‘Road Trip USA’ fun guidebook in our RV traveling library

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A fun guidebook in our traveling library is Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America’s Two-Lane Highways by Jamie Jensen.

This 2018 edition (Moon Travel Guide, 952 pages, paperback, lots of photos) features information for independent-minded RV travelers. Written for those who take the back roads of this great country instead of speeding down the “soulless” interstates.

Jensen includes highlights of “obscure towns, popular attractions, roadside curiosities, local lore and oddball trivia.” There is coverage of more than 350,000 miles of classic blacktop. “Road Trip USA takes you off the beaten path and into the heart of America.”

Longtime knock-about traveler Jensen talks about the advantages of taking your time and the joys of talking with local people on your cross-country routes.

Cades Cove Loop in Tennessee

One great, very slow-paced single-lane byway in Tennessee is Cades Cove Loop: Scenic Mountain Valley Drive. It “winds for 11 miles through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a picturesque drive with a backdrop of the mountain peaks and its lush, rolling greens.” Recommended for smaller rigs with lots of time to meander.

Julianne G. Crane

Image: courtesy of Road Trip USA.

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