Scenic Side Trips


RoadTrip America Scenic Side Trips
is a series of ten guides written by road trip experts affiliated with RoadTripAmerica.com, and published by Imbrifex Books. Each guide features over two dozen scenic and historic routes that that are easily accessible from Interstate highways. Descriptive narrative, gorgeous photography, and detailed maps reveal up-to-date discoveries, fascinating history, roadside attractions, and unique food and lodging. With a RoadTrip America Scenic Side Trips guide and a few extra hours, cross-country travelers can enjoy iconic two-lane adventures while still making tracks toward their destinations.

Breaking News!

The second book in this Scenic Side Trips series is A Sports Fan’s Guide to Route 66, written by Ron Clements. Ron Clements is a Wisconsin native and Green Bay Packers fan who married a Chicago Bears fan from Peoria, Illinois. Despite the rivalry, Ron and Patti make it work and have been living fulltime in an RV since March 2018. They travel the country in search of new adventures and love attending baseball games and national parks. They visited all 30 MLB stadiums in 2018 and have taken their RV to each of the Lower 48 states. The Sports Fan’s Guide to Route 66 is for anyone who has ever driven past a high school, college, or professional stadium, and thought, “I wonder what it’s like to see a game there.” Ron’s book not only takes you to various sporting events and explains what the atmosphere is like at those venues, but is loaded with interviews. You’ll hear from the Chicago Blackhawks team historian, the track president at Chicagoland Speedway, various coaches and athletics directors at the high school and college levels, media members connected with cities and teams, as well as pro athletes like LeBron James and Anthony Davis. A Sports Fan’s Guide to Route 66 will be in bookstores and online on August 3, 2021.

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The first book in this series is written by Rick Quinn, an Arizona native, who has driven more than half a million miles from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska. He is an expert on the history, archeology, and culture of the American Southwest. These are scenic detours that begin and end at Interstate Highways found in Arizona and New Mexico. Specifically these alternative routes are found along Interstate Highway 10, 17, 25 and 40 and were chosen to offer short detours for those using the Interstate Highways on their way to someplace. Each of the twenty-five routes also makes ideal day trips from the region’s major cities.The home base for RoadTrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips by Rick Quinn is found here. Each month expert road trippers will share their tips, suggestion and advice for traveling along America’s scenic side trips.

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SCENIC SIDE TRIPS BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATIONS!

April 3, 2018 — An enthusiastic crowd attended the launch of Rick Quinn‘s ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO: 25 SCENIC SIDE TRIPS at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona. It’s the first of a planned 10-book series of RoadTrip America Scenic Side Trips road guides. Click here for photos Free downloadable maps based on the 25 Scenic Side Trips can be found here.


Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Interactive Maps

The 25 free maps listed below are based on the 25 Interstate-alternative routes described in RoadTrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips by Rick Quinn published in April, 2018. Users can edit these free RTA Custom Maps and add whatever attractions they wish to save for their own personal maps by creating a free account on RoadTripAmerica.com. The main route described in the book for each scenic route is provided in these downloadable maps and 3-4 of the the attractions found along this route are shown on the maps, additional attractions described in the book can be added to the maps. Almost all of the scenic routes described in Rick’s book have alternative sections, information about those sections are found in the book only.

You may view, edit and save any of these routes here:
Scenic Alternatives to Interstate 10
SST #1: Van Horn, Texas to Las Cruces, New Mexico
SST #2: Las Cruces, New Mexico to Lordsburg, New Mexico
SST #3: Lordsburg, New Mexico to Willcox, Arizona
SST #4: Lordsburg, New Mexico to Phoenix, Arizona
SST #5: Willcox, Arizona to Benson, Arizona
SST #6: Benson, Arizona to Tucson, Arizona
SST #7: A scenic circuit of Tucson, Arizona
SST #8: Tucson, Arizona to Phoenix, Arizona

Scenic Alternative to Interstate 17
SST #9: Phoenix, Arizona to Flagstaff, Arizona (the west route)
SST #10: Phoenix, Arizona to Flagstaff, Arizona (the east route)
SST #11: Phoenix, Arizona to Holbrook, Arizona

Scenic Alternative to Interstate 40
SST #12: Kingman, Arizona to Flagstaff, Arizona
SST #13: St. George, Utah to Flagstaff, Arizona
SST #14: Flagstaff, Arizona and the Grand Canyon National Park loop
SST #15: Flagstaff, Arizona to Holbrook, Arizona
SST #16: Holbrook, Arizona to Gallup, New Mexico
SST #17: Gallup, New Mexico to Grants, New Mexico
SST #18: Gallup, New Mexico to Albuquerque, New Mexico
SST #19: Grants, New Mexico to Socorro, New Mexico

Scenic Alternative to Interstate 25
SST #20: Socorro, New Mexico to Albuquerque, New Mexico
SST #21: Albuquerque, New Mexico, a scenic loop trip
SST #22: Albuquerque, New Mexico to Santa Fe, New Mexico
SST #23: Santa Fe, New Mexico to Taos, New Mexico, Part A
SST #24: Santa Fe, New Mexico to Taos, New Mexico, Part B
SST #25: Santa Fe, New Mexico to Raton, New Mexico