For more than a quarter century, Gary McKechnie has explored his homeland by bus, car, rail, and motorcycle in an attempt to unravel the mystery of the bold and unusual experiment known as the United States of America. Recently McKechnie completed a two-year tour of the country to create National Geographic’s USA 101, a cultural and historic look at 101 of the nation’s iconic events, festivals, and pastimes from the Academy Awards, Empire State Building, and Amish Country to its battlefields, gospel sings, national parks, and whimsical events such as Groundhog Day and the All-American Soap Box Derby.
McKechnie’s latest volume is the follow-up to his best-selling, award-winning book Great American Motorcycle Tours, for which he traveled more than 30,000 miles across the country to create 25 two-wheeled back road tours that highlight charming towns, historic sites, intriguing attractions, and wonderful restaurants. In addition to being one of the nation’s most well-traveled travel writers, he is also the official ‘Off the Beaten Path Insider’ for the state of Florida, writes about bed and breakfasts for the New York Times subsidiary About.com (he also owns and operates a B&B with his wife), and writes about American history and destinations for Fodor’s, Rand McNally, AOL, and Harley-Davidson.
A former stand-up comedian and improv actor, McKechnie’s easy humor and natural curiosity enhance intriguing and inspiring presentations that introduce guests to the nation’s cultural heritage and America’s unique citizenry: Americans.