Magazine article Sunset

The Best Way to

Magazine article Sunset

The Best Way to

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THE HIGH-TECH ROAD TRIP

Lighten your load The iPad (shown) is the ultimate travel companion: You can download tens of thousands of titles from Apple's iBookstore and almost half a million from Amazon, plus fill it with music, movies, and games. Colors are vivid and sharp (see how well it gets along with Google Earth?), and there's enough processing oomph to leave the computer at home. From $499; apple.com

Get from point A to point B without a fight The portable, 4.3-inch Garmin nuvi 3790 is an ultrapowerful GPS that guides you through unfamiliar streets with 3-D rendering. Plus it learns traffic trends, steering you clear of snarls (and "Honey, I told you so" moments) better than any other app or device we've seen. $450; garmin.com

Send a smoke signal If something goes wrong in those big, empty, cellular-free spaces of the West, you'll be glad to have the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. No larger than a tin of Altoids, it can send out your GPS coordinates for roadside assistance, pinga (prewritten) text to friends, or holler for the cavalry via a global gn network. …

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