Texas comes to life each spring with fields full of wildflowers, though no wildflower is quite as beloved as the bluebonnet. For good reason too: not only is it Texas’s official state flower, but that deep blue color just can’t be beat. Though bluebonnet fields are inconsistently located year to year, there are certain areas and parks that you can rely upon to have the famous flowers.
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend is a great place to visit anyway if you want natural beauty, but the bluebonnets in spring add that extra incentive. The fields there aren’t quite as fulsome as they are in east and central Texas, but the park is worth the visit in any case.
Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area
The Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area is located just northwest of Austin along the Colorado River near Spicewood. It’s a great place for finding bluebonnets and has consistently crowded wildflower fields. Located very close by is another good bluebonnet site, Highway 281 outside of Marble Falls, which is just a bit further northwest than Muleshoe Bend.
Just south of Dallas, Ennis is one of the best bluebonnet growing areas in the state. The area is so consistent with bluebonnets that they even have permanent trails specially laid out for viewing bluebonnets. These trails are in their prime during April, so go check them out.
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If you want to take a quick spring break getaway in Texas this week, try one of these classic Texan destinations for some sun and fun in your Chevy.
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.
Not every spring break getaway has to involve sand and the sea. The bustling capital city of Texas offers live music nearly every night of the week, world-renowned eateries, an abundance of unique shops, and must-visit festivals at all times of year. Culture is something there’s no shortage of in Austin.
Corpus Christi offers picturesque gulf beaches, the Texas State Aquarium, the Padre Island National Seashore, seaside restaurants, marinas, the USS Lexington Museum, and plenty of downtown fun to make this spring break the best one yet.
Another no-beach option, New Braunfels could be your ideal spring break destination. This picturesque Texas town in the heart of the Hill Country is big on German-heritage. 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.
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Stop by Classic Chevrolet before you hit the road to any Spring Break destination. Whether you need to make sure your car is in good shape for a road trip by visiting our service department or you need an entirely new vehicle, Classic Chevy can help!
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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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.
If you’re looking for a great place to take a road trip in Texas in the new year, hit up these bucket list destinations and 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.
This trip takes just under 3 hours from Dallas and if you love outdoor activities, this is a great place. Pack the tent or make a reservation for a cabin and enjoy scuba diving, hiking and more. Be sure to bring your camera so you can get some great pictures of the wildlife.
Visit the home of “Crazy Water,” water from Mineral Wells. Supposedly, the water from this spring cured a woman of dementia in 1881. Be sure to visit the haunted hotel in the middle of The Baker. The hotel was built after the bottled water boom in the 1920s and was a place for rich people to go for a spa day. The property was abandoned in the 1950s and is haunted by ghosts from the past.
If you want some of the best German food, head over to Muenster. The town was founded in 1889 and the mostly German population still holds. Pick up traditional German sausage at Fischer’s Meat Market and visit the wineries just outside of town. You can also visit Bayer’s Kolonialwaren for donuts, kolaches, klobasnek, and strudel.
Visit Roma, the most historic city in Texas. Over 30 buildings were built before 1900 and are located in the Roma National Historic district. The town is located on the Rio Grande and you have easy access to Mexico. You’ll need a long weekend for this trip though, as it is just under eight hours from Dallas.
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’ve never explored the Texas Hill Country, do yourself a favor and check it out. With plenty of interesting places to go and fun activities to do, the Texas Hill Country is centrally located around the Austin area and is only a day trip away from DFW.
Just 45 minutes west of Austin, Marble Falls’ main attraction are its three lakes: LBJ, Buchanan, and the eponymous Marble Falls. For golf lovers, there’s also the popular Horseshoe Bay Resort.
Country music fans will recognize the name. Luckenbach has been referenced by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. It’s a tiny place with just a general store, post office, and some picnic tables, but if that and some live country music are enough for you, it’s a place to relax and recharge away from it all.
For those not versed in its history, the town was founded in the 1800s and was beneath notice until 1970 when an entrepreneur purchased the town (population of 3) and built a dance hall that started to draw regional attention.
Like most of the Texas Hill Country, there’s heavy German influence from the numerous German settlers that came to central Texas in the 1800s, but Fredericksburg holds on to more of that culture than most places.
When approaching the town, you won’t be welcomed… you’ll instead see a sign saying “Wilkommen.” The city square is called Marktplatz and there are numerous German-themed restaurants serving both German food and Texas fare.
Shoppers will enjoy the town’s main street, which is filled with boutiques and artisans.
If you’re more interested in activities as opposed to dining and shopping, New Braunfels is the place to go.
Another German settlement, New Braunfels today is popular for the Guadalupe River and the watersports you can enjoy there and for the water resort Schlitterbahn.
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Before hitting the road for any Texas Hill Country destinations (or anywhere else, for that matter), remember to stop by at Classic Chevrolet to get your vehicle serviced and make sure that you’re road trip ready. About time for a new vehicle? There’s nowhere better to shop than at Classic Chevy. Our huge inventory means that there’s sure to be a car, truck, or SUV that’s perfect for your needs and budget.
Looking for somewhere to head this fall in Texas, but you’re not sure what’s going on around the state? Try one of these festivals happening in the coming weeks.
Austin Celtic Festival – November 5 and 6
Whether you’re Celtic or not, all are welcome to celebrate the culture this November 5th and 6th in Austin. The festival will celebrate all things Celtic, like Celtic music from regional and international artists; Celtic dance, including Irish Step Dancing and Scottish Country Dancing; Highland Games (involves a lot of heavy lifting!); Celtic animals, including dog breeds, mini horses, and sheepdog herding; and Celtic history demonstrations, including Viking combat demos.
The festival will be held at the Fiesta Gardens in Austin, Texas.
GrillsGiving – November 19
Head to San Antonio for GrillsGiving, a BBQ and music festival. The BBQ and grilling contest means that you get to sample chicken, ribs, and brisket that are the result of fierce competition. Enjoy live music from local and regional artists and a number of fun activities for kids. All proceeds will benefit community programs.
Houston Tamale Festival – December 3
This all day celebration offers up great fun, music, and food. Tamales will be widely available, of course, but there will also be great Texas BBQ, assorted food trucks, fair ground fare, and much more. Visitors can also enjoy live music.
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Before hitting the road, stop by Classic Chevrolet to get your car or truck serviced and road trip ready. Need a new vehicle to get you where you want to go? Test drive a new or pre-owned vehicle at Classic Chevy today!
Looking for a great road trip destination this fall? Whether you’re more interested in enjoying the season or escaping it, there’s a destination waiting for you. Choose your path and hit the road in your Chevy this fall.
Fall Foliage Destinations
Old Forge, New York
Old Forge, a small town on New York State Route 28 at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains, is a charming haven for fall foliage lovers. Dine in cute cafes, canoe the rivers, hike the mountains or simply enjoy the scenic drives loaded with brightly-colored trees.
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Harpers Ferry is a charming West Virginia town that becomes surrounded by vibrant leaves in the fall months. Take in the fall colors while tubing along a river, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, biking, rafting or on an exhilarating canopy tour. The historic town serves as an ideal place to relax and enjoy an award-winning meal after a day of adventure and snapping photos.
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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.
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All of these 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.
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 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.
If you’re not ready to say goodbye to summer quite yet, but you don’t have a lot of time for a long trip, now’s the time for a day trip or a weekend away with your Classic Chevy and your family.
The Dallas/Ft. Worth area has many places to visit that are a short drive, yet far enough away from the city to make it feel like a mini vacation.
Plan to visit Athens if you like scenic rolling hills and valleys. Stop by the East Texas Arboretum or visit Athens Scuba Park to explore for underwater treasures. You can even take a tram tour at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center or watch a dive show. If you like wine, stop by a vineyard or winery to taste the different wines. And for those who are really adventurous, visit Texas ZipLine Adventures.
If the mountains make you happy, head over to Davis to visit the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma. Visit the natural pools under the 77-foot waterfall, located in Turner Falls Park. Visit the Arbuckle Wilderness Park to take a safari tour. If you are a history buff, visit the Chickasaw Cultural Center and National Recreation Area for Native American history or the Arbuckle Historical Society Museum.
Another great historical site is Granbury – a town with lots of folklore legends and frontier history. The town square has many antique shops, restaurants and unique boutiques. Granbury is also the home of the Hood County Jail and Historical Museum. Take the Ghosts and Legends tour for some ghost hunting or ride the free trolley around town. If you happen to be in Granbury on the second Saturday of the month, you just may see a gunfight in the square. If it’s warm enough and you want a great way to cool off, visit the city beach.
Saint Jo also has a lot of history including the Chisholm Trail, Stonewall Saloon Museum and the Red River Valley. Visit the Running N Ranch’s VW Beetle sculpture garden and Devil’s Backbone. Taste some wine at Arche Vineyard and Winery. Stop by Ancient Ovens for a great meal.
Before you head out on day trips or weekend trips, be sure to stop by Classic Chevrolet to make sure all maintenance is up to date and that your vehicle is in good running condition.