Posts Tagged ‘road trips’

March 14, 2013 @ 8:24 am
posted by mego

Two of my favorite companies have come together in a new feature that has me seeing music notes. Volvo’s new Sensus Connected Touch is available in May of this year, and it now features Spotify, the music playlist behemoth,

“Volvo’s integration with Spotify is both voice-activated and touch enabled. The new system allows drivers to be able to stream music with a 3G/4G dongle or via the driver’s mobile phone connection through their dashboard. Drivers will be able to play any Spotify track they want just by just saying its name, allowing car owners the ability to remain connected when driving. Sensus Connected Touch turns the 7-inch display into a state-of-the-art infrared, beam-scanned touch screen you can use even when wearing gloves – a world first in cars.

The new technology responds to demand from drivers for consumption of music on the road, combined with Volvo’s core safety value. It is easier and safer to use whilst driving, as drivers can access and operate the music system via the steering wheel and centre stack controls, without taking their eyes off the road or their hands off the steering wheel. As well as Spotify, the technology also includes access to thousands of radio stations from all over the world.

The system is based on Android technology, which allows it to be regularly upgraded. Other apps accessible via Sensus Connected Touch include Google maps, TuneIn, iGO navigation and an app store for new functions and updates. Internet data can also be transferred via Wi-Fi between the mobile phone and Sensus Connected Touch and the Wi-Fi network can be shared with everyone in the car when using a dongle.” Volvo, 6 March 2013. 

In honor of that, we’re featuring “The Ultimate Road Trip Playlist” created by The Jetpacker.Com. Click here to see the remainder of the list.

50. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
49. Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones
48. California – Phantom Planet
47. Take It Easy – Eagles
46. Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson
45. Hotel California – Eagles
44. Around the World – Daft Punk
43. Running On Empty – Jackson Browne
42. The Waiting – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
41. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

For more hits, here’s a few playlists we found on Spotify:

Classic Road Trip Songs

Hipster International

90′s Playlist

Ultimate 80′s

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

May 12, 2011 @ 4:51 pm
posted by mego

Nevada feels like the moon to me. There you are, driving for hours through a hot, dusty desert before you get to the space city of Las Vegas. But there’s a lot to see outside of Vegas: lakes (man-made and naturally created), frontier trails, rock formations, caves, mountains, valleys and craters.

Lake Mead
Lake Mead, Nevada Tourism Media Relations via Flickr

Great Basin National Park
Great Basin National Park, Roger Lynn via Flickr

Wheeler Peak and Stella Lake, Great Basin National Park (IMG_9253a)
Great Basin National Park, Frank Kovalchek via Flickr

Otherworldly formations inside Lehman Caves, Great Basin National Park (IMG_9277a)
Great Basin National Park, Frank Kovalchek via Flickr

Bad Water at Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park, Pascal via Flickr

Dante's View, Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park, Rene Rivers via Flickr

Hope you enjoyed!

To see more of Nevada’s National Parks, visit the NPS website.

May 11, 2011 @ 3:56 pm
posted by Mego Rider

Pull out your fleece, grab your gourmet coffee and pack your car. Today we’re heading to Washington, home of Starbucks and the amazing Cascade Range. Washington National Parks are full of great hiking trails, lakes carved by glaciers and the greenest foliage you’ll see anywhere in the world. Enjoy!

Lake Chelan 1
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Richard Droker via Flickr

Lake Roosevelt, Washington State
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Kathleen Bennett via Flickr

Mount Rainier... again
Mount Rainier National Park, Michael Lehenbauer via Flickr

San Juan Island
Lighthouse on San Juan Island National Historic Park, Katie & Ian via Flickr

Ross Lake
Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Mitch via Flickr

Olympic National Park, Sol Duc Falls
Olympic National Park, Sol Duc Falls, Vicki Rogers via Flickr

For a full list of National Parks located in Washington, click here.

May 10, 2011 @ 3:50 pm
posted by Mego Rider

Today we move north to the beautiful state of Oregon! A sleepy little state, known mostly because of Portland, Oregon is an amazing place to explore nature.

Crater Lake, Oregon
Crater Lake National Park, Roger Meyer via Flickr

Oregon Caves
Oregon Caves, Lorax Vancouver via Flickr

Lewis and Clark National Park, Michael Cornelius via Flickr

Nez Perce National Historical Park
Nez Perce National Park, Stephen A. Wolfe via Flickr

Oregon is lite on National Parks, but has plenty of other beautiful places to enjoy nature. Here are a few images from the coast of Oregon…

oregon coast sunset
Oregon Sunset, Daniel Powell via Flickr

Oregon Coast, Brookings Oregon
Brookings Coast, Joseph Hunkins via Flickr

Oregon Coast P2120003
Oregon Coast, Dan Dzurisin via Flickr

Hope you enjoyed this tiny look into Oregon’s beautiful parks and beaches!

For more information, visit the website for Oregon National Parks.

May 9, 2011 @ 5:51 pm
posted by Mego Rider

An article on CNN linked to a gallery of images that had me itching to plan our next road trip. So I thought I would share a few images that I found online this week from a few famous national parks. So load up your car with a tent and cooler, and let’s get on the road!

First up, a few images from California National Parks. I have to admit, I’ve been to none of these, but they are on my bucket list.

Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, by K. Moore, via Flickr

Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Joshua Tree National Park, by Xavier de Jaureguiberry, via Flickr

Redwood Majesty

Redwood National Park, by MizzD, via Flickr

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park, by James W Berk, via Flickr


Muir Woods National Park, by Wright Reading, via Flickr

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon, by Satosphere, via Flickr

Hope you enjoyed!

For a full list of California national parks, visit the National Park Service website.

Summer is traditionally travel season, and the tradition remains strong even in these days of job losses, housing foreclosures and manufacturing downturns.

The upside to families visiting that favorite vacation spot, be it Grandma and Grandpa’s house or a to-die-for cabana on the Pacific near Mazatlan, is that gas prices remain well below 2008’s astronomical $4 a gallon or more.

These prices, which are also sparking a renewed interest in bigger vehicles (think crew-cab trucks and family-sized SUVs like the Ford Flex reviewed on, average $2.72, offering hope that the family road trip is not a thing of the past (we weren’t all that fond of staycations anyway, were we?). Read more

July 20, 2010 @ 7:19 am
posted by Mego Rider

Parents out there are likely counting down the days until the family vacation. As you prepare for your road trip, you might be worried about making the journey with small children. If you’re taking a long drive, keeping young kids entertained for hours is no easy task.  If you have your car equipped with a great DVD system, you’ve got built-in entertainment.

Pioneer is a great electronics company that has a few options available for car DVD systems on any budget. Families with small children often have two main concerns when making a major purchase: cost and kid-friendliness.  We picked a couple of Pioneer’s options that get great marks in those areas and the Pioneer folks were kind enough to send us a few details. Read more is sponsoring a 47-day road trip featuring the Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Pacific Northwest. Check out Sheri talking about her trip on Fox 13 in Seattle yesterday!

Want to find out more about the road trip? Visit