Books for Summer Roadtrips

Feel like a roadtripping across the U.S. this August? Visit these iconic spots–or just find a lawn chair in the sunshine and read about them!

1. Sheepscott Bay, Maine

Start your drive on the Kennebec River, and experience the coastal views that inspired Marsden Hartley, Gertrude Käsebier, and Paul Strand.

2. New York City

Spend a day at Coney Island, circa 1940, with gangs of happy teenagers in their fantastic vintage swimsuits.

3. St. Louis, MO

Drive across the Mississippi River and take a trip to the top of the St. Louis Arch.

4. Marfa, Texas

Make a pilgrimage to the Mecca of modern and contemporary art: the Chinati Foundation. Wander among the sculptures of Donald Judd and bask in Dan Flavin’s neon lights.

5. Canon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona

Visit the pueblo ruins and petroglyphs of this ancient place, as it looked to one of America’s earliest photographers in 1870.

6. Palm Springs, CA

Lounge poolside at Richard Neutra’s Kauffman Desert House and consider the architect’s impossibly elegant response to the landscape. This is also a wonderful place to spend more time reading. . . .

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