The Ultimate Road Trip: 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe

I have always dreamed about the perfect road trip. One where my best friend and I hit the open road, take in the gorgeous scene and laugh amongst ourselves. You know, something you would only see in a movie. Last weekend I was given the opportunity to live that dream out by Hyundai. Erin, my partner at Simply Real Moms and one of my best friends, flew all the way from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to San Francisco, California to embark on the road trip of our lives.

Hyundai was so generous and lent us their 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe for our road trip down to San Diego. The Elantra couldn’t have been a more perfect car to road trip in. Not only is this car sexy and sporty, but the gas mileage is incredibly impressive. The 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe gets 38 mpg highway.

Our final destination was San Diego, California. A typical drive down from San Francisco to San Diego can be around an 8 hour drive but seeing that Erin had never experienced California we decided to go the scenic route, which in our case took 13 hours. We started at the San Francisco Airport, piled our over-packed luggage into the roomy trunk and hit highway 101-South until we made our way down the coastal Highway 1.

In true road trip fashion we of course stopped at the most unique places we could for a perfect photo opp. This adorable gas station was right off the highway in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

The drive down Highway 1 is one of the longest and curviest roads which was the perfect time to test out the sport-tuned suspension and steering in the Elantra Coupe. Both Erin and I were completely impressed with the responsiveness and control as we made our way down the coast.

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2013 Warped Tour With Kia Motors #KiaWarped

It has been exactly 10 years since I last went to Warped Tour. For those of you who don’t know what Warped Tour is, it’s a touring music festival with the latest bands in Rock ‘N Roll, Hard Core, Punk Rock, and Metal. I was so excited when I was invited as a special guest of Kia to attend this years Warped Tour in San Francisco, CA.

The weekend started with the drop off of a 2014 Kia Forte. This couldn’t have been a more perfect car to drive up to San Francisco. With the sunroof open, windows down, I blasted some music to pump myself up for the weekend. I arrived at the W Hotel in the swanky Financial District of San Francisco and received an amazing gift bag full of Warped Tour swag..

That night we headed to an intimate dinner at Blue Stem Brasserie. We chose from a private menu that was selected just for us. Luckily I had two of my close blog friends next to me so we each ordered a different main course and dessert so we could sample everything they offered. The food was incredible and a wonderful way to kick-start the weekend.

On Saturday morning the Valet at the W Hotel lined up all the Kia’s in a row along their building. I am sure people were wondering why there were so many Kia’s at the W (definitely made for some great advertising)! We all hopped in our cars and off we went to the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. The Shoreline was packed with teens and adults all coming together to appreciate some great artists. I couldn’t believe there were so many bands I recognized from 10 years ago. Bands like: The Aquabats, Motion City Soundtrack, Goldfinger, The Early November, Blessthefall, Ace Enders, The Used, and several more. We slapped on some Press wristbands and made our way inside to the Kia tent to learn about the fun things they had in store.

Inside the Kia tent they had a scream booth, hair chalk, airbrush tattoo’s, and of course a Kia Booth wouldn’t be right without a Kia Soul and Forte parked right outside. While waiting for the official Kia Warped Tour representatives to get there, Bex from Bex Built a Family and I decided we just had to get some matching airbrush tattoos! [Read more…]