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  1. Default Following Kerouac

    I want to take a week off the end of July. I live in Kansas City and I tend to follow Jack Kerouac. I job traveled several places for 4-6 weeks at a time, like NYC, and I have the book Beat Atlas.

    I have been to Denver before, in my early 20's. I made my step dad stop on Larimer Street. This was back in the early '80's. I am the only person I know who does this. lol. I have a new car and I don't mind driving it to Denver. If I had another week, I'd drive to San Fransico, but I've never been that far west. I'll stick to Denver this time.

    I'm a single female, 54. Is there any place I need to definitely see that I should not miss (besides the Shambala site which I think is north of Denver, Jack would approve. haha.)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    Welcome to RTA!

    While I don't personally follow Jack Kerouac, I do find sites that relate to things I love, such as a favorite TV show, and will stop at those if I can. So I understand the reasoning. :-)

    Here on RTA, we don't really go for "should not miss", "must see" etc., because one person's "must see" is another person's "must pass by". What I'd recommend, therefore, is to grab an atlas, or set of maps, and see what's out there that you don't want to miss. With a week to travel, you could easily get to Denver in about 1-1/2 to 2 days driving, so you have time to poke around. San Francisco is another 1-1/2 to 2 days of driving from KC, so that's not really recommended with only a week.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default North/South?

    There are five major cities that figure prominently in Kerouac's On the Road: New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Denver and San Francisco. Most people think of the quintessential American RoadTrip as running East/West, thus you've been to New York and Denver and are considering San Francisco. But perhaps it might be better, given that you're already in the middle of the country, to check out Chicago and -if time permits- a bit of the Great River Road down to New Orleans.

    Last edited by AZBuck; 07-06-2016 at 02:45 PM.

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