There’s nothing better than the concept of bringing a story to life. It’s why so many of our favorite novels have made it to Hollywood and onto our TVs — there’s something truly magical about recreating the imagined. Even better, we love those narratives that feature a trying or thought-provoking journey. It’s a way for readers to connect with the characters and resonate with the story.
There are a handful of works that do a particularly good job at inspiring readers to follow the journeys laid out among the pages — particularly travel novels. Iconic authors like Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, Tom Wolfe and many others used writing as a way to document their adventures on the open road, and in some ways, seek out answers to life’s greatest questions.
While most of us aren’t about to set off on a quest across North America in a 1960’s painted bus full of hippies, you can still walk in the shoes of these literary legends using this guide CarRentals created to six great literary road trips across America. These cross-country routes, and beyond, are a great way for readers to quench their thirst for a long journey and maybe even inspire a book of your own!