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Overview

Both a practical guide and an inspiring travel gift book, Drives of a Lifetime highlights 500 of the world's best car trips. The eclectic list takes readers across stunning natural landscapes of mountain, coastline, glen, and dale; into charming towns and out-of-the-way hamlets; to palatial estates, lovely gardens, and intriguing historic sites; and through bustling, thriving cities all over the world map. From America's scenic byways to the side lanes of Tuscany and the rugged dirt roads of Australia's outback—and hundreds of inviting routes in between—Drives of a Lifetime shows off the highlights of each area and tells readers exactly how to make the drive themselves. Since roads trips are a beloved cultural touchstone for Americans of every generation, Drives of a Lifetime will capture a huge and diverse audience.

Details

  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages; 200 color photographs, 200 maps
  • 8 7/8" x 11 3/4"
  • © 2010

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In the Press

“Our editors’ pick as the top book of the year…Belongs on the bookshelf of every avid road tripper. It is sure to inspire automotive travelers of every sort to find their own roads less traveled.” –Automotive Traveler Magazine


“It’s a guide for the worldly road warrior…Even armchair travelers could get their fill in the pages of this beauty.” –San Jose Mercury News, Sunday Times (Central Contra Costa), Oakland Tribune


“With choices from all over the world, this book has something for everyone ready to take a trip. Even if you weren’t planning to take the road less traveled, one look at some of the enticing photos that accompany the narratives…may persuade you otherwise.” –The Sunday Oregonian


“National Geographic Traveler magazine’s editor-in-chief, Keith Bellows, provides an introduction to this beautiful, stirring guidebook that is a pean to hitting the open road; and what follows is an attractive and well-presented series of information (with maps) to some of the best road trips that anyone can experience.” –Booklist


“Inspiring, photo-rich…” –Chicago Tribune


“For the worldly road-tripper…” –Associated Press, –Richmond Times-Dispatch, -Newsday, -The Sun (Baltimore), -Philadelphia Daily News


“With choices from all over the world, this book has something for everyone ready to take a trip…enticing photos accompany the narratives.” –Sunday Denver Post


Reviews

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Drives of a Lifetime
 
4.5

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to read (10)
  • Durable (8)
  • Quality photos (5)
  • Informative (4)
  • Easy to follow (3)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Educational (3)
  • Entertainment (3)
  • Hiking (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (16), Bookworm (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The usual and expected wonderful photogr

Magnificent photography. MY only disappointment was that the "500 Drives" were only a major description of a few and then misiscule information on the majority. The title should have...Read complete review

Magnificent photography. MY only disappointment was that the "500 Drives" were only a major description of a few and then misiscule information on the majority. The title should have been "15 (or 20) drives of a lifetime and additional brief suggestions for more either similar or in the same area or country"

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Lovely but a glaring omission spoils

Lovely book, but hard to use because of glaring omission. Spoiled by not having an overall world or continent map showing locations of all drives. This would help so much with planning holidays...Read complete review

Lovely book, but hard to use because of glaring omission. Spoiled by not having an overall world or continent map showing locations of all drives. This would help so much with planning holidays etc.
Also references to other drives nearby which could be undertaken would be useful.
Halfway there, with lovely pic etc, but not a great book.
Bought as present for husband and both slightly disappointed :(

Reviewed by 23 customers

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice Photographs; Not a lot of Text

By Joey

from Denver, CO

Verified Buyer

Comments about Drives of a Lifetime:

I bought the book based on a National Geographic advertisement. I wanted to learn more about the Blues Highway from Nashville to Vicksburg. Although this is a very pretty book, perfect for someone's coffee table, the substance was very disappointing. There is not much there that tells me what I could expect on the Blues Highway. One page, most of which is pictures.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Inspiring encyclopedia for road trips

By 2rleiv

from Skien, Norway

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to read

Cons

  • Tears easily

Best Uses

    Comments about Drives of a Lifetime:

    Easy to read and find what you're looking for.
    A bit too big. When flying abroad and renting a car it's too heavy.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Great! Buying a 2nd one for someone else

    By Laura

    from Sault Ste. Marie, ON

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Beautiful pictures
    • Durable
    • Easy to read

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Trip Planning

      Comments about Drives of a Lifetime:

      Will use this book to plan our next road trip.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Delightfully informative

      By Phil adman

      from Juliette, Georgia

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Maps

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Driving

        Comments about Drives of a Lifetime:

        I use the product to begin planning some extensive travels, mostly in the US & Canada. The maps are great for their orientation to the country/state, and for their detail. I do not like map-less pages.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        phenomenal book

        By Elly

        from ny

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to read

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Drives of a Lifetime:

            lovely for armchair traveler

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            The usual and expected wonderful photogr

            By None

            from El Macero, California

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Misleading Title

              Best Uses

              • Nostalgia Of Past Trips

              Comments about Drives of a Lifetime:

              Magnificent photography. MY only disappointment was that the "500 Drives" were only a major description of a few and then misiscule information on the majority. The title should have been "15 (or 20) drives of a lifetime and additional brief suggestions for more either similar or in the same area or country"

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Would prefer a smaller book!

              By Ila

              from Ontario

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Camping
                • Flying
                • Hiking

                Comments about Drives of a Lifetime:

                Personal development

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Everybody loves this book!

                By Love to Travel

                from Amarillo, Texas

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Beautiful
                • Fascinating

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Planning

                  Comments about Drives of a Lifetime:

                  I gave this book to my husband as a gift and he loves it, and so do all of our friends. Beautiful pictures and adventures!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  AWESOME!

                  By Cass County Gal

                  from Shreveport, LA

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to read
                  • Informative

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Trip planning

                  Comments about Drives of a Lifetime:

                  This was the exact thing I was looking for....had drives worldwide, but more importantly, drives right here in the USA! My retirement plans include doing just that....seeing this country - one drive at a time!!!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  beautiful!

                  By TN Teacher

                  from Murfreesboro, TN

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to read

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Drives of a Lifetime:

                    wonderful book for my husband

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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