06/25/2013 11:22 am ET Updated Aug 25, 2013

Must-Read Road Novels: 'On The Road,' 'Lolita' And More |


From Route 66 to the Pacific Coast Highway, roads are a quintessential American motif, bringing to mind our most cherished values as a nation: freedom, novelty and adventure. Roads and highways likewise run through some of America's great fiction, with heroes and villains hitting the pavement to flee their past, reunite with loved ones, enact revenge or simply stay alive. Just in time for the season of summer escapes, we're rounding up great fictional road trips that remind us of all the reasons to hightail it away.