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.

Benefits of Traveling in a Chevy Cruze

Chevy Cruze

Get Ready For Fun In the Chevy Cruze

If you’re looking for the perfect new vehicle, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn just how versatile the compact car segment can be. The Chevy Cruze is the best of its kind, and fits perfectly with many different lifestyles. Here are our five favorite benefits of driving a Chevy Cruze from Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

Fuel Efficiency

Whether you opt for the sedan or the first-ever hatchback Chevy Cruze, you’ll find that this tiny car sips the gas. At best, the Cruze gets up to 40 mpg highway*, allowing you to spend less time at the gas pump and more time on the road.

Cargo Space

Despite its compact size, there’s plenty of space inside of the Cruze for cargo and passengers. Versatile seating makes room for up to 47.2 cu. ft. of cargo in the hatchback model.

Chevy Cruze Safety

The Chevy Cruze is full of proactive and reactive safety features, including available driver assist technologies and 10 standard airbags.

Intelligent Tech

You’ll have a hard time finding the latest technology in most compact cars. But in the Chevy Cruze, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch color touch screen is the standard. Add to that smartphone compatibility and available Wi-Fi, and the Cruze is as good as an office away from home.

Diesel Option

The Chevy Cruze is full of surprises, the latest one being the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sedan. The 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine gets up to 52 mpg highway* making it the most efficient non-hybrid option in the country.

New 2018 Corvette ZR1 Design Spotted: Sleek, Sporty & Modern

2018 Corvette ZR1 design

Something Is Staring At Us

The new 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 was recently spotted—and it’s better than ever. This sleek and sporty model looks like something straight off the track, with a massive rear wing, sloping contours, large intake, a quad exhaust, and more. You won’t be able to take your eyes off this stunning model.

According to Car and Driver, the new 2018 Corvette ZR1 design includes little details you won’t find elsewhere, including blue-painted opposed-piston brake calipers, a massive front-fascia intercooler air intake system, and an adjustable rear airfoil. An aluminum sub frame is bound to be light, especially thanks to space-age materials. A composite body also helps to cut some weight, and a two-seat interior is ideal for this new sports car.

“With the Viper’s demise imminent, the Corvette soon will be one of only two U.S.-built sports cars,” said editor Don Sherman in an earlier piece about the Corvette. “The new ZR1 will toast seven generations of classic American V-8 performance and value.”

Under the hood will likely be a tuned V8 engine with up to 750 horsepower—enough to thrill any driver. Although there is little news on official specs and other features, the new Corvette ZR1 is bound to set new standards in the industry. We can’t wait to see it in action.

Let us know what you think about the new Corvette, and stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC, and let us know!

Fall Driving Locations: North Carolina Country Roads

fall driving locations

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.

Chevy’s 238-Mile Promise

238-Mile promise

The Doors Are Open

Chevy has made a promise – a 238-Mile promise. So, what does this mean? Well, with the all-new Chevy Bolt, it means you’ll be going far.

Chevy has promised that the 2017 Chevrolet Volt EV will have a 238-mile range on a full charge. This is groundbreaking for not just the Chevy Bolt, but for electric cars everywhere.

Fully electric cars have gained popularity over the last years, partly because of its money-saving efficiency and partly because of its low environmental impact. That’s why Chevy has devoted so much to making the Chevy Bolt the ideal electric car.

GM hopes to not only boost the popularity of this car, but raise the standard of electric cars themselves. The Chevy Bolt will be unique because unlike most other EV’s on the market, it will have a range of over 200 miles when fully charged, and it’ll come in at a reasonable MSRP of $37,000. And that’s before the $7,500 federal tax rebate.

“If you look at the reason why people didn’t buy electrified or pure electric vehicles, it was really around either the cost or price range, or in some cases utility. We think with the Bolt we have all of those covered and more,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of global product development.

The 2017 Chevy Bolt is sure to impress. Are you excited for it? Let all of us know at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Charlotte, NC today!

2016 Lake Hickory Haunts

Lake Hickory Haunts

Scary Fun in Hickory

Lake Hickory Haunts is filled with spooky atmosphere and eerie characters. It’s not just one haunted trail, hayride, or house; it’s a bunch of haunted attractions all in one place! Halloween is approaching quickly, so get in the spirit by exploring Lake Hickory Haunts. Here’s the spooky themes of this year’s attractions:

Extinction. The human race is at stake in this haunt, starring a beast that has emerged from Lake Hickory to take over the world.

Shipwrecked. Pirates shipwrecked at Lake Hickory unite with voodoo doctors to recruit you to join them.

Big Top Circus. You got it… clowns. Enough said.

Nightmare Factory. Here, you’ll be dosed with a slimy liquid that turns your worst nightmares into reality.

Junkyard. Here you’ll be thrown into a junkyard maze, where backwoods cannibals are on the hunt… for you.

Land of the Undead. The undead are hungry for life in this haunt, and will do anything to take yours.

Plus, in the Midway of Mayhem, you can take pictures with characters, grab a bite to eat, or hit up the arcade.

Maybe the best part about Lake Hickory Haunts? Parking is free! Let all of us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Charlotte, NC how you liked these Halloween events.

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.

NASCAR Coming to Bristol Motor Speedway in August

Bristol Motor Speedway

It’s Racing Time at Bristol

One of the most popular and successful NASCAR tracks in the US is the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. While amateur driving schools and tours are offered at the track year-round the Bristol Motor Speedway is also the site of several major auto races every year. For the 2016 season, there are a few key NASCAR events coming up at the speedway in August, and you won’t want to miss it.

On August 17th, Bristol Motor Speedway will be hosting the UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Whelen Modified Race, which lets kids in free, with tickets starting at $30 for adult attendees. This is followed by NASCAR XFINITY Series events, the Qualifying Race and Food City 300 Race, on August 19th. All tickets can be purchased online through the speedway’s official website.

Whether you’re a local resident or out of town, Bristol Motor Speedway can offer you local hotel packages, nearby campgrounds, and point you in the direction of other lodging options for the weekends of these major events. You can also look up local attractions for while you’re here, and the speedway website provides seating charts and schedules so you’ll never lose track of time or your spot. Surround yourself with the excitement and enthusiasm of NASCAR fans and witness these adrenaline-pumping races firsthand.

For more information visit us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC, near Hickory, today!

Lyft Will Offer New Chevy Bolt Through Express Drive Program

Express Drive program

The Chevy Bolt Is On It’s Way

In a modern world that relies increasingly on smartphone apps and social media to streamline our daily routine, auto makers sometimes need to take a leap into the realm of technology in order to stay one step ahead of the competition. That’s why General Motors is partnering up with the Lyft ridesharing app in order to draw attention to the upcoming all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. The Bolt will be available to Lyft drivers through the app’s new Express Drive program.

There are benefits to this for both drivers and passengers. Express Drive allows Lyft drivers to rent a vehicle for free or for a significantly reduced cost to use while they’re on the job, reducing the amount of gas they use in the process. Driver and rider alike will get exposed to Chevy’s new Bolt, which is essentially free advertising for GM. Plus, the 2017 Bolt will serve as an environmentally-friendly option for Lyft drivers who want to reduce emissions while they’re on the road.

The presence of the Chevy Bolt as a rental option in the Express Drive program is only the first step in the auto maker’s long-term vision for the partnership. Ideally, the eventual goal is for General Motors to develop a network of autonomous vehicles that will be able to shuttle Lyft customers without a driver. However, as self-driving tech is still in development, that aspiration is still a few years out of sight.

If you are anxious to see a Chevy EV now, visit Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC, and look at the Chevy Volt today!