OK - favorite guide books, travel books, fictional books about travel, anyone?
This website has a huge amount of information, but unless you have constant on-the-road Internet, or you print out what you want, you "can't take it with you". We also love the AAA Tour books, but they're not the end-all either.
I checked out a Rough Guide to NYC from our public library. It was the only guidebook to NYC in that library, or any eastern city for that matter. What other guides are good to look through?
I just finished Cross Country, a non-fictional book by Robert Sullivan. It is about a family road trip from Oregon to NYC (mostly interstates). However, he goes into a lot of history - Lewis and Clark, history of the interstates, history of the highway system, and much more - almost TOO much (IMHO).
When I was a child, my mom handed me a book called Runaway Home. Intended as a 4th grade reading book, it was about the adventures of a family who had to move from their home in Maine, to take over their great-uncle's farm in Washington State. They sold their home, bought a travel trailer, and spent months traveling across the country, earning their way in places and having new adventures. Of course not only was reading taught through this book, so was history and geography. I absolutely loved the book, and still have it. I've read it aloud to my own children and several of my classes over the years. It's difficult to find these days, but it's a wonderful story even now, especially for children.