Adult Books



The Most Scenic Drives, Newly Revised and Updated
120 Spectacular Road Trips

By Editors at Reader's Digest

Subject: Travel
Hardcover w/ jacket | 400 pages | 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 1
US$35 | CAN$39
Publication Date: 2012-02-29
ISBN: 9781606523582
EBOOK: 9781606523902

Also available as an enhanced ebook. (EPUB: 9781606523902)

This popular travel guide—with more than 750,000* copies sold—has been revised and updated to include the very latest illustrations, tourist information, addition of Canadian drives, up-to-date maps, websites, and more.

The all-in-one trip planner and travel guide—now totally revised and updated—will steer you down the most scenic road every time. From Florida's Road to Flamingo to Hawaii's Oahu Coastal Loop . . . from British Columbia's Sea to Sky Highway to Cape Cod's Sandy Shores . . . each drive is displayed with stunning full-color photographs and described in vivid text, keyed to an easy-to-follow newly revised map.

Drives are grouped in four lavishly illustrated sections—Western, Rocky Mountain, Central, and Eastern states and provinces. New drives, featuring some of Canada's most stunning destinations, have also been added including, Cabot Trail (Nova Scotia), King's Road (Quebec), Icefield's Parkway (Alberta), Peace and Plains Country (Manitoba), and Sea to Sky (British Columbia).

As a bonus, each drive includes Did You Know boxes, little-known but fascinating facts about the area; Star Routes, thumbnail sketches of shorter but especially scenic roads located in the same region as the main tours; sidebars highlighting distinctive characteristics of the areas, from local plants, animals, and customs to foods and festivals; along with valuable information upfront, such as:

  • length of trip (in miles)
  • best time to visit
  • special lodging
  • nearby attractions and special events
  • "learn more" contact information, including website addresses
  • words to the wise

Whether on the road or in the comfort of your easy chair, this newly revised Reader's Digest travel guide will be a welcome companion.

*Includes direct mail sales

The ebook includes over 200 links to tourism departments, connecting users to many of the areas featured in the book.

And the enhanced ebook additionally includes 20 awe-inspiring fact-filled videos with audio, including Old Faithful in Wyoming's Yellowstone Park; whales breeching in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula; the historic lighthouses of Maine; a volcanic eruption in Hawaii, and so much more.

Praise for the previous edition:

"Obviously, some drives are created more equal than others. But Reader's Digest does show that scenic beauty is endemic to every part of the country. Even if you can?t hit the road and drive them all, this updated version...uses gorgeous color photos to show you what you could see if you did. And each drive is accompanied by a helpful map to let your imagination guide you along the way."
The Oregonian

"The beauty of the open road is captured in this exquisitely illustrated guide to America's best driving routes. Organized by region, the 120 suggested road trips span all 50 states and offer a wide variety of scenic adventures, from exploring the remote canyons of New Mexico to visiting the most beautiful beaches on Cape Cod. Each route offers a number of must-see points of interest, such as the carefully preserved mid-19th-century home of Washington Irving in New York or the best places to spot wildflowers in the Texas Hill Country. Also included for each drive is a helpful "Trip Tips" table, providing not only the basic information about length and the best time of the year to visit, but invaluable pieces of advice (i.e., "No fuel is available on the 70-mile stretch of highway between Marblemount and Mazama"). Perfect for anyone planning a road trip, this comprehensive volume will inspire readers to explore the natural scenery of the United States, whether traveling across the country or re-discovering the beauty of their home state. 400+ color photographs and 120 maps."
Publishers Weekly

"Often times when we are on a cross-country trip, we use the interstate highway system for most of the trip. Unfortunately, this causes us to miss out on a lot of the scenic beauty that America offers. There is a book published by Readers Digest entitled The Most Scenic Drives in America that can be used to deal with this problem. This book contains 120 scenic drives throughout the entire country."
—RV Directions (rvdirections.info)

"A one-of-a-kind trip planner, a superb on-the-road reference, and an album of 400 photographs. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, here are 120 outstanding drives that show the magnificence of America-each with detailed, easy-to-follow maps. Taking a drive in the country has been popular since horse-and-buggy days. But while the road trip itch is as strong as ever, scenic drives get scarcer year by year. The answer is a collection of the 120 loveliest drives in the U.S., providing maps and tours (with sites along the way itemized and lovingly described), trip length, when to go, nearby attractions, and local information sources."
—Hotel Miami Beach (hotelmiamibeach.org)

Author:

For more than 80 years, Reader's Digest editors have been the source of trusted information for readers around the world. Expert in gardening, cooking, home repair, health, consumer awareness, and general reference, we are committed to providing authoritative content that not only inspires but also empowers people to enrich their lives and improve the universe around them.