The first time I traveled in an airplane, I was 36. Growing up, whenever we traveled, we took the car, which is probably where my love of road trips began. I've always loved road maps and atlases, often spending just as much time in that section of a book store as I spent anywhere else. I would sit in the back seat of the car, map spread out, tracking our journey with my finger as we passed mile markers, rest stops, state parks, and signs for local attractions.
When I started paging through the new National Geographic release, 50 States 5000 Ideas, it was like I was a kid again, in the back seat, staring at the wonders outside of my window. Filled with bright, vivid photographs from each of the 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces, as well as an overview of a few good cities to start with and landscape info, my mind immediately started planning road trips that I could take with my family.
Within each state's feature, you'll also find fun little asides like tourism information, recommended road trips, hidden treasures, little-known facts, state of the art, capitalism, local flavor, and festivals to pique your interest in each area. I would love to be able to visit each state (and province), and will be leaving this laying out in my living room to inspire friends and family to page through when they are hanging out.
As a fun little aside, I paged through Indiana's section to see what was written, and as I guessed, my city was listed. I live in a pretty popular college town that houses a popular Roman Catholic University with a gorgeous campus. The author mentions the Golden Dome, college football and touchdown Jesus, and the South Bend Chocolate Company. If you need recommendations for a stop in South Bend or Northwestern Indiana - let me know!
Drop by the TLC Book Tours 50 States 5000 Ideas page to get links to the entire tour, and see more reviews on this book!