In  a few weeks my family will be cramming our minivan trunk full, stocking a cooler with snacks and taking to the open road!   All five of us (hubs and I, plus the Tinys – ages 5, 3, and 2) will roll 0ver 700 miles westward to the California coast as part of the Country Inns and Suites “Hit The Road” campaign.  Today I sat down to do the first and, in my mind, most imperative preparation for a successful RoadTrip:  The Playlist.

Because no matter what happens while you travel – whether it’s a flat tire, the stomach flu, or just getting hopelessly lost – it all seems a little less dreary with the right soundtrack.  Music can keep you gro0vin’ during late-night driving, soothe children to sleep, enhance the beauty of the scenery, and always sets the right mood for adventure!  I’ll be making several playlists over the next few weeks for our Cali roadtrip with different themes, but my first is entitled –

“The Great American RoadTrip” Playlist










Omaha / Counting Crows

California Dreamin’ / The Mamas and The Papas

Leaving Las Vegas / Cheryl Crow

I guess the Lord Must Be In New York City / Harry Nilsson

Walking In Memphis / Mark Cohn

America / Simon and Garfunkel

Carolina In My Mind / James Taylor

Callin’ Baton Rouge / Garth Brooks

Woodstock / Crosby, Stills and Nash

Sweet Home Alabama / Lynard Skynard

Montana Skies / John Denver


What are your favorite RoadTrip songs?  What else should be on my “Great American RoadTrip” Playlist?