Image Credit: Atlas Obscura's Guide to Literary Road Trips

Image Credit: Atlas Obscura’s Guide to Literary Road Trips

Atlas Obscura’s Richard Kreitner (writer) and Steven Melendez (map) have created a great interactive map that “obsessively” details “American literature’s most epic road trips.” For inclusion, “a book needed to have a narrative arc matching the chronological and geographical arc of the trip it chronicles. It needed to be non-fictional, or, as in the case of On the Road, at least told in the first-person.” Passing the test for being included:

Wild, Cheryl Strayed. 2012.

The Cruise of the Rolling Junk, F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1934.

Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails With America’s Hoboes, Ted Conover.1984.

A Walk Across America, Peter Jenkins. 1979.

Cross Country: Fifteen Years and 90,000 Miles on the Roads and Interstates of America with Lewis and Clark, Robert Sullivan. 2006.

The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson. 1989. 

Blue Highways: A Journey into America, William Least Heat Moon. 1982.

On the Road, Jack Kerouac. 1957.

Roughing It, Mark Twain. 1872.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig. 1974.

Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck. 1962.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe. 1968.