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This outstanding new guidebook adds extraordinary two-lane adventure to straight-line Interstate road trips. Add fun, history, and jaw-dropping natural wonders to your southwestern road trip with RoadTrip America’s Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, each one beginning and ending at an Interstate highway and drivable within a day. Full-color maps and photographs This outstanding new guidebook adds extraordinary two-lane adventure to straight-line Interstate road trips. Add fun, history, and jaw-dropping natural wonders to your southwestern road trip with RoadTrip America’s Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, each one beginning and ending at an Interstate highway and drivable within a day. Full-color maps and photographs illustrate easy-to-follow scenic routes through breathtaking landscapes and iconic towns in Arizona and New Mexico. Discover the surreal beauty of White Sands, watch the sun set over Monument Valley, or explore the subterranean marvels of Carlsbad Caverns. Find out why Jerome was “the Wickedest Town in the West” or walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone. Pamper yourself at a spa in Taos or soak up the vibes at an “energy vortex” in the red rocks of Sedona. With this brand-new, up-to-date guide as your companion, all this and much, much more will be yours to discover and enjoy—one extra day at a time! * Stunning color imagery and photography throughout * Easy-to read, full-color route maps with points of interest, mileage, and more * Color-coded pages for easy identification of routes by geographic region * Up-to-date insider tips for getting the most out of each route and staying safe * Phone numbers, websites and visitor info for parks, attractions, and out-of-the-ordinary lodging & dining


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This outstanding new guidebook adds extraordinary two-lane adventure to straight-line Interstate road trips. Add fun, history, and jaw-dropping natural wonders to your southwestern road trip with RoadTrip America’s Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, each one beginning and ending at an Interstate highway and drivable within a day. Full-color maps and photographs This outstanding new guidebook adds extraordinary two-lane adventure to straight-line Interstate road trips. Add fun, history, and jaw-dropping natural wonders to your southwestern road trip with RoadTrip America’s Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, each one beginning and ending at an Interstate highway and drivable within a day. Full-color maps and photographs illustrate easy-to-follow scenic routes through breathtaking landscapes and iconic towns in Arizona and New Mexico. Discover the surreal beauty of White Sands, watch the sun set over Monument Valley, or explore the subterranean marvels of Carlsbad Caverns. Find out why Jerome was “the Wickedest Town in the West” or walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone. Pamper yourself at a spa in Taos or soak up the vibes at an “energy vortex” in the red rocks of Sedona. With this brand-new, up-to-date guide as your companion, all this and much, much more will be yours to discover and enjoy—one extra day at a time! * Stunning color imagery and photography throughout * Easy-to read, full-color route maps with points of interest, mileage, and more * Color-coded pages for easy identification of routes by geographic region * Up-to-date insider tips for getting the most out of each route and staying safe * Phone numbers, websites and visitor info for parks, attractions, and out-of-the-ordinary lodging & dining

35 review for Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips

  1. 4 out of 5

    B

    Excellent road trip travel book for Arizona and New Mexico. Love the photos, maps and suggestions for scenic side trips. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark Walker

    After several months of “hunkering down” at home in order to avoid the coronavirus, I’m itching to start traveling again! I picked this book up at a Heard Museum event a number of months ago as I was attracted by the amazing maps and photos of the desert Southwest—and I needed inspiration for day trips out of Phoenix in order to keep my sanity. I also wanted to begin planning for future trips starting later this summer. I met the author Rick Quinn at this event and found out we had much in common After several months of “hunkering down” at home in order to avoid the coronavirus, I’m itching to start traveling again! I picked this book up at a Heard Museum event a number of months ago as I was attracted by the amazing maps and photos of the desert Southwest—and I needed inspiration for day trips out of Phoenix in order to keep my sanity. I also wanted to begin planning for future trips starting later this summer. I met the author Rick Quinn at this event and found out we had much in common having traveled extensively throughout Latin America and the Southwest. Rick and I were simpatico and we shared travel related stories from Central America and the Andes for quite some time. As an author, I asked Rick how he managed to publish a book with so many maps and colored photos. He explained that he’d written many travel articles for various publications and the folks at Road Trim America contacted him to write the book and Imbrifex Books published it making the expensive graphics possible. I reviewed the trips in the Phoenix and Tucson area and found several new places to see within a day I’d never been to before like the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, a ruin and display of the Hokokam people who settled the area 2,000 years ago—and its right next to Sky Harbor airport which I’ve been in and out of hundreds of times but never noticed this archaeological gem. Although Tucson has been one of our favorite destinations, the drive down I-17 is dangerous at best with trucks passing on all sides so I was pleased to learn of an alternative route down 87 to 79/Pinal Pioneer Parkway which included the Pinal County Historical Society & Museum and Tom Mix Memorial which we’d driven by but never visited over the years. Here are just a few of the resources available to bring these new destinations alive: • Color imagery and photography • Easy-to read, full-color route maps with points of interest in mileage • Color-coded pages for easy identification of routes • Up-to-date insider tips to get the most out of your visit • Contact information including website for parks, attractions, lodging and dining I asked the author why he missed a few places a long the high road between Santa Fe and Taos, one of my favorite places and he shared this reality, there was no way to include everything I might have liked in that section of the book. Word count was a constant challenge, and an ongoing battle with my editor. Many choices had to be made, and a lot of great stuff had to be cut. I'm in the process of reactivating the Scenic Side Trips blog that my publisher used to promote the book when it was first published. Here's a sample post you might enjoy: Save the High Road for Last In this blog he shares what makes this guide so special: I don’t even try to cover everything there is to see along these scenic side roads; instead, I deliberately pull back to a wider focus that puts the routes and the various attractions along the way into a larger context; geographically, geologically, and historically. By concentrating on quasi-permanent things like roads, rather than transitory things like restaurants, I’ve created a useful guidebook that (hopefully!) won’t be obsolete after two or three years. Beyond that, I wanted to create a book that will be at least potentially useful to travelers at every level of expertise, from first time road-trippers to the savvy old dogs (guys like me) who have “been there, and done that” dozens of times. That last requirement was a pretty tall order. How is it even possible to avoid excessive, overly specific detail, while still offering something new to the self-styled experts? The key to that last is in the research. Even the most boring place in the world will come to life in interesting ways if you dig deep enough, so that’s exactly what I did, and because most of my more intensive research was done after I’d already driven all of the routes, I discovered a wealth of fascinating information that I would have loved to have had in advance. Many reviewers that have commented on my book have said that reading it makes them want to “gas up the car and go!” Writing the book had the same effect on me! So many of the places I describe had such a fascinating back story that I was super eager to see them again, in the light of my far more complete understanding of the “big picture.” Another reason I purchased this book was because it had two sections on my favorite route in the Southwest, the high road between Santa Fe and Taos. I agreed totally with his assessment of why this area is so unique, “Those high valleys off the High Road are like another world, locked in another time, much more closely in tune with Chiapas (or Guatemala) than with the rest of this country. I'm hoping to get back there soon, perhaps as a detour on my way to (or from) Colorado.” One of the highlights of the High Road is El Santuario de Chimayo, a Roman Catholic shrine known as the “Lourdes of America” for the physical and spiritual healing power attributed to the soil taken from the dirt flow of a back room chapel. The Shrine attracts over 300,000 worshippers each year and the sanctuary is a designated National Historic Site. Imagine my surprise during my last trip there last summer when I learned that the inspiration of the construction of the chapel with the Church of the Black Christ in Zacapa, Guatemala. A Guatemalan priest traveled to the chapel during its early days to set it up. Our next stop is usually the San Jose de Gracia Church by Las Trampas the then we drive to the town of Truchas, which has one of the most spectacular mountain backdrops in the Southwest. And for those of us who have read John Nichols, “The Milagro Beanfield War” might appreciate that this was one of the shooting locations Robert Redford used for his film with the same name. Not surprisingly, a number of reviewers far more knowledgeable than I have provided stellar reviews of this book: "Rick Quinn reveals the absolute best of Arizona and New Mexico, including hidden gems and overlooked treasures. This gorgeous guidebook helps you plan the ultimate road trip!” ―James Kaiser, author of Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide." “Iconic only-in-America tourist destinations come alive in Rick Quinn’s guide to famed Arizona and New Mexico road trips. From Burma-Shave roadside signs, vortex sites, tree trunk sculptures, and the world’s smallest museum, to architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s former home, artist Georgia O’Keefe’s studio, and Biosphere 2, you’ll be amazed at the seductive pull these diverse, sometimes quirky attractions will have on your western itinerary.”―Jeff Blumenfeld, editor, ExpeditionNews.com About the Author Rick Quinn is a native of Arizona, but during his college days, he lived, worked, and studied in four different states and three foreign countries. With a major move every 3 to 6 months, road trips became a way of life, and all that travel sparked a passion (or a restlessness?) that's persisted for nearly half a century. His wildest trip? Rick once shipped a four-wheel drive truck to South America and spent two full years driving every road in the northern Andes. Strangest vehicle? He converted a VW bug into a camper and used it on a three-month tour through 35 states. Marriage, mortgage, family, and career slowed things down quite a bit, but now that Rick has retired, he's back on the road again: in 2015, he drove the Alaska Highway and the Yucatan, a total of 21,000 miles over four months. Over the course of the summer and fall of 2016, Rick drove 11,000 miles through Arizona and New Mexico, plus a bit of Texas and Utah, shot more then 7,000 photos and compiled copious notes working on his debut travel book, "RoadTrip America 25 Scenic Side Trips in Arizona and New Mexico," (Imbrifex Books, April 2018). Rick's infectious love for the road itself, and for driving his beloved Jeep to places just beyond the next bend in the road, entice and entertain his readers. Product details • File Size: 398418 KB • Print Length: 384 pages • Publisher: Imbrifex Books (April 3, 2018) • Publication Date: April 3, 2018 • Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC • Language: English • ASIN: B079CKTJPP • Text-to-Speech: Enabled • X-Ray: Not Enabled • Word Wise: Enabled • Lending: Not Enabled • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,566 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store) o #73 in Hotels & Inns Travel Reference (Kindle Store) o #82 in Family Travel o #25 in Arizona Travel Guides (Kindle Store) Reviewer Mark Walker: Walker was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala and spent over forty years helping disadvantaged people in the developing world. He came to Phoenix as a Senior Director for Food for the Hungry, worked with other groups like Make-A-Wish International and was the CEO of Hagar USA, a Christian-based organization that supports survivors of human trafficking. His book, Different Latitudes: My Life in the Peace Corps and Beyond, was recognized by the Arizona Literary Association for Non-Fiction and, according to the Midwest Review, “…is more than just another travel memoir. It is an engaged and engaging story of one man’s physical and spiritual journey of self-discovery…” Several of his articles have been published in Ragazine and WorldView Magazines, Literary Yard, Literary Travelers and Quail BELL, while another appeared in "Crossing Class: The Invisible Wall" anthology published by Wising Up Press. His reviews have been published by Revue Magazine, as well as Peace Corps Worldwide, and he has his own column in the “Arizona Authors Association” newsletter, “The Million Mile Walker Review: What We’re Reading and Why.” His essay, “Hugs not Walls: Returning the Children,” was a winner in the Arizona Authors Association literary competition 2020 and was reissued in “Revue Magazine.” His honors include the "Service Above Self" award from Rotary International. He’s the membership chair for “Partnering for Peace” and a board member of “Advance Guatemala. His wife and three children were born in Guatemala. You can learn more at www.MillionMileWalker.com and follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/millionmilew... and www.Guatemalastory.net

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hayley Haws

    Useful for anyone who will be traveling through New Mexico or Arizona. I grew up in Arizona and this book showed me so many things that I have still not seen. I now live in Texas so I am excited to use the recommendations from this book for the next time I travel to Arizona and will drive through New Mexico. This book is easy to read and well formatted. I enjoyed the pictures and maps, as well as the recommended alternate routes for those more interested in the journey than the destination (or e Useful for anyone who will be traveling through New Mexico or Arizona. I grew up in Arizona and this book showed me so many things that I have still not seen. I now live in Texas so I am excited to use the recommendations from this book for the next time I travel to Arizona and will drive through New Mexico. This book is easy to read and well formatted. I enjoyed the pictures and maps, as well as the recommended alternate routes for those more interested in the journey than the destination (or even those who might want a more exciting journey on their way to a destination). Well known sites are mentioned, as well as ones that most people have not heard about. Great job to the author on this travel book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jaimie Bruzenak

    Are you ready for a roadtrip? If you are in or passing through Arizona or New Mexico, grab a copy of RoadTrip America’s Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips by Rick Quinn, Imbrifex Books. Whether you have a few hours to get off the beaten path or have more time to explore, this guide will show you what these two states have to offer. If history appeals to you, several side trips will take you to ancient and contemporary Native American sites. Arizona, in particular, has diverse geology a Are you ready for a roadtrip? If you are in or passing through Arizona or New Mexico, grab a copy of RoadTrip America’s Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips by Rick Quinn, Imbrifex Books. Whether you have a few hours to get off the beaten path or have more time to explore, this guide will show you what these two states have to offer. If history appeals to you, several side trips will take you to ancient and contemporary Native American sites. Arizona, in particular, has diverse geology and geography, ranging from the lush Sonoran Desert to tall mountains, red rock formations, deep canyons, remnants of volcanic activity and more. Each side trip is a loop off one of three main interstates in the two states: I-10 and I-40 (east/west) and I-25 and I-17 (north/south). An easy-to-read map starts out each side trip with highlights of the route marked. What follows is a short description of the various attractions with its history and significance along with color photos. A useful piece of information for each side trip is the amount of extra time the route will take compared to sticking to the interstate and how you might extend it if you have more time. Restaurants and places to stay are recommended as well. If you are traveling in the other direction, work your way backwards. As an experienced roadtripper, Quinn has gone beyond the usual in this travel guide, providing important information before you head out, such as when the road turns to dirt or when taking an RV is not advised. Alternate routes are then suggested, if possible. Sidebars give listings and contact information of the route’s highlights and some give additional background information. And don’t ignore important safety information about traveling in the desert and rugged back country. I have spent most of the past 15 years in Arizona and explored quite a bit of the state and a good part of New Mexico. Reading this has shown me how many more fascinating and beautiful places I have yet to see. I can’t recommend this too highly. Now my only quandary—which roadtrip to do first! I received an early copy of Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Literary Soirée

    The West is my favorite area of the U.S., so I was thrilled to discover RoadTrip America's Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips. Join author Rick Quinn as he steers off the beaten path for day-trips that will make you gasp in wonder. Includes full-color maps and photos for easy-to-follow scenic routes. Honey, let’s pack our bags ... we’re goin’ on a road trip! 5/5 Thanks, NetGalley and Imbrifex Books, for the ARC. Opinions are mine. #ScenicSideTrips #NetGalley

  6. 5 out of 5

    Reader Views

    Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (12/18) I was so excited for the opportunity to read “Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips” by Rick Quinn. As frequent road-trippers, My husband and I are always looking for new places to explore – we typically head west (from Texas) and New Mexico has been one of our favorite locations as it is so easily assessible from where we live. That this book also highlights Arizona was just the icing on the cake so to speak as we have been talking about he Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (12/18) I was so excited for the opportunity to read “Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips” by Rick Quinn. As frequent road-trippers, My husband and I are always looking for new places to explore – we typically head west (from Texas) and New Mexico has been one of our favorite locations as it is so easily assessible from where we live. That this book also highlights Arizona was just the icing on the cake so to speak as we have been talking about heading that way for the last couple of years. What immediately stands out about this book is that it’s not a book about destinations, but rather outlines scenic alternate routes to travel off the beaten path of 4 different interstate highways located in the two states. The journeys are aptly named Scenic Side Trips and there are 25 different trips covered in this book. No matter which highway you take, the side trips outlined will bring you back to the one you started on – just consider the side trips as little detours full of new experiences, adventures and treasures. Each Scenic Side Trip tells the reader how far off the beaten path you will go, and how long it will take in driving time. Be sure to include additional time for sightseeing and such. It also spotlights areas of interest in the towns along the way, what the area is known for, any festivals or events held in the area, etc. – really any detail you could ever wish to know is included in these pages. The book itself is absolutely beautiful. Stunning photographs are featured on every page. I must admit, I scrolled through the pages before I even started reading just because my eyes were drawn to the magnificent photos on the cover. The photos, combined with detailed maps and highlights about each stop along the route, one could easily content themselves with being an armchair traveler. I think my copy of the book might just become a bit worn out over time, and that’s okay – it’s certainly sturdy enough to handle some heavy use. Overall, I highly recommend “Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips” by Rick Quinn as a first-class travel companion and guide, or as a wonderful book to curl up with and dream about your next road trip. For me, it will be a hard decision choosing which trip to take first.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paul Franco

    As the title tells ya, here’s side trips off what can be boring landscapes along the main throughways, in a vehicle the author named the Dirty Queen. Sounds like an oxymoron, but okay. The first part features side trips off Interstate 10, which is a great idea, as long stretches of this road can lull you to sleep, especially when driving. Some highlights: Carlsbad Caverns is an oldie but goodie. For Roswell there’s a green alien dressed as a mariachi playing a trumpet. That’s an image I’ll never get As the title tells ya, here’s side trips off what can be boring landscapes along the main throughways, in a vehicle the author named the Dirty Queen. Sounds like an oxymoron, but okay. The first part features side trips off Interstate 10, which is a great idea, as long stretches of this road can lull you to sleep, especially when driving. Some highlights: Carlsbad Caverns is an oldie but goodie. For Roswell there’s a green alien dressed as a mariachi playing a trumpet. That’s an image I’ll never get out of my head, thanks a lot. I feel an urge to go see the world’s largest pistachio. . . right now! The thing about the spelling of “chile” and Texas was hilarious. Spaceport is cool, but not for four hours, as I recall. I’d rather spend that time at the cliff dwellings. The Coronado Scenic Trail byway looks like just the thing to make me throw up, but if you like roller coasters, this one’s free. Given a choice between photographing hoodoos and the Shootout at the OK Corral. . . well, I think the choice is obvious. I do find it hilarious that the Tombstone newspaper is called “The Epitaph.” I need to go see Oak Creek Canyon NOW! I’ve traveled extensively through both states, and this book told me about places I haven’t seen, and now want to visit. For that alone this book is worth the money.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I LOVE a good road trip. Actually, I love all road trips! The best are on roads I have never taken, to interesting and sometimes beautiful places. I appreciate receiving a copy of Rick Quinn's Road Trip America Arizona and New Mexico from Imbriflex Books and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. My sister and I went to Spring Training in Arizona, and I kept seeing signs for places that sounded interesting. I was familiar with places including Prescott, Jerome, and Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon, h I LOVE a good road trip. Actually, I love all road trips! The best are on roads I have never taken, to interesting and sometimes beautiful places. I appreciate receiving a copy of Rick Quinn's Road Trip America Arizona and New Mexico from Imbriflex Books and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. My sister and I went to Spring Training in Arizona, and I kept seeing signs for places that sounded interesting. I was familiar with places including Prescott, Jerome, and Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon, having visited there or at least passed through on previous trips...but looking though this book makes me want to return because there are so many places that sound (and look) awesome! I checked my own knowledge against the book for places I have been, just to check what he wrote against what I know. I did this for the AZ sites named above, and places in Northern New Mexico around Santa Fe and Taos -- and this book is TERRIFIC! In addition just basic travel info, there are phone numbers, web addresses, etc for parks and attractions, and tips for staying safe. It can be a bit unsettling to take off on side trips without having any clue where you are going (perhaps I have read a bit too much true crime?) but this book made me feel totally read to roll!  As if all that isn't enough, there is a website where you can download maps. Well done! Five stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Whether you live in Arizona or New Mexico or are just passing through you should grab a copy of this book. The book features 25 Scenic Side Trips. The book is filled with awesome pictures and maps, and recommended alternate routes. The Alternate routes are great, you really do not get to see much from an interstate, side rides are the way to go. The book even tells you how much extra time it will take to travel through via one of the side trips, makes it easy to adjust your travel time. Some of Whether you live in Arizona or New Mexico or are just passing through you should grab a copy of this book. The book features 25 Scenic Side Trips. The book is filled with awesome pictures and maps, and recommended alternate routes. The Alternate routes are great, you really do not get to see much from an interstate, side rides are the way to go. The book even tells you how much extra time it will take to travel through via one of the side trips, makes it easy to adjust your travel time. Some of these side trips can take you just a few minutes out of your way. There are all kinds of side trips if you are into geology, Native American sites, the desert and so much more. And best of all most of them only cost you a few minutes of time and little bit of gas. Excellent book I wish there was a book like this for Florida where I live. I have lived her about 25 years and have explored a lot but I know there are so many things left to see. So if you live in Arizona or New Mexico even if you have lived there your whole life I would suggest you grab a copy and hit the road. I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com and chose to leave this review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Mallette

    There is so much to explore in this area, from historic Native cliff dwellings and the Very Large Array of radio telescopes to alien kitsch and stunning mountain scenery. Books like this are ever so helpful for making your road trip an awesome one, so you don't miss Pie Town or Slide Rock State Park! Author Quinn spent several months travelling some 11,000 miles to come up with these 25 trips that will make crossing Arizona and New Mexico as memorable as possible. The trips are alternatives to t There is so much to explore in this area, from historic Native cliff dwellings and the Very Large Array of radio telescopes to alien kitsch and stunning mountain scenery. Books like this are ever so helpful for making your road trip an awesome one, so you don't miss Pie Town or Slide Rock State Park! Author Quinn spent several months travelling some 11,000 miles to come up with these 25 trips that will make crossing Arizona and New Mexico as memorable as possible. The trips are alternatives to the two main east-west and two main north-south interstates that cross the states; you can stay off the main roads completely, or just hop on and off as your time permits. Quinn recommends stops beyond the obvious – of course Carlsbad Caverns, but also the grave of the original Smokey the Bear, and the 30-foot tall World’s Largest Pistachio. All locations are highlighted in bold text, and included in the index. A great resource if you are travelling this spectacular area.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I am so pleased to see this book receiving great reviews. It is definitely one of the best travel guides for anyone wanting to explore the side and back roads of Arizona and New Mexico. When I moved to Arizona for the winter, I searched high and low for books that would give me details on little-known trips in the state, but while I found a few that helped, nothing was as detailed as this book. This is packed with beautiful photos (that don't get in the way) and an easy-to-read format with fabul I am so pleased to see this book receiving great reviews. It is definitely one of the best travel guides for anyone wanting to explore the side and back roads of Arizona and New Mexico. When I moved to Arizona for the winter, I searched high and low for books that would give me details on little-known trips in the state, but while I found a few that helped, nothing was as detailed as this book. This is packed with beautiful photos (that don't get in the way) and an easy-to-read format with fabulous maps. Whether you will be visiting or are a resident of either state, definitely buy this book to refer to again and again. I'm looking forward to more in the Roadtrip America series and fingers crossed the next title will be for Utah.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer Cobwebbed

    Review: ROAD TRIP AMERICA ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO: 25 SCENIC SIDE TRIPS by Rick Quinn, RoadTrip America Wow! This book is packed with so much information, it's a traveller' s education in itself. It's got me champing at the bit to try out these junkets, and I'll definitely be keeping it close for future reference. The scenic beauty of the American Southwest is unparalleled anywhere, and author Rick Quinn, a veteran of road trips all over North and South America spanning several decades, directs ea Review: ROAD TRIP AMERICA ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO: 25 SCENIC SIDE TRIPS by Rick Quinn, RoadTrip America Wow! This book is packed with so much information, it's a traveller' s education in itself. It's got me champing at the bit to try out these junkets, and I'll definitely be keeping it close for future reference. The scenic beauty of the American Southwest is unparalleled anywhere, and author Rick Quinn, a veteran of road trips all over North and South America spanning several decades, directs eager readers "off the beaten track," specifically off Interstates, all the better to discover the views and vistas, the untold secrets, of "the real Southwest." He weaves in historical input as well, in a delightful, exciting, and educational guidebook. Don't miss!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Bueche

    Author Rick Quinn clearly knows Southwest America, the road trip details, photographs, and recommendations are chock-full of interesting exploration ideas and anecdotes. For example, I learned that a hotel I stayed in Flagstaff, Monte Vista, is one of the most historic hotels in the country. It was built in 1926 with partial funding by novelist Zane Grey. If you are considering a road trip in Arizona and/or New Mexico, or you are an armchair traveler interested in reading about the southwest, th Author Rick Quinn clearly knows Southwest America, the road trip details, photographs, and recommendations are chock-full of interesting exploration ideas and anecdotes. For example, I learned that a hotel I stayed in Flagstaff, Monte Vista, is one of the most historic hotels in the country. It was built in 1926 with partial funding by novelist Zane Grey. If you are considering a road trip in Arizona and/or New Mexico, or you are an armchair traveler interested in reading about the southwest, this book is for you!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Lord

    I live in Arizona and there’s some places I’ve been to and now after reading this some places I now am going to plan a road trip to go to .....great insight and well put together

  15. 4 out of 5

    S.L.

    What immediately stands out about this book is that it’s not a book about destinations, but rather outlines scenic alternate routes to travel off the beaten path of 4 different interstate highways located in the two states. The journeys are aptly named Scenic Side Trips and there are 25 different trips covered in this book. No matter which highway you take, the side trips outlined will bring you back to the one you started on – just consider the side trips as little detours full of new experienc What immediately stands out about this book is that it’s not a book about destinations, but rather outlines scenic alternate routes to travel off the beaten path of 4 different interstate highways located in the two states. The journeys are aptly named Scenic Side Trips and there are 25 different trips covered in this book. No matter which highway you take, the side trips outlined will bring you back to the one you started on – just consider the side trips as little detours full of new experiences, adventures and treasures. See my full review on the Reader Views Goodreads page!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    RoadTrip America's Arizona and New Mexico by Rick Quinn is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late May. Each of the 25 routes are color-coded with play-by-play, almost in a if-you-look-to-your-left style of narration.  In a mildly dated/kitschy fashion, Quinn describes pre-trip readiness. historic and scenic stops, mild suggestions of accommodations and souvenir-ing, but not much in the way of food & drink. RoadTrip America's Arizona and New Mexico by Rick Quinn is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late May. Each of the 25 routes are color-coded with play-by-play, almost in a if-you-look-to-your-left style of narration.  In a mildly dated/kitschy fashion, Quinn describes pre-trip readiness. historic and scenic stops, mild suggestions of accommodations and souvenir-ing, but not much in the way of food & drink.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dan Ream

  19. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Rasmussen

  20. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dan Barthel

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jill

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mark Sedenquist

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    A very good guide to those who will be traveling through the Southwest. I used it to plan a trip for later this year and found the information provided to be interesting and accurate. A lot of hard work went into compiling it all so we don't have to do all the work. Great job. Highly suggest this be read before traveling through the area. I hope to post more after the trip. Thank you NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    michael lerma

  27. 5 out of 5

    D'Arcy Gue

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Kasprzyk

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  31. 5 out of 5

    Moumen

  32. 4 out of 5

    Juana

  33. 4 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

  34. 5 out of 5

    George

  35. 5 out of 5

    Wijesinghe Ananda

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