Great Road Trip Resource!


az-nm bookIf you’re headed to Arizona or New Mexico in the near future, be sure and pick up a copy of RoadTrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, before you hit the road. As someone who has logged a lot of miles in both states, I can absolutely tell you that author Rick Quinn really hit it out of the park with this title.

The large overview map inside the front cover makes this guide easy to use while you’re on the road, and the different routes are all located off major highways. Each chapter includes several maps of the route with the suggested stops clearly marked, as well as a detailed description of the highlights and attractions in each city along the way. And the photographs are absolutely stunning.

Not only does Quinn include the major attractions in the larger cities, but he also mentions offbeat roadside stops in some of the smaller locales. I was thrilled to see that he didn’t leave out the World’s Largest Pistachio, the World’s Smallest Museum and quirky Arcosanti; and anyone who knows about the Hatch Chile Festival truly gets a big thumbs-up from me.

That said, there are really only a few passing comments about access, so if something caches your eye, you’ll have to ferret out the access details elsewhere. It’s basically a good road trip idea book, and a starting point to build an accessible itinerary. Bottom line – as someone who has penned a road trip book, and loves off-the-beaten-path attractions, I think RoadTrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips is an excellent vehicle for getting folks to explore some of the less traveled roads in these two scenic Southwestern states.

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