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Life Is a Highway: Great Articles About Road Trips

Hit the highway with this collection of some of our favorite reads about epic road trips.

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Venture on an 11,000-mile odyssey across Eurasia, tag along with a mother and son as they discover Historic Route 66, and get lost in a science writer’s harrowing voyage to the Cretaceous Interior Seaway (also known as Western Kansas).

Image of drive toward Mount Pico in Portugal, by © Marco Bottigelli/Getty Images

Taking the Great American Roadtrip

Paul Theroux
Smithsonian Magazine

In the spirit of Kerouac and Steinbeck, the celebrated travel writer fulfills a childhood fantasy: to drive across his native land The mixed blessing of America is that anyone with a car can go anywhere. The visible expression of our freedom is that we are a country without roadblocks.

Homeward Bound

Kathryn Miles
DownEast

Make a new canine friend in Maine and chances are good she’s from down south. To understand why—and how they arrive—Kathryn Miles joined 37 very good dogs on a 1,600-mile road trip.

Atomic John

David Samuels
The New Yorker

A truck driver uncovers secrets about the first nuclear bombs and makes clear that our belief in the secrecy of the bomb is a theological construct, adopted to counter the idea that someone might use one against us.

A Mother’s Road

Mary Melton
Alta

Alta Editor at Large Mary Melton searches for a deeper connection with her autistic son—and with a divided country—on a 15-day journey along Route 66.

Drifters (Interstate 35)

Marya Hornbacher
Nowhere

Fleabag motels, caesuras, femme phases, double bank shots, stale sweat, McDonald’s, bedside Bibles, hatchbacks, counter girls, evolved orchids, tomorrow’s underwear, impetus & traffic signals in Laredo.