Last month, four friends picked me up in a two-door Jeep and we drove across the country. From the Atlantic to the Pacific we watched America change. Starting in the crowded atmosphere of New York City, we traveled to the lush farms of Virginia, to the desert plateaus and flatlands of Texas and Arizona, to the beach paradise of California. There is something akin to magic in the good old-fashioned American road trip. Our travels were truly an unforgettable experience, which brought my friends and I even closer than we already were. I hope these books will inspire you to use the rest of your vacation days and make the 3,000-mile trek too.