Four Summer Road Trips You Won’t Want to Skip

Now is the season to take advantage of America’s beautiful landscapes and cities with one of those summer road trips you’ve been putting off for far too long. All of us here at Gossett Hyundai South have spent our fair share of time on the road, so let us make a few suggestions to get you headed in the right direction for summer fun:

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  1. Head south to New Orleans for music, mystery, and an undeniably good time. The city is always alive with spur-of-the-moment parades or live outdoor jazz performances, not to mention that the surrounding landscapes and wildlife are just as unforgettable.
  2. Journey up to Michigan’s lake country and camp out under the stars or get cozy in one of the many bed and breakfasts. You’ll certainly forget you’re in the Midwest when you’re cruising down mile after mile of lakefront freeways.
  3. Now just might be the time to finally make your way to Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. While you’re there, you may as well check out one or two of the dozens of incredible natural wonders in the region, like Devil’s Tower in Wyoming or a sunset in Badlands National Park.
  4. Now for the most classic of all these summer road trips: take your sweet time crossing the country, stopping at all the roadside attractions you can, until you make it to California’s gorgeous coastline. First things first: step right out of your driving shoes and wade into the Pacific Ocean. Now that is satisfaction!

New Ice Rink Opened in Downtown Memphis

ice rink opened in Downtown Memphis

Photo by Benson Kau.

For those who have exhausted their sleds and are tired of building snowmen, there is a new outdoor winter activity that can be enjoyed in Memphis. And this one burns 250-800 calories per hour. At the end of 2016, the Fourth Bluff Ice Rink opened in downtown Memphis in the Mississippi River Park (previously known as the Jefferson Davis Park). The new, seasonal rink is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $10 which includes the price of skate rentals.

The brand new ice rink in Memphis is all thanks to a national initiative known as Reimagining the Civic Commons. This group works across the country to bring fresh life back into important and memorable pieces of cities, like trails, parks, and plazas. They’ve also worked with cities in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

As long as there is winter weather suitable for ice skating, the rink will remain open and is expected to stay open at least until the end of January. The rink will also host special events like food trucks, live music, and skating lessons. So put on your hat and scarf, and then get ready to work on your axles as well as your spins at the Fourth Bluff Ice Rink.

 

Fun November Events in Memphis, Tennessee

holiday lightsLooking for November events in Memphis? We have what you’re looking for! Memphis is one of the most popular tourist cities in the US, and that means there’s always something exciting and unique to do.

The Indie Memphis Film Festival kicks off the first week of the month with 150 independent films. The festival just announced the full lineup, so check it out!

The Graceland Lighting Ceremony also takes place in November. Every year at Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, officials and celebrity guests hold a ceremony, at the end of which they pull a lever and light up all the Christmas lights that have been strung across the grounds. John Stamos was there two years ago!

If you’re a comic book fan, you won’t want to miss the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention, which will take place on the weekend of November 18th to 20th. Enjoy the gaming, concerts, and awesome industry guests!

Shelby Farms Park and the Memphis Botanic Garden both start their Christmas events in November, so use the early chance to see the Starry Nights lights exhibit and the Snowy Nights event, where even in Memphis your children can play in snow!

Whether you want to get into the Christmas spirit or just have fun at an event celebrating a medium you love, Memphis has something fun for you to do this November!

Fall Activities in Memphis for Your Family

ElephantMemphis, Tennessee is home to dozens of spectacular activities that can easily fill a long weekend. It’s never too early to start planning, so here are a few ideas for activities in Memphis from us here at Gossett Hyundai South.

  • Memphis Zoo – The Memphis Zoo is home to thousands of animals that range from birds to fish. Mammals, like the pandas, are some of the zoo’s most popular exhibits. The zoo holds special events and exhibits regularly, so everyone can stop by to see something out of the ordinary. In addition to normal exhibits, the zoo also holds animal shows and rides. Keep your kids captivated with a trip to the Memphis Zoo!
  • Mud Island River ParkMud Island River Park is a five-block river model designed to teach visitors and locals alike about life on the Mississippi River. Most visitors spend anywhere from four to 12 hours at the park, which means it’s perfect for an all-day activity. The place offers scenic views of the river and downtown Memphis as well as access to the Mississippi Museum.
  • Graceland – The home of Elvis Presley is one of the most popular destinations in Memphis, and for good reason. See the King’s humble beginnings to his rise to becoming a superstar. Check out how he lived and see his own personal mementos. Sitting on 14 acres, the Graceland Mansion is one of the most famous homes in the United States.

2016 Live at the Gardens Lineup Includes REO Speedwagon

concertRelaxing on the lawn under the stars amid the Memphis Botanic Gardens…If there is a better way to experience a rock-n-roll concert, let us know!

The Live At The Garden concert series has been going strong for 15 years. It’s a recipe that works:  the curators bring in only the most top-notch acts for an evening of outdoor music. Past acts include such diverse chart-toppers as The Goo Goo Dolls, Hall and Oates, Darius Rucker, and ZZ Top.

So far this year, the 2016 Live at the Garden lineup has included Heart and Gregg Allman. But the best show of the year has yet to come….

REO Speedwagon is slated to make an appearance at the Gardens on August 25th. For those of you living under a rock, this group has sold over 40 million records to date. They are responsible for such hits as the “Keep on Lovin’ You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” and the rock-n-roll barn burner “Riding the Storm Out.” Bring your dancing shoes—this show is going to rock!

Explore Your Area: Free Things to Do in Memphis

With a new car, you can easily explore the Memphis area. In addition to some of the largest attractions in the world, the area is also home to some of truly fun and interesting activities and events. We’ve put together a list of free things to do in Memphis, all of which are great for virtually anyone.

Want to see a museum or attraction without spending money? There are several free-days at select locations around Memphis, as well as attractions that are free to the public year round. According to Memphis Travel, this includes Graceland’s Meditation Garden from 7:30am to 8:30am daily, the Memphis Zoo from 2:00pm to close on Tuesdays, and the National Civil Rights Museum from 3:00pm to close on Mondays.

Have kids? No problem. Check out the Mud Island Riverwalk. Spanning five city blocks, it features scale models and historic markers. Levitt Shell, an outdoor pavilion where Elvis first performed, is also great for kids. With over 50 free concerts and events per year, this historic location is a great way for kids to experience local history and culture.

You can also visit one of the many bike routes in Memphis. With a network expanding over 60 miles, you can drive on bike paths or explore off-road trials. Overton Park is also home to some truly unique hikes, which are great for both kids and adults. Finally, check out the South Main Trolley Nights in the historic district for a free trip around the area from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

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3 Great Offbeat Attractions in Tennessee

lakeWant to make a memorable road trip this summer? Whether you just naturally like to travel the road less traveled or you have seen all of the mainstream attractions, check out these offbeat attractions in Tennessee.

Lost Sea – Sweetwater

Nothing makes memories like sailing the crystalline waters of an underground lake. In Sweetwater, you can hike 3/4 of a mile down into a beautiful cavern to find the Lost Sea. The lake covers about four acres, has yet to be fully explored by divers, and features giant fish.

The Secret City – Oak Ridge

The Manhattan Project was set in Oak Ridge back during WWII. Scientists there built the world’s first nuclear weapons. There were a lot of people involved in the project, numbering 70,000 at its peak. Nowadays, Oak Ridge is like a lot of other towns but there are remnants of that historical endeavor everywhere if you just know where to look. Good thing there are guided tours!

The Evil Dead Cabin – Morristown

Are you into zombie flicks and trespassing? If so, the cabin used in the filming of the original Evil Dead is actually still standing. Unfortunately, it’s private property. But maybe you could take it in from a nearby grassy knoll. Bring your binoculars.

These destinations may be unusual, but one thing they are not is boring!

Information on April Festivals in Memphis

Spring has officially sprung. Here in Memphis, the fun never stops—but rather it kicks up a notch as the weather gets warmer and sunnier. If you’re ready to kick your cabin fever to the curb, here are some great April festivals in Memphis.

  • Overton Square Crawfish Festival. If you love crawfish, this festival is for you. Eat some delicious food, listen to great live music, and check out some handmade crafts from local artists. The festival will be held on April 9th from noon-6pm at Overton Square.
  • 30th Annual Africa in April. Get a glimpse of Tanzanian culture at this fantastic four-day festival. It will be held April 14th-17th on Beale Street and at Robert R. Church Park. You can explore booths, visit the health and wellness station, watch dramatic performances, listen to music, and eat tasty cuisine.
  • Bacon & Bourbon. This festival combines two great things into one great event. Come eat some fantastic food serviced by local restaurants and try some bourbon. Tickets costs $35 and you must be at least 21 to attend. It will be held on April 16th from 6pm-9pm at Central Station.
  • Beale Street Music Festival. Held April 29th through May 1st at Tom Lee Park, this festival combines headlining acts with local favorites. You can purchase tickets online.

Are you planning to attend any of these great April festivals in Memphis this month?