Travel & Pictorial

The Road Trip Book: 1001 Drives of a Lifetime

The world’s superlative road trips—scenic, thrilling, and memorable—in both natural and urban settings.

For anyone who has fallen under its spell, a car represents freedom and adventure. For decades, the American tradition of the road trip has been bound up with the idea of new possibilities and new horizons. This book is an indispensable guide to the most beautiful, breathtaking, extraordinary, and fun road trips the world has to offer.

Complete with road trips varying in length and level of challenge, from an epic transglobal route inspired by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s Long Way Round documentary series to a two-mile blast around Monaco’s F1 street circuit, there is something for any adventurer. Each entry provides information about distance, start and finish points, road surfaces, must-see stop-offs, detours, and other details to plan an unforgettable trip.

Entries are organized into three categories: Scenic, Adventure, and Culture. One can marvel at the views from Cape Town’s scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive or central California’s Pacific Coast Highway, but the thrill seeker might opt for the hair-raising ride through Montenegro’s coastal mountains to reach the medieval walled town of Sveti Stefan on the Adriatic. The culture category features routes inspired by film, literature, and history: re-create Thelma and Louise’s heart-pounding joyride (minus the final leap), savor Japan’s “Romance Road” through unspoiled small towns, or follow Jack Kerouac’s path from On the Road.

About The Author

Darryl Sleath is a motorsport and car blogger as well as the cofounder of the online magazine MotorPunk. He has also written for several print magazines and contributed to 1001 Dream Cars You Must Drive Before You DieCharley Boorman is an actor, travel adventurer, and motorcycle enthusiast who starred in the TV series Long Way Round.

  • Publish Date: March 13, 2018
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Travel - Food, Lodging & Transportation - Road Travel
  • Publisher: Universe
  • Trim Size: 6-3/8 x 8-3/8
  • Pages: 960
  • US Price: $36.95
  • CDN Price: $49.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-7893-3425-1


"Covering 'every country on the planet that was feasibly accessible at the time of publication,' this ravishing and sometimes hair-raising bucket list for the bucket seat was assembled by ace roadtripping writers and edited by the 'motoring journalist' Darryl Sleath. Don't mistake it for a mere coffee-table book: Although its lavish photographs invite armchair daydreams, this tome doubles as a reference work."

"Although the volume covers scenic, historic and cultural journeys across the world, it includes an abundance of treks here at home"

"The trusty travel guide—edited by motorsport and car blogger Darryl Sleath—is organized into three categories: Scenic, Adventure and Culture, covering mountain passes and coastal wonders alike. It also livens things up with cultural itineraries aimed to recreate your favorite literary and cinematic travels, from Jack Kerouc's journey in On the Road to Thelma and Louise's wild ride." 
Urban Daddy

". . . whatever kind of traveler or driver you are, there’s a place in the world that’s perfectly suited, and these guys have done all the legwork of looking."

"This 960-page book is a remarkable creative effort with contributions from a dozen travel writers, most of whom are car or cycle buffs, as well as hundreds of photographers from around the world. . .
If you are eager for road-tripping (especially now that the weather is pleasant) there are many roads to travel, but for the best scenery, the most interesting places to visit and some with challenges other than traffic jams, The Road Trip Book offers you 200 choices in the United States; 40 each in England, France and Italy; and 32 in Canada. Every continent is represented. Even islands and mountain tops. . .Many trips in the book fall into a ‘wow class’ urging you to tell others to read about them. . ."
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