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Fall Day Trips

Fall Day Trips - East Petersburg, PA

Traveling throughout Pennsylvania is a great way to make this fall memorable. From taking in the scenery to experiencing fall in entirely new ways, there’s plenty of ways to take in the season. Check out these fall day trips recommended by us here at Lancaster Nissan.

Hellerick’s Family Farm

Located near Doylestown, Hellerick’s Family Farm is home to a family-friendly fall experience no one will soon forget. Explore a five-acre corn maze, take a scenic hayride, or pick your own pumpkins for carving once you return home. As though those activities are reason enough to visit, the farm also holds the Fall Harvest Festival from September 16th through October 31st.

Whistle Pig Pumpkin Patch

The Whistle Pig Pumpkin Patch is located in Noxen and features a number of classic fall activities. Visitors can explore a massive corn maze, take a hayride, and visit the pumpkin patch from which the attraction draws its name.

Ole Covered Wagon Tours

There’s nothing quite like exploring Pine Creek Gorge in a covered wagon! Located in Wellsboro, the gorge features some of the most scenic fall foliage wagon tours in the entire country, let alone the state of Pennsylvania. Visitors can also take a Fall Foliage Waterfalls Tour that will surely take their breath away.

Family Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List - East Petersburg, PA

Experiencing the fall season in new ways or practicing old traditions are great ways to celebrate the season. Cooler weather and luscious scenery provides the opportunity to take in nature in new ways. We here at Lancaster Nissan have a few items to add to your family’s fall bucket list.

Take a Hike

There are few ways to bond with your family that are better than taking a hike. Pennsylvania is full of areas with scenic fall foliage that will leave families, especially those with young children, speechless. Topping off the day with apple cider or hot chocolate is just an added bonus that the kids will enjoy!

Visit a Haunted House

Fall brings scenic views, cooler weather, and the start of the holiday season. Halloween kicks off a string of holidays and the perfect way to get in the spirit is by taking a tour of a haunted house. Local haunted houses have become quite popular which means you won’t have to go far to get a quick fright!

Paint a Pumpkin

Carving a pumpkin can be messy, what with all the seeds and other pumpkin insides. On top of that, young children may not be able to carve their own pumpkin. Fortunately, families of all ages can still decorate pumpkins with paint! Get creative with bright colors and interesting faces, then put it on display for the neighborhood to see.

Backroad Trips in Pennsylvania

Backroad trips in Pennsylvania

There’s nothing quite like cruising down a background in your new Nissan. From scenic views to long, relaxing drives, a backroad trip can make any driver feel complete. Check out these backroad trips in Pennsylvania recommended by us here at Lancaster Nissan.

Bucktail Trail Scenic Byway

Drivers hunting for a two-hour ride down the Bucktail Trail Scenic Byway will find their breath taken away by the scenic landscape. Hills, valleys, and forests cover the entire region. Wildlife is easily visible from the road. Just be careful not to hit any of the wild critters that may be trying to cross the road!

Longhouse Scenic Byway

The Longhouse Scenic Byway encompasses a 29-mile loop. Drivers will travel through Allegheny National Forest and be witness to some of the greatest miracles that nature has to offer. Those who are feeling more active and inspired by nature will have the opportunity to hike and swim. Make sure to get a good view of the Allegheny Reservoir while you’re there!

Lincoln Highway

The Lincoln Highway is a cross-country road that extends from New York to California. Drivers who find themselves heading through Pennsylvania will be subject to tourist hotspots, such as the Lincoln Highway Experience. You won’t want to miss the giant coffee pot in Bedford!

Must-See Pennsylvania Summer Road Trip Destinations

Woman in red car

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

road by trees covered in fog

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!

Common and Unusual Thanksgiving Traditions in the US

Enjoy these Thanksgiving traditions with your friends and family.

Enjoy these Thanksgiving traditions with your friends and family.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving celebration, we’ve put together a list of some of the biggest Thanksgiving traditions practiced across the country every year, as well as some not so common ones you might want to try out.

Everyone has a big Thanksgiving feast every year, and it’s almost always centered around the Thanksgiving turkey. The way Americans eat is always evolving, so if you have vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or allergic relatives, use Thanksgiving as a way to stretch your cooking skills.

Many people use Thanksgiving as a chance to volunteer at homeless shelters and foodbanks. If you’re looking for something to do as a family on Thanksgiving that will enrich your children, or just yourself, try it out!

Don’t forget the ceremonial breaking of the wishbone. Two people pull on opposite ends of the wishbone from the turkey and whoever gets the bigger half makes a wish. This is especially fun for kids. Before dessert, try taking a walk around the block or tossing a ball around to digest a little before digging in. This gives you a chance to spend quality time with family.

If you have relatives who live far away, you can still include them in the Thanksgiving conversation and games by setting up a Skype session or Google Hangout. If you’ve never done this before, this year is a great time to enlist the technological skills of younger relatives.

Thanksgiving is all about traditions, but it’s never too late to start a new one!

How to Test Drive a Car

Tips for your next test drive.

Tips for your next test drive.

Taking a car on a test drive seems like a pretty simple thing, but there are things you can do to get as much information about the car as you can from your short spin around the block. Here are some tips on how to test drive a car.

You should always schedule your test drive in advance so you know they’ll have the car you want to test drive, or one close to it. This also gives you a chance to get in and out more quickly and gives you more time to drive a few different cars for comparison.

If you have family or someone you drive regularly, bring them with you to see how they like the ride. The vehicle you choose needs to work for everyone who rides in it. Check the amount of cargo space, seat comfort, how easily accessible the controls are, and test out any other features that are especially important to you.

Actually driving the car is a chance to find out a lot about the vehicle. Pay attention to the ride quality, and try out the navigation system if there is one, connect your mobile device through Bluetooth or Apple CarPlay/Android Auto if they’re available, and listen to how noisy the cabin is.

Make sure visibility is ideal for you. If you have trouble seeing or you’re not comfortable with how much you can see, try another vehicle. Make sure you have enough power to quickly merge into traffic, can turn easily, and won’t have trouble parking it.

It’s a lot to think about, so if you need to, ask your salesperson if you can extend the drive a little, and never be afraid to ask questions about features you aren’t familiar with.

2017 Nissan Armada

2017 Nissan Armada

2017 Nissan Armada

In the market for full-size SUVs, there aren’t many options that are able to match the style and luxury of the 2017 Nissan Armada. If you want a vehicle that can be taken on long road trips and daily outings, explore the new Nissan Armada today.

 

The first thing that most people notice when they get into the new Armada is the luxurious interior. Plastic has been outlawed inside of the Armada, and there is available leather seating. For audio lovers, there is a 13-speaker Bose® sound system that captures the nuances of all types of music. There are still three rows of seating in the cabin, which allows for plenty of leg and headroom.

 

The exterior of the car is sleek and stylish, complimented by 20-inch wheels and a sunroof for those nice days. Under the hood, there is plenty of power. The Armada’s 5.6-liter V8 engine is capable of hauling up to 8,500 pounds, and it features 390 horsepower, which allows it to reach 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. Not bad for a vehicle that weighs three tons.

 

The new Nissan Armada is available in three trims: the SV, the SL, and Platinum.