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Must-See Pennsylvania Summer Road Trip Destinations

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The school year is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean summer road trip destinations are off the table. There are several areas you should visit places around the state while the weather is still warm. If you’re looking for one last hurrah in Pennsylvania before all your vacation time is spent, there are a few places we at Lancaster Nissan suggest you visit.

According to OnlyInYourState, one of the best Pennsylvania summer past times is taking a float down any one of the many lazy rivers in the state. You can usually rent inner tubes for about $10 to $15 per day on the weekend, and many canoe liveries will provide supplies for the entire day. One of the best places is Coal Tubin’, which features trips for 90 minutes to up to three hours at a time.

Stop by the Camelback Mountain Adventure for an adventure-filled weekend. Thrill-seekers will love the Appalachian Express Mountain Coaster that goes through the mountains, while ziplining and Segway trips will make any summer day unforgettable.

Finally, adults can enjoy the Flagship Trolley wine tour. Totaling roughly six hours, you can sample some of the best wine in the region for just $40. Running until late October, the wine tour takes you to up to five wineries, letting you to sample premium local drinks. There’s nothing quite like a wine tour to help you relax.

Pennsylvania Natural Attractions: Plan Your Road Trip Today

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Pennsylvania natural attractions are equal to none, making the state one of the best in terms of road trips. You can hop in your new Nissan and explore the natural wonders of Pennsylvania, from the mountainous roadways to stunning hiking trails. Plan your trip today.

According to OnlyInYourState, one of the top areas to visit in Pennsylvania is Pine Creek Gorge in Watson Township.  Sometimes called the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania,” this location has several views from stomach-dropping heights. Spanning more than 160 acres, the Pine Creek Gorge is a must-visit attraction for the adventure-minded.

Next, check out the Blakeslee Natural Area. Hikers will love this 130-acre location that features ancient hemlock forests and pools, including the Tobyhanna Creek. You can even see memorable waterfalls that will make this day-trip well worth the visit.

Finally, stop by the Coudersport Ice Mine. This ice cave is located in Sweden Township and is created by icicles that form in the spring and summer. Interestingly, the ice mines disappear in colder months, so it’s best to visit in late summer and the fall. The mine features icicles that measure up to 3 feet long and up to 25 feet in length—a truly unforgettable sight. This is just one of many road-trip destinations we at Lancaster Nissan think you should visit before the winter.

Best Pennsylvania Towns to Visit in the Summer

Pennsylvania countryside

Pennsylvania is one of the oldest states in the country, which means there are tons of historic small towns and tiny cultural hubs that are perfect for taking a daytrip to. Here are some of the best Pennsylvania towns to visit in the summer.

One place you can learn a lot of local history is Ligonier, a quaint little town with lots of shops and restaurants as well as the old-fashioned water park SoakZone and, of course, Fort Ligonier, a British fortification from the French and Indian War.

If you’re more an outdoorsy type, check out Renovo, which is home to a gorgeous beach on the Alvin Bush Dam, plus scenic trails like the Donut Hole Trail and the Chuck Keiper Trail. Parker is another great place to enjoy the outdoors thanks to its location on the Allegheny River, where you can go canoeing and kayaking.

If you’re looking for festivals to enjoy, check out the Outdoor Art Show and Summer Craft Market in Mt. Gretna, the Summer Antiques Market and the Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in Eagles Mere, or the Founder’s Day festival in Dushore.

To schedule service before your next road trip to make sure your car is in great shape, give us a call at Lancaster Nissan today!

Best Campgrounds in Pennsylvania

Best Campgrounds in Pennsylvania

If you’re from Pennsylvania or just the Midwest and you’re looking for a beautiful place to spend a weekend camping, look no further! Here are some of the best campgrounds in Pennsylvania where you can camp, swim, fish, lay out on the beach, and cook over a campfire.

Ravensburg State Park in Jersey Shore is one beautiful spot that is also pet-friendly, so if you want a location that lets you bring your dogs along, this is a great option. So is Fowlers Hollow State Park in Blain, which also features flush toilets if you don’t want to go too rustic.

Get an incredible view of Pine Creek Gorge, called the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, at Colton Point State Park in Wellsboro, or get a picturesque lakeside view at Penn-Roosevelt State Park. The Riverside Campground in Montgomery is on a gorgeous river that lets you get a rustic camping experience plus nearby access to showers.

If you want to combine your Pennsylvania camping trip with a beach vacation, hit up Sara’s Campground in Erie, which sits right on Lake Erie with a spectacular view of the huge lake. Sara’s also has access to a game room and laundry facilities, so you can extend your stay.

For road trip tips, give us a call at Lancaster Nissan!

Our Four Favorite Ice Cream Stops in One Easy Road Trip

Favorite Ice Cream - Lancaster, PA
Ice cream season has finally arrived, and if you’re anywhere near as big a fan of the stuff as we are here at Lancaster Nissan, you’ve probably sampled (and/or binged at) every ice cream shop, parlor, or truck in your hometown. There’s nothing wrong with the tried-and-true; everyone has their favorite ice cream spots. But, if you’re in the mood for something shiny and new, consider taking our “ice cream road trip” across Pennsylvania this weekend.

 

  1. Franklin Fountain — Philadelphia
    As rich in history as its ice cream is in flavor, the Franklin Fountain is an old-timey ice cream parlor with dozens of flavors, bowtie-clad staff, and a beautiful location in the heart of the Old City neighborhood of Philly. Head’s up: they’re cash only.
  2. Lewisburg Freez — Lewisburg
    This might appear to be a simple roadside ice cream shop, but there’s something undeniably special about the simple soft serve cones coming out of the Lewisburg Freez.
  3. Eder’s Ice Cream — Montoursville
    When a business has been booming since 1927, you know it has to be good. Eder’s whips up some of the tastiest ice cream concoctions you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting. This one might just become your new favorite ice cream parlor — don’t skip it!
  4. La Michoacana Homemade Ice Cream — Kennett Square
    Family-run and friendly, La Michoacana is destined to delight any customer with their down-to-earth handmade ice cream. Feeling adventurous? Ask for their classic sparkling of chili powder on your cone.

The Great Taco Trek: Pennsylvania’s Tastiest Taco Spots in One Easy Taco Road Trip

Taco Road Trip - Lancaster, PA
You can find a Taco Bell a few miles off almost every highway exit in America, but that’s hardly a good reason to hit the road. So we’ve decided to make it easy for friends of Lancaster Nissan to think outside the Bell and take to the freeway with one easy taco road trip across Pennsylvania.

  1. Taqueria la Veracruzana — Philadelphia (Passyunk Square)
    If authenticity means anything to you, you better find your way to Taqueria la Veracruzana for an honest Mexican taco. Pro tip: order the carnitas tacos; you won’t be sorry!
  2. Pipeline Taco — Wayne
    Pipeline Taco takes the cake (or pastel) for unique menu options. Hawaiian-inspired in decor and flavor, Pipeline offers the best fish tacos in PA, like the Tatonka buffalo shrimp. Not a fan of fish? Go for the Bonsai BBQ slow-roasted pork taco.
  3. Taco King — Harrisburg
    Some titles can be deceiving, but not when it comes to Taco King. Simple, no-frills tacos that are a guaranteed yum every time. For those of you feeling extra-hungry, get the taco platter with refried beans and rice.
  4. Let’s Taco Bout It — Reading
    A college-kid favorite, Let’s Taco Bout It’s fare is as charming as its quirky name. This luchador-themed restaurant offers tasty tacos for just $2.50. Explorers should try the esqueleto cactus taco (and we know you’re explorers — you’re on a taco road trip!).

Items for Your Spring Bucket List

Father and son play soccer on a Spring day

Spring really is a wonderful time of year. It’s finally getting warmer outside, days are a little bit longer, and we are able to enjoy newly green leaves and colorful blooms of plants and flowers. Don’t let this glorious season pass you by! Enjoy every minute with activities from our Spring bucket list.

  1. Go for a bike ride
  2. Visit a farmer’s market
  3. Go hiking
  4. Give your house a Spring cleaning
  5. Watch the sunrise
  6. Play outside
  7. Start a DIY project
  8. Visit a museum
  9. Go to a baseball game
  10. Have a picnic
  11. Buy (or pick) some fresh flowers
  12. Swing at the playground
  13. Look for shapes in the clouds
  14. Go outside and dance in the rain
  15. Set up a gardening space
  16. Go for a nighttime stroll and stargaze
  17. Walk barefoot in the grass
  18. Go on nature scavenger hunts
  19. Look for four-leaf clovers
  20. Paint a picture of flowers
  21. Play outdoor games with friends
  22. Feed ducks at a pond
  23. Visit a local farm
  24. Sing in the car with the windows down

Another thing you could add to your Spring bucket list is visiting us at Lancaster Nissan! We are always more than happy to help find you the vehicle you’ve been looking for.

Nissan Rogue One Limited Edition Is Out Of This World

The 2017 Nissan Rogue One Limited Edition is the ultimate collector’s item for true Star Wars fans. The Rogue crossover recently overtook the Toyota Camry to become the bestselling non-truck vehicle on the market. Drivers love it for its versatility, capability, and fuel economy. The Rogue One Limited Edition brings all of that and a few perks for the fans!2017 Nissan Rogue One - Lancaster Nissan - East Petersburg, PA

The Death Troopers made their first official appearance in the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie. It only seems right that the Rogue One crossover come with a limited edition Death Trooper replica helmet. Only available to those who buy the new Rogue One, the helmet is just a bonus.

The 2017 Rogue One Limited Edition crossover comes in either Magnetic Black or Glacier White paint colors. The interior is upholstered with charcoal cloth and limited edition logo-emblazoned carpeted floor mats. Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire logo cup holder inserts offer small touch that makes a major difference to fans.

Illuminated kick plates bear the Star Wars logo and limited edition badging sits nicely on the front doors. A black front grille and lower front finisher offer an iconic yet unique look on the road. To finish it all off, the black 17-inch wheels wrapped in all-season tires prove just what an athletic vehicle the 2017 Nissan Rogue One Limited Edition crossover really is.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue One starts at just $28,950 MSRP*.

Call us here at Lancaster Nissan at (717) 569-1333 to place your order for a Nissan Rogue One Limited Edition crossover before they leave the market for good.

*Use for comparison only.

Free Fun Spring Activities

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Free spring fun can be just a short drive away!

Spring tends to be the first time many families take to the great outdoors, especially if winter was particularly harsh. Even families on a budget can find some fun things to do in the warmer weather. Here are some free fun spring activities as suggested by us here at Lancaster Nissan.

  • Fly Kites – There are few spring activities as classic as flying kites with the kids. Grab some string, your kite, and an open area to let the kite take to the skies! Do your best to avoid areas with trees and bushes as they can damage kites beyond repair.
  • Ride Bikes – Whether the kids can already ride a bike or they have yet to learn, spring is the perfect time to take to the streets. Whether you’re hitting the local trails or sticking to neighborhood sidewalks, families of all ages and sizes are sure to have a blast!
  • Camping – Taking to the great outdoors in summer can be miserable, what with all the heat and humidity. Fortunately, spring offers the perfect weather for camping. Set up the tent in the backyard, prepare a small fire, roast marshmallows, and tell scary stories. Just be sure to check the weather first to ensure it isn’t going to rain!

Tips for Spring Cleaning

Tips for Spring Cleaning

Tips for Spring Cleaning

Warmer weather is finally rolling in across the country which means it’s time to start spring cleaning. From the windows to the cabinets, there’s a lot to do and most people don’t have a lot of time to clean. We here at Lancaster Nissan have a few tips for spring cleaning that will help you get a great start to a wonderful season!

  • Windows – While you may want to start with something easy on a sunny day, the windows aren’t the place. Warm sunlight can dry window cleanser before you have the chance to wipe it away, dirt and grime in tow. Dry window cleaner tends to leave ugly streaks that can put a damper on anyone’s drive for spring cleaning. Wait for a cloudy day to tackle the windows.
  • Doormats – There are few places that see more dirty shoes than doormats. If you haven’t already, adding a doormat immediately inside the house can catch any lingering dirt that didn’t come off on the outdoor mat. Make sure to shake and wash the mats thoroughly!
  • Brooms – A broom is generally thought of a tool used to clean, not something that needs cleaning. Even so, a broom still needs to be cleaned thoroughly. Use warm water or a vacuum to get rid of any dirt embedded in the bristles.