Drives Of A Lifetime | Book Review

My family doesn’t earn frequent flier miles!

Several family members (on both sides) are scared to fly, and would rather get in a car and drive for two days rather than board an airplane and make the same trip in three hours. And now that COVID19 has made everyone rethink the confines of air travel, the idea of planning road trips where you have much more control over your environment is even more inviting. 

The 2nd Edition of National Geographic’s Drives Of A Lifetime collates over 500 trips that are more than just a drive from Point A to Point B. In the spirit of long ago and contemporary adventure seekers, Drives Of A Lifetime is a celebration of movement, the freedom to plan or wander a route and the adventure to be gained from the journey, not just the destination. The trips mentioned in Drives Of A Lifetime span the continental United States as well as countries all across the globe, and includes both familiar roadways like Indy 500 and the Pacific Highway coast, along with lesser known but just as appealing sites like viewing the Pacific Ocean from the Hengchun Peninsula in Taiwan or winding ones way up Strawberry Hill in Jamaica. And by arranging trips according to offering – mountain views, urban excursions, etc, Drives allows the reader to group search and discover trips that otherwise might not have been considered. Tantalizing appetizing food photos accompany the section on gourmet trips, pages that I have personally earmarked for my own future vacation plans.

What is immediately obvious as one peruses Drives Of A Lifetime is the attention to detail involved in preparing this book to be used as a resource: aside from the historical and cultural information that characterizes each entry, there are also 5 or so bullet points with a quick guide to the length of the trip in distance and approximate travel time, best season to visit and a corresponding website for further planning details. The small cartographic map section on each page will also help to orient the potential traveler. Each page is tabbed to indicate which section it belongs to so the reader doesn’t have to keep flipping back and forth. I like when a book makes it easy to interact with the content. 

Road trips are a big part of my family’s travel plans and I am highly anticipating checking off some of the tours that are in our little section of the world, as well as exploring even more of the globe, with this handy book to guide us along. I highly recommend that you check this one out as well. 

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Publisher’s Synopsis 

This lavishly illustrated travel planner features 500 of the world’s most memorable driving experiences, from legendary Highway 1 in California to Japan’s famous Irohazaka Winding Road.

Compiled from the favorite trips of National Geographic’s legendary travel writers, Drives of a Lifetime spans the globe to reveal the best celebrated and lesser-known road trips on the planet. Inside this fully updated and revised edition–featuring more than 20 new drives–you’ll find routes through spectacular landscapes, ideas for quick getaways, leisurely journeys of discovery, and revelations of secret worlds beyond Google Maps. Some are legendary long-distance odysseys; others are easy day trips close to home, taking you down charming local byways. All will inspire you to pack up the car and hit the road. The possibilities are endless: Take Colorado’s San Juan Skyway for a 10,000-foot climb over towering mountain passes. Or travel the ancient Silk Road on an expedition across Central Asia and through time. Or why not drive the perimeter of Puerto Rico, a tropical paradise with many beaches along the way? Whatever your taste and budget, you’ll find plenty of routes tailored to your interests. Alongside detailed descriptions, full-color maps guide the way and planning tips help you make the most of your journey; top 10 lists offer quick, easy side trip ideas. Beautiful, informative, and inspiring, this luxurious volume is a lifelong resource that readers will treasure.


Note: I received a complimentary copy of Drives Of A  Lifetime from the publishers National Geographic and TLC Book Tours, in order to complete this review. I was not otherwise compensated and the above reflects my genuine enthusiasm for this book. Affiliate links are also included so if you click and make a purchase, I make a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog and allowing me to continue making great content available to you. 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sara Strand says:

    I am loving this book myself! Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours


    1. Run Wright says:

      I can hardly wait for my next road trip 😉


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