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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.

With my phone paired to Bluetooth, we opened the sunroof and let the music stream from my Pandora app. The ease of controlling my music from the steering wheel helped to keep my eyes on the road at all times. That was extremely beneficial during the drive through the curvy roads.

As we made our way into Big Sur we stopped so we could take in the ocean views. The scene was so unreal and beautiful. Erin couldn’t believe we could hear the ocean waves crashing from such a high elevation.

Back on the road we passed another adorable gas station. Still having more than a half tank of gas left we decided it wasn’t time for gas. However, we did stop at this gas station to take a quick photo of the Hyundai Elantra Coupe next to this really awesome boat. I wonder what people were thinking as they saw me taking a photo of a car next to a boat and not of Erin.

As we made our way more south, the curvy roads turned into straight roads and more flat land appeared. The road started to remind me of the boring drive down Interstate-5 until we saw something completely out of ordinary. Amongst a herd of cows we saw what appeared to be a zebra. A zebra in the middle of farmland in California? Erin and I quickly pulled the car over and ran towards the cows to make sure we weren’t seeing things as we had been driving for quite a while now. To our surprise we were definitely not seeing things. A zebra really was just roaming around farmland with cows. A sight we never expected to see.

As we said goodbye to our exotic friend we came to a scenic spot that seemed to be very popular. Not knowing what was ahead we decided to stop and see what all the excitement was about. We were greeted by very friendly squirrels who ran right up to us hoping to get food.

We continued down the walk way and could hear the strangest noises ahead. A sign on the path said “Elephant Seals today.” I had never seen elephant seals before and was quite amused by them. There were hundreds down there and we spent a bit of time observing them and laughing. It was a great pit stop during our drive down to San Diego.

After making multiple stops we decided we better try and get into San Diego before traffic started to build up. Unfortunately for us Southern California had a different idea in mind. The minute we hit Los Angeles we were in stop and go traffic for about 5 hours until we reached our hotel— Hyatt Regency La Jolla. Being stuck in traffic for that long may seem horrible but it really gave me the opportunity to explore the features of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe.

Here is a quick video of some of my favorite features:

Another completely amazing feature to the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe are the seats! The seats in this car are definitely brag-worthy. Both Erin and I not once had any back or neck pains from being in the car for 13 hours. The seats are environmentally friendly soy-based foam that makes the Elantra Coupe’s seats so comfortable. In fact, I have never been in a car with seats that comfortable before. I also love that Hyundai is committed to making vehicles in ways that have less impact on the planet. This innovative seat foam is made from renewable resources and lowers carbon emissions when compared with traditional seating materials.

Once we finally arrived to the Hyatt Regency La Jolla our eyes lit up! The long drive was worth it as we drove up to the gorgeous property! We checked our car in valet and headed inside where a friendly staff awaited us.


Our room was on a high level, private floor that could only be accessed by our room key. We felt like celebrities as we inserted our key into the elevator. Our room was nothing but superb and everything you would expect from a Hyatt Regency. The room was spacious, modern, and the perfect ambiance to really relax and catch up with my friend, Erin.


Not to mention, the view was incredible.

Hyatt La Jolla

After getting settled into the hotel we made our way back out into San Diego’s Gaslamp District— which was a short drive away— for Hyundai’s Walking Dead party. There we met the cast from The Walking Dead and watched an amazing performance by Weezer!

The next day was ComicCon where we were introduced to the newest star of The Walking Dead— The Veloster Zombie Survival Machine!

“The Hyundai Veloster Zombie Survival Machine is the ultimate car for The Walking Dead fans and anyone who wants to survive a zombie invasion,” said Steve Shannon, vice president, Marketing, Hyundai Motor America. I will have more details up of the new Zombie Survival Machine soon.

After this completely fun weekend it was time to head back home. I was so sad to part ways with the Hyundai Elantra Coupe. I have never experienced a more fun and comfortable drive before. The Elantra Coupe will hold memories for both Erin and I that will last a lifetime.

If you want to make your own memories in an Elantra Coupe, I am so happy to report that the 2013 model starts at only $17,595. They say you can’t put a price on happiness, but if you could, it would be this one. You can learn more about the Hyundai Elantra Coupe by visiting:

*Huge thank you to Hyundai for letting me review the 2013 Elantra Coupe. All opinions are my own.