Make like Kerouac with Thomas Cook's On the Road series (Passport Books, $15.95 each). The subjects are popular destinations in the United States and Europe, and every volume offers at least 30 itineraries. Information on sightseeing, restaurants, and accommodations is interspersed with detailed maps and sidebars on cultural and historical curiosities: you'll find out what pétanque means to Provence and how the term skid row evolved. The newest titles cover the Pacific Northwest, the Washington, D.C., area, and the south of France.
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