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The Best Hits on Route 66 100 Essential Stops on the Mother Road
Carsick John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
Classic Car The Definitive Visual History
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives The Funky Finds in Flavortown America's Classic Joints and Killer Comfort Food
Don't Make Me Pull Over An Informal History of the Family Road Trip
Drive The Definitive History of Driving
Father of Route 66 The Story of Cy Avery
Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure The True Story of a Great American Road Trip
Icons of the Highway A Celebration of Small-Town America
John Baeder's Road Well Taken
The Lincoln Highway Coast to Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate
Road Hogs Detroit's Big, Beautiful Luxury Performance Cars of the 1960s and 1970s
Route 66 Then and Now
Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip Lost Collector Cars Along the Mother Road
Scenic Driving Colorado Exploring the State's Most Spectacular Back Roads
Route 66 Traveler's Guide and Roadside Companion
The Best Hits on Route 66: 100 Essential Stops on the Mother Road / Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri, a Route 66 expert and enthusiast, provides a comprehensive list of 100 unique stops that you'll want to take a moment to explore as you journey along the highway's 2,500 miles. The Best Hits on Route 66 also includes specialized itineraries with themes that make it easier than ever to plan a road trip to remember. Check out:- Gearhead's Guide to Route 66- Hollywood on 66- Native American History on Route 66- Mother Road for Music Lovers- The Mother Road with Kids- Natural Wonders of Route 66- Speedy 66: Chicago to Santa Monica in Six Days- and Supernatural 66.

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America / John Waters

A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America's most beloved weirdoJohn Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I'm Not Psycho," he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash? Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail.

Classic Car: The Definitive Visual History / Dk.

A visual guide to the most iconic classic cars of every decade from the 1940s to the 1980s, featuring more than 1,300 photographs and two prints suitable for framing.

From the Aston Martin DB5 to the Chevrolet Corvette, Classic Car is packed with the marques and models of every decade from the 1940s to the 1980s. Virtual tours offer close-up views of iconic models, and comprehensive catalogs showcase key features with detailed profiles and specifications.

Double-page-spread images add flavor by showing the classics in action, and the two prints star a 1949 Chieftain Convertible and a 1962 Shelby Cobra. Reference the classic car glossary and the international directory of museums and collections to learn more about antique automobiles.

To tell the complete story of classic cars, this book also profiles famous designers and manufacturers, like Ferdinand Porsche, and places the cars into a wider cultural context by charting their enduring legacy as symbols of luxury and objects of desire.

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Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: The Funky Finds in Flavortown: America's Classic Joints and Killer Comfort Food / Guy Fieri

New York Times BestsellerIn Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: The Funky Finds in Flavortown, Guy Fieri, one of Food Network's biggest stars, keeps his motto front and center: "If it's funky, I'll find it."Continuing the series of New York Times bestselling books, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives includes profiles of great American restaurants, delicious recipes, tons of photos, hilarious stories from Guy, his Krew, and the restaurant owners, and a tricked-out, full-color fold-out map of the United States featuring every restaurant in the book.

Don't Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip / Richard Ratay

Part pop history and part whimsical memoir in the spirit of National Lampoon's Vacation - Don't Make Me Pull Over! is a nostalgic look at the golden age of family road trips - a halcyon era that culminated in the latter part of the twentieth century, before portable DVD players, iPods, and Google Maps.

In the days before cheap air travel, families didn't so much take vacations as survive them. Between home and destination lay thousands of miles and dozens of annoyances, and with his family Richard Ratay experienced all of them - from being crowded into the backseat with noogie-happy older brothers, to picking out a souvenir only to find that a better one might have been had at the next attraction, to dealing with a dad who didn't believe in bathroom breaks.

The birth of America's first interstate highways in the 1950s hit the gas pedal on the road trip phenomenon and families were soon streaming - sans seatbelts! - to a range of sometimes stirring, sometimes wacky locations. Frequently, what was remembered the longest wasn't Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, or Disney World, but such roadside attractions as "The Thing" in Texas Canyon, Arizona, or "The Mystery Spot" in Santa Cruz, California. In this road tourism-crazy era that stretched through the 1970's, national parks attendance swelled to 165 million, and a whopping 2.2 million people visited Gettysburg each year, thirteen times the number of soldiers who fought in the battle.

Now, decades later, Ratay offers a paean to what was lost, showing how family togetherness was eventually sacrificed to electronic distractions and the urge to "get there now." In hundreds of amusing ways, he reminds us of what once made the Great American Family Road Trip so great, including twenty-foot "land yachts," oasis-like Holiday Inn "Holidomes," "Smokey"-spotting Fuzzbusters, 28 glorious flavors of Howard Johnson's ice cream, and the thrill of finding a "good buddy" on the CB radio.

A rousing Ratay family ride-along, Don't Make Me Pull Over! reveals how the family road trip came to be, how its evolution mirrored the country's, and why those magical journeys that once brought families together - for better and worse - have largely disappeared.

Drive: The Definitive History of Driving / Giles Chapman

Charting the 130-years from the arrival of horseless carriages to the advent of driverless vehicles, celebrate the automobile and the romance of the open road.

Beginning with the development of the first vehicles powered by an internal combustion engine, Drive explores the early glamour of driving, motor sport, and car design, and looks at how the automobile has shaped the modern world.

Revealing the advances in technology and design that have made cars faster, safer, and better to drive, and transformed them from a means of transportation into objects of status, excitement, and desire, Drive tracks trends in auto manufacturing and the public's changing tastes in cars: whether it's Golden Era sports cars such as the MG, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, and Chevrolet, muscle cars like the Mustang, hot rods, custom cars, the hippie-standard VW, or modern-day hybrid cars. Trivia and fascinating facts covering the growth of car racing, the development of traffic lights, the boom in automobile advertising, the first car washes, and the craft of artisan-made cars complete the subject, making it a must-have for car enthusiasts.

Father of Route 66: The Story of Cy Avery / Susan Croce Kelly

If it weren?t for Cy Avery?s dreams of better roads through his beloved Tulsa, the United States would never have gotten Route 66. This book is the story of Avery, his times, and the legendary highway he helped build.In this engaging biography of a remarkable man, Susan Croce Kelly begins by describing the urgency for ?good roads? that gripped the nation in the early twentieth century as cars multiplied and mud deepened. Avery was one of a small cadre of men and women whose passion carried the Good Roads movement from boosterism to political influence to concrete-on-the-ground. While most stopped there, Avery went on to assure that one road?U.S. Highway 66?became a fixture in the imagination of America and the world.

Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip / Matthew Algeo

On June 19, 1953, Harry Truman got up early, packed the trunk of his Chrysler New Yorker, and did something no other former president has done before or since: he hit the road. No Secret Service protection. No traveling press. Just Harry and his childhood sweetheart Bess, off to visit old friends, take in a Broadway play, celebrate their wedding anniversary in the Big Apple, and blow a bit of the money he'd just received to write his memoirs. Hopefully incognito.

Icons of the Highway: A Celebration of Small-Town America / Tony Worobiec

Tony and Eva Worobiec once again take to the road to create a beautiful photographic essay about an America that's fast fading away.
Often when we think of the United States, we remember the things that once set it apart visually: the flamboyant oversized cars, ubiquitous diner

John Baeder's Road Well Taken / Jay Williams

A fascinating trip through the evocative remnants of a vanishing America, this book is also a portrait of an artist who has captured the nostalgic essence of what's been lost. In 1972, John Baeder (b. 1938) left a career on Madison Avenue to become a full-time painter, gambling his livelihood on art dealer Ivan Karp's evaluation of his first four canvases: a diner, a motel, a gas station, a tourist camp. Based on color postcards in his growing collection of roadside memorabilia, they launched a career that put him at the forefront of the growing photorealist movement. Baeder's paintings, particularly of classic diners, were an immediate success, and he scoured the country for prime examples to document before they disappeared. Here, Jay Williams recounts the inside story of Baeder's multifaceted career.

The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate / Michael S. Williamson

The best-selling author of Route 66 and a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer celebrate America's first transcontinental highway in all its neon glory.It began in 1913 with a glorious new highway?stretching across 3,389 miles and 13 states?that connected the bright lights of Broadway with the foggy shores of San Francisco. It was a magnificent and meandering road that enticed millions of newly motoring Americans to hop into their Model Ts and explore the fading frontier. The Lincoln Highway. It was the road of Gettysburg, Pretty Boy Floyd, Notre Dame, the Great Salt Lake, and the Gold Rush Trail. Once a symbol of limitless potential, it is now undergoing (as Route 66 did twenty years ago) a miraculous revival. With hundreds of new and rare photographs provided by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Michael S.

Road Hogs: Detroit's Big, Beautiful Luxury Performance Cars of the 1960s and 1970s / Eric Peters

Climb into one of America?s classic luxury cars from the 1960s and 1970s, swaddle yourself in yards and yards of fine Corinthian leather, scan the gigantic dashboard filled with esoteric dials and gauges that you can never hope to understand, twist the oversized ignition key, and listen to those coffee-can-sized pistons crank over in that enormous V-8 lurking under that vast expanse of hood. Feel that throbbing power burbling beneath an accelerator pedal the size of a Japanese hotel room, and you?ll know what once made the American auto industry great. Road Hogs celebrates this greatness, as expressed through the magnificent performance luxury cars that rolled out of Detroit during the classic era, like the Cadillac Eldorado, Chrysler 300, Buick Electra, Chevy Monte Carlo, Buick Riviera, and many more.

Route 66 Then and Now? / JOE SONDERMAN

The "Mother Road" has been open since 1926. Its heyday was the WWII and post-war era, with many roadside structures springing up to cater to the "tin-can tourists" making the journey from East to West. Gas stations, motels, and diners all had to compete for business and what better way to attract attention than with a wacky feature such as a wigwam motel, an iceberg cafe, or a whale-themed diner. Route 66 Then and Now? revisits some of these bizarre (and not-so-bizarre) structures to see what's left before time takes its toll. Route 66 historian Joe Sonderman takes readers on the 2,500-mile trip, starting in Chicago, to the Blue Whale in Catoosa, past Angel Delgadillo's store in Seligman, Arizona, to the end point in Santa Monica.

Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip: Lost Collector Cars Along the Mother Road / Tom Cotter

Abandoned cars on America's most iconic abandoned road. Sounds like a great idea for a road trip.For a nation that loves the idea of the road, there is no more legendary ribbon of highway than the 2,451 miles comprising historic Route 66. Along the Mother Road lies the detritus of the automotive age: motels, roadside attractions, diners, service stations, drive-ins, and dives. Hidden in, around, and behind its buildings or abandoned along its roadside hide collector cars, lost trucks, and moldering motorcycles. How could there be a better destination for automotive archaeologist Tom Cotter?In Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip Cotter and his BBF (best barn finder) pal Brian Barr jump on Route 66, just outside Chicago, seeking rusted gold in every state Route 66 passes through.

Scenic Driving Colorado: Exploring the State's Most Spectacular Back Roads / Stewart M. Green

Pack up the car and enjoy thirty gorgeous drives through the soaring mountains, broad valleys, and endless plains of Colorado. This indispensable highway companion maps out short trips for exploring the state's scenic highways and backroads, from the Rocky Mountains and Mesa Verde National Park to the Great Sand Dunes and the Santa Fe Trail. Discover the wonders of Colorado's multi-ethnic history, ecological and topographical diversity, and magnificent beauty. Along the way, stop and explore long-deserted Anasazi Indian cities, powder-packed playgrounds for skiing nirvana, ghost towns and modern communities that retain a pioneer-era flavor, and numerous historic sites and museums detailing Colorado's colorful past.

Route 66: Traveler's Guide and Roadside Companion / Tom Snyder

Fourth Edition --Fully revised and updated with new maps throughoutRight down Americas Main Street it rolled pausing at each town along the way then moving on carrying travelers in search of adventure romance or that rare chance for a new beginning Route knew many names the Mother Road Will Rogers Highway the Neon Road And it lived up to each Travelers met the land found new friends--and often themselves Now more than a quarter-century since being officially abandoned the old road still keeps its promiseToday all along the highways -mile length from Chicago to LA signs carrying its magic double sixes once again give direction to the journey Yes they assure you this is still Route More than twenty years after the original publication of Route this completely updated and expanded guide will make the trip along the Mother Road easier and even more exciting Responding to requests from readers and travelers Tom Snyder offers up-to-date routings elegant and easy-to-read new maps and revised information on roadside attractions Filled with love high jinks and mystery the stories Snyder narrates truly capture the flavor of the Main Street of America Cattle rustlers gangsters hitchhikers and ghosts all make appearances in these nostalgic glimpses of history-in-the-making along Americas most famous highway.

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