For the past two years, in the months of July and August, I have taken my youngest son - presently 11 years of age (and at times my 16 year old son) on three or four week excursions to Florida and other parts of the United States. Most of the time we flew to Florida by plane, rented a vehicle and drove around the entire state exploring hidden secret treasures and of course did the usual amusement parks in Orlando.
As we have attended most of Orlando, Florida's wonderful amusement parks on numerous occasions, I thought that it would be nice to drive from Canada to Florida during July and August 2012, and take in the many historic sites, restaurants, museums, landscapes etc. thus I went on-line and purchased a spiral book titled "Along Interstate 75" by Dave Hunter.
Upon receiving "Along Interstate 75" in time for Christmas, my wife wrapped the book and placed it under the Christmas Tree for my 11 year old son. Whilst he was busy with his new Ipad 2, I picked up the book and have not been able to put the book down and have read the contents from front to back twice! My 11 year old son has also read a fair chunk of the book and has even highlighted places which he would like to visit in the summer. We decided that we would drive approximately six days from Windsor, Ontario, Canada until we landed at our destination in Florida and thus we would be able to visit the many lovely sites listed in the book.
"Along Interstate 75" is an amazing book! Not only is it spiral bound which means that the book will lay flat and will not shut on itself, it is also filled with great stories, descriptions and knowledge about local sites, provides excellent travel and insider tips, identifies great restaurants and hotels, provides historic stories about the many locations as well as excellent maps which include radar speed traps and helpful road information. Each coloured map provides the reader with a 25 mile section from the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, right to Florida! Every 25 miles, all you have to do is quickly turn the page and you are back on track! Each exit on the map is clearly marked and also provides an alternate parallel route in the event of construction or collision on Interstate 75! The maps also include every lodging facility, gas station, rest stop, car wash, malls, antique malls, flea markets, factory outlets and restaurants!
The book also provides "off the beaten path" information which includes historic towns, parks, secret attractions, historic battlefields, hidden beauty locations, unique buildings and even radio stations to provide advance traffic news! This book is not just a map-book, but also contains mile by mile detailed write ups describing and providing the history or information about towns, hotels, restaurants, museums, historic sites, parks, military bases and hidden beauty! This book also provides contact telephone numbers for many hotels and restaurants including the names of the owners or operators! This is an awesome publication! Basically, Dave Hunter has done the forward reconnaissance footwork of most places on the Interstate 75 route and this will save us much time and money as all we have to do is select locations which interest us and just follow the 25 mile per page map! This is way better than the GPS unit that I usually depend on!
Since Christmas, we have been going over the entire book selecting sites, restaurants, hotels and attractions we would like to view and I can honestly say that we cannot wait to take our 2012 July and August road trip!
"Along Interstate 75" is a must purchase for anyone travelling down Highway 75. I will update this review after we complete our 2012 summer journey down Interstate 75!
As promised, I have finally made some time to update my review. Yes, this publication was a blessing! We had an excellent vacation and thanks to the book, we visited many interesting places and ate at excellent establishments. "Along Interstate 75" is user friendly and was very easy to follow. To my surprise, my 11 year old son was my navigator. My son would call out landmarks, select restaurants, gas/truck stops, hotels, radio stations, side roads/alternate routes, radar traps and attractions. It was as if he was an experienced tour guide telling me about the attractions before we arrived on location. We did use our GPS, but to be honest, we really relied on the book.
For Christmas 2012, I already purchased edition 17 and we have begun planning our next summer excursion for July and August 2013! By generally following the tips contained in the book, we did save money and had a wonderful vacation. If you plan on travelling on Interstate 75, then this book is for you!