Posts Tagged ‘road trips’
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.
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:
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.
Hope you enjoyed!
To see more of Nevada’s National Parks, visit the NPS website.
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!
For a full list of National Parks located in Washington, click here.
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.
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…
Hope you enjoyed this tiny look into Oregon’s beautiful parks and beaches!
For more information, visit the website for Oregon National Parks.
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 National Park, by K. Moore, via Flickr
Joshua Tree National Park, by Xavier de Jaureguiberry, via Flickr
Redwood National Park, by MizzD, via Flickr
Sequoia National Park, by James W Berk, via Flickr
Muir Woods National Park, by Wright Reading, via Flickr
Kings Canyon, by Satosphere, via Flickr
Hope you enjoyed!
For a full list of California national parks, visit the National Park Service website.
The upside to families visiting that favorite vacation spot, be it Grandma and Grandpaâ€™s house or a to-die-for cabana on the Pacific near Mazatlan, is that gas prices remain well below 2008â€™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 Roadtripsforfamilies.com), average $2.72, offering hope that the family road trip is not a thing of the past (we werenâ€™t all that fond of staycations anyway, were we?). Read more
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 youâ€™re taking a long drive, keeping young kids entertained for hours is no easy task.Â If you have your car equipped with a great DVD system, youâ€™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.Â 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
CarHelp.com 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 RoadTripsforFamilies.com