Hands Down, The 6 Best Road Trip Books.

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Photo credit: fiddle oak / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Life is way too short to read bad books. Here are my 6 favorite road trip books, that really changed everything for me:

1. Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

This is classified as a novel, but it’s really a memoir. The author wanders across America with Rocinaate, his custom made truck camper, to find out what the country and life is really all about. This book will undoubtedly change your view on what America really is and appreciating life.

2. Off the Leash: How My Dog Inspired Me to Quit My Job, Pack My Car, and Take a Road Trip Across America to Reclaim My Life by Jean Ellen Whatley

I have to admit this one is heart-wrenching. Jean has some serious issues in her life. She hits the road with her dog libby; not to run away from her problems, but to face them. As a reader you can’t help but learn and grow from the authors experiences during her epic journey.

3. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

This american classic was written in 11 days on a 120 foot scroll without a single break in the text. It’s fun and timeless story that you can read over and over again. An autobiographical novel of a cross country ride based in the early 50s that you will never forget.

4. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

This book is one of a kind. It combines philosophy with driving cross-country, relationships and a little maintenance into a truly amazing story. This book will make you appreciate the journey a little more and not so much the destination.

5. Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat Moon

William Least Heat Moon, age 38, loses his job and his wife. Not knowing what to do he hits the road with his camper van avoiding highways and interstates at all costs. He finds himself again, while traveling on the backroads throughout America. This is such a great ride.

6. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

I know by putting this book on the list it may start a little controversy, but this is truly a one of a kind adventure that should be read. America wasn’t ready for these three tripping hippies when they drove a psychedelic painted bus across the states. How could it not be a fun read when you mix drugs, hippies and a cross country adventure.