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Road Trips

Here are some suggestions for road trips in the Pittsburgh region and beyond and also some accounts of interesting road trips by others.

Selected Books

Algeo, Matthew
Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip
E814.A75 2009
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 and took a 2,500 road trip with his wife, Bess, from Independence, Missouri, to New York City and back.
 
Brown, Alton
Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run
TX651.B726 2008
Take a motorcycle drive along the Mississippi River and stop at local diners with Food Network star Alton Brown.
 
Conover, Ted.
The Routes of Man: How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today
HE341.C66 2010
The "immersion" journalist Conover, Pulitzer Prize finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award-winner, takes us on a road trip of six routes that are changing the environment and communities in South America, Africa, the West Bank, the Himalayas, and China.
 
Frazier, Ian
Great Plains
F595.3.F7 2001
Ian Frazier hops in his van and takes us on a 24,000-mile journey through 10 states situated between the Midwest and the Rockies -- the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains.
 
Goldbeck, Nikki and David Goldbeck
Healthy Highways: The Traveler's Guide to Healthy Eating
Not enamoured of heavy "road food" ala Jane and Michael Stern? Here's a guide to natural food stores and restaurants throughout the U.S.
 
The Most Scenic Drives in America: 120 Spectacular Road Trips
E158.M85 2005
Updated for the first time since 1997, and thoroughly revised, this beautifully illustrated, fact-filled guide from Reader's Digest has everything readers need to begin their adventure of discovering America in their car, van, or RV.
 
MTV Roadtrips U.S.A.
E158.M86x 2007 1st ed.
A Frommer travel guide for hip, youthful travelers
 
Ostertag, Rhonda and George Ostertag
Scenic Driving Pennsylvania
F147.3.O88 1999
A Falcon Guide
 
Schacher, Stephan
Plates + Dishes: the Food and Faces of the Roadside Diner
TX945.S333 2005
In this journey across North America, Stephan Schacher photographs the diner food he ate (lots of steak and eggs) and the waitresses who served it. A very interesting collection of photos that tell a story.
 
Seldon, W. Lynn
Country Roads of Maryland and Delaware: Drives, Day Trips and Weekend Excursions

Country Roads of Virginia: Drives, Day Trips and Weekend Excursions

Both of these books are available online via NetLibrary as well as in the library system. All you need is your library card barcode. So next time you head east, read one of these volumes first, so you'll know more about what you see!
 
Schneck, Marcus
Backroads of Pennsylvania: Your Guide to Pennsylvania's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures
PENNA q F147.3.S355 2003
Featuring plenty of maps and photographs (many in color), this travel guide emphasizes the natural beauty, history, and culture of each region in rural Pennsylvania.
 
Stern, Jane and Michael
500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late: And the Very Best Places to Eat Them
TX907.2.S836 2009
"Where’s the most vibrant Key lime pie in Florida? The most sensational chiles rellenos in New Mexico? The most succulent fried clams on the Eastern Seaboard? The most memorable whoopie pies, gumbos, tacos, cheese steaks, crab feasts?"
 
Stern, Jane and Michael
Roadfood
"The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 700 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More." Jane and Michael Stern write for Gourment magazine and are the experts in American road food. The 8th edition (2011) is available online.
 
Wallis, Michael
The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast from Times Square to the Golden Gate
HE356.L7 W26 2007
Read about this historic highway that passes through the corner of southwestern Pennsylvania as Route 30.
 
Wallis, Michael
Route 66: The Mother Road
The definitive book on the most famous road in American history. Wallis chronicles the road from its beginning to its demise, describing 80 years of social history.
1990
 
 

Browse the Catalog

For additional books, try browsing the library catalog under the subject headings:

 

Web Sites

  • AAA - American Automobile Association East Central
    The premier organization for road trips.
  • AAA Fuel Cost Calculator
    Find out how much you'll spend on gasoline for your specific car on a trip from one US city to another.
  • AA Roads
    This site, created by road enthusiasts Andy Field and Alex Nitzman, is a tribute to the road, a pictorial journey along many of the highway corridors across the United States. It includes an Interstate Guide and a Roadtrips section.
  • Appetite for Life
    Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods jumps into his Toyotoa Venza and sets off on road trips where the main draw is food. One great big advertisement for the consumer lifestyle on MSN.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
    The famous scenic drive that runs along the Appalachian mountains from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.
  • Frommers.com: Road Trips
    Browse through their featured roadtrips by region.
  • National Register of Historic Places Online Travel Itineraries
    The National Register offers print itineraries consisting of self-guided tours to historic places listed in the National Register. Some of these itineraries have been put online as well. And you can also "propose" an itinerary!
  • National Scenic Byways
    This site is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and is managed by the National Scenic Byways Online project at Utah State University. It provides travelers with current, detailed information about All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways, as well as many state and federally-designated byways.
  • National Trust: Travel & Sites
    The National Trust for Historic Preservation has information on visiting historic sites in the U.S. Each year they select a Dozen Distinctive Destinations, an annual list of unique and lovingly preserved communities, perfect destinations for a road trip.
  • RoadFood.com
    Anyone on a road trip has to eat the local food! No chain restaurants! Roadfood.com was conceived in 2000 as a website devoted to finding the most memorable local eateries along the highways and back roads of America. The site brings together the web design expertise of Stephen Rushmore, Jr. and the roadfood reviews of Jane and Michael Stern.
  • Road Trip USA
    These short printed guides follow two lane highways across the USA. Check them out at the Library.
  • Washington Post: Travel: Road Trips
    Various road trips reported on in the Washington Post Travel section.
 

Pittsburgh Region

  • French and Indian War Historic Trails
    Take a drive along three Western Pennsylvania historic trails that were important in the French and Indian War: Forbes Trail, Washington Trail, and Braddock Trail.
  • Frommers.com: Hidden Laurel Highlands
    This roadtrip article covers Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, and Ohiopyle's white water rafting. Includes lodging and restaurant information.

  • Frommers.com: Pennsylvania's Lincoln Highway, the Western Section
    "Leaving Pittsburgh and heading east on US 30, the most interesting destinations are Greensburg, Ligonier, Laughlintown, Jennerstown, and Bedford, before you reach the notorious truckstop (halfway point on US 30 in the state) of Breezewood, famous only for its convenience stops and all-round vulgarity."
  • Handmade Along the Highway
    Old world artisans and unique lodging (B&Bs) along the historic Lincoln Highway (Route 30) and National Road (Route 40).
  • Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor
    Lincoln Highway was the nation's first coast-to-coast highway, running from New York to San Francisco. In Pennsylvania, the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor extends just east of Pittsburgh to beyond Gettysburg and runs through Westmoreland, Somerset, Bedford, Fulton, Franklin, and Adams counties. Visit this Pennsylvania Heritage Regions website before you start your trip from Ligonier east. For information on the highway in other states see Lincoln Highway Association.
  • National Road Heritage Corridor
    Commissioned by the U. S. Congress in 1811, the National Road (Route 40) was the nation's first interstate highway. The National Road State Heritage Park is a corridor celebrating and commemorating the history and heritage of the 90-mile stretch of US Route 40 which traverses the southwest corner of Pennsylvania. This section includes Fort Necessity, General Braddock's Grave, and numerous museums, and historic landmarks.
  • West Virginia Byways and Backways
    Check out the roadtrips in our neighboring state to the south.
 

Pennsylvania

  • Fall in Pennsylvania
    The state has put together 29 driving tours from around Pennsylvania so that you can enjoy the fall foliage.
  • Frommers.com
  • Northwest Pennsylvania Driving Tours
    Choose from a list of attractions: Agriculture, Art & Wildlife, Forests, History & Nature, Lake Erie, Lakes, Oil Country, Sustainability, Wildlife & Birding, and Winter Fun.
  • Purple Heart Highway (State Route 45)
    The Purple Heart Highway (State Route 45) runs through several central Pennsylvania counties. Beginning in the west, in Water Street, Huntingdon County, it runs through Centre County right below State College, across Union County to Lewisburg where it crosses the Susquehanna River into Northumberland County above Sunbury, before ending at PA Route 642 just west of Danville in Montour County. The corridor dates back to when the Iroquois walked throughout the Karondinah Path and frontiersmen traveled Penn's Creek Path. It was a vital stagecoach route and in modern times became State Route 45.
  • Scenic Route 6
    If the weather is beautiful on a weekend, think about taking off for northern Pennsylvania and explore Scenic Route 6. This historic route traces its roots back to Native American trails leading to the Seneca Nation. By 1937 it ran from Massachusetts to California and at 400 miles, it is Pennsylvania's longest highway. The website is from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Visit PA: Road Trips
    Select from a variety of roadtrips throughout the state.