 new States this month: Indiana and Wisconsin. Both trips were very enjoyable!


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Visited 3 new states this month: #California , #Iowa, and #NorthCarolina . All were good visits! 😀


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#RoadTripUSA2022 #Kansas #NewJersey @megnews

Two new states this month:
Kansas - The Chicken Sisters
New Jersey - A Window Opens

Guess I need to spend less time in Britain if I‘m going to hit all 50 states by the end of the year!

megnews No pressure! I may not hit all 50 myself. 9mo
julieclair @megnews But we will sure have fun trying! 🚙😃 9mo
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So far I‘ve only finished two books that take place in the United States 🤔 Sparks Like Stars is mostly about Afghanistan but does eventually end up in NY! And A Flicker in the Dark takes place in Baton Rouge, LA! The rest of the books I finished in January took place in different parts of the UK 🥸 We will see where I end up in February!


megnews I read a lot of WWII fiction last month so I was all over Europe. 10mo
mollyrotondo @megnews I think I have more books set in the U.S. on my list for February (even though the book I‘m reading now takes place in Bosnia 🙃) 10mo
Addison_Reads Being from Louisiana, A Flicker in the Dark is a great choice for it. The descriptions of the setting are pretty accurate for the area. Enjoy. 😀 10mo
mollyrotondo @Addison_Reads oh wow perfect! That‘s good to know because I have never been to Louisiana. The book was really really good. 10mo
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Would anyone care to join @megnews in this #RoadTripUSA2022 #readingchallenge? This would be a low key challenge with no requirement to read all 50 states, a meandering road trip as opposed to a strict itinerary. No need to plan out your books ahead unless you want to.

megnews Thanks for reposting! 11mo
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If you are up for alittle fun.... try this out!

#NWC #PLC #TBRCrew #NewYear_NewYou

Texreader Sounds cool! Doesn‘t work for my current reads: a book about the Alps, a book set in Egypt, a book set in Norway, and the one set in America? It‘s about an apocalypse so no scenery. Ha! I‘ll try to save the idea for when it works with my reads. 2y
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And we are off. #RoadTrip We will be headed to Pensacola where we will spend Christmas and then off to New Orleans for the New Year. Follow my blog for books, travel and knitting. Safepassagesandprose.com.

Soubhiville Yay! Have a great time! 3y
Samplergal @Soubhiville Thank you. A year is a long time. Let‘s hope we don‘t kill one another. 😂 3y
kspenmoll Enjoy!!! 3y
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Soubhiville My mom and stepdad started a year long RV adventure in September and they‘re enjoying it a lot. They are wintering in Coolidge AZ, with warm weather and big cacti 🌵😊 3y
ravenlee Best of luck on your adventure! 3y
JenReadsAlot Sounds amazing! Enjoy!! 3y
Cathythoughts Wow !! !!! Have a great time ✨👍🏻❤️ 3y
ShelleyBooksie Enjoy! 3y
Kappadeemom Have fun! I work in Pensacola some - have you been there before? 3y
Suet624 So exciting! Have a wonderful time. 3y
squirrelbrain Have a wonderful trip! That‘s some RV, makes my little campervan look tiny! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Have a great trip! 3y
Nute Wow! That‘s the way to do it! Have the BEST time! 3y
britt_brooke Fun!! Safe travels. 3y
BarbaraBB Finally! Have a great time and keep us posted! I‘ll be looking out for your updates! 3y
Samplergal @Kappadeemom we have. We ended up there during Irma. Joe patty‘s! We will be at Big Lagoon for five days. Then off to The Big Easy for a week. 3y
mrp27 Awesome, safe travels! 3y
Kappadeemom @Samplergal yep! I was going to tell you to take a cooler to Joe Patty‘s 😂 I also think the Key Lime pie at the Fish House is the best I‘ve ever had ❤️ 3y
KarenUK Have a wonderful trip Karen! Can‘t wait to follow your travels on your amazing adventure... 💕😘 3y
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#MOvember #Holiday I especially love Madonna‘s dancing ... In this one she is so light on her feet. And this surely became a great Holiday Anthem 👍🏻❤️

Velvetfur Omg, early Madonna is the best Madonna! 💜 3y
Cathythoughts @Velvetfur I totally agree 👍🏻❤️ 3y
Cinfhen So true @Velvetfur 💕 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm She‘s fascinating. As of this year, she‘s still going on tour! Madame X Tour. 3y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm yes! She seems to love touring & shows ... it‘s her life I guess 3y
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Samantha Allen has teamed up with Moon Guides & Bobo Design Studio to do an awesome Road Trip #giveaway. Because who doesn‘t love road trips?! 🛣🚙

To enter: http://swee.ps/jJIRMuZyC

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Saw this today - do you agree with their choice for your home state?


#readinintheUSA #booklist

dariazeoli Hm. I‘ll have to read NJ‘s pick and get back to you 4y
Sharpeipup @dariazeoli Please do. I wouldn‘t have made that choice for TX or MN. 4y
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Hey all, I and my friend Stacy (not a Litten 😢) are road tripping it to #BookExpo18. And what is a road trip with out some awesome music?

New post (and link) a song perfect for the trip, and match it to a book. Please tell us why the book goes with the song.

One person will win a Book Expo surprise package. I'll be posting throughout the trip.

You have from now till when ever I get back Sunday. Multiple entries accepted.

Cinfhen Cute car!!! How fun!!! Drive safe 😊 5y
Craftylikefox A very fun giveaway and I hope you have a great time at book expo! I look forward to your posts! 5y
LibrarianRyan @Cinfhen thanks. We're taking a rental but I used a pic of my baby 5y
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Godmotherx5 Safe travels. I can‘t wait to see your posts. 5y
Soubhiville That‘s a great giveaway idea! Have a blast! 5y
2BR02B Oh man. How to choose just one song...? 5y
riversong153 Awesome!! 5y
LapReader Is it international? 5y
LeahBergen Have fun!! 😘 5y
SomedayAlmost I‘m in! Have a great time! 5y
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Car, although after 20 years in southern Cal I‘m beginning to weary of driving

I like to go someplace I haven‘t been before. But I‘m fond of Yosemite. And I want to take the kids to San Antonio.

Not exactly. We are traveling for a family event, and several trips for ice dance competitions. My son and daughter are each going away to camp.

#trivialthursday a day late

Bourriquet76 San Antonio is one of my favorite places. 5y
AWahle I grew up in San Antonio. So much to do there and in the neighboring Hill Country! 4y
CSeydel @AWahle No kidding! I lived in Corsicana. San Antonio is a beautiful city - a beautiful area! 4y
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1. Plane & car but I would love to take a train trip
2. Vegas fur a short trip, Florida beaches, San Diego & L.A.
3. I‘ve been to Houston already this year, will probably go a couple of more times, someplace in Florida in a few weeks, nit sure where else.


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1. I love road trips. Scenery, socializing, and snacks. Can't go wrong with that! 🌃🌇🗻🌽🗼🌉🌄🌁
2. I have been to San Francisco once and would love to return
3. Virginia and possibly South Carolina
#trivialthursday @garthranzz

CoffeeNBooks What are your favorite road trip snacks? 5y
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1. I love to travel by car, to be able to see the sights. One day I‘d really like to take an Amtrak rail tour of the US & Canada.
2. Until last year, Seattle. It lost its spark on our last visit. New Orleans is my second favourite but I haven‘t visited there since before Katrina. My ultimate spot will be the U.K. Maybe next year. 🤞
3. Denver this weekend, Cali the first week of July and two weeks in October (undecided location)

tracey38 I've been wanting to do an Amtrak trip across country, too. Sime videos I've seen make it look like a beautiful trip/experience. 5y
GarthRanzz @tracey38 It doesn‘t look too expensive either. Especially if you buy a rail pass. Can‘t decide whether to fly to San Francisco at catch the zephyr there or just start from Salt Lake. 5y
tracey38 @GarthRanzz I need to look into it. I kniw there are different routes for different scenery. 5y
Blueberry @GarthRanzz Thank you for the Stephen King bookmark and stickers. They are awesome. 5y
GarthRanzz @Blueberry You‘re very welcome Cindy! 5y
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Is it bad that after looking up the title of this book I now have ??"Surfin' U.S.A." ?? ? stuck in my head? ?

But seriously, I'm starting to get excited about the prospect of the hubby and I being on the road and listening to some audiobooks... or possibly a podcast or two? Maybe I'll get to sneak in some reading when I'm in the passenger seat??

Aside from what I have pictured above, does anyone have any more recommendations?


Kristy_K If you like true crime then I suggest 5y
Hooked_on_books The Stand will definitely get you a long way. The Evangelicals is a good one, but it‘s relatively dense. I enjoyed the audio and it‘s also nice and long. 5y
LiteraryinLawrence I always go for an Agatha Christie read by either Hugh Fraser or David Suchet! 5y
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Librariana @Kristy_K - Columbine is one I'd definitely like to read, but unfortunately isn't available in audiobook format from either of my libraries or either of their lending services (hoopla and Overdrive). I'll definitely try my new library system once we arrive in Washington 😊 5y
Librariana @Hooked_on_books - that seems to be the case with both King and Hill books, isn't it? Detailed and lengthy! Lol! But on road trips, it's not a bad thing 😄 We also have The Fireman and Sleeping Beauties as potential contenders since we didn't have enough time to finish either previously. 5y
Librariana @LiteraryinLititz - That is not a bad suggestion AT ALL since we were curious about listening to Murder on the Orient Express before watching the movie. Thank you for helping jog my memory! Adding it to the list! 😄 5y
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#passportbook is on its way to the next destination first thing in the morning @corycatelyn @Kaye

corycatelyn Yay! Can't wait! 🤗 5y
Kaye Thanks very much for letting us know ,@muddypuddle. 👍. You guys are all doing great. 🌟. #passportbook @Kaye (edited) 5y
Kaye PS. I like your envelope. Very decorative 🎉🎉 5y
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Hey Littens, I am planning a road trip to visit The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA (cuz that is what I do when I need to get out of my head) this weekend. Of course, gonna buy new books. Any recommendations? I am looking for books I would enjoy reading AND would want to keep, either to reread or just stare cuz I loved it. I tend to use the library for read and enjoy, but not keepers. #thankslittens #bookrec

Sarah83 At the moment I love buying beautiful book editions. Maybe a classic you wanted to have on your shelf all the time? 5y
MinDea What kind of books do you like to read?? 5y
LisaJo @Sarah83 that is a great idea. Never thought of getting a classic. THANKS 👍🏻 5y
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LisaJo @MinDea I usually read mysteries and thrillers. But, am always looking to read outside of my box. 5y
MinDea This was my favorite book that I read last year 5y
MinDea I enjoyed this. Historical fiction mixed with a mystery 5y
MinDea Melanie Benjamin is one of my favorite authors. 5y
LisaJo Thanks everyone!! @MinDea I have a few books you mentioned, but not Eleanor Oliphat. That sounds wonderful! Thank you. 5y
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squirrelbrain Love this! Thanks for posting, although it isn‘t good for the ever-growing TBR! 5y
bookloo Thank you! ♥️ 5y
RebelReader Thanks for posting! This is great! 5y
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This was the standing-room only bus that took a big bunch of library patrons to #NYC for some Christmas shopping and sight-seeing 😁. They all had a maaaahhhhvelous time, and some brought back BOOKS! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #LitsyLovesLibraries

Dolly That's a bus???? 5y
MrBook @Dolly Lol! That's what the Friends of the Library call it. 😁 5y
brilliantglow That looks like a transport and "standing room only" makes me think that the trailer was just packed full of people like sardines?? 5y
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So my surprise road trip is Indiana Dunes. Here is the beach we sat on for most of the day. It was still kind of a chilly day, but who cares, the beach right? Across the lake you can kind of see the Chicago skyline. Read 106 pages of The Hearts Invisible Furies. Great book so far👍

Reecaspieces Awesome! Glad it was a great reading spot!!!! 5y
RaimeyGallant Nice! 5y
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Surprise road trip. My husband won't tell me if we are going north or south or the destination. So, my #LOTRchapteraday and #litsypartyofone is going on the road with me.

Lindy How mysterious. Have fun! 5y
Reecaspieces Oh wow!! Fun!!! 5y
Reviewsbylola Exciting!! 5y
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LauraBeth Let us know where you end up - sounds like fun! 5y
ValerieAndBooks Ooh, have fun!! 5y
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#readingroadtrip participants: you can use this map to track and update your progress on the challenge so others can see where you have been.


I'm moving slowly across the US. Started in Georgia and have yet to start my second book. This Monday we'll be posting our first travel delays & blackout states. Where in the US r u?

Join in here: https://thereadersroom.org/challenges/reading-road-trip-across-the-us/

sprainedbrain This map is a great idea! I'm moving slowly, too... it doesn't help that I picked a big book for my first state. I'm still in Maine with 5y
Kalalalatja Nice! I just finished my first book set in North Carolina, but I have no idea which book to continue with. I will have to look through my shelves when I get home 👍 5y
JenP @sprainedbrain I loved the series but didn't love the last book. I hope you like it! I am dying to see the movie 5y
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JenP @Kalalalatja congrats! That was a monster of a book to start off. 5y
Kalalalatja It was! I have forgotten to ask, what are the rules regarding audiobooks and rereads? Is that okay? 5y
BookwormM Love it now if I only knew what state the letters stood for 🤣🤣🤣 5y
LaraReads Ugh. I keep getting distracted! I'm still in Georgia with 5y
LaraReads Love the map though! 5y
rockpools Only just arrived at the start of my journey in New Jersey, and have been doing a bit of sightseeing before I settle down to read 🐘 5y
JenP @RachelO love Bruce!! 5y
JenP @LaraReads getting distracted is the story of my life. Color Purple is great though. Hope you like it too 5y
JenP @Kalalalatja sure, those are okay 5y
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Bus is late but I have several books with me so this just feels like I'm being gifted more reading time. 📖

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And we are off! Summer reading road trip across the US. Challenge runs through September. I need to figure out my starting point today. One of the participants will get to take home an unframed version of this print (but no walking dead Winnebago 😜)

You can still join here: https://thereadersroom.org/challenges/reading-road-trip-across-the-us/

Betty Monday June 10 for First Flight Hubs and Delays? Or July? 5y
JenP @Betty thank you. I will fix that. Should be July 5y
Mccall0113 This is quite the challenge! Can't wait to see the progress! I will be with you all in spirit! 5y
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sprainedbrain I'm so excited for this road trip! Yesterday I finished my tentative route and books... barring any delays. 😃 5y
JenP @sprainedbrain woo hoo! Make sure you start a thread for yourself on the blog so include you on the scoreboard. I'm so excited! 5y
sprainedbrain @JenP I've got a thread, I think. I'm Jenni Langford on there. Should I (can I?) change it to sprainedbrain on the blog to make this easier? Also, can we link to our mini reviews on Litsy instead of Goodreads as we finish books? I usually rate books on GR but do reviews here. 😃 (edited) 5y
JenP @sprainedbrain oh, ha ha! No. Now that I know it's you, no need to change it. Yes you can link to your mini reviews here. (edited) 5y
Kalalalatja Ooh this sounds like fun! I am currently reading a book set in North Carolina, so I could begin there and then try to make my way through, if that's okay? 5y
JenP @Kalalalatja how far in are you? Should be fine but since it's a race, I want to make sure that everyone starts evenly. So as long as you have at least 120 pages left, then yes. It could be your starting state (edited) 5y
Kalalalatja @JenP I am around 800 pages in out of a 1440, so I think I am good 😄 5y
sprainedbrain @JenP ok thanks! 5y
JenP @Kalalalatja definitely! 5y
moranadatter Safe virtual travels! (edited) 5y
Kristelh I'm doing the #1001 version and starting in Delaware. 5y
JenP @Kristelh I'm going to try to both. I will probably fail. Also, you can do both versions using the 1001 books on the blog. That way you will be eligible for both prizes without doing extra work. 5y
JenP @moranadatter thanks! 5y
Kristelh @JenP thanks, I will have to keep that in mind. 5y
Betty @jenp can you explain the #1001 version or link/tag me to an explanation? 5y
JenP @Betty I'm also hosting the challenge for my 1001 group on Goodreads. So a few people are members of that group and participating in that version 5y
JenP @Betty I am one of the moderators for the group. We are reading our way through boxell's list of 1001 books to read before you die. I created a version of the challenge using 1001 books so nothing you need to worry about unless you are (or want to be) in the group. But that version requires you read very specific books. Here's the link to our group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/180736-shelfari-1001-group 5y
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So excited to try this! Don't know how far I'll get, but I can't wait to get some literary traveling done! What a cute idea @JenP Thanks for hosting! Hopefully I can mostly do it with books I already own (or can check out)! #readingroadtrip 📚🛣🚗


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We are heading into the mountains tomorrow for a little family road trip. 🏔️🏔️ There's laundry, cleaning, packing, organizing to be done.
BUT, I only have 70 pages left in my current read...Makes sense to finish it right? It's silly to take along an almost-finished book. Right?

ScientistSam Of course! 5y
vivastory You definitely should finish it, so you have a fresh one (or two.. or three) to take with you 5y
CocoReads Yes, start with a fresh book tomorrow! 5y
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Read4life Yup. It's the logical thing to do. 😉 5y
LeahBergen I try to time my reading before vacations so I'm not already well into a book. 😂 5y
Joanne1 Absolutely finish that 70 pages. The only logical thing to do. 5y
EllieDottie That is perfect logic!! (edited) 5y
merelybookish @ScientistSam @vivastory @CocoReads @Read4life @LeahBergen @Joanne1 @EllieDottie Thanks everyone! I knew I could count on Littens for understanding/enabling.☺️ Of course, this creates the added task of what books to bring with me. 🤔 5y
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Spur of the moment road trip to go to the #texasbookfestival. Great way to spend the day! 🤗

Sara_Planz Heading there too! Road trip! 6y
Notafraidofwords Jealous ! 6y
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#recommendsday My favorite travel guide! I used this baby a lot during my cross country road trip last summer. With the best routes to take and unique destinations to check out along the way, this continues to be an invaluable resource for both the planning stages and the hours on the road!

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