Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Three guides for fascinating RV Short Stops

If you are in the planning stages for your next extended RV road trip, you might consider taking a look at the following travel guides to the unusual, off-the-beaten-path, and fun places along America's highways.

I'm fascinated with how things are made and a favorite activity is touring factories. A perfect resource to find those places is Watch It Made in the U.S.A: A Visitor's Guide to the Best Factory Tours and Company Museums, by Karen Axelrod and her husband Bruce Brumberg (Avalon Travel Publishing, 2006, paperback, 400 pages, $21.95). URL:

Places are listed conveniently by state and includes costs, hours of operation, if reservations are needed, disability access, if there are "freebies," and driving directions. Because the latest edition was published in 2006, I strongly suggest calling ahead to confirm current information.

-- For the blue line highway folks, Off the Beaten Path spotlights  1,000 of the United States' most overlooked must-see destinations.

The 2009 edition (Reader’s Digest, hardback, 384 pages, $30) includes museums, historic inns, castles, rock formations, dinosaur trails, pontoon boating, parks, lakes, wildlife sanctuaries, and zoos.

-- A whimsical book that is worth a mention is Roadside America (Taschen, 2010, hardback, 288 pages, $21.95). It features the work of photographer John Margolies and authors Phil Patton and C. Ford Peatross.

Margolies has spent more than three decades crisscrossing America documenting (with 400 photographs) some fascinating and endearing examples of roadside advertising and fantasy structures, a fast-fading aspect of Americana.

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