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Tips for the Perfect Roadtrip

IMG00091.jpgIt's Labor Day weekend and that means it's the last road trip of the season!!! But have no fear...if you haven't left home yet for your "Are We There Yet" adventure, the folks at Nissan have some tips to help you pass the hours sitting in traffic in style:

Here are some of the car company's fun stats and tips (and a few of my own) to make your trip safe and enjoyable:

Remember to load the car DVD player with some family friendly flicks. Some faves include "Finding Nemo", "Night at the Museum", and "Bee Movie."

My tip: Also make sure that you charge your kids' Nintendo DS's and their iPods. Nothing puts a downer on a trip when the low battery light goes on 15 minutes into your journey.

Still not sure where to go? There are tons of scenic drives to choose from, including California's Pacific Coast Highway or the Blue Ridge Parkway, which connects the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

My tip: On the east coast, my favorite road trip destinations are Block Island, Mystic, Connecticut, Cape Cod, Bethanny Beach, Delaware, Vermont and of course, the Hamptons!

Look up more drives at www.byways.org or www.roadtripamerica.com.

For a last minute hotel, check out www.bookit.com, where you can get great deals on hotels and other travel needs for low prices.

My tip: My personal fave site is hotels.com - I've always managed to snag a good price on a last minute hotel booking.

Every good road trip needs some tunes. Try downloading fun soundtracks like "High School Musical" or Disney Broadway soundtracks like "Mary Poppins" or "Little Mermaid."

My tip: Purchase a subscription to Sirius/XM radio and subject your kids to several hours of 80's on 8. By the time the trip is over, your kids will know every long haired band from the 80's and may even be able to sing the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody.

Looking for ideas of things to do? GoCityKids.com is a great resource for finding family friendly places and events in almost any city in the country.

My tip: Whenever I'm looking for the 10 best places for families to visit in the U.S., I always check About.com first - they've got the 411 on all great vacation destinations.

And last but not least, the most important part of any family trip is safety. Make sure you have a car that is reliable, and comfortable for the family. The Nissan Rogue received a Top Safety Pick Award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and was named one of the Best Family Cars by Parents.com for its roomy interior, storage spaces and its advanced transmission for a quiet ride. To learn more, visit http://www.nissanusa.com/rogue/

While I didn't get a chance to test drive the Rogue, I did check out the Nissan Murano thanks to Traveling Mom and I do have to say, I did feel totally safe, plus I totally loved the electric trunk.

Anyhoo - have yourself a wonderful Labor Day Weekend and here's hoping your kids are entertained and well-rested as you get them ready for the first day of school!

Posted in: *Travel on 09/04/2009

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