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Five Reasons OnStar Will Make You Want to Take an Epic Summer Road Trip

This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and OnStar. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.

The summer road trip is an American institution. Traversing the map from north to south, east to west, and every which way is something of a rite of passage. Whether it's a cross country expedition or a short weekend getaway, piling into the car with a few friends has never been more beckoning thanks to the bounty of technologies we can take on the road.

But what about when those technologies fall short? When the boundaries of wireless coverage end, should your desire to explore stop with it? Short answer: No. OnStar with 4G LTE equipped vehicles can help take this summer's adventures further knowing you're connected thanks to a stronger signal via external antenna. This means you can share, stream, and enhance your trip no matter where you wander.


Explore the unknown, get lost, and seamlessly find your way home

Having a destination in mind when you hit the road is purely optional. Whether you're letting the wind take you where you want to go or beelining it to the nearest National Park, wandering off your route is part of the adventure. OnStar's Turn-by-Turn Navigation, makes exploring new roads convenient and easy. So escape the city and take the scenic route, even if you haven't decided where you're going yet.

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Boston is widely considered one of the hardest cities to navigate with its pre-car city planning replete with winding narrow streets and no shortage of dead ends. Pick up lobster rolls in the North End then use turn-by-turn navigation to make your way through downtown via OnStar into the lush seaside forests north of the city. Venture further north to central Maine where there's a bounty of lakes, low mountain ridges, and not a whole lot else. This countryside is some of the east coast's most pristine wilderness.


Never miss a Tweet, Instagram, or status update on the road

Keeping connected isn't just a luxury, it's a necessity. With the available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot you can keep connected no matter where the road takes you. When your turn behind the wheel is over, kickback and scroll through your feeds on any Wi-Fi ready device whether it's a tablet or a laptop as you cruise down the highway. Looking to get some road tripping in without burning vacation time? Work from the road as your companion takes the wheel. Browse the latest news, catch up on emails, and dial in a bit of research on the best burrito in the next town.

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Once dubbed "The loneliest road in America" the Nevada stretch of U.S. Route 50 lives up to its name. Initially a Pony Express route, the road passes a few sleepy one-stoplight towns and presents no shortage of epic Instagram moments. Post live from this hard-to-reach spot for extra street cred.


Go boldly into the unknown

Exploring a new place far from home comes with plenty of excitement. It can also be a bit stressful should something go wrong. With the push of the blue OnStar button, you are connected to a real person to help you out with whatever comes your way — whether it's a flat tire or wayward wildlife — on-demand live assistance makes getting help simple. Meanwhile, Advanced Diagnostics — available via the RemoteLink app — provides information on everything from battery level to oil life to keep your vehicle running in top form for the duration of your trip and beyond.

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Coastal Oregon gets plenty of shine for its lush forests and expansive beaches, but Central Oregon is home to breathtaking natural wonders for those willing to go the extra mile. Just a short drive from both Portland and Seattle, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in America and sits at a staggering 6,178 feet above sea level. Open basins, winding rivers and a wealth of solitude await those who make the trip.


Sharing every step of the journey

Forget sorting through photos after your trip or searching for service to post an epic Instagram. When you're equipped with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, you've got all the juice you need to show the world what you're up to. Hop on a live video chat in the shadow of a waterfall, update your status from the wilds of the mountains or simply make your friends at home jealous with a few snapshots of the open road.

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It's hard to fathom the size of Texas until you're staring into the open expanses of the western side of the state. The Lone Star State is larger than all of France with room left over for both London and NYC. Watch thunderstorms roll across the open country and spend hours on the highway without passing another soul.


Get More When you Explore

Dining at roadside truck stops is fun — on the first night of your trip. You'll want to explore the best of what each place has to offer; and as any seasoned traveller knows, the best food options aren't marked with a sign you can see from space. With your OnStar-equipped vehicle you'll be able to get intel from a real live human on each place you pass through with the push of a button. Need to find a laptop repair specialist in rural Montana? Looking for the world's largest ball of string? Push the iconic blue OnStar button to get the low-down. Your only limitation is your imagination.

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Mark Twain famously proclaimed that the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. Well, Mr. Twain may have been onto something about the weather, but he missed out on the invention of the burrito as we know it in the 1960s. The Mission district is home to not only some of the best burritos in the country, but the first. Navigate the city's winding streets to sample the city's finest burritos. When you've reached burrito nirvana, hop on the Golden Gate Bridge to find warmer temperatures in Napa Valley.

This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and OnStar. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.

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