Top 5 – Road Tripping in the USA

The much anticipated film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s cult novel, On the Road, starring Kirsten Stewart is out in cinemas. To celebrate the film’s release, here’s our pick of the trips, with our top destinations from the book and film.

San Francisco

On The Road starts with Sal, who is disheartened after his divorce and heads off to San Francisco. Here he meets Dean Moriarty, a free spirited maverick who is seeking adventure. Get a taste of Sal and Dean’s mischief with your own escape to San Francisco. Stay in Hotel Whitcomb, located in the heart of the theatre and art district and a stone’s throw away from other famous tourist attractions.

New York

It's December 1948, Sal is celebrating Christmas with relatives in Virginia when Dean leaves his second wife, Camille, in San Francisco and shows up with his new girlfriend Marylou (Kirsten Stewart). The threesome drive to New York, where they meet Carlo played by British actor Tom Sturridge. Party the night away in New York and stay at the four star Dream Downtown, situated in the midst of buzzing Manhattan and walking distance from Central Park, Madison Avenue and Rockefeller Centre. Prices start from £879: for a four night stay, including flights from London departing on 4th December 2012: Book Dream Downtown, New York, on And while you’re in the Big Apple, how about a trip to a Broadway theatre show?


In early 1949, Sal is depressed and feeling lonely as none of his friends are around. After receiving some money, he meets up with Dean and the two hire the classic American car, a Cadillac and drive to Chicago. Take a trip to Chicago and stay at the four star JW Marriott Chicago, from £132:


In the spring of 1950, Sal gets the itch to travel again and takes the bus through Washington, Ashland, Cincinnati, and St Louis to get to Denver. Personalise your own road trip route to Denver and stay at the four star Hyatt Regency. Located in downtown Denver, local attractions include Elitch Garden Amusement Park. Prices start from £71: 

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