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Take your next family adventure to the open road. Our Media & Tech Lab pros traveled across the country to test out the latest cars — driving them along the coast, in the city, and through the mountains so you can ride easy. Check out their top picks along with their must-visit spots.
Comfortably pile your whole crew into the — it's a minivan that's making minivans cool again. The ultimate family ride, it seats eight, has a built-in vacuum, stellar safety specs, and innovative tech features like a built-in overhead camera to check on the backseat and PA system.
is host to eight to 11 of the world's climate zones. With everything from expansive lava fields to a large rain forest and white sand beaches, there's never a shortage of things to see and do.
The whole family will go crazy for tropical oasis. Head to Hapuna Beach for a calm afternoon by the Pacific and keep your eyes peeled for a giant sea turtle spotting! Once you're ready to get out of the sun, grab lunch at .
Whether you're hauling a large load of people or things, the can handle it all with its workhorse power packed into a sleek design. Take it from the city to the county — it rides like a pickup truck but comes packed with top-notch safety features, 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi, up to seven USB ports, and more.
New York state's farmland and artisanal makers' mecca, is the perfect calming getaway. Small towns and gentle rolling hills dot the riverbanks along the Hudson River, a 315-river that starts in the Adirondack Mountains and runs through New York state to lower Manhattan.
Head to for next-level fried oysters or try their new brunch options. For dessert, grab coffee and old-fashioned sweets at — co-owned by actors and Hudson Valley residents Jeffery Dean Morgan and Paul Rudd. After you've had your fill, take a leisurely stroll along the scenic Hudson River for out-of-this-world views.
Lighter and smaller than previous models, the new is packed with handy features. Some of our favorites are rear-seat alert (so no one gets left behind) and teen driver monitoring (to keep tabs if the kids take the car). We also liked the advanced driver assistance that offers support like lane-departure warnings and blind-spot monitoring.
The mecca of country music, has become a must-visit cultural hub for great food and art. Outside of downtown Music City, Tennessee's rolling hills and lush greenery make for a seriously calm and easy ride.
Stay at the , a chic boutique hotel with Marshall Stockwell speakers (a GH Media & Tech Lab favorite) in every room. Then, head to the or snag tickets the annual in downtown Nashville for four days of the best of country music. Last year's highlights included Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, and Florida Georgia Line.
As soon as we got inside this luxury car, we knew it was going to be an energetic drive. The car itself is smooth and quiet, nimble around turns, and ultra-powerful. The seats up to five, so if you want something bigger, consider the Q7 (another of our engineers' favorites) — you'll get the same sporty ride plus a third row.
Whether your crew is into skiing, snowboarding, or just lounging by the fire with hot chocolate, head to this winter for a thrilling getaway.
Step back in time at the , a picture-perfect Victorian bed and breakfast that looks like it's out of a postcard. Want to plan a getaway in warmer weather? Burlington is on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, the perfect spot for fishing, sailing, and more.
The is a sleek sedan that doesn't feel cramped even if you're used to driving larger rides. It boasts a stellar speaker system, and has an intuitive layout and dash. Plus, the new model is four and a half inches longer than it used to be — meaning your backseat crew will ride comfy with extra legroom.
The best parts of the city and country come together in the . You can take the scenic route through picturesque mountains or head downtown for a bustling cultural scene.
If you want a secluded getaway, is the place to be. Stay in one of the cozy, rustic cabins, then order their signature homemade rhubarb crumble — just don't plan on sharing!
A do-it-all crossover, the is a perfect blend of practicality and fun. It's exciting to drive, handles easily around turns and boasts some top autonomous driving features like Smart City Brake Support, which can detect when a car is in front of you and automatically hit the brakes if it senses a possible collision.
Cruise along San Diego's 70 miles of coastal terrain full of flat roads, hills, and valleys and take advantage of the always-warm climate. Along the way, stop for breathtaking views of the Pacific on the miles of beaches or grab your next Instagram at Sunset Cliffs national park.
, a new boutique hotel in the bustling Historic Gaslamp Quarter with a calming spa and a rooftop pool. San Diego is packed with great restaurants, but after a long day of driving, if you just want to lay low, the chic Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine restaurant in the hotel doesn't disappoint.