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Ramble: A Field Guide to the U.S.A. [Paperback]

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Ramble is a hybrid travel guide/travelogue based in fact, but-like a good road trip-is ultimately a flight of fancy, a departure from the usual. Disinfected of the P. R.-inspired copy that dominates travel writing, this book celebrates the USA as the best destination in the world for a road trip because-not in spite-of its warts.

Highlighting the country's 250 most definitively American attractions and six of its most mythic road trips, seasoned travel writer Eric Peterson describes seven regions (from coast to coast) with a sociologist-meets-Gonzo-writing-style, bellying up to the ugly truth and the bizarre at every stop.

Each regional chapter offers maps, oddball stats, as well as required reading, viewing, and listening; and about thirty to forty listings per area of not-so-run-of-the-mill tourist destinations (think: graves, vices, sin, grub, sleeps, drinks, American lore, and the like). As a topper, a predestined road trip is presented to the reader, with themes such as: Atomic Vacation, Road Trip of the Third Kind, and Down at the End of Lonely Street.

A Denver-based freelance writer, Eric Peterson contributes to numerous periodicals and travel guides. His recent credits include Scooters: Red Eyes, White Walls & Blue Smoke, the fifth edition of Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Roadside Americana and The Great American Road Trip. One of Peterson's earliest travel memories is a visit to Paul Bunyan in Bemidji, Minnesota.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   232
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.6" Width: 6" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   Speck Press
ISBN  1933108088  
ISBN13  9781933108087  

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More About Eric Peterson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! A Denver-based writer, Eric Peterson has authored numerous Frommer's guides covering the American West, including Frommer's Montana & Wyoming and Frommer's Colorado, as well as Ramble: A Field Guide to the U.S.A. and other Ramble titles for Fulcrum Publishing ( Peterson's byline has also appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Daily News, Denver Post, and Delta Sky, and on winter-sports columns for In his free time, he's an avid camper, skier, and hiker; a lifelong Broncos fan; and a part-time rock star (at least in the eyes of his niece Olivia and nephews Mitch and Sam).

Eric Peterson currently resides in the state of Colorado.

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funny, offbeat  Feb 2, 2008
Very funny stuff -- Peterson has an offbeat sense of humor. Also it's an interesting format -- part travel guide, part more personal travel stories. It would be great to take this book along as you take one of the road trips in the bok.
I see dead people, and that's just not enough for a solid travel guide...  Mar 24, 2007
Not worth my $13. Too much emphasis on dead idols and their resting places, not enough other interesting attractions. Glad to see House on the Rock and the Museum of Jurrasic Technology included, but where's the Garden of the Gods, the corn palace, and the candlepin bowling?

And I realize they're huge states, but I was disappointed to see that California and Texas got their own chapters, whereas the rest of the U.S. was divided into regions. Also, the inclusion of the upscale Chicago restaurant moto was a bit much for my taste. To be fair, this book does not claim to be an all-inclusive guide to fun and/or interesting attractions, but I felt that the term "field guide" suggested that it would offer more than it does.
Part travel guide, part travelogue, all fun  Sep 15, 2006
Part travel guide, part travelogue, all fun, Ramble: A Field Guide To The U.S.A. by veteran travel writer Eric Peterson is an exciting detour from traditional guidebooks. Ramble covers the USA from coast to coast, with special attention to California and Texas, stopping to marvel at 250 American attractions. Highlight locations include unique eateries, famous cemeteries, distinctive road art such as Bubblegum Alley and the Museum of Bad Art, and such bizarre icons as the Erotic University, (legal) Nevada brothels, distillery tours, and New York mafia landmarks. Abundant full-color photographs and sample narrative road trips round out this eye-opening guide as enthusiastically recommended for arm travelers as it is for vacationers looking for a fresh American experience.
Great Funny Book  May 11, 2006
A great travel book that gives you information on the off-beat attractions that inhabit the American road. The author's first person narratives are a nice change from the impersonal descriptions of most travel guides. I enjoy picking this up just sitting at home.

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