Take 4G LTE on the Road This Summer

Breathing new life into one of America's favorite traditions.

By Brian Malina on July 18, 2012

The cross-country road trip is a summertime tradition. With 4G LTE technology, the old-fashion adventure trip gets a 21st century makeover, with a powerful network that drives apps and features that point out destinations, share information, or help you find the best spot to eat.

An expansive 4G LTE network, such as Verizon which now covers 337 markets, lets you take 4G LTE coverage with you throughout the excursion. Come along for the ride: 

All cross-country trips begin by the beach. For this one, we’re starting at the famous Atlantic City, NJ boardwalk. After a few moments watching the waves, and a quick stop at the Steel Pier, it’s time to hit the highway.

We’re off to Washington D.C. to see the White House and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. This is a good time to pull out your smartphone and try Wikitude. Simply point your smartphone at a building or tourist spot to see fun facts, history and other information about that site.

Our nation’s capital also has lots of great places to eat, so a quick click on Yelp can help you find the perfect midday meal.

We’re heading west to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Lookout Mountain, home of Ruby Falls, the nation’s largest and deepest underground waterfall. Ruby Falls isn’t the only water attraction in the Scenic City; stop at the Tennessee Aquarium to see fish ranging from sharks to seahorses.

Every road trip will encounter a few traffic issues along the way. When traveling to a new town or state, a GPS-enabled app like VZ Navigator can be a tremendous help, alerting you to traffic conditions, local gas prices, and information on area events. And, no matter how much advance planning is done, it’s likely that your trip will get sidetracked. If you have to make a last minute hotel reservation, Priceline Hotel Negotiator can help you find a good deal quickly.

Next, we’re off to Tulsa, Oklahoma to see the Tulsa Air & Space Museum and Planetarium. With exhibits of historic aircraft and many hands-on flight simulators, there’s something for everyone. For sports fans, there’s the Tulsa Drillers, the AA baseball affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, where you can watch a few potential future major leaguers while enjoying some ballpark food.

The next stop is New Mexico to try a different type of transportation – balloon travel. With fantastic scenery, Albuquerque is known as the ballooning capital of the world, so this is great spot get a different view of the world.

Once back on the ground, it’s back on the road to head toward California and the last stop Zuma Beach. One of the largest beaches in Los Angeles County, Zuma Beach is known for its excellent surf, so this is great stop for the athletic to catch a wave or for the more reserved to sit back, relax on the beach and watch a fantastic sunset.

Either way, it’s a great place to wrap up a cross-country adventure.

Stop by @VZWnews on twitter and let us know where you’re heading this summer and what apps and accessories you are using to help update your summer road trip.