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1. Posted by jeremiah12 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

So for my road trip across the country I am looking for a book that will help fine some interesting places to stop. I am interested in the weird things across the USA not so much the normal every day stuff are there any books out there that would

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Almost Heaven - Martin Fletcher

I'm a Stranger Here Myself - Bill Bryson

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Also look for books on the old US Highway 66--also known as Route 66, or for books on Lewis and Clark's journey across the US (lots of books came out and were popular on the 200th anniversary of their trip--which I think was in 2003 (their trip was in 1803 or so after the US doubled in size after acquiring the "Louisiana Purchase"--an area which today covers parts of the states of Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington).

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Along the lines of Tway's suggestion...

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson

Also, check out for the odd/bizarre/intriguing/funny roadside attractions to be found across the US. There's a drop-down menu of the individual states. If nothing else, it's just a fun site.

5. Posted by hornsfan (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

anything by bill bryson apparently! the guy is good

6. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

National Geographic has a book on scenic drives organized by region. It's nowhere near complete, of course, but it does serve as a good starting point.

Another thing to consider is to take a look at your atlas. See the green-dotted highways--scenic routes? Go for that, and stop along the way to ask the locals for any tips.