319 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 31 cm
Introduction -- Hills & mountains -- By sea & shore -- Rivers, valleys & canyons -- The road less traveled -- Village byways -- Urban excursions -- Driving through history -- Gourmet road trips -- Index -- Credits.
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. -- Amazon.com
Discover some legendary long-distance odysseys, courtesy of National Geographic. Each page briefly (very briefly) covers the attractions of a trip, with highlights and historical attractions mentioned in passing. Though not enough information is provided to help you plan your trip (no tourism, hotel or restaurant information is provided), the glorious full-page illustrations throughout will help you discover historic tours, food and wine destinations, and landscapes to add to your bucket list, and research on your own. -- perusal of book