WASHINGTON (Oct. 20, 2010)—Dreaming of freedom and the open road? A new book from National Geographic, DRIVES OF A LIFETIME: 500 of the World’s Most Spectacular Trips (National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1-4262-0677-1; Oct. 19, 2010; $40; hardcover), is an invitation to get behind the wheel, take to the tarmac and experience some of the best motoring adventures around the globe.
For more than a century National Geographic has been the first stop for savvy travelers in search of inspiration, in-depth knowledge and practical advice. Now its editors have searched the planet for the most fascinating and fabulous road trips. Some are long-distance odysseys on the other side of the world; others are easy day trips close to home — all promise an entertaining excursion and an escape from routine.
Yearning to visit Earth’s high places? Motor along Colorado’s San Juan Skyway for a 10,000-foot (3,050-meter) climb over towering mountain passes, where cowhands still lead cattle drives past old silver mines. Ready to travel farther afield and back in time? Take the venerable Silk Road across the expanses of Central Asia, using the same route plied thousands of years ago to bring the treasures of the Orient to Rome. Up for a trip through the rain forest? A drive in Costa Rica brings you face-to-face with exotic rainbow-colored birds and lush jungle foliage. Does an urban destination beckon? Take an eye-popping architectural tour through Mexico City, or be dazzled by acres of blooming tulip fields outside Amsterdam. Looking for the road less traveled? You can explore the expanse of the Australian outback, navigate around buffalo herds in Montana or enjoy the desert landscapes of northern Argentina.
Whatever your taste or budget, there are drive suggestions aplenty. Alongside detailed trip descriptions and highlights of the route, there are clear, full-color maps, planning tips and websites to help you make the best of every journey.
DRIVES OF A LIFETIME is divided into eight chapters that cover panoramic outings on the world’s most mountainous roads; routes that run along the coastline, offering cliff top views and alluring beaches; drives along rivers and through valleys and canyons; hidden highways revealing secret treasures to the intrepid traveler; quiet rural roads offering a glimpse into secluded communities; bright and busy city drives; routes that travel through history; and gourmet road trips tempting travelers with tastebud-tickling treats.
Every chapter includes its own entertaining Top 10 hit lists, packed with unusual trip ideas, ranging from Spectacular Bridges and Untamed Roads to Asian Coast Drives and African River Drives to Castles in Europe and Wayside Bounty.
The book follows on the success of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s popular “Drives of a Lifetime” series, and a selection of additional road trips is featured on the magazine’s website at www.nationalgeographic.com/drives.
In his introduction to the book, Traveler magazine Editor-in-Chief Keith Bellows writes, “Any road trip, whether it be for a day, a week, or longer, can uncork our imaginations and rekindle the wanderlust and curiosity that makes true travel — as opposed to vacationing — so intoxicating. You can experience the passing parade in a way that allows you to experience life as it is lived. This book is an invitation to embrace the road and discover a way of life that would otherwise exist beyond your knowing. So put your foot to the pedal and head on out.”
All you need is a set of wheels and a sense of adventure. Then open DRIVES OF A LIFETIME and let National Geographic take care of the rest.
DRIVES OF A LIFETIME is the fourth volume in the popular “Lifetime” series. The previous titles are “Journeys of a Lifetime,” “Sacred Places of a Lifetime” and “Food Journeys of a Lifetime.”
NOTE: Travel expert Keith Bellows is available for interviews. Contact Chandra Teitscheid at (202) 828-6678 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi-res images from the book can be found at http://ftp.nationalgeographic.com/pressroom/book_drives_lifetime/.