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Road Tripping The Scenic Way
“RoadTrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips” is a handy guide through the incredibly scenic side trips through Arizona and New Mexico
Road trips can often be broken down into two categories: “in a rush” or taking the long way around. Many times in today’s busy world, we just crank up the stereo, aim for the shortest piece of Interstate that will get us to where we’re going and set the cruise on whatever semi-illegal speed we choose. The second kind of trip is always the best, though.
There are few things more relaxing than hopping in the Mustang with maybe a destination, but no required time or urge to get there, allowing off-the-interstate journeys through parts of the country that truck drivers and most other travelers rarely get to take. This is where you truly discover America and all its beauty and uniqueness, and of all the areas in the United States, the southwest sections of Arizona and New Mexico are some of the most beautiful you’ll ever find.
That’s why we were held rapturous while reading RoadTrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips by Rick Quinn. As said by travel writer Chris Epting in the book’s Forward, “Road trips though the American West are among my absolute favorite adventures. The western states, and particularly Arizona and New Mexico, have some of the most dramatic open space in the country. The wild history, the spectacular geography, and the mythical ethos of this region just make you want to gas up the car and go. What a pleasure, then, to discover a book that not only captures the magic and mystique of the terrain, but also reveals how to best enjoy it. Rick Quinn’s infectious love of the open road and joy in driving make him an ideal narrator and travel companion.”
Each one of the 25 scenic side trips in the book begins and ends at an Interstate highway and are 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.
RoadTrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips offers readers:
• 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
Researched and written by native Arizonan and adventure traveler Rick Quinn, whose road trips have taken him from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska and San Francisco to Washington D.C. Photographer, travel writer, and anthropologist, Quinn is an expert on the topography, history, and culture of the American southwest and how best to enjoy its wonders by automobile.
The book is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or for more information check out Arizona-NewMexico.scenicsidetrips.com.