Mental Floss called 4 Road Trips That Changed Everything. It features the miles covered by the 1960's Highwaymen art movement along Florida State Road A1A, Alice Huyler Ramsey's 1909 transcontinental drive from New York City to San Francisco, John Muir's 1,000-mile walk from Indianapolis to the Gulf of Mexico, and an illustrated guide to Lewis and Clark's historic expedition. Fascinating stuff!
I have keen
memories of long family drives. We trekked
from Des Plaines to California, Minnesota, New York, Washington DC,
Tennessee, and Florida. As an adult, I have traveled Route 66, the Mother Road, as far as Oklahoma. My recall of those
highways is visceral: the smell of sun-warmed asphalt, a haze of butterflies in the Blue Ridge
Mountains, the vertiginous stretch of bridge across the Mississippi River, and endless billboards across the southeast
calling us like sirens to "See Ruby Falls." So when I daydream about a getaway, real or imagined, the open road
is nearly always a central theme. And either way the library has a rich well of resources available. We have guidebooks, DVDs, magazines, and memoirs to help you find that perfect drive. We also have novels and films to carry you away on a road trip of the mind, from Cormac McCarthy's The Road to National Lampoon's Vacation and everywhere in between. Chances are, your favorites are here waiting for you. For a good laugh, I highly recommend The Sure Thing.
What was your most memorable road trip? Or, for the armchair traveler, what would your ideal driving vacation be?