Neon Road Trip by John Barnes

I ran across a great coffee table book the other day and just knew I had to share it – “Neon Road Trip,” by John Barnes.  

Barnes, a Seattle-based photographer, traversed the US and Canada by RV over a two and a half year period in search of vintage neon signs. Covering 38 states and 5 Canadian provinces, Barnes took over 50,000 photos of vintage neon.

Barnes published “Neon Road Trip,” a collection of highlights from his trip, in March of 2020. The book is a look back at an earlier time in our history, and is a great repository of those vintage advertisements and signs that are slowing disappearing.  

We’ve included below a few of the amazing vintage neon signs that he documented along his journey, but if you are a lover of vintage neon signs, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of his book today!

Photo: John Barnes
Howard Johnson’s Cincinnati, OH
Photo: John Barnes
Elephant Carwash Seattle, WA
Photo: John Barnes
McDonald’s Cincinnati, OH
Photo: John Barnes
Tower Records Sacramento, CA
Photo: John Barnes
Doc’s Bar and Grill Austin, TX
Photo: John Barnes
Buckaroo Tavern Seattle, WA
Photo: John Barnes
Starlite Motel Mesa, AZ
Photo: John Barnes
Mint Bar Sheridan, WY