Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck is frequently cited as one of the great American novelists. His works The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men are praised for creating realistic views of depression-era America. It is this travelogue, recounting a road trip taken with trusty poodle named Charley, however, that gives the greater insights into the real country. Steinbeck took the trip the book was based on after falling ill and a desire to see the country of his birth one last time took him onto the road. Suitable for first time visitors to the US or long-term residents In Search of America chronicles a 10,000mile expedition from Long Island, New York down to Texas via California and Maine before circling back across to New York.
Join the journey
Steinbeck started and completed his journey in New York and whatever the itinerary when touring America it is the logical place to explore from. The city’s iconic Ellis Island has been the starting point for millions of American journeys and few landmarks give a better indication of the “real America” Steinbeck sought. Just a few short minutes away from this historic location is The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park. The hotel has sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty, Smithsonian museums and the Hudson Bay. Guests looking to immerse themselves in Americana could not be better situated with other cultural treats such as a visit to Broadway within a short cab ride.