Lonely Planet Launches New Road Trip Series

  • 15 October 2003
  • USA

Lonely Planet, celebrating 30 years of sharing the passion of travel, is launching a new Road Trip series this fall with three great American highway adventures, California Highway 1, Napa & Sonoma Wine Country and Route 66.

The weekend is fast approaching and thoughts of heading out of town for few days are tempting. You can sense the wind through your hair as you speed down California’s world-famous Highway 1 with the top down. Perhaps you can feel stress melt away daydreaming about a spa treatment and raising a glass of Merlot in a Napa Valley vineyard. Luckily Lonely Planet’s new California Highway 1 and Napa & Sonoma Wine Country will help you navigate the twists and turns of two of California’s most famous playgrounds.

Or maybe you have more time on your hands and are feeling a little more daring and nostalgic for the mother of all highway journeys, the neon lights of cool motor inns and family-style food of roadside diners. Lonely Planet comes to the rescue with Route 66, providing all the information needed to get your kicks and whole lot more.

All Road Trip guides are packed with information about side trips, where to eat, sleep and even camp, all the sights, wildlife, self-catering and family fun. These guides take you to roads least traveled as well as the must see sights.

Highlights include:

Napa & Sonoma Wine Country

  • Where to find fine dining, micro-breweries, spas and FREE wine tastings
  • Insider information about balloon tours, wine tasting terms and the Napa Valley Wine Train

California Highway 1

  • From Mendocino down to Orange County, the top B&B’s, vistas, beaches and charming towns
  • Hearst Castle, Big Sur, Carmel, California Missions – the scoop on Hwy. 1’s “Do Not Miss List”

Route 66

  • Maps and details about where to find hidden stretches of the “old road”
  • Quirky attractions: the Cadillac Ranch, Gemini Giant and Dynamite Museum
  • National treasures: the Grand Canyon, Painted Desert and Mojave Desert

Everything old is new again – especially road trips! Whether you’re planning a quick weekend escape, a spur-of-the-moment day trip, or pushing the pedal to metal on Route 66, these new guides from Lonely Planet will steer you in the right direction.