A quick birth announcement. The brand-new edition of Lonely Planet's USA guide has just been released. Over two dozen travel writing all-stars wrote this guide, which I wrangled together as the lead author. Whoah, Nellie!
For all of you keen road trippers, I wrote a new chapter covering Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, the Great River Road and more. I also created a full-color feature chapter about US national parks, which includes an interview with a former ranger colleague, Ken Hires.
Wanna a sneak peek for free? Start dreaming about your next road trip by downloading the free "Getting Started" chapter as a PDF here. You'll get 35 itineraries sprawling all across the country, including themed trips like Blues & BBQ (Chicago to New Orleans) and the Continental Divide (Albuquerque to Glacier National Park, the latter celebrating its NPS centennial in 2010).
Itching for an island getaway instead? Check out these free trip-planning guides to Hawaii and Honolulu, Waikiki and Oahu, excerpted from other Lonely Planet guides that I also co-authored.