Road trips are at the heart of American culture. Every summer thousands of people disconnect from their daily routines to set off on cross-country travels, visit national monuments, new cities and try their hand at the open road. But this isn't a new thing, Americans have been obsessed with discovery since the pioneers who paved routes out west to chase the gold rush.
Adventure by car is a different kind of travel. It gives us a freeing feeling that you can't get from anything else. That's why literary legends like Tom Wolfe and Jack Kerouac wrote classic novels in American literature that documented their adventures along the way. Inspired by their work, CarRentals put together this guide of literary road trips that follow the narrative arc of these well-known books.