Have you caught it yet? The summer travel bug? There's something undeniably wanderlust-inducing about these balmy nights, and we're all for heeding its call. That's why we practically lost it over this exhaustive mapping of the most iconic literary road trips, from Sal Paradise's sprawling, madcap journey in Jack Kerouac's On the Road to the transformative tale of a woman searching for her better self on the Pacific Crest Trail in Cheryl Strayed's Wild. So, if you want to honor our favorite adventure-seeking heroes and hit the road this summer, read on. Or at least dig into these inspiring itineraries and get to planning out your very own ultimate American road trip.
Which would you take? Tell us in the comments, then head to Atlas Obscura for the rest of the famous routes.
Opening Photo: Stefano Galuzzi