Weekend Trips near Hickory, North Carolina

weekend trips near Hickory

Trips Made Easy

Summer is the perfect time to get out of the house and explore. If you can manage an overnight—or an entire weekend—away from home, then consider these weekend trips near Hickory, North Carolina.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Located in North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains is arguably one of the most beautiful places in America, with plenty of hiking and wildlife, mixed in with the tourist attractions of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 110 miles

Winston-Salem

Called the “City of Arts and Innovation,” Winston-Salem is known for its nightlife, thanks to world-class bars and restaurants. While here, be sure to visit the Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 75 miles

Asheville, North Carolina

A top destination for travelers to North Carolina, Asheville is home to the Biltmore Estate, North Carolina Arboretum, Western North Carolina Nature Center, and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 80 miles

Outer Banks, North Carolina

For a beach getaway unlike any other, consider Outer Banks, 130 miles of barrier islands with a small fishing town feel.

Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 391 miles

Need a new summer road trip car? We’ve got you covered. Browse our inventory here at Dale Earnhardt Chevy.

How to Pack Your Car for Camping

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Chevy Makes Camping Easy

This summer is the perfect time to pack up your car and hit the open road for a camping trip with your family and friends. Before you go, read through our tips on how to pack your car for camping, and consider visiting Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet for the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Equinox, which offers up to 63.7 feet of cargo volume, perfect for storing camping supplies, and up to 31 miles per gallon on the highway, ideal for road trip driving on a budget.*

Have a plan

Before haphazardly throwing all your camping supplies into whatever nook and cranny you can find, survey the space offered by your vehicle. It helps to lay out all of your supplies, studying their shapes and sizes, to develop a plan to fit them in safely and efficiently.

Think of convenience

If there are any items you’ll need to get to during the drive, make sure you have easy access from the trunk or, even better, your seat. Consider which way zippers are facing when packing, too, so you won’t have to pull a bag out of the car to get inside it.

Don’t neglect the heavy stuff

You’ll want to put the heavier items in first, below the highest point of the rear seat. In the event of a sharp turn or stop—or worse, an accident—you’ll want heavy items low to the floor and secure, so that they don’t go flying.

Happy travels from all of us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC!

*EPA estimated.

Fall Driving Locations: North Carolina Country Roads

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Fallen Roads Around North Carolina

Fall is the perfect time to go for a ride in North Carolina. That’s why we’ve posted a list of fall driving locations in the area, specifically country roads you won’t want to leave. The open road, crisp air, and autumn foliage are the perfect way to relax on a fall day.

According to OnlyInYourState, every North Carolinian loves to visit Blue Ridge Parkway more than any other location when it comes to driving. This 469-mile strip of road has it all: mountain views, waterfalls, lakes, and steep drops. Thanks to large overhangs, you will have the perfect vantage to see acres and acres of bright leaves as they change from bright green to dark earth tones.

Another great drive is the Whitewater Way, which gets its name from the falls. As the highest waterfall east of the Rockies, this location is a must-see place for any driver. The Whitewater Way can be found on Highway 281 between Sapphire and the South Carolina border. You can also stop by the Gorges State Park or the Nantahala National Forest as well.

Hanging Rock and Pisgah Loop Scenic Byways are also great for driving. Hanging Rock is a winding road that goes straight through the Sauratown mountain chain, while the Pisgah Loop takes you along an ancient forest. Running parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway at times, it’s the perfect place to stop by for some peaceful hiking.

Other great locations include Waterfall Byway, Meteor Lake, Mount Mitchell Scenic Byway, Tail of the Dragon, Upper Yadkin Way, and the Outer Banks Scenic Byway. You’ll learn to love driving again once you stop by these beautiful fall driving locations. Tell all of us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC what you thought about your road trips around Colorado.

Bobby Isaac Memorial Brings Everyone Together

Bobby Isaac Memorial

Bobby Isaac The Legend

For the 32nd year, the Bobby Isaac Memorial will bring legends and fans together to celebrate an iconic race car driver’s life.

Coming up on Labor Day, this event will commemorate to death of Bobby Isaac but mostly, celebrate his life. Isaac was from Catawba, North Carolina and quickly established his career as a legendary race car driver. He first started racing at Hickory Motor Speedway and eventually won the prestigious Winston Cup Championship in 1970. Over the course of his career, he set 28 world speed record and was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

It’s held every year at Hickory Motor Speedway, known as The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars, since so many famous drivers got their start there.

So what is the Bobby Isaac Memorial? It consists of the Bobby Isaac Memorial 200, a race that started the year of his death. Anyone can go see the race and you can even take part in Pre-Race Ceremonies and an On-Track Autograph Session so fans can meet their favorite drivers!

So this year, head down to Hickory Motor Speedway and help Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet celebrate Bobby Isaac’s life. Find out more information about ticket prices for this event in Hickory, NC.

Dale Earnhardt Statue

Dale Earnhardt Statue

A Fitting Tribute

Just about everyone knows the name “Dale Earnhardt.” One of the most notable race car drivers of all time, Earnhardt set an abundance of records and worked his way into all of our hearts. In Kannapolis, North Carolina, you’ll be able to find a touching tribute to him: a Dale Earnhardt statue.

One of the top NASCAR drivers of all time, Earnhardt died doing what he loved: racing. In February 2001, he was competing in the infamous Daytona 500 when his car was bumped from behind, causing him to crash into a wall head-on. His son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished second in the race. Tragically, Earnhardt Sr. was brought to Halifax Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

His legacy, however, has not died. You can visit his statue in nearby Kannapolis, North Carolina to pay him tribute! Earnhardt was referred to as the “working man’s” driver and his statue stands tall in that nickname, donning a button-down with rolled-up sleeves, a pair of jeans, and cowboy boots.

Over his career, Earnhardt won 76 races and 7 Winston Cup Championships, making him one of NASCAR’s greatest drivers. His “working man” nickname was given to him because of his laid-back attitude and relatability to fans.

So if you’re an Earnhardt fan, check out the Dale Earnhardt statue in his hometown of Kannapolis, and stop by The Intimidator’s actual dealership in Newton, NC at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

The Dale Trail in Kannapolis, NC

The Dale Trail

Take The Family Around The Dale Trail

Kannapolis, North Carolina, is the birthplace of legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt and the home of the Dale Trail. The Dale Trail is a tour of Kannapolis landmarks that relate to Earnhardt’s life and NASCAR career.

The trail starts at Dale Earnhardt Boulevard, a street named for Earnhardt, and continues to the neighborhood where he grew up. Called Car Town, the neighborhood points out spots where Earnhardt learned to drive. Here you can learn about how Dale Earnhardt got his start in racing and how he was influenced by his father, Ralph Earnhardt, also a racing legend.

The Dale Trail takes you past Ralph Earnhardt’s gravestone in the Centergrove Lutheran Cemetery and the garage where Ralph learned to fix cars. Then you’ll go to Dale Earnhardt Plaza in downtown Kannapolis, where a massive statue of Dale Earnhardt stands next to a monument on which Dale fans wrote inscriptions.

The Curb Motorsports Museum and Dale Earnhardt Inc. are both a dream come true for NASCAR fans and packed with exhibits and memorabilia. If you’re still looking for more after all these stops, drive north to Richard Childress Racing for even more Earnhardt exhibits and a look into the shop for Dale’s team and car.

A visit to Kannapolis is a must for any Earnhardt or NASCAR fan! And for some extra fun, come to the Dale’s dealership, Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, in Newton, NC. We have Earnhardt trivia on out site, as well!

Everything Included in the NASCAR Racing Insiders Tour

NASCAR Racing Insiders Tour

Behind The Scenes of NASCAR

If you couldn’t tell by our dealership’s name, the staff at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet is a big fan of NASCAR racing! Our customers are also big NASCAR fans, which is why we are always looking for different ways for them to enjoy the NASCAR experience. One of the best ways to do so is to take part in the NASCAR Racing Insiders Tour. This specialized tour allows NASCAR fans to get a behind the scenes look at one of the most exciting sports in the world. Here is a list of everything included in the NASCAR Racing Insiders Tour.

NASCAR fans can choose between the Tour 77 or the Tour 85, which will take them to different racing shop locations in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Both excursions begin with a special tour of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where participants will learn all about the history of NASCAR and its racers. Following this tour, participants will also enjoy a special lunch.

After leaving the Hall of Fame to visit separate racing shops and locations in the area, the tour will once again return to the NASCAR Hall of Fame for more VIP treatment.

If you are a fan of NASCAR racing, don’t miss your chance to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Take the NASCAR Racing Insiders Tour and experience the definitive tour of NASCAR! If you have any questions, call us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC. We have been to all of the Charlotte attractions.

It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Car

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Spring Into These Car Cleaning Tips

March is here and spring is right around the corner, which means it is time to get rid of winter gunk and clutter and spring clean your car. Follow these simple steps and your car will be squeaky clean and sparkling like the day you bought it.

  • Clean it out. Take everything out of your car (including the trunk). If it’s not attached, take it out. Then, throw away all the trash and keep only what you actually need. Don’t put anything back in until you’ve finished the cleaning process.
  • Remove the floor mats and work from the top down. Vacuum every surface and crevice you can and don’t forget to get under the seats. If you floor mats are really bad, hose them down with a power washer and let them dry in the sun.
  • Check the upholstery. If you have any dirty spots on your seats, get some upholstery cleaner and scrub away. Do the same thing with the carpets. Make sure you let your car air out for a while with the windows open so everything can dry. It’s best to do this when you won’t have to drive for a couple of days.
  • Wash your car. Just like the interior, wash from the top down, rinsing frequently. We also recommend getting the underbody rinsed at a local car wash. Once everything is clean and dry, apply a fresh coat of wax.
  • Enjoy your work. Step back and look at your pristine, sparkling car. It may only stay like this for a few days, but try and enjoy it while it lasts.

Are you adding spring car cleaning to your calendar? If you think cleaning is a lost cause, then come to Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Charlotte, NC and we will get you in a nice new car instead!

Take a Trip on The Dale Trail

The Dale Trail

Dale Trail Ridge

Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet is especially interested in Dale Earnhardt. We think that he is fantastic, and are proud of serving the area around The Dale Trail, which goes through Dale Earnhardt’s hometown and stops at landmarks which relate to his life and NASCAR career.

The tour begins along Dale Earnhardt Blvd, in Kannapolis, North Carolina, which was named in 1992. On this street is the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Visitor Center where people can pick up a collectible brochure and map of The Dale Trail.

Once on the trail, you will visit the Car Town neighborhood where Dale grew up and used to race his bike. You will also see where he cruised in his yellow ’56 Chevrolet as a teenager. During these stops, you will learn about how Dale gained his love for racing by watching his dad (Ralph Earnhardt) build race cars.

The trail also passes by Ralph Earnhardt’s grave, with a race car engraved on it. Highway 29 – known as the “Flying Mile” can be seen where the mechanics tested the cars that they worked on.

In addition to Dale Earnhardt’s childhood landmarks, there is the Dale Earnhardt Plaza in downtown Kannapolis and the Curb Motorsports Museum which displays NASCAR history.

There are many more stops along the way, and we at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet hope that you spend some time exploring Dale Earnhardt’s history. This trail is the first motorsports heritage trail in the country, and if you need a car to travel the trail, be sure to stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.