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

pack your car for camping

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.

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.

Visit The Dale Earnhardt Auto Show This June

Local auto shows usually aren’t something to get excited about, but the Dale Earnhardt Auto Show is a different story. Taking place on June 17th at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, North Carolina, attendees will enjoy food, drinks, cars of all shapes and sizes, and much more! Come out and have some fun at the auto show at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet!

Attendees have the opportunity to help determine the winner of several awards, namely the Best Car, Best Truck, and Top 100 Cars Awarded. Meanwhile, dealership staff and special guests will determine which vehicle is awarded the Earnhardt’s Choice Award.

Each year, NASCAR teams, local businesses, and massive corporations donate to the silent auction. Some of the items are fairly expensive when in retail, but they can be yours for a much lower price! Will you start the bidding?

Attendees will even have the opportunity to walk away with some cash in hand if they win the 50/50 raffle. Raffle proceeds go to the YMCA.

No auto show is complete without food and vendors! Local businesses and Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet serve breakfast and lunch at affordable prices.

All proceeds from the Dale Earnhardt Auto Show will benefit the Dale Earnhardt Foundation.

We here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet hope to see you at the auto show this coming June!

Reasons to Buy a Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

Orange 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

Both sedans and hatchbacks have their benefits when it comes to space, safety, and other crucial factors. Fortunately, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is available in both body styles at affordable prices. While many drivers know all about the sedan model, the new Cruze Hatchback is just as good, if not better. Here are a few reasons to buy the new Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback from us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

Space

The first-ever Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback hits the market with a whopping 47.2 cu ft. of cargo space. Capable of seating up to five passengers comfortably, this model offers more versatility than a sedan.

Design

The sleek, aerodynamic styling helps improve fuel economy and looks good doing it. The latest model comes with windswept curves and intimidating front headlights. On top of that, the new Cruze Hatchback is available with the Redline package.

Efficiency

The 2017 Cruze Hatchback earns up to an EPA-estimated 29 city/38 hwy mpg from the standard 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine*. Drivers will enjoy excellent fuel economy and a thrilling powertrain without compromise.

Safety

In addition to a whole host of standard safety features, the new Cruze Hatchback features a number of available active features as well. Technologies include Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist, and Rear Park Assist, just to name a few.

*EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.

Popular Easter Traditions

Popular Easter Traditions - colorful painted Easter eggs

Easter is a time when families, communities, and clergy come together to celebrate what’s quickly become a worldwide holiday. While Easter may be celebrated around the world, the stories behind some popular traditions aren’t quite as well known. We here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet want to share some of the interesting origins behind popular Easter traditions.

Easter Bunny

A person dressed up as a giant bunny doesn’t really scream Easter, does it? The origin of the Easter bunny stretches back to the late 1700s when German settlers made Pennsylvania their home. The settlers would prepare nests for a rabbit named “Oschter Haws” on Easter Eve. Then, they would wait for the bunny to lay eggs.

Easter Eggs

The origin of decorating eggs on Easter has nothing to do with the Easter bunny, oddly enough. In fact, decorating eggs predates the Easter bunny by around 500 years.

Painting eggs red originally symbolized the blood of Jesus Christ and dates back to around the 1200s. Pagan spring rituals used the egg as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection. Families would also give up eggs for Lent.

White House Easter Egg Roll

The Easter egg roll originally took place around the Capitol building, but the eggs made a mess. In 1876, President Grant signed a law banning egg rolling from the Capitol building. Fortunately, President Hayes relocated the egg roll to the White House in 1878, where it currently takes place today.

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year 2017 - Newton, NC

As you probably know, making New Year’s resolutions is easy. You close your eyes and dream of a better you and it seems so real, so possible. Then comes the hard part. Here are a few tips to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions.

Find Your People

Whether it’s just a friend or a group you found on meetup.com, the support of others can make all the difference in keeping your New Year’s resolutions. For instance, if you’ve made a resolution to lose weight, find a gym buddy! It’s someone to understand your pain and share in your triumphs.

Know Your Triggers

Everyone is different, even when they are pursuing the same goals. That’s why it’s important to know triggers that are unique to you. These are environmental factors that encourage you to backslide. Say you have made a resolution to quit smoking. If drinking alcohol is a trigger, perhaps you need to lay off the booze until you’ve overcome your nicotine cravings.

Accept Your Imperfection

The fact of the matter is that you will likely trip on your way to keeping your resolutions. It gets a lot easier once you accept this fact. The danger of maintaining impossible standards is that an occasional indulgence or misstep can become an excuse to give up altogether. Stay in touch with the bigger picture.

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

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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.

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!