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The Great American Road Trip: U. S. 1, Maine to Florida
     

The Great American Road Trip: U. S. 1, Maine to Florida

by Peter Genovese
 

Take an unforgettable road trip down one of America’s most fascinating highways, U.S.

On what highway can you find the headquarters of the FBI, Dow Jones Interactive, and the National Enquirer? What road is home to the Bronx Zoo, the Okefenokee Swamp, and Flipper? On the side of what freeway can you find the Super Duper Weenie Wagon, Larry’s Redneck

Overview

Take an unforgettable road trip down one of America’s most fascinating highways, U.S.

On what highway can you find the headquarters of the FBI, Dow Jones Interactive, and the National Enquirer? What road is home to the Bronx Zoo, the Okefenokee Swamp, and Flipper? On the side of what freeway can you find the Super Duper Weenie Wagon, Larry’s Redneck Bar, and the Big Chicken Barn? Peter Genovese found them all, along with about a million other fascinating and bizarre attractions, on U.S. 1, ‘the best damn highway in America,” as he calls it. Join him for the road trip of a lifetime The Great American Road Trip: A Journey Down U.S. 1.

U.S. 1 may not be America’s scenic highway, but it’s certainly the most colorful. It runs through Boston, New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Miami, in addition to Caribou, Maine, Quonochontaug, Rhode Island, and Alma, Georgia. It zig-zags along the wild and beautiful Maine coast and soars over the Atlantic Ocean as the Overseas Highway, one of the most spectacular stretches of road anywhere. The Star-Spangled Banner is on U.S. 1. Madonna lived on U.S. 1 (until she sold her house to Rosie O'Donnell). U.S. 1 is Main Street and the Miracle Mile, two-lane blacktop and six-lane expressway, straight as an arrow in some places and twistier than a Philadelphia soft pretzel in others.

 Genovese spent two years on U.S. 1, talking to everyone from doughnut makers, dolphin trainers, and swamp guides to real Miami vice cops and the keeper of the national parasite collection. His resulting book is the most complete portrait of an American highway ever written. With his unerring eye for detail, sense of humor, and understanding of human nature, Genovese takes readers on a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always illuminating 2,450-mile journey from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida.

 Ride along with Genovese and grab a drink at the Last Resort Bar or the Last Chance Saloon, then pick up a paperback at the Banned Bookstore. Visit Oscar, the biggest gator in the Okefenokee Swamp, have dinner at Hog Heaven, and take in a Portland Seadogs baseball game. Tour a Budweiser brewery and go into the pit at a NASCAR race. Looking for someplace to stay? How about the world’s only underwater hotel, the Jules’ Undersea Lodge, or in a cabin made entirely from one pine tree at the Maine Idyll Motor Court? If it’s culture you seek, the highway boasts dozens of museums. While you may have heard of the Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American Art, how about the Blacks in Wax Museum, Tragedy in the United States Museum, and the Mushroom Museum? There’s something for everyone on U.S. 1, and Genovese has written about it all in The Great American Road Trip.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
It is not often that a book comes with an expiration date, like a gallon of milk--but Hunter (Day Trips from Cincinnati) felt it would be worthwhile to include one--November 2000--in the eighth annual edition of his book. There is no denying that the interstate is constantly changing (this book contains over 500 changes to the 17th edition), but his information is not as perishable as he implies. Dense with information related to travel on this route, this book contains practical tips about tornado safety, local radio stations, and the location of speed traps. To have it in hand while planning or taking a trip between Detroit and Florida would be very valuable. Considering the number of "snowbirds" who make this jaunt, this could result in a lot of circulation for the book. Recommended for public libraries along the route. Genovese's The Great American Road Trip is a joy. Having surveyed the 2500 miles of route that some of us still refer to as the Boston Post Road, Genovese knows when to stop and when to keep driving. He takes time to introduce us to the people who run the sites and attractions along the way and not just show us the giant lobsters and the road kill cafes. Anyone familiar with the Post Road knows that this is a scenic route; you don't drive it if you are in a hurry. So take the time to sit back and enjoy the sights. Recommended for public and academic libraries with interest in travel, geography, or folklore.--Thomas O'Connell, Little Rock, AR Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Philadelphia Weekly
Striking a comfortable balance between information and imagery, Road Trip never gets too dense or too breezy. True to his newspaper roots, Genovese clearly understands not just the road, but the lives impacted by it. So while upholding his subjects' dignity, he's careful not to get too serious. . . . Road Trip [is] a fun, quick read with the shelf life of a reference book.
Maine Times
Along the way you will see, as Genovese does, that though the details vary from region to region, the people remain earnest, interesting, and utterly human. . . . In The Great American Road Trip, Genovese sees behind the myths and maligning of U.S. 1. It's a real place, real precisely because of its reputation as the underbelly of commercialism and bad taste, hazardous traffic and poor directional signage. . . . He has immense reverence-and love-for this colorful tattooed lady of commerce with her neon signs, oversized statues of giant men and animals advertising burgers or miniature golf, coffee houses shaped as lighthouses, and so on and so on. As tour guide, he points out the stuff that spikes a road trip with double takes and laughter.
Norwalk, CT Hour
Great American Road Trip: U.S. 1, Maine to Florida may spur you to refuel the tank, throw the bags in the trunk and hit, at least some of this 2,450-mile stretch, which starts from Fort Kent, Maine and ends in Key West. Fla. . . . The end product is over 200 pages, chock-full of major and little known attractions, presented with boundless humor. . . . Cheers to U.S. 1, one of the best dang highways in the state (Connecticut).
News Tribune (Tacoma, WA)
Genovese loves this pavement and its people. And because of his enthusiasm and attention, odds are you'll fall in love, too.
State Columbia
Author Peter Genovese . . . plays tour guide to an array of natural and unnatural wonders bordering the historic route, producing an enticing travel book with a text to rival its scores of telltale photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813527413
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
11/15/1999
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.84(d)

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