Route 66: Traveler's Guide and Roadside Companion

Route 66: Traveler's Guide and Roadside Companion

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by Tom Snyder
     
 

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Fourth Edition —Fully revised and updated with 30 new maps throughout.

Right down America's 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 66 knew many names: the Mother Road, Will Rogers Highway, the Neon Road. And it

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Fourth Edition —Fully revised and updated with 30 new maps throughout.

Right down America's 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 66 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 promise.

Today, all along the highway's 2,448-mile length from Chicago to L.A., signs carrying its magic double sixes once again give direction to the journey. Yes, they assure you, this is still Route 66. . . .

More than twenty years after the original publication of Route 66, 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 America's most famous highway.

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Library Journal
Route 66 conjures up varied images for many Americans. Those who traveled it before the Interstate Highway System crisscrossed the country with high-speed expressways (as did this reviewer) have their own memories, as do those who watched the TV series and lusted after that Corvette. Snyder has traveled Route 66 extensively from its origin in Chicago to its terminus in Santa Monica. He provides detailed directions to the driver wishing to follow the old road. In many places, Route 66 is gone or is now the interstate, but there are still enough miles left to give modern travelers a trip back in time. Motels, restaurants, museums, scenic wonders, and local histories are included. Fun to read, though not an essential purchase, this would appeal to those planning a leisurely drive through the Midwest and Southwest.-- Thomas K. Fry, UCLA Libs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312644253
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Edition description:
Fourth Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
200,761
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Author Tom Snyder was an early advocate of a Route 66 revival and his 1990 Route 66 Traveler's Guide & Roadside Companion for St. Martin's Press was the first guidebook to the old road written in more than forty years, as well as the first to map the route since its decertification in 1985. He lives on the West Coast, dividing his time among British Columbia, Washington, and California.

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