With sunglasses on and the wind in our hair, a fold out map covering the dashboard, a giant pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and a huge $1.99 cup of Dr Pepper filling the car for snacks , and the wide open road ahead of us. Our great American road trip was everything I had imagined it to be and more.
I love the freedom of a road trip – being able to go wherever we want, whenever we want (as long as it fits in with my planned out itinerary of course!). We hopped out of the car to see the stunning blue coastal views along the Big Sur; grabbed lunch at quirky Route 66 roadside diners; came across the most random attractions like Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo and added our own bubblegum to the wall (a gross kind of abstract art). We stumbled upon the coolest places to eat and drink; posed in front of wacky street art; hiked mountains and dipped our toes in the ocean. But most of all we did lots and lots (and lots) of singing.
No road trip is complete without an epic soundtrack along for the ride and our favourites were a mix between some old American classics as well as some more funky modern tunes. These are our pick of the best songs for an American road trip and they kept us thoroughly entertained on our adventures (although I think I’ll keep the video of us singing along to Rockstar to myself!).
1. Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root
2. California – Phantom Planet
3. Style – Taylor Swift (gotta have a bit of Swifty in there somewhere!)
4. Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
5. Home – Edward Sharpe
6. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
7. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
8. Dirty Paws – Of Monsters and Men
9. Ridin’ – Chamillionaire (picture Mr Ayla with the window rolled down, elbow leaning out and one hand on the steering wheel, trying (and failing) to be a gangster)
10. Surfin’ USA – The Beach Boys
11. Love Shack – B-52’s
12. Girls Fast Cars – The Wombats
13. Proud Mary – Tina Turner
14. Rockstar – Nickleback
15. Easy Love – Sigala
16. Have Love Will Travel – The Sonics
17. Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
18. Gambling Man – The Overtones (if you’re visiting Las Vegas)
19. Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
20. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
21. Ex’s and Oh’s – Elle King
22. Alright Now – Free
23. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
24. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
25. Hotel California – Eagles
For more of my road trip tips check out my post on 10 Essentials for an American road trip.
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