What's your road trip story

A card for all road trip junkies

Would you like to finally do the route of your road trip heroes - or at least dream of it? Atlas Obscura has created the perfect tool for all road trip junkies: a map that traces almost every station of the heroes and anti-heroes on the streets and hiking trails with impressive accuracy. Each point on the map is also provided with a quote from the respective novel, so that you immediately and inevitably fall into dreaming.

No matter what type of road trip you are - an American author has certainly already put your imagination on paper or a director has already captured your big dream in a film epic. However, the author of the map, Steven Melendez, did not record every road trip story ever published, but selected the routes of the books in advance according to certain criteria. The fact that the still young story by Cheryl Strayed "Wild", Kerouac's "On the Road" or Mark Twain's "Roughing It" made it onto the menu and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" did not, is because Raoul and Dr. Gonzo in the LSD ode doesn't really travel much. After all, they don't get further than the Nevada desert.

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The map also shows what different authors think about the same place. In New York in particular, many narrative strands intersect: Kerouc's “On the Road”, Fitzgerald's “The Cruise of the Rolling Junk”, Tom Wolfe's “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” and Bill Bryson's “The Lost Continent” all stop at Big apple. While some enjoy the hustle and bustle of the big city, others are completely overwhelmed and want to go back to the wide streets of the Midwest.