Weekends & Vacations – Feature Article

I n the 1950s and 1960s, expansions in the American interstate highway system provided a newfound freedom to take vacations to neighboring states and even national destinations.  The Grand Canyon, Palm Springs, and Las Vegas were now achievable in less than a week by car.  Simultaneously, more neighboring state destinations could now be called, “day trips”.   Another reason to hit the road, of course, was the modification of the American car and their related ad campaigns.  “See the U.S.A. in a Chevrolet” became the mantra of millions of American middle class families who were given even greater access to ‘station wagons’, the consummate American vacation vehicle.