Many summer road trippers don’t know just how impressive the Texas Hill Country can be. This 25-county region of South and Central Texas is home to some of the state’s most unique outdoor scenery, ranging from rugged mountains to jagged cliffs and refreshing swimming holes. The following five hidden gems of the Texas Hill Country will inspire you to hop in your Chevy and explore the Lone Star State more often.
Garner State Park
It doesn’t get much better than camping at picture-perfect Garner State Park. This unique, protected stretch of land in Uvalde County offers family-friendly fun on the Frio river, photogenic scenery in all seasons and plenty of places to set up camp.
Texas is home to a number of springs that offer refreshing swimming holes on unbearably hot summer days. Jacob’s Well is one of the favorites in the Texas Hill Country, because it can be enjoyed by waders, swimmers and even divers. Experienced divers love to venture into the chambers to admire the bioluminescent algae and limestone structures while swimmers enjoy the cool waters and natural surroundings.
Luckenbach, Texas, was made famous by Waylon Jennings, but the small town is well worth a visit when traveling through the Texas Hill Country. The small town is famous for its post office and dancehall, which often hosts favorite Texas country singers.
Central Texas isn’t just farmland. In fact, it’s home to some of the most picture-perfect scenery in the state, including Krause Springs. This unique system of stunning swimming holes is located roughly 45 minutes west of Austin in the town of Spicewood and is home to some of the best camping in the state. Best of all, you can escape the heat of your tent to dive into the cool waters of the springs whenever you please.
In addition to oasis-like springs, the Texas Hill Country is home to impressive rock formations, including Enchanted Rocks. This pink rock dome rises above its low surroundings to create a site that has been a favorite of travelers for thousands of years. It’s an ideal place to pull over for a hike or to take a rock climbing lesson and break up a long Texas drive.
Texas is a state overflowing with natural wonders, and it’s best explored in the comfort and convenience of your own Chevy vehicle. Start your adventure right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas, where you can get the latest and greatest Chevy vehicles for unbelievably low summer prices.
It’s summer and it’s vacation time, but you have no idea where you want to head out to. With a brand new vehicle or a just-serviced vehicle from Classic Chevy, you are ready to hit the road. If you have time for a lengthy road trip, consider some of the best places in the south to visit for the food, the education or just to have some fun by visiting someplace you’ve never been before.
Take a trip to Maryland even if it is just to get the best crab cake in Maryland at The Crab Claw. The restaurant has been in business for over 45 years and is located in St. Michaels. While you are gorging on crab – or crab cakes – you’ll be able to watch the yachts and sailboats on the Miles River. Be sure to stop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum while you’re there. If you’re in the area because you rented a boat, you can also dock at the restaurant. For more information and directions, visit thecrabclaw.com or call (410) 745-2900.
If Maryland is a little far for the amount of time you have, consider a road trip to Nashville, Tennessee for the best live music in Tennessee. Be sure your visit includes a Saturday night so that you can visit the Grand Ole Opry and take in some of the best music – just like the rest of the world has since 1925. Visit opry.com for more information, including entertainer appearances.
It’s history you want? Then head out to the best historic site in Virginia – Colonial Williamsburg. Stop by the Trellis Restaurant for Death by Chocolate – originally created by the restaurant. While touring the blacksmith shop, be sure to visit The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg for a customized 17th-century-style apothecary scrub or ride in a carriage on Duke of Gloucester Street. For more information on the Trellis, visit thetrellis.com and for more information on the area, visit colonialwilliamsburg.com.
If you only have a few days for your vacation or you just don’t feel like doing a several-day road trip, visit the best dance hall in Texas, located between San Antonio and Austin. The Gruene Hall is the oldest dance hall in the state. It was built in 1878 and saw the likes of George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and the Dixie Chicks. You never know who you might run into. For more information, visit gruenehall.com or call (830) 606-1281.
Even if you plan to stay local, be sure to have your vehicle checked over or serviced at Classic Chevrolet before you leave. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, now would be a great time to visit us – you could take your road trip in a brand new Chevy.
If you are looking for a day trip or a great weekend trip, consider visiting some of Texas’ best kept secrets. A weekend trip – or even a week-long vacation to visit more than one of the “secret” sites – is a perfect way to celebrate the new car or truck you just bought at Classic Chevrolet.
If you head out to Big Bend National Park or the Davis Mountains, be sure to stop by Marfa’s Mystery Lights. The lights are small-town Marfa’s claim to fame and show up between Marfa and Paisano Pass on clear nights. To see the lights, face toward the Chinati Mountains. The first record of these lights was in 1883. Sometimes the lights look like they are fusing and splitting, sometimes they move and sometimes they are colored. To this day, no one has figured out what the lights are from.
Glen Rose features the Dinosaur Valley State Park. While you can’t dig up your own dinosaur bones, you can see dinosaur footprints and other dinosaur-related things. The park is located on the Paluxy River and you can also see mudstones, limestones and sandstones that were deposited in that location about 113 million years ago. The area used to be a sea.
If you like treasure hunts, visit Mason County to hunt for natural topaz. The stone, which is Texas’ state gem, is commonly found in ravines and streambeds, but only in Mason County. There is no commercial mining in the area, but several ranches in the area will set you up for topaz hunting. The ranches are usually closed during deer season, so if you don’t make it out there before then, you’ll have to wait until deer season is over.
If you prefer hiking, stop by Colorado Bend State Park in Hill Country to hike to Gorman Falls. The hike is about 1.5 miles of rougher terrain, but the falls – an oasis in the middle of Texas – is worth the climb.
If you haven’t purchased or leased a new vehicle yet, but want to take some of these trips, be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle checked before you head out, especially if you take some of the longer trips. Ask our service manager about any service specials that we might be running.
The Texas Hill Country is one of our country’s best kept secrets. This rugged yet picturesque region of Central and South Texas, spanning from north of Austin to San Antonio, is loaded with places to wine, dine and sightsee. The following eight places are ones you don’t want to miss on your upcoming Texas Hill Country road trip.
1. Don’t skip San Antonio.
If you’re starting your road trip from the south, you won’t want to blow through San Antonio. This historic Texas town, which was actually a town before Texas was a state, offers everything from the Natural Bridge Caverns to the San Antonio Zoo, SeaWorld San Antonio, water parks, amusement parks, museums, galleries, music venues and so much more. The city and its bounty of attractions are worth at least a day of your time.
2. Head northwest to Bandera.
Bandera is known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” and you’ll understand why when you enter the Frontier Times Museum or Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar saloon.
3. Continue to Kerrville.
Cruise along highway 16, and you’ll come across the small town of Kerrville along the Guadalupe River. This is a place to stop and enjoy a meal or some live country music while admiring views of the river.
4. Don’t miss the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.
Roughly 20 miles north of the town of Fredericksburg, you’ll find the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, home to the famed 425-foot-tall pink granite mountain. The mountain is said to be roughly 1 billion years old, and visitors can hike to the top or enjoy a scenic camping spot at the bottom.
5. Stop by Stonewall.
Just 14 miles west of Johnson City, you’ll find the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park (near Stonewall). The park is a place for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike, featuring a visitor center, President Johnson’s boyhood home, and the Johnson Settlement, where President Johnson’s grandparents settled in the 1860s.
6. Cool off in Canyon Lake.
Farther along the Guadalupe River, you’ll find Canyon Lake. This 8,230-acre lake in Comal County offers 80 miles of shoreline and an endless selection of water-based activities. Whether you’re interested in boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing or swimming, you don’t have to hold back at Canyon Lake.
7. Spend several days in the New Braunfels area.
New Braunfels is an action-packed Texas Hill Country town offering fun for the entire family. Cool off at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark, tube in the Guadalupe River or enjoy the city’s multitude of eateries and attractions. New Braunfels is an ideal place to stretch your legs and enjoy the beauty of the Texas Hill Country.
8. Don’t skip the Comal River.
The city of New Braunfels also offers a multitude of recreational activities on the Comal River. The river’s temperature hovers around 70 degrees year-round, and is one of the best places in the country to tube, paddleboard or canoe.
Don’t explore the Texas Hill Country in your old, uncomfortable car. Find your dream road trip vehicle right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas.
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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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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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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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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