Songs we put on our mix-tapes.

57. The Blue Ridge Parkway, "America's Favorite Drive," stretches for 469 miles connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Shenandoah National Park.


58. For sheer nostalgia, remember the song and get some kicks. Follow Route 66, where it rolls across the open miles of Oklahoma for a scenic drive.

59. Take a tropical trek down U.S. 1 to Key West and see all the beautiful sites of Florida. You'll see the iconic St. Augustine Lighthouse, and can visit the Fort Matanzas National Monument for free.

60. The Cherohala Skyway winds up and over 5,400 foot mountains for 15 miles in North Carolina and descends another 21 miles into the deeply forested backcountry of Tennessee.

61. Texas' Highway 16 twists so much you have to slow down to a crawl in a few places, but this sidewinder of a highway that climbs through the Hill Country for 30 miles is one of the most scenic in Texas.

62. Virginia's Crooked Road Music Trail links together mountain communities, performance venues, and musicians in this remote southwest corner of the state where old-time music still flourishes.

63. Journey through a section of Missouri’s wine country and you’ll see why some people compare it to the Rhine River Valley―Southern style. This path follows two-lane U.S. 94 and crosses the Missouri River to U.S. 100.


Southern Living

Here’s a compilation of the songs that played on my Discman and through the radios of my friends’ Jeep Cherokees and Ford Explorers throughout the summers in the '90s. IPhones, Google maps, and Uber didn’t exist. Your whole night consisted of aimless caravans and making it home before curfew. Remember to call your mama, and be safe this summer.

"These are the Days" by 10,000 Maniacs

"Ironic" by Alanis Morrisette

"Are You That Somebody" by Alliyah

"Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward

"Love Shack" by B-52’s

"Brian Wilson" by Barenaked Ladies

"The Tide is High" by Blondie

"Summer of 69" by Bryan Adams

"Going Up the Country" by Canned Heat’s

"Ants Marching" by Dave Matthews Band

"Strawberry Wine" by Deanna Carter

"Groove is in the Heart" by Dee Lite

"I Touch Myself" by Divynls

"Wide Open Spaces" by Dixie Chicks

"Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up" by Eminem

"Second Hand News" by Fleetwood Mac

"Mexicali Blues" by Grateful Dead

"Bad Bad Leroy Brown" by Jim Croce

"John Deere Green" by Joe Diffie

"Steal My Sunshine" by Len

"Closer to Fine" by Indigo Girls

"Galileo" by Indigo Girls

"Summer in the City" by LFO

"Dixie Chicken" by Little Feat

"Summer in the City" by Lovin Spoonful

"Ms. Jackson" by OutKast

"You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon

"You Put the Lime in the Coconut" by Harry Nillson

"Return of the Mac" by Mark Morrison

"Crazy Game of Poker" by OAR

"Black Betty" by Ram Jam

"I’m too Sexy for My Shirt" by Right Said Fred

"Honky Tonk Woman" by Rolling Stones

"Two Bitches" by Spin Doctors

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"We Built This City" by Starship

"Hey Nineteen" by Steely Dan

"Boogie on Reggae Woman" by Stevie Wonder

"Wrong Way" by Sublime

"Take Me to the River" by Talking Heads

"American Girl" by Tom Petty

"Wildflowers" by Tom Petty

"Knock Three Times" by Tony Orlando

"Watermelon Crawl" by Tracey Byrd

"Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies

"Under the Boardwalk" by The Drifters

"Mr. Jones" by The Counting Crows

"Dreams" by The Cranberries

"Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations

"Red, Red Wine" by UB 40

"Hitchin’ a Ride" by Vanity Faire

"Graduation" by Vitamin C

"Island in the Sun" by Weezer

"I want to Dance with Somebody" by Whitney Houston