There is more to RVing than just driving down the highway from one campground to another. America has many delightful and fascinating treasures that people drive by every day, never even knowing they exist. To make sure you don’t miss anything, here are some favorite travel guides that I refer to often.
50 States, 5,000 Ideas – This excellent guide to the best travel experiences in every state includes national parks, beaches, Civil War battlefields, out-of-the-way museums, and more. Did you ever hear of the world’s longest yard sale? Swamp tours in Louisiana? Dinosaur trails in Colorado? You will find all of these and so much more, along with fascinating facts about each state, and a section on Canada, too!
Where Are They Buried? – Revised and completely updated for 2019, this book will take the morbidly curious to the graves, monuments, memorials, and tombstones of nearly 500 famous people, and a few antiheroes, too! Each entry includes a short biography full of little-known facts, a description of the death, and step-by-step directions to the grave, including not only the name of the cemetery, but the exact location of the gravesite and how to reach it.
The Complete Roadside Guide to Nebraska – Nebraska has always been one of those states that people drive through or fly over without stopping. That’s a shame because the Cornhusker State has thousands of unique attractions and historic sites, fascinating museums, and natural beauty. And this is the guide to all of them, covering over 12,000 miles of the “state where the West begins.”
1,000 Places to See Before You Die – This guide to beautiful beaches, wonderful museums, classic ballparks, natural wonders, and unforgettable festivals in the United states and Canada will have you itching to hit the road.
Who’s Buried in Grant’s Tomb? – Take a tour of presidential gravesites with this guide to the final resting places of our nation’s presidents. With information about the men buried at the sites and their lives in and out of politics, this book belongs on every traveler’s bookshelf.
Highway History And Back Road Mystery – For a real taste of our history, our culture, and adventure, you have to travel the back roads, far away from toll booths and rest area service plazas. That is where you will discover the interesting locations and fascinating stories no tourist bureau will ever tell you about. Stories like that of West Virginia’s Zona Hester Shue, the Greenbrier Ghost, or the mystery of who is buried in Daniel Boone’s tomb, of an Old West outlaw who became famous only years after he fell to a posse’s guns; the dead man who led a wagon train over the Oregon Trail; of ghosts who still haunt an old prison, and ancient mysteries. These stories and more await you on lonely two lane roads in every corner of America.
Highway History And Back Road Mystery II – The second book in Nick Russell’s Highway History series brings you stories like that of Kate Shelley, a young Iowa girl who crawled across a narrow railroad bridge at the height of a terrible late night storm to warn a trainload of passengers of danger ahead; the tragic tale of Milton Lott, a pioneer boy who lost his life trying to save his mother from an Indian attack; Mothman, a mythical creature that terrorized the residents of a small West Virginia town. Or how about Jim the Wonder Dog, who many claimed was psychic? Or maybe a bridge haunted by the Civil War dead of Gettysburg? Learn about all of this and more in this guidebook.
Roadfood – Since 1977, Jane and Michael Stern have guided travelers to the best places to eat from coast to coast and border to border. The newest edition of Roadfood takes you on an extended tour of the most affordable and enjoyable dining options along America’s highways and back roads. You will never want to eat in a chain restaurant again!
The Lighthouse Handbook New England – Who doesn’t love lighthouses? They are historic, beautiful, and occasionally haunted. Fans of lighthouses will appreciate this travel friendly field guide’s beautiful photographs, directions and contact information for every existing lighthouse from Maine to Connecticut.
The Lighthouse Handbook: West Coast – Lighthouse buffs on the West Coast don’t have to feel left out. This excellent handbook includes color photographs, directions and contact information for over 150 lighthouses on the West Coast, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada.
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Thought For The Day – I recently bought a toilet brush. Long story short, I’m going back to Charmin.