Ant and I have logged more than 25,000 miles of road trip travel in our two decades together. To us, the beauty of the road trip is spontaneity…with a side of inspired planning. Past road trip motivations have come in the form of magazine articles, invitations from friends, or once, in 1998, a television show on quirky hotel rooms (see: The Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo).
In the past, I’ve also taken direction from The New York Times 36 Hours column–a great feature if you’ve never read it–and have never been disappointed. Often times, our road trips only allow for short visits–24-48 hours in a city or town–and the Times column really distills the often overwhelming information found in guidebooks into manageable pieces.
In December, The New York Times released a compilation of the US and Canadian 36 Hour columns in one gorgeous, cloth hardcover book. 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada is divided by region with tons of photos, handy ribboned bookmarks by region, and an index that goes for pages.
Even if you’re not into road trips, you’ll find many manageable day-trips, business travel side trips, and local adventures in this book. The Northeast section alone covers more than 35 cities–most of which are within a 12-hour drive of our house–St. John’s and Halifax might be a bit further afield. Here’s a small sampling of the featured locations in my neck of the woods:
- Cape May
- The Brandywine Valley
- The Laurel Highlands
- Portland (ME)
- Dublin, Ireland (7/13/2008)
- Hamburg, Germany (1/22/2012)
- Cambridge, MA (12/22/2011)
- Downtown Los Angeles (2/17/2011)
I haven’t been this happy with a book purchase since picking up The Night Circus in October. This book will serve us well as we continue to crisscross the country on our little adventures!