RoadTrip America Arizona & New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips
by Rick Quinn; RoadTrip America
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Pub Date 13 Apr 2018 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2018
Add fun, history, and jaw-dropping natural wonders to your southwestern road trip with RoadTrip America's Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, each one beginning and ending at an Interstate highway and drivable within a day. Full-color maps and photographs illustrate easy-to-follow scenic routes through breathtaking landscapes and iconic towns in Arizona and New Mexico. Discover the surreal beauty of White Sands, watch the sun set over Monument Valley, or explore the subterranean marvels of Carlsbad Caverns. Find out why Jerome was "the Wickedest Town in the West" or walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone. Pamper yourself at a spa in Taos or soak up the vibes at an "energy vortex" in the red rocks of Sedona. With this brand-new, up-to-date guide as your companion, all this and much, much more will be yours to discover and enjoy—one extra day at a time!Stunning color imagery and photography throughout Easy-to read, full-color route maps with points of interest, mileage, and more. Color-coded pages for easy identification of routes by geographic region. Up-to-date insider tips for getting the most out of each route and staying safe. Phone numbers, websites and visitor info for parks, attractions, and out-of-the-ordinary lodging & dining. Researched and written by native Arizonan and adventure traveler Rick Quinn, whose road trips have taken him from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska and San Francisco to Washington D.C. Photographer, travel writer, and anthropologist, Quinn is an expert on the topography, history, and culture of the American southwest and how best to enjoy its wonders by automobile.
A Note From the Publisher
On the RoadTripAmerica.com trip planning site, readers can download free maps based on the 25 Scenic Side Trips described by the author. These maps will be available for download in late March.
“Rick Quinn jumps off the interstate to guide
travelers on 25 brilliantly conceived road trips. Stunning images of
southwestern landscapes and landmarks nicely mix with his insights about
historic attractions and roadside treasures along the way.” — Doug
"Colorfully illustrated, this guide book by well-seasoned
traveler Rick Quinn covers Arizona and New Mexico quite well. Enough
detail is given about locations and drives to pique the interest and yet
not spoil the surprise. As a bonus, the maps are concise but detailed
enough to get you to the destination… Overall, I would highly recommend
this book by Rick Quinn.”–Jim Hinckley, author of Route 66:
America’s Longest Small Town
For those who may be passing through Arizona or New Mexico
on the way someplace else, it’s an inspirational guide to transforming
what would otherwise be a simple A-to-B journey into something special –
a road trip that takes you into the heart of the Desert
"It’s not a mirage, this wonderful book brings these
legendary, mythical desert regions to life in the best of ways, with
compelling stories, gorgeous images and useful information.”–Chris
Epting, author of James Dean Died
“Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips is a must-have
for travelers exploring the Southwest. Over 300 full-color photos
capture the true beauty of these two states.”–Ellen Robson, author of
Haunted Highway: The Spirit of Route
“As an experienced roadtripper, Quinn has gone beyond the
usual in this travel guide, providing important information before you
head out, such as when the road turns to dirt or when taking an RV is
not advised. Reading this has shown me how many more fascinating and
beautiful places I have yet to see. I can’t recommend this too highly.
Now my only quandary—which roadtrip to do first!: — Jaimie Bruzenak,
Rick Quinn will be on a 10-city book tour in April and May in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Colorado and Nevada
Rick Quinn will be on a 10-city book tour in April and May in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Colorado and Nevada
Average rating from 23 members
Very informative and well-designed travel book full of important and interesting information. Highly recommend.
This book came at just the right time! I am road tripping from Chicago to Mesa this spring. This book gave me some ideas on different routes to go and scenic sites to see. I love that there are also hotel recommendations in it. The time of travel and distance also is a great thing for me. I have this book marked for when we are traveling to go back to. I love that this book contains all of what we have planned to drive through. I would definitely look into other books by this author for my traveling needs and Interests.
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to review and view this book.
Useful for anyone who will be traveling through New Mexico or Arizona. I grew up in Arizona and this book showed me so many things that I have still not seen. I now live in Texas so I am excited to use the recommendations from this book for the next time I travel to Arizona and will drive through New Mexico. This book is easy to read and well formatted. I enjoyed the pictures and maps, as well as the recommended alternate routes for those more interested in the journey than the destination (or even those who might want a more exciting journey on their way to a destination). Well known sites are mentioned, as well as ones that most people have not heard about. Great job to the author on this travel book.
Wonderful source for travel adventures in Arizona and New Mexico.
RoadTrip America Arizona & New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips by Rick Quinn from Imbrifex Books has amazing photographs, road trips with directions and scenic side trips for 25 beautiful locations in the Southwest. This book is loaded with valuable information. Rick Quinn provides alternate routes, side trips and contact information for the highlights of each road trip but best of all he even advises when an RV is not a good idea. As a newbie RVer, that is valuable information. I could easily become an armchair traveler with this book but after all the information and pictures in this book I'm ready to hit the road. This is a wonderful road trip guide book and I will definitely purchase a hard copy for our next road trip.
Thank you Rick Quinn, Imbrifex Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC.
Excellent road trip travel book for Arizona and New Mexico. Love the photos, maps and suggestions for scenic side trips. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I LOVE a good road trip. Actually, I love all road trips! The best are on roads I have never taken, to interesting and sometimes beautiful places. I appreciate receiving a copy of Rick Quinn's Road Trip America Arizona and New Mexico from Imbriflex Books and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
My sister and I went to Spring Training in Arizona, and I kept seeing signs for places that sounded interesting. I was familiar with places including Prescott, Jerome, and Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon, having visited there or at least passed through on previous trips...but looking though this book makes me want to return because there are so many places that sound (and look) awesome! I checked my own knowledge against the book for places I have been, just to check what he wrote against what I know. I did this for the AZ sites named above, and places in Northern New Mexico around Santa Fe and Taos -- and this book is TERRIFIC!
In addition just basic travel info, there are phone numbers, web addresses, etc for parks and attractions, and tips for staying safe. It can be a bit unsettling to take off on side trips without having any clue where you are going (perhaps I have read a bit too much true crime?) but this book made me feel totally read to roll! As if all that isn't enough, there is a website where you can download maps. Well done! Five stars.
A very good guide to those who will be traveling through the Southwest. I used it to plan a trip for later this year and found the information provided to be interesting and accurate. A lot of hard work went into compiling it all so we don't have to do all the work. Great job. Highly suggest this be read before traveling through the area. I hope to post more after the trip.
Thank you NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
I am so pleased to see this book receiving great reviews. It is definitely one of the best travel guides for anyone wanting to explore the side and back roads of Arizona and New Mexico. When I moved to Arizona for the winter, I searched high and low for books that would give me details on little-known trips in the state, but while I found a few that helped, nothing was as detailed as this book. This is packed with beautiful photos (that don't get in the way) and an easy-to-read format with fabulous maps. Whether you will be visiting or are a resident of either state, definitely buy this book to refer to again and again. I'm looking forward to more in the Roadtrip America series and fingers crossed the next title will be for Utah.
As the title tells ya, here’s side trips off what can be boring landscapes along the main throughways, in a vehicle the author named the Dirty Queen. Sounds like an oxymoron, but okay.
The first part features side trips off Interstate 10, which is a great idea, as long stretches of this road can lull you to sleep, especially when driving.
Carlsbad Caverns is an oldie but goodie.
For Roswell there’s a green alien dressed as a mariachi playing a trumpet. That’s an image I’ll never get out of my head, thanks a lot.
I feel an urge to go see the world’s largest pistachio. . . right now!
The thing about the spelling of “chile” and Texas was hilarious.
Spaceport is cool, but not for four hours, as I recall. I’d rather spend that time at the cliff dwellings.
The Coronado Scenic Trail byway looks like just the thing to make me throw up, but if you like roller coasters, this one’s free.
Given a choice between photographing hoodoos and the Shootout at the OK Corral. . . well, I think the choice is obvious. I do find it hilarious that the Tombstone newspaper is called “The Epitaph.”
I need to go see Oak Creek Canyon NOW!
I’ve traveled extensively through both states, and this book told me about places I haven’t seen, and now want to visit. For that alone this book is worth the money.
Review: ROAD TRIP AMERICA ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO: 25 SCENIC SIDE TRIPS by Rick Quinn, RoadTrip America
Wow! This book is packed with so much information, it's a traveller's education in itself. It's got me champing at the bit to try out these junkets, and I'll definitely be keeping it close for future reference.
The scenic beauty of the American Southwest is unparalleled anywhere, and author Rick Quinn, a veteran of road trips all over North and South America spanning several decades, directs eager readers "off the beaten track," specifically off Interstates, all the better to discover the views and vistas, the untold secrets, of "the real Southwest." He weaves in historical input as well, in a delightful, exciting, and educational guidebook. Don't miss!
I have spent a lot of time in both New Mexico and Arizona over the past 50 years and this guide covers both states very well. These scenic trips get you off the interstate highways to see some of the best sites. The boxes with information are especially helpful. I also appreciated the color photos. Some physical features of the Southwest are not always visible unless you know what you are looking for. The online features add to the value of the guide.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As someone from Arizona, I was interested in seeing what other people recommend doing other than just the Grand Canyon. This book is filled with great ideas including so many places to visit in Phoenix when its too hot to be outdoors in the heat of the summer.
Who doesn't enjoy a well-planned road trip, full of scenic vistas, natural wonders, historical sites and roadside diners? Arizona and New Mexico offer all that and much more for the driver. So get off the interstate and explore an area in greater detail. The color photographs in this book should be reason enough to take this guide along on your next visit to either state, but don't rely on this guide alone. These are only the highlights!
I live south of Sierra Vista, AZ, which is highlighted in #6, "Willcox to Benson." I'm 25 miles from Bisbee and Tombstone, eight miles to the Mexican border, and five miles from spectacular hiking trails in the Huachuca Mountains. I can attest that all the big tourist sites are mentioned, such as Ramsey Canyon Preserve, Kartchner Caverns, Coronado National Monument. But take these 25 side trips and make multiple day visits out of these. We have great birding sites, clear night skies for photographers, caves for the spelunker, sites for amateur archeologists, geologists and historians. You can easily spend a week in the great Sierra Vista area and still not see it all, so don't rush through.
These road trips are mostly loop trails going east to west, and it's easy to orient oneself. Each road trip has a general map with the highlighted stops. Driving distance is given in both hours and miles, but do take into consideration construction zones, accidents, and wildfires that may require massive detours through our area. Not all our roads are paved, and there is not always cell phone coverage outside the towns. Be careful during our monsoon season, typically from mid June through mid September, when flash floods can quickly ravage through low-lying areas.
I have lived in southern Arizona for 15 years and have seen most of the sites covered in this guide. (Central New Mexico is still calling me). I agree with the author that the sites mentioned are all worth seeing. You can spend a month in Arizona alone and still not see it all.
I highly recommend getting Benchmark gazetteers for both states in case you have no GPS. A good map, plenty of water, and the discipline to stay off the backroads after dark to avoid hitting wildlife (and along the border, smugglers of all kinds) are all great suggestions for people driving through. Also check online review sites for hotels and restaurants to compliment this guide.
I live in Arizona and there’s some places I’ve been to and now after reading this some places I now am going to plan a road trip to go to .....great insight and well put together
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What a wonderful guide to a section of the West I love the most. RoadTrip America's Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips by author Rick Quinn takes you on stunning day-trips, providing full-color maps and photos for scenic routes. I’m getting the car ready now for my first trip from the guide. Hurrah! 5/5
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Imbrifex Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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