Road Trip! Traveling America in a Ford Explorer

By Ford Social Member

If summer is around the corner, it means it’s almost time to hit the road and explore the land. So, feel free to be slightly jealous (and inspired) by a summer-long trip that has already begun while the rest of us are still in vacation-dreamin’ mode.

All-things-travel blog Gadling and Visa have teamed up for the road trip to end all road trips, “Traveling the American Road.” Gadling blogger Paul Brady began his journey at the Chicago Assembly Plant, home of the Ford Explorer, to pay tribute to a company that made the American road trip possible more than 100 years ago.

Paul, a world-class traveler, is a veteran road-tripper and claims an interest in minor league baseball and sandwiches (we are totally with him on the sandwich front). His series will spotlight resurgent towns and cities across the country, with Paul going to the farthest corners of all 50 states to give you an insider’s look at the greatest American attractions, landscapes and people behind these tourism experiences.

“We look forward to sharing stories of American resilience, while also highlighting the country’s incredible diversity and sense of adventure. And we hope to inspire people to also hit the road,” Paul said at the Windy City launch. “While the country’s seen some challenging economic times, America is back.”

And what better way to explore America than in a 2011 Ford Explorer? As he travels across the country, Paul will use the features and technology in the Explorer, including MyFord Touch™, to help him find his destinations.

Other tools Paul will utilize will be the Visa Memory Mapper, which is available at , and allows users to upload photos and videos, input the locations in which each image originated, write captions and add music to create a virtual keepsake of adventures to share with family and friends via Facebook, e-mail and Twitter. To locate Paul’s next stop, followers can track itinerary illustrated by MapQuest Map Builder at .

After Chicago, Paul drives to Detroit to check out the Motor City, followed by visits to cities and states throughout the U.S, which are projected to include Austin, Nashville, New York, St. Louis and others. Come back to see if your city is up next and follow the series on Twitter with the hashtag #AmericanRoad.
Lee Junghyun 06/07/2011
Donna Gruber Mays 06/06/2011
I've driven Ford's all my life, sure be swell to get Ford to promote such a thing like a "Road Trip"!!!
Sean Taylor 06/06/2011
Umm, Chris, you will probably want to contact Ford directly. Maybe through their corporate website. They will actually be able to have proper contact with you and hopefully help you out. A link on their Facebook isn't the correct forum for them to deal with customer issues, and the rest of us here don't want to hear about it. I came here to read about a Ford Explorer adventure through 50 states, which I might add was a fun article to read.
Michele Miscio 06/06/2011
ok ok ok
Ham Sem 06/06/2011
Boring. Ford in singapore only hv very boring models. Not even a 2L focus is here.
Nils Holgerson 06/06/2011
and leasining a country music.yeeap!thats take with you the road of the states
Nils Holgerson 06/06/2011
thanks james!
Susie Fry 06/06/2011
You need to stop at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village and show the Carousel and Showboat and Model T and best of all the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile! You gotta show some history of the Rouge Complex and detail its purpose and that it helped to build submarines in the World War II - so much history to see and Henry Ford made alot of it and preserved alot of it! When you get to Nebraska, be sure to stop in Omaha at the President Gerald R. Ford Birthplace and Flower Garden!
Jon 06/06/2011
that ford explorer is a pretty sharp looking vehicle
Nils Holgerson 06/06/2011
thats its a adveture to explore the 50 states with a ford explorer
James Rees 06/06/2011
i love ford they rock and roll.