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As a kid, family road trips feel especially long and nauseating, but as an adult those same drives tend to become our favorite treks down memory lane. Except for those times when Dad really did pull that car over ...

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David Jarrett from central Colorado Springs works at a call center

Did your family go on many road trips when you were growing up? My family was middle-class, but we went on a vacation every year. Five to seven days — you could count on it like clockwork. Whether anyone was mad or not, it didn't matter — we were going on our vacation.

Older now, do you have any weekend destinations to recommend? Leave early on a Friday and spend a couple days down there on the Four Corners. You see everything from the Grand Canyon to the Painted Desert; Bryce Canyon; Lake Powell; Mesa Verde. It's a visual experience that is everything that the West is all about.

On a drive like that, are you in a hurry to get there, or do you take your time? I'm a take-my-time kind of guy. I'm 56, so I'm not in too big a hurry anymore. I want things to slow down, not speed up.

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Daun Brookbank from Black Forest works in retail

Are there any amenities today's kids have for road trips that make you jealous? They totally have it easy now. I'm not jealous — I think they miss a lot of what I was able to experience because they're too busy watching DVDs and playing video games.

Are there certain songs that are a must on your road trip playlist? Absolutely, there's a total road trip playlist. If I go with my mom, it's got to be Bob Dylan. If we go with my husband, he's an old-time rock 'n roll guy. Got to have tunes, got to have food and tunes.

What is it about music that makes it good for long drives? I just think that it helps create those memories that last forever. To this day if I hear a Train song — bam! — I'm thinking back to Tahoe, and I remember driving around the lake with the windows down.

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Lynnette Jordan from Los Angeles is a teacher

How did you stay entertained as a kid on a long family drive? There were eight of us kids so we always had each other, and we'd laugh and talk and fight and just do all the stuff that brothers and sisters would do to irritate our parents.

How do road trips compare for kids in your generation to today's? We didn't have electronic devices, so we were pointed out things. We were shown things: "Oh, look at this ... Oh, look at that." But if you have a TV in the car, your focus is on there, and not with what your surroundings are. So I think you miss out on a lot.


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