Spring Break Road Trip Destinations in Your Chevy

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You don’t have to buy expensive plane tickets to a tropical destination to enjoy a warm and unforgettable spring break this year. These three Texas spring break destinations offer all of the warmth, relaxation, and fun of those pricey destinations right here in the Lone Star State.

New Braunfels

If you’re seeking warm weather, but don’t necessarily want to visit the beach, New Braunfels could be your ideal spring break destination. This picturesque Texas town in the heart of the Hill Country was founded in 1845. New Braunfels wows its visitors with its  historic districts, adventurous rivers, impressive golf courses, live music, shopping, family-friendly attractions, award-winning restaurants, and so much more.

South Padre Island

South Padre Island offers all of the makings of an exciting spring break. The island used to bring in massive crowds of undesirable, rowdy spring breakers, but the crowds have lessened, and South Padre offers a warm getaway with gorgeous beaches, pristine water and plenty of excitement. College vacationers do tend to make the area busier in late February and March, so keep that in mind if you’re seeking a more low-key South Padre spring break.

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi offers picturesque gulf beaches, the Texas State Aquarium, the Padre Island National Seashore, seaside restaurants, marinas, the USS Lexington. and plenty of downtown fun to make this spring break the best one yet. It’s a good alternative if you want the beach setting with less crowds.

Stop and See Us at Classic Chevrolet

When you’re traveling throughout Texas this spring break, don’t forget to stop and see us at Classic Chevrolet. We’re your one-stop Texas auto dealership for sales, service, parts, and accessories.

Getting Your Chevy Ready For Spring Break

Spring wildflowers along Texas State Hwy 16 north of Fredricksburg

Road trips are fun and exciting and are largely popular during Spring Break. Students, teachers, and other persons who desire a break from the dull winter months head for sunny beaches and warmer climates. Before you head out this year to your favorite vacation hideaway, make sure your Chevy is just as ready to go as you are. There are several things to check before you hit the road.

Oil changes are usually pretty cheap and quick at most places. This is wonderful since it is a crucial, key component when readying your pride and joy for a Spring Break road trip. While you’re at Classic Chevrolet getting your oil changed, it’s a great idea to make sure to have your fluids checked and topped off as necessary. This includes the power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and brake fluid. You don’t want to get caught down the road with an overheated engine, so also check your coolant levels.

Tires are designed to wear out, so check to see that you have ample tread on your tires. If you aren’t sure, use the penny trick. Grab a penny and stick it into the grooves of the tread with Abe’s head down. If you can see his entire head clearly, it’s time for new tires. Also, be sure to keep an eye on the PSI in your tires. The proper inflation amount should be listed either in your owner’s manual or the inside sticker of the driver’s side door. Proper PSI will also give you better fuel economy on your trip.

Don’t overload your vehicle. Only take with you the things you really need. Take out those school books, gym bags, or other unneeded objects before you pack for your adventure. The lighter your car or truck, the better mileage you ultimately receive. Keep your speed in check, too. We all get excited to get to our destination, but easy does it. Remember that every 10 miles per hour you go over the limit is going to decrease your fuel efficiency.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet

Keep this simple checklist in mind before you head out for Spring Break. If you need assistance with any of these items, stop by Classic Chevy. Our friendly service department staff is more than willing to assist you.

The Best Chili Spots in Texas

Texas is the place to go for authentic chili and winter is the perfect time to eat some. Chili is the state dish of Texas, but Texas is also a big state so you know there’s going to be differences from one corner to the next. That said, you really can’t go wrong when you go hunting for a bowl of red in the Lone Star state. Hit the road in your Classic Chevrolet and try these amazing chili places across Texas.

Fred’s Texas Cafe – Fort Worth

With three locations in Fort Worth, Fred’s Texas Cafe has got you covered on good chili in the fall and winter. The chili is seasonal, so you know it’s being prepared with lots of love.

The recipe is made with high quality sirloin and the bowl is served with grilled onions, sliced jalapeno peppers, and shredded cheese. The bowl is the way to go, but you can also have them put it on your burger or fries.

Tolbert’s Restaurant and Chili Parlor – Grapevine

Founded by one of the co-founders of the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off, Tolbert’s serves up some certifiably authentic and delicious Texas chili. It’s got plenty of spice, too, so make sure your tastebuds are prepared.

You can order Tolbert’s chili by the bowl or on a hot dog or Frito pie.

Texas Chili Parlor – Austin

No list of Texas chili places would be complete without including the Texas Chili Parlor in Austin. Located within easy walking distance of the Texas State Capitol Building, Texas Chili Parlor is a place where both your average Joe and politicians bump elbows as they dig into a bowl of red.

Chili is all Texas Chili Parlor does. That isn’t to say that they don’t have other items on the menu, rather that pretty much everything on the menu involves their chili. Whether you get a spicy bowl served with cheese, onion, and jalapeno or you put it on a burger, hot dog, or Frito pie, you can’t go wrong at Texas Chili Parlor.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or checked. If you are planning on a new vehicle this winter, stop by to test drive your favorite model before you leave for the trip – you’ll be able to take a road trip in a new vehicle.

Top National Parks In Texas

This fall, you’ll want to spend a lot of time in the national parks in Texas and that means your vehicle should be in good working order especially if you are traveling a long distance and spending more than a day at a park. Call Classic Chevrolet to set up a service appointment to have your Chevy checked and serviced before you get on the road. Or, if you are planning on a new vehicle this year, stop by to test drive the vehicle you have in mind.

Big Bend

Big bend is located in the big bend of the Rio Grande in western Texas. When you visit this park, you’ll see tons of different bird species, ancient limestone, rivers, mountains and desert. And, you’ll also see many different types of cactus. Be sure to bring your camera as you’ll want to capture the magic you can find at Big Bend.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

If you want to hike and backpack, head over to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. In this pristine wilderness area, you’ll find tons of history, tons of birds and other wildlife, and lots of fun. The park is located 110 miles east of El Paso on U.S. Highway 62/180. It is also 56 miles southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

If you have never been to this park before, be sure you are prepared. Dell City is the closest town with gas, so be sure you fill up. It is also the last stop for food, ice and diesel. The park features campgrounds, but they are primitive. RVs will need their own power and holding tanks. Your cell phones may not work in the park as coverage is unreliable. And, the weather is unpredictable, so even in the summer, you should be prepared with cool weather clothing and extra clothing, especially if you are hiking.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Before you head out to these national parks, be sure to schedule a service appointment at Classic Chevy. Even if you just serviced your vehicle in the past couple months, it’s a good idea to bring it in to have everything checked.

Best Texas Beaches to Visit This Summer

There’s still a lot of summer left here in Texas: even if school’s back in, the heat isn’t letting up any time soon. If you’ve got an open weekend, jaunt down to the gulf or your nearest lake and hit up one of Texas’s best beaches for a day of fun, sun, and relaxation.

Galveston

Most Texans know that Galveston is a hot vacation destination. However, many don’t know that it’s one of Texas’ most historic cities. Travel just an hour south of Houston, and you can enjoy more than 32 miles of beach, stunning Victorian architecture, museums, and, of course, plenty of sun and sand. Galveston is the ideal getaway spot for travelers seeking uncrowded beaches that are located minutes from attractions, eateries, and more.

South Padre Island 

South Padre Island is on nearly every list of top Texas destinations. That’s because South Padre Island, located near the Mexico border, offers warm temperatures, towering palm trees, and stunning Gulf Coast beaches.

Spend your days on the sand, engage in a number of water-based activities (like surfing, paddleboarding or renting a wave runner), play a round of golf or venture to the action-packed Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. South Padre Island is overflowing with things to do for visitors of all ages.

Burger’s Lake

If you’re in the DFW area, like Classic Chevy, and don’t want to drive to the coast for a day at the beach, this is probably already one of your favorites spots to cool off. Burger’s Lake in Fort Worth offers family fun. The spring-fed pool offers sandy beaches, diving boards, water slides, and fountains. There are also concessions and picnic areas with plenty of shade from the abundant trees in the area.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy this summer to test drive a new or used Chevrolet and find one that’s perfect for both day-to-day life and road trips. If you’re not on the market for a new car, but are planning a road trip, stop by and see the service department at Classic Chevrolet to make sure that your vehicle is in good shape for travel.

 

How to Make the Best of the Rest of Your Summer

If you are looking for something to do for at least part of the rest of the summer, plan some weekend road trips. Pick a place you’ve never been before. Or, throw a huge family barbecue in your back yard or at your local park. Whatever you decide to do, be sure that your vehicle has been serviced at Classic Chevrolet recently.

No More Procrastination

One of the other things you can do is to stop procrastinating on buying that new vehicle. If you still haven’t made up your mind as to what brand you might like, stop by our showroom to test drive a truck, SUV, sedan or a sports car. Since we won’t pressure you into buying something you don’t want, you can feel comfortable coming by to test drive your favorite model.

Chevrolet models tend to give you many choices so choosing a trim level might seem overwhelming. We can make that easy for you. Just tell your salesperson what features you want and he or she will be able to point you to the right trim level. Be sure to ask about additional options – sometimes you may not want everything in a certain trim level but you just have to have that one feature. Sometimes you can order a lower trim level and add the feature you need to that model.

Road Tripping

Pick something that’s only a few hours out so that you have more time to spend at your destination. Even if you plan on staying the weekend, the sooner you get to your destination, the more fun you can have. Rent a cabin on a lake or a houseboat if you want to get some fishing in or if you just want to have fun on the water. If suntanning is what you want, drive to the beach for the weekend – or make it a long weekend by taking an extra vacation day. No matter what you decide to do, just have fun! Soon enough, it will be harder to get away due to school kids and weather.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to test drive your next new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment.

Theme Parks to Visit in Texas Before Summer is Over

With just a few weeks left of summer, you should make plans to visit at least one theme park in Texas. There are many to choose from including Six Flags and Sea World. For more fun, plan a weekend trip so you have two days at the park. Before you leave, be sure to have your vehicle serviced, or at least checked, at Classic Chevrolet.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Enjoy over 200 acres of fund in San Antonio. The park features eight roller coasters, nine water rides, live shows, food, beer and a water park. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is located at 17000 IH-10 West, San Antonio, Texas, 78257. For more information call (210) 697-5050.

Six Flags Over Texas

Take a trip to Six Flags Over Texas, 212 acres of fun in Arlington. This theme park is located at 2201 Rd to Six Flags E, Arlington, Texas, 76011. This version of Six Flags features over 50 rides including 12 roller coasters and five water rides. Additional features include live bands, family shows and more. For more information call (817) 640-8900.

SeaWorld San Antonio

Visit this 250-acre marine mammal park that includes an animal theme park and oceanarium. SeaWorld San Antonio is located at 10500 Sea World Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78251. The park features thrill rides, marine life shows, and the ability to get close up to penguins, dolphins and other animals. Rides include Journey to Atlantis, Grover’s Roundup, Steel Eel, Rio Loco and The Great White. For more information call (800) 700-7786.

Joyland Amusement Park

If you prefer a traditional amusement park, visit Joyland, a family-owned park located at 500 Canyon Lake Drive, Lubbock, Texas, 79401. This old-school park features water slides and rides for all ages and plenty of snack food. For more information call (806) 763-2719.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle if you are ready to trade in your old one or if you want a second or third vehicle; or call our service department to set up an appointment to have your vehicle checked or serviced.

Summer Road Trip Play List

If you are planning a road trip, that means getting packed up, making reservations, figuring out what games you’ll use to keep the kids entertained and making a play list. Of course, you can’t forget the most important part of preparation for your trip: getting your vehicle serviced or checked, or picking up a new Chevy. Be sure to stop by Classic Chevrolet for service, maintenance or just to have your vehicle checked before you head out on the road trip.

If you are a country fan, there are just some songs that are a must on a road trip play list. These include:

  • What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life, Ronnie Milsap
  • Linda on My Mind, Conway Twitty
  • Kaw-Liga, Hank Williams, Sr.
  • Behind Closed Doors, Charlie Rich
  • There’s No Gettin’ Over Me, Ronnie Milsap
  • Friends in Low Place, Garth Brooks,
  • Sleeping Single in a Double Bed, Barbara Mandrell
  • Harper Valley P.T.A., Jeannie C. Riley
  • Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings
  • You’ve Never Been This Far Before, Conway Twitty
  • Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn
  • Rocky Top, The Osborne Brothers,
  • Okie from Muskogee, Merle Haggard
  • Delta Dawn, Tanya Tucker
  • Tight Fittin Jeans, Conway Twitty
  • The Battle of New Orleans, Johnny Horton
  • Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash
  • Watermelon Wine, Tom T. Hall
  • I Walk the Line, Johnny Cash
  • He Stopped Loving Her Today, George Jones
  • Crazy, Patsy Cline
  • I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Hank Williams, Sr.

There are tons more great classics that you can add to your play list, but this is a good start.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or checked before you head out on your road trip. And, if you are in the market for a new vehicle sometime this summer, pick it up sooner rather than later so you can take it on your road trip.

The Best Swimming Holes in Texas

Summers in Texas are hot. If you’re looking for relief from the relentless Texas heat, hop in your Classic Chevrolet and hit the road for one of Texas’s best swimming holes for a day of fun and relaxation.

Hamilton Pool Preserve

This is probably one of the coolest looking cool spots in Texas. The preserve was formed when the limestone dome over an underground pool collapsed thousands of years ago. There’s a tumbling waterfall that cascades over the limestone cliff into the pool below and a cavernous shaded area formed by the remains of the limestone dome.

Burger’s Lake

If you’re in the DFW area, like Classic Chevy, this is probably already one of your favorites spots to cool off. Burger’s Lake in Fort Worth offers family fun. The spring-fed pool offers sandy beaches, diving boards, water slides, and fountains. There are also concessions and picnic areas with plenty of shade from the abundant trees in the area.

Jacob’s Well

While it’s not very large, Jacob’s Well is certainly unique. Jacob’s Well is a 200-foot deep well, which looks like a deep blue spot compared to the shallow waters surrounding it. It’s popular for diving for obvious reasons. Experienced divers can dive down into the well and explore its depths. There’s also a rocky overhang that you can dive off of, though it’s a bit risky. If you’re not interested in diving, it’s still a great place to wade and cool off.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy this summer to test drive a new or used Chevrolet and find one that’s perfect for both day-to-day life and road trips. If you’re not on the market for a new car, but are planning a road trip, stop by and see the service department at Classic Chevrolet to make sure that your vehicle is in good shape for travel.

Unusual Places to Visit in Texas this Summer

Texas is a more varied state than is usually credited. If you’re looking for some truly unusual and surreal places to visit within Texas this summer in your Classic Chevy, try visiting one of these unique spots on your road trip.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Known as the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” Palo Duro Canyon, located near Amarillo, is a sight to behold. While everything in Texas is usually bigger, this is one case that proves that wrong. It’s actually the second largest canyon in the United States behind, unsurprisingly, Arizona’s Grand Canyon. At “only” 120 miles long and 20 miles wide, it’s nowhere close to the Grand Canyon’s 277 miles length and 18 miles width. Don’t let that discourage you from a visit, however. Palo Duro Canyon is one of Texas’s (and the country’s) most beautiful landscapes.

Hamilton Pool Reserve

A remarkable natural pool about 23 miles west of Austin, it was formed thousands of years ago when the dome of an underground river collapsed. There’s no sight quite like it: there’s an overhanging crescent of rock that provides natural shade to the pool as a waterfall cascades into the pool. The rock formation creates a natural acoustic chamber, which amplifies the roar of the falls and drives out other sounds. The result is a shaded, cool area to sit and relax.

Caverns of Sonora

Millions of years ago, perhaps as long ago as five million, the stunning natural calcite crystal formations of the Caverns of Sonora began to form 155 feet below the surface of Texas. The caverns glow a pearlescent white under the glow of lights, transforming the caverns into one of the planet’s most indescribably beautiful caves.

Enchanted Rock

Near Fredericksburg (which is worth a visit on its own merits), Enchanted Rock is a monolithic pink granite rock that covers 640-acres of land and rises 1,825 feet above sea level. You can actually hike to the top for an unparalleled view of the surrounding countryside.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevrolet this summer before you hit the road to any destination, however unusual. We’ll make sure that your car or truck is in good traveling state or help you pick out a new or used vehicle if it’s time to update your ride.