Rand McNally Publishes a New Retrospective on the ‘Great American Road Trip’

Limited edition boxed gift set celebrates the legends, lore, songs, and stories that have shaped the American open road, in store for Father’s Day

/ PRNewswire / — With Memorial Day – the traditional kick-off to summer – in the rear view mirror, millions of families will soon be packing up the station wagon, SUV and car for this summer’s memory-making road trips. For generations, Rand McNally has been along for the ride as the go-to guide, helping families navigate the highways and byways of America.
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Just in time for Father’s Day and the 2014 summer travel season, Rand McNally has released the perfect gift for dads and others who love their road trips: A limited edition boxed gift set called The Open Road: Rand McNally and the Story of the Great American Road Trip.

The Open Road is a nostalgic journey through transportation milestones, auto innovations, and roadside iconography – with some modern-day tools to help plan and memorialize the family road trip. The set contains a 32-page book, The Open Road, giving an overview of motorists, road-side Americana, and the birth of the road trip; an up-to-date mid-size Road Atlas; an attractive, ready-to-frame 26 ¾” x 39” wall map poster with the U.S. road network; and a gift box to hold all the items.

Peruse The Open Road book, which is part of the set, to discover the origin of the U.S. highway numbering system, the development of services (“filling” stations, drive-in diners, roadside inns and more) to support the growing number of road-trippers, and the development of the Recreational Vehicle (RV) lifestyle. From the first cross-country trips of the 1900s to the Mid-Century “Golden Age” through to the high-tech road-culture of the 21st-century, this book takes the reader on a journey that spans generations of road trips.

Among other tidbits, the book explores:

  • How the drive between New York and San Francisco was reduced from 63 days to less than 7;
  • How the family car evolved from the Model T to the SUV;
  • When the so-called Tin Can Tourists become intrepid RVers;
  • Why a depot hack would be on the lookout for a Sterling Streamliner;
  • What makes U.S. Patent 1909537 so entertaining;
  • And, who was the Uniroyal Lady?

The set is available at select Walmart and Books-A-Million locations as well as online at randmcnally.com and on Amazon for a suggested price of $14.99.


About Rand McNally – Rand McNally is the country’s most trusted source for maps, navigation, and travel content. Products and services include: America’s #1 Road Atlas; IntelliRoute® truck routing software; TND truck GPS; HD 100 E-Log devices; TPC 7600 and TND 760 mobile fleet management solutions; RVND GPS for RVers; and leading geography-based educational resources for the classroom. Learn more at randmcnally.com

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