Top 10 Must-Have Travel Books

Yes, I understand space is limited when you travel full-time in your RV. But there is just something about a few books you can make notes in, carry with you, stick in the door of your truck and grab when you want to. I wanted to share the books we find worth sharing with you. I’m still kind of an old fashion girl and love writing my notes and coordinates and information inside. Sometimes it’s some place we haven’t gone and I hear someone say something that I definitely want to remember. 

50 States, 5000 Ideas


This book is convenient and easy to read. Sectioned out very easy. Includes national parks, beaches, hotels, Civil War battlefields, dude ranches, out-of-the-way museums, and more.





The Most Scenic Drives in America

Most Scenic Drives

Drives are grouped in four pictured-packed sections-Western, Mountain, Central, and Eastern states and provinces-and are accompanied by detailed, easy-to-use maps. New drives featuring some of Canada’s most stunning destinations have been added. As a bonus, handy Trip Tip sidebars include:

  • Mileage
  • best season to travel
  • nearby attractions
  • special events
  • “learn more” contact information including website addresses


1000 Places To See Before You Die

100 Places

This book is great but it does have “outside the US” travel included. But still a wealth of information. I also like the USA and Canada version below. Includes places to stay, restaurants to visit, festivals to check out. The book is more budget-conscious, starred restaurants and historic hotels such as the Ritz, but also moderately priced gems that don’t compromise on atmosphere or charm.




1000 Places #21000 Places To See Before You Die (USA/Canada Edition)

If you are only going to buy one book, this is the one! This book is just full of great information. Resorts, vineyards, hot springs, classic ballparks, the Talladega Speedway, and more. Includes new attractions, like Miami’s Pérez Art Museum and Manhattan’s High Line, plus more than 150 places of special interest to families. 



Off The Beaten Path

Offbeaten pathHighlights over 1,000 of the United States’ most overlooked must- see destinations. In a state-by-state A-to-Z format, this budget-friendly vacation planner reveals the best-kept secret spots. This is a hardcover book.




Complete National Parks

Complete National ParkThis is a 544 page book! It is also a hardcover. National Geographic’s comprehensive travel guide to recreation areas, trails, historic sites, nature hikes, seashores, camping, and campgrounds is for everyone who loves outdoor recreation.




Guides to State Parks of the United States

state parkThere may be a newer edition to this book, but this is a great thorough book about the State Parks. Just beware there are contact phone numbers that might not be updated if you buy an older version. The guide features more than 200 gorgeous, color photographs that capture the spendor of the parks, insider tips from state parks staff that are invaluable planning tools, and 32 easy-to-use maps that highlight sites, trails and campgrounds, as well as information on recreational activities, camping, and lodging.



RV Camping in State Parks

RV Camping in State Parks includes:1RV Camping StatePark

  • State Maps
  • Directions
  • Contact Information
  • Total Number of RV Sites
  • Number of Sites with Hookups
  • Amenities and Facilities
  • Activities and Attractions
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • GPS Coordinates

Scenic Highways and Byways 

11ScenicEach drive features mile-by-mile directions, as well as all the practical info you’ll need to make your next road trip an experience to remember.







Full Time RV Finance

111RVFINANCEThis might not be a classic travel book, but it is so important not to go into debt while planning your travels. Not only do I know the author personally, and I consider her my friend, but it truly is a great book with so much great information! Whether you are new to the full-time RV life or looking to improve your financial stability, this book has tips for you! Regardless of your current situation, by utilizing the ideas in this book, you can learn how to achieve financial freedom and live the life of your dreams.


So there you have it. These are our top 10 picks. If you’re not like me where you write in your books, you can always drop your used books at the next campground or the next laundromat that has a book exchange. We’ve seen those in almost every place we’ve been. I’m sure there are many more amazing books out there to help you get the most of your travels. These are just our favorites. Pack it in, pack it out and ….  Live Simply   ~   Give More   ~   Expect Less







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