Whether you’re planning a spring break trip or just want to get out and about this spring, spring’s warmer weather and longer days present the perfect opportunity to explore new places. You don’t have to venture down south or spend big bucks, however, as there are plenty of spring road-trip destinations in the Midwest. Here are a few that we recommend.
The state of Wisconsin has over 15,000 lakes, so you’re sure to find beautiful wildlife and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the state. Door County is a popular spot in May for locals and out-of-towners, as the peninsula boasts lilac fields, quant towns, and shopping venues.
If you’ve never been to Chicago, spring is the perfect time to do so, as the weather is much more temperate than its freezing winters and hot summers. From the Art Institute of Chicago to Shedd Aquarium, the Windy City has something for everyone. Since it’s located on the shore of Lake Michigan, it a hotspot for paddleboarding, going on dinner cruises, and more.
If you’re a bird lover, you might want to consider attending Warbler Weekend (May 10-12) at Minnesota’s Frontenac State Park. Warbler Weekend is hosted by the Saint Paul Audubon Society and features activities like guided bird walks. You can camp at Frontenac, or try out some of the state’s other outdoor venues, like Carley State Park (known for its lovely Virginia bluebell flowers) or Beaver Creek Valley State Park.
Stop by H&H Chevrolet if you’re in need of a new Chevy to transport you to and from these Midwest destinations. We can also schedule a maintenance appointment for your current vehicle, to help ensure your safe travels.
Gettysburg is a town full of history, and history is best experienced with your family. The site of a major battle in the American Civil War, Gettysburg includes several educational experiences that give kids and adults alike a dose of history. Check out these awesome things to do while visiting Gettysburg.
A visit to the Gettysburg History Center is an absolute must, especially if it’s your family’s first trip. While touring a full battlefield can take hours, viewing the Gettysburg Diorama takes just 30 minutes. There are more than 20,000 hand-painted figures on the battlefield. Many of them include lights and sound that make the replica more vivid.
The Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station is a shining symbol of the Battle of Gettysburg. President Abraham Lincoln arrived at the station when he came to give the Gettysburg Address. Visiting this site is free and open to the public.
The Battle of Gettysburg truly shaped the town unlike any event before it. Today, the Gettysburg Licensed Town Historians preserve the history and educate visitors. Families can walk the streets and see just what the citizens and soldiers lived through in 1863. Walking tours last 90 minutes. Group sizes are limited to preserve the quality of the tour.
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Southeast Pennsylvania has tons of museums that showcase Native American history and culture, so if you’re looking for a way to spend a Sunday afternoon with the family that will be both fun and educational, you have plenty of options to choose from.
Museum of Indian Culture
The Museum of Indian Culture, located in Allentown, is a small museum with an impressive collection of Native American artifacts, particularly stone weapons and tools. The museum seeks to give its visitors a realistic look at the daily life of regional tribes.
Indian Steps Museum
The Indian Steps Museum in Airville combines local and national Native American history and culture and is located in the former home of John Vandersloot, an enthusiast who spent decades curating a collection of Native American artifacts. The museum is located on the bank of the Susquehanna River, so it’s also a great place to see the sights!
State Museum of Pennsylvania and Reading Public Museum
Though the State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Reading Public Museum aren’t just Native American museums, they both have large exhibits and collections devoted to the culture and art of Native American tribes around the country. From right here in our home state of Pennsylvania to the Native tribes of Central America, these museums cover a huge range of Native culture and history, both literally and figuratively.
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Now that the holiday season is officially here, you probably have a lot of parties and family gatherings in your future. This usually means there will be food involved and you have to get that food from your house to the host. Here are a few tips on how to transport food in your car without spilling it.
For hot dishes, like casseroles, you will need a large cardboard box or laundry basket and a handful of towels. Fold up a towel and place it at the bottom of the box. Then, place the casserole dish on top of it. Roll up the remaining towels and place them snuggly around the dish. To keep the box from sliding around, put a rubberized mat underneath.
One of the easiest ways to transport a single pie is by placing an empty pie plate over top of the pie then sealing the edges together with aluminum foil. If you have more than one pie, place them next to each other on a baking sheet and wrap foil around both the pies and the baking sheet. Place the pies on a grippy surface in your trunk.
If you are bringing along small hors d’oeuvres or cookies and don’t want them to get squished together on a plate, place a kitchen towel on a baking sheet and then lay out your items on the towel. Wrap the entire baking sheet in plastic wrap.
If your vehicle needs some help to prepare for a long road trip, contact the service department at H&H Chevrolet for help.
Bringing your pet on a road trip is nothing short of fun, especially if your pet can’t wait to hit the road. Nevertheless, there are important safety tips to keep in mind when you’re driving with pets, especially dogs and cats. Above all else, make sure your pet is comfortable and happy when you’re driving.
According to the American Humane Society, it’s a smart idea to take some short test trips before you commit to a longer road trip with a pet. Get your dog or other animal used to the experience and try to give your pet treats when they get in the car so they associate the vehicle with a positive experience. In some cases, your pet may get car sick, which may require special medicine to prevent nausea.
Be sure to get proper ID tags and update your microchip registration. In the event of an accident, it’s fairly common for pets to flee the scene. If they’re not identifiable, pets can get lost. This is also why it’s a good idea to buy restraints like a car carrier, pet seat belt, or barrier to keep your pet secure in the event of a collision.
Never allow your pet to stick their head out the window, as they might be struck by road debris. Wind can also irritate the mucous membranes in many dogs, so there can be negative secondary effects. You should also avoid putting dogs in the bed of a truck, as roughly 100,000 dogs die in accidents each year because they were in the back of a pickup.
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There are plenty of ways to save money on a road trip, and it starts by utilizing what’s already available to you. Check out these simple methods to make the most of your vacation!
Taking advantage of all the free attractions your destination has to offer is a great way to have fun and save money simultaneously. Take the time to get a guidebook and look through it to see what free activities your area has to offer. Types of free attractions might include music festivals, historic sites, and museums.
Avoid Toll Roads
Avoiding toll roads altogether is one of the best ways to save money while traveling. Unfortunately, knowing all the toll roads that you’ll encounter on a long road trip is nearly impossible. That’s why we have technology!
GPS apps and in-vehicle navigation systems give drivers a choice between multiple routes. Most routes are similar in time traveled and go through the same areas. The only major difference is one option will allow you to avoid toll roads.
Fuel economy tends to gradually decrease at speeds above 50 mph. Traveling the speed limit already reduces fuel economy, but going over the speed limit can result in more fuel stops. If you get caught exceeding the speed limit, you could face hefty fines as well. Slow down and enjoy the savings!
If you’re not sure that your ride can handle a long road trip, contact us at H&H Chevrolet for a new one or repairs.
Chevy’s Road Trip Coming To You
Have you dreamed of seeing the entire country by car? Now’s your chance with Chevy’s road trip, designed in conjunction with data scientist Randy Olson. The trip takes you through all 48 contiguous United States (you’ll have to get to Alaska and Hawaii some other time) with an exciting stop in each state, including theme parks, national parks, and famous landmarks.
All Across America
The trip covers 13,389 miles of American roadways and would take roughly 214.56 hours—that’s nine days—of pure driving. But since you will probably want to stop to eat, sleep, and use the rest room (and fill up at the gas station and get some oil changes), the trip will likely take you much longer. In fact, with each of the 48 planned stops and your own detours to see family, friends, and travel destinations you’ve always dreamed of, you should probably plan for at least a month on the road.
Shared Memories With The Family
“Road trips are about creating shared memories and quality time with family and friends,” remarked Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers. “And when on the road, travelers can trust Chevrolet vehicles to help get them where they’re going reliably. Chevy is now the only brand to earn J.D. Power Dependability Awards for cars, trucks and SUVs three years in a row.”
Whether you plan to tackle all of Chevy’s road trip or just a portion near us in Pennsylvania, make sure to get your routine maintenance done first at H&H Chevrolet in Shippensburg, PA.