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USA 101
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USA 101 stitches together a crazy quilt of iconic places, events, fairs, and festivals that celebrates America in all its quirky diversity.

Whoever you are, wherever you're going, whatever you like to do, it's here somewhere. And if you just stay home and travel armchair-style you'll still find this guide a vivid, often humorous, always fascinating blend of world-famous and distinctly local places and events that add up to a national portrait.

Here are fivescore and one indelibly American destinations, from the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge, from Graceland to Disneyland; perennial sporting rituals like the Army-Navy football game, the Indy 500, the Soap Box Derby, and the Little League World Series.

USA 101 features entertaining descriptive narratives—lively sketches that capture each selection’s history and special appeal— and essential visiting information. Well seasoned by eclectic sidebars, this guide is a panorama of treasured traditions, favorite pastimes, and beloved national possessions that will surprise, amuse, and inform even the most sophisticated traveler.


  • Softcover
  • 352 pages, 40 black & white photographs
  • 6" x 9"
  • © 2009

Author Info

Gary McKechnie's previous book, Great American Motorcycle Tours, won both a Lowell Thomas Silver Award for travel writing and a Gold Award in the Benjamin Franklin competition.

Press Quotes

"It's a challenge to come up with 101 places, events and festivals that encompass a country's history, faith, art, nature, adventure, sport, leisure and favorite pastimes. But that was the challenge that Gary McKechnie gave himself. The result is this entertaining book."—Chicago Tribune

"USA 101 is your guide to the offbeat options that make America's diversity appealing to travelers from around the world."—Dallas Morning News

"...a look at destinations that everyone knows about but too few travelers experience firsthand."—The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

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