When the temperatures start to drop, there’s no better place to escape than the Gulf Coast. The pristine white sand, emerald-colored waters and postcard-worthy scenery somehow sweep the fall and winter blues away.
Next time you’re looking to get away from the often overwhelming season of fall, escape to one of these top five gulf coast road trip destinations.
Orange Beach, Alabama
Orange Beach is a little more off the beaten path than most Gulf Coast destinations, especially in fall. Cooler temperatures and mild fall crowds make it the ideal destination for families seeking a little more beach time after the summer months have passed. Uncrowded beaches, sailing charters, fishing charters, family-friendly restaurants, Sharky’s Family Adventure Park and a long list of other activities await those who visit.
Perdido Key, Florida
Florida’s Gulf Coast keys aren’t as popular as its southerly ones, and that’s what makes them so special. Perdido Key is a secluded beach destination waiting for travelers seeking a peaceful and scenic getaway from the usual stresses of life. Golfers will also fall in love with the esteemed Perdido Bay Golf Club and Lost Key Golf Club courses.
Galveston Island State park, Texas
Galveston Island State Park feels thousands of miles away from it all, yet it’s only a short drive from the exciting day and nightlife of Galveston. The 2,000-acre park offers undeveloped beaches that are ideal for fishing, picnicking, birdwatching, swimming, camping and just about every beach-related outdoor activity you can imagine.
Pensacola Beach, Florida
When you’re looking for calm, turquoise waters and beaches that look like they popped out of a magazine, there’s no better escape than Pensacola Beach. Step away from the sand, and you’ll find the Portofino Boardwalk, which is loaded with fun shops and restaurants. Other Pensacola activities include taking paddle boarding lessons, exploring nearby Casino Beach, attending the National Museum of Naval Aviation and snapping photos from the famous Pensacola Pier.
Port Aransas, Texas
Port Aransas, a small town on Mustang Island, is one of the Texas coast’s longest barrier islands. The area is known for it’s endless opportunities to enjoy water sports, including fishing, paddle boarding, surfing and more. However, Port Aransas offers plenty to do when you’re not on the sand too. It’s known for a number of endangered birds that winter at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, and nearby hiking and biking trails that let you experience the island from a different viewpoint.
Port Aransas is a place to uncover your adventurous and more natural side by getting out and exploring the Gulf Coast environment in a more hands-on way.
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All of these awesome Gulf Coast destinations are just waiting for you to take a road trip. Find your dream road trip vehicle right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas. Our location nestled just north of the Dallas/Fort Worth area means you can get unbeatable deals on brand-new Chevrolets by shopping just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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If you’re looking for a great place to take a road trip in Texas pick something that you haven’t done before. Look at the Mystery Lights, find some dinosaur bones, find some gems and more. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle checked or serviced at Classic Chevrolet.
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Head over to Glen Rose to visit Dinosaur Valley State Park. The park is located on the Paluxy River and features dinosaur prints and tons of dinosaur-themed things. The sandstone, limestone and mudstone that were deposited in the area about 113 million years ago are part of the shoreline of what was an ancient sea. Learn more about dinosaurs while you have a relaxing trip to the area.
Marfa’s Mystery Lights
Drive to Marfa to see the mystery lights. They usually appear in the clear night sky between Marfa and Paisano Pass. The lights show up in the southwest as you’re facing the Chinanti Mountains. The first time these lights were spotted was circa 1883 – and people still have not figured out what causes the lights.
Hunt for Natural Topaz
Go over to Mason County to hunt for natural topaz – the state gem of Texas. You’ll find the gem in ravines and streambeds in Mason County. Many of the ranches in the area will allow you to find gems – and will even set you up with all of the equipment you need to hunt for Topaz, though most are closed for deer season.
Visit the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to see this huge pink granite dome that has its own legend. The Comanche, Tonkawa and Apache tribes all believe the area is magical. The rock creaks and groans at night. While scientists say its from the rock cooling down at night from the heat of the sun, the native tribes believe the noises were from ghost fires.
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Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or to test drive a new vehicle before you head out on the road trip of your choice.
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 pre-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.
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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.
If you are looking for something different to do this summer, plan a road trip to visit old-timey soda fountains in different areas of the state. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle serviced at Classic Chevrolet – or pick up a new Chevy if you plan on getting a new vehicle this summer.
The Jefferson General Store
Visit this general store’s old-timey soda fountain to see one of the most authentic fountains in the state. The general store and soda fountain is housed in a building that was built in 1860. Plan to spend some time here so you can look at the memorabilia on the walls of the building. The building was built by Rudolph Ballauf and was the first hardware store in this river port town. The cast iron safe that was originally installed is still in use by the current owners. The general store and soda fountain is located at 113 E. Austin Street, Jefferson, Texas. The store’s phone number is (903) 665-8481.
Owl Drug Store and Soda Fountain
This old-timey soda fountain and the drug store has been serving people since 1923. The fountain features a grill where you can get breakfast or lunch just like in the 1950s. Miss Texas visits every year to leave an autographed picture, which is hung on the wall with her predecessors. Long-time customers who are leaving the area leave gifts which are displayed on a shelf in the store. Try the Owl Burger, a handmade shake or malt. The Owl Drug Store and Soda Fountain is located at 312 Commercial Avenue, Coleman, Texas. The store’s phone number is (325) 625-2178.
Dublin Bottling Works
You can’t visit soda fountains without visiting the birthplace of Dr. Pepper. The Dublin Bottling Works has been in business since 1891. You can take a tour of the plant, the museum and the new W.P. Kloster Museum Annex. Stop by Old Doc’s Soda Shop for your favorite flavors including Retro Grape, Cherry Limeade and Vanilla Cream. Stop by at lunch for a custom sandwich at the antique soda fountain. Hours are Monday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The fountain is located at 105 E. Elm, Dublin, Texas. The phone number is (888) 398-1024.
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Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or to test drive a new Chevrolet for your road trip.
This summer, 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 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.
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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.
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If you want to fall in love with your Chevy again, stop by Classic Chevrolet to have it detailed inside and out, and then pack it up for a road trip. Pick from several one-tank trips so that you can make a day or a weekend of the trip.
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
Airplane lovers won’t be able to resist this trip. Visit the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison to see a collection of 58 restored plane from the early- to mid-1900s. While you’re there, take a ride on a World War II-era trainer. For more information including admission, call (972) 380-8800 or visit cavanaughflightmuseum.com.
North Texas Horse Country Tours
Visit Denton’s North Texas Horse Country Tours to take a four-hour guided tour of the breeding and training facilities in North Texas. The tour starts in Denton’s downtown square on the first Saturday of every month. For more information call (940) 382-7835 or visit discoverdenton.com.
Lake Tawakoni State Park
Head over to Wills Point to spend a day at Lake Tawakoni State Park. Enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, bird watching, camping and mountain biking on 376 acres. Call (903) 560-7123 or visit tpwd.state.tx.us for more information.
Collin Street Bakery
If you have a craving for some best cookies, cakes, pies and fresh lunches, drive your Chevy to Corsicana to visit the Collin Street Bakery. The new location is on I-45. For more information call (800) 504-1896 or visit collinstreet.com.
Outlets at Hillsboro
If you’re one of the people who like to get your Christmas shopping done early, then take a drive to Hillsboro to shop in over 35 discount stores at the Outlets at Hillsboro. For more information visit outletsathillsboro.com.
Lake Whitney State Park
Drive over to Whitney to visit Lake Whitney State Park. You’ll have almost 1,000 acres to explore, fish, swim, camp, boat, dive, bird and picnic on – and it even has an airstrip. For more information call (254) 694-3793 or visit tpwd.state.tx.us.
Southwest Dairy Museum and Education Center
Learn how to separate cream from milk and how to make cheese, butter, ice cream and whipped cream when you visit Sulphur Springs’ Southwest Dairy Museum and Education Center. For more information call (903)439-6455 or visit southwestdairyfarmers.com.
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Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle detailed, serviced or to test drive a new car, truck or SUV. Grab some of the available year-end specials while you can!
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If you just bought a new vehicle or had your current vehicle serviced at Classic Chevy, it’s time to take a road trip to Hill Country. With a new vehicle or just-serviced vehicle, you don’t have to worry about breaking down and you can take a trip in comfort. Head out this weekend to smell lavender, mine for topaz, take a hike or even just go for a drive.
Take time to smell the flowers. Regardless of the season, you can drive out to hill country and see fields of flowers. To find the most beautiful blooms of the season, stop by any small-town café and ask the locals – they will be able to tell you what is in season and where to find it. Lavender and bluebonnets start blooming in May. Also, the Texas Department of Transportation Wildflower Hotline can help you find blooms. Call the Texas Department of Transportation’s Wildflower Hotline at (800) 452-9292.
Dig for topaz in Mason County – that is the only place you’ll find this gem. Topaz is clear or blue-tinted and are usually close to the surface near granite outcroppings in ditches or creek beds. You can hunt for all the topaz you want at Lindsay Ranch. For more information, call the ranch at (325) 347-0475.
If flowers and digging for gems are not exciting enough, take a hike to Gorman Falls. It’s along a wildflower drive – State 16 through Llano and Ranch Road 501 to Colorado Bend State Park. The hike is a 1.5-mile trek through some rugged ranch country. Make sure you have the proper clothing and gear – the last 100 yards is a steep, rocky trail that leads down to the falls. Gorman Falls is made of about six cascades that fall from a 60-foot limestone cliff into a grotto surrounded by fern and moss.
If the physical trip isn’t your thing, drive Scenic Highway 16 for the 30 miles through Hill Country between Kerrville and Medina. You’ll see ancient live oaks, yucca plants, limestone outcrops and more. Be sure to have your camera ready – and bring your patience with you. Not that there’s much traffic, but other drivers may be taking in the scenery at a leisurely pace.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet before you head out to make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip – or if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, now is the time to buy or lease.
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If you’ve worked all summer you and have not taken a vacation yet, it’s time to take some “me” time. Jump in the new truck you just bought from Classic Chevy – or your newly serviced car – and head out to one or more of these great southern vacation spots.
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, located at 1700 NE 63rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73111, is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Adult admission is $12.50, seniors and students with a valid ID get in for $9.75, children aged 4 to 12 get in for $5.75 and children 3 years and younger are free. Current exhibits include Making Change and Cowboys of Influence. Fall exhibits will include Cowboy Artists of America 49th Annual Sale and Exhibition, Traditional Cowboy Arts Association 16th Annual Exhibition and Sale, Cowboy Crossings, and several other exhibitions and sales.
Frontier City is located at 11501 N I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73131 and is now open on the weekends. Events include the All-American Rejects Concert on August 23, 2014. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and Paperscissor starts performing at 7:00 p.m. All-American Rejects perform at 8:00 p.m. Other shows include The World of Magic in the Opera House at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., The Wild-West Gunfighter Stunt Show at Crack Axle Canyon at 1:00 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., and many more.
Visit the Alamo at 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205, to learn about the history of the Alamo and to remember those who died during the 1836 battle for Texas’s fight for freedom. Take any one of the tours and work on projects related to preserving the Alamo and its history. If you visit the right day, you just might see a well-known author set up for a book signing.
Take a trip to Louisiana to visit the French Quarter in New Orleans. Live the culture by eating in local restaurants – don’t pick one that has typical food you can get in a restaurant at home; visit America’s most haunted neighborhood; shop the local stores and enjoy a relaxing cultural vacation.
Be sure to bring your camera no matter where you go! Visit Classic Chevrolet when you get back to share pictures, get your vehicle serviced if you didn’t do it before you left, or even to buy that new vehicle you’ve been thinking of!