This ‘obsessively detailed’ map of road-trips in American literature is like a vacation you can take at work

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A new project from Atlas Obscura‘s Richard Kreitner and Steven Melendez painstakingly charts and captions every stop on 12 different classics of American road-trip literature. The resultant interactive map is a thing of wonder.

Let me explain my excitement — the road-trip is the one truly lovable, completely pure thing about American culture. Whatever else makes us gross and bad, our landscapes are beautiful, and our kitsch is the best in the world, and you can’t fault anyone for wanting to see as much of it as possible. But no one has time to go on 12 road-trips a year.

Enter: books and pop music.

You can follow Mark Twain’s pre-railroad, transcontinental trip in Roughing It (which is, admittedly, a road-trip exclusive to off-roads);…

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