#Book Review – The Impossible Road Trip; E. Dregni

Oh, Americana. The Impossible Road Trip is an ode to roadside attractions present in every State, and also a siren call to those who enjoy something with a fun flair. 

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Filled with color photography, entertaining site descriptions and histories, and five unique infographic map illustrations, The Impossible Road Trip is your ultimate look back at America’s most famous—and quirkiest—roadside attractions, past and present.

The great American road trip is back. With its advantages for your health, budget, and the environment, now is the time to plan the road trip you have always dreamed of taking.

Following in the great tradition of the mid-century golden age of car travel, join the new wave of road warriors with a targeted itinerary chosen from the 150 roadside attractions explored in this colorful guide. From famous to quirky and covering all 50 states, author Eric Dregni gives you an unprecedented look at the breadth of roadside attractions in the US, illustrated in part by the photography of architectural critic and photographer John Margolies (1940–2016). Specially commissioned infographic map illustrations capture the spirit of mid-century automobile travel.

Each site depicted is accompanied by a lively and insightful history and color imagery. From autumnal New England to the gothic South, from the homey Midwest to the great expanses of the Desert Southwest, the dizzying heights of the Rocky Mountains, and the breathtaking Pacific Coast, The Impossible Road Trip encompasses it all:
Neon-shrouded motels
Mimetic architecture
Tourist traps
Roadside sculpture
And much more
You’ll see sites both famous and esoteric, including the Cardiff Giant in Cooperstown, New York; the five-story Haines Shoe House in York, Pennsylvania; Solomon’s Castle in Florida; the world’s largest fish in Hayward, Wisconsin; one of several Paul Bunyan statuesBob’s Big Boy in Burbank, California; and so many more.

With The Impossible Road Trip in hand, set out tdiscover the nation’s oft-overlooked nooks and crannies.

192 pages
Travel, photography
Quarto Publishing – Motorbooks
Goodreads

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Cover: So whimsical, it goes well with the theme and Dregni’s style. Great choice.

Yay!

  • Eric Dregni has put together an excellent little book. Armed with an interest in oddities and a camera to snap away at roadside attractions, Dregni states he began researching when he was young. The Impossible Road Trip is the result of years of hard work and dedication, sprinkled with hilarity. It’s Americana incarnated. *chef kiss*
  • The attractions themselves are hysterical, I love them all with a passion. I blame us not having anything like Americana in my neck of the woods. I’m just not used to driving somewhere just to see a ball of twine (by the way: can anyone explain the reasoning behind that?), and I feel like I’m missing out on a lot of fun. Don’t get me wrong, classical architecture is a thing of beauty; giant milk bottles have their own charm, too.
  • I love Dregni’s writing style. It’s humorous and upbeat, fitting the topic at hand. A more serious approach would have been too out of place here – we’re talking giant ducks and a Stonehenge made of cars, after all.

Special mention:

  • The Diner Tour.
  • Boardwalk, New Jersey.
  • Clothespin, Pennsylvania. 
  • Pharmacy Museum, Louisiana.
  • Longaberger building, Ohio.
  • Gateway Arch, Missouri.
  • Future birthplace of Captain J.T. Kirk, Iowa. Ahhhhh, omg ❤

Nay!

  • Nothing. I liked everything about this book.

TL;DR


5 stars on GR.

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