Reminiscing about the 1950s conjures the taste of strawberry milkshakes, the shape of poodle skirts, and the sound of Elvis. But perhaps one of the strongest memories of the 1950s is the whizzing by of the American landscape. According to travel blogger Nomadic Matt, the advent of the highway system in the 1950s led to the rise in the phenomenon known as the great American road trip. From there, the mobile home was popularized.
While road trips are still essential to the American experience, the right vehicle makes all the difference. And neither minivans nor Mini Coopers offer an authentic experience.