The 8 Best All-American Road Trips For Your Kia

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School is just starting to let out, which makes now the perfect time to start thinking about road trip destinations. If you are looking for a road trip packing list or how to get your Kia vehicle ready for the long-term adventure that is a road trip, check out our other blog posts. If your Kia is clean, outfitted, and had its spring checkup, you are ready to choose your route and hit the open road. Here are just eight of the best all-American road trips—some that start in New Jersey and some that might need a pre-road trip adventure before the trip itself can actually begin:

1. See the East Coast.

Start out in Ashbury Park and head south on the Garden State Parkway. Weave your way down the coast towards Outer Banks in North Carolina and don’t forget to stop and see Cape May, and The Claridge Hotel. Before you leave New England, make sure to stop at the Shipwreck Museum in Delaware, and then take the US 13 into Virginia. If you’ve got kids along or just love marine life, there’s the Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia, which is always great fun. Once you get to North Carolina, check out the barrier islands and the location of Wright Brothers’ first flight in Kitty Hawk.

2. Cross the country.

If you’ve never driven across the entire United States, this summer might just be the perfect time. New Jersey is a great starting point, and how long the entire trip takes you really depends on how many things you want to stop and see. The best road trips are flexible—you can stop and get out and visit that weird little museum you just saw a sign for or stop and eat at a dodgy, but busy, diner on the side of the highway. If you do decide to drive across the entire country, consider heading southwest, instead of making the shortest trip across the northern states. Once you leave Ohio, cities will be few and far between, but if you head south, truck stops and highway pullouts are better equipped for long-term travelers.

3. New Jersey to New Orleans.

While you can get to New Orleans after you’ve finished seeing the East Coast, you can also make a more direct line for this party city, making stops in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Mississippi before hitting Louisiana. There are few things as American as the bourbon you can find in Kentucky or the Mississippi River. You’ll see the some of the country’s greatest rural areas, as well as some of the most up and coming cities in the South. Stop by Nashville or Memphis for some music history before continuing on for some Cajun cuisine.

4. Experience the best of the American west.

If you’ve only ever visited California, you’re missing out. After the hustle and bustle of the East Coast, there’s nothing more amazing than the wide open spaces you can find in any state along the Rocky Mountains. Once you’ve made it to Texas, start winding your way through New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Most of your roadside attractions will be geological attractions or remains of ancient civilizations. There’s nothing better than western sun during the summer!

5. Tour the state parks of the east.

If you are looking for a great family road trip, this is definitely the one. The kids will love exploring the outdoors and the promise of being able to get up and walk around in the fresh air after driving for hours can make even the longest drives of your trip bearable. Start with Arcadia in Maine, and then weave your way through the east, stopping at Biscayne, Congaree Swamp, Cuyahoga Valley, Dry Tortuga, the Great Smoky Mountains, and ending up at the Everglades. There will plenty of nature and wildlife to admire and after purchasing an unlimited yearly or lifetime pass, entrance to all of these parks will be free!

6. Tour the lighthouses.

If you go north, instead of south, from New Jersey, you’ll find yourself in lobster and lighthouse country. If you take whichever highways and side roads keep you close to the coast, you’ll be able to see the lighthouses from the street, so you’ll know where to pull off and explore. Try to hit some in the early morning while the fog is rolling in and others in the afternoon to experience the restaurants and fishing villages that usually accompany these lighthouses. Some will be open for visits, others won’t, but they’ll all be fun! Mystic, Connecticut is a good place to “start,” ending up in Bar Harbor, in Maine.

7. Experience true southern barbecue.

If you’d like to have a real impetus to keep moving, why not make food your goal? The south is full of delicious barbecue, and if you start in South Carolina and take the “trail” west towards Texas, you’ll be able to experience every variety that the country has to offer. You might want to keep your favorite breed of barbecue to yourself, however, because South Carolinians and Texans alike are fiercely defensive of their flavor, cooking method, and presentation.

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8. Go where the wind takes you.

This road trip is only for the truly adventurous at heart, who don’t mind getting a little lost and flying by the seat of their pants. Instead of planning a specific route, why not just get in your Kia and drive? If you’ve made the proper preparations, you don’t have to worry about the destination. Flip a coin when it comes time to decide which way to turn. Let each person in the car have a turn to decide which way to go or where to stop. Just make sure that you aren’t so lost that you can’t get back home when the trip is over.

Spring Road Trip Essentials for Your Kia

Kia Sorento Road Trip

As the weather starts to warm up, most people start feeling the itch to get out and go somewhere and do something. After being snowed in for three months, the appeal of the open road is undeniable. A road trip is always an exciting prospect, and while just jumping in your car and hitting the road can be fun and spontaneous, making sure you have a few essentials in your Kia can make even the most spontaneous of road trips a little more fun. Here are the ten things you need to bring on any spring road trip:

1. All the maps.

While having maps on your smartphone might seem like the very ultimate in modern navigation—smartphones die, and usually at the most inconvenient of times. They also don’t always get the reception you need in order for your phone’s GPS to work properly. That means that having a paper map is always a good idea. Luckily, just about any truck stop still sells cheap paper maps, and not just of the highways in your state, but the highways and scenic byways in your state and the surrounding states.

2. A weather app on your smartphone.

Alright, while it might not be the best idea to rely on your smartphone for navigation, but you can probably rely on your smartphone to give you updates about the weather. While there still might be parts of your trip where cell reception is negligible (or non-existent, if you decide to drive cross country and discover yourself in the plains of the Midwest or the desert of the Southwest), most towns will either have enough reception or a coffee shop with free WiFi that lets you check the weather on the next leg of your journey, so you’re never caught in a freak snow or rain storm—unless you want to be.

3. Hours and hours of music.

If you have a new Kia with the upgraded infotainment system, you’ll never be without satellite radio, which provides an endless stream of tunes. If you don’t, you can always make a super-long playlist on your mp3 player or bring your entire CD collection along. Good driving music is usually upbeat and familiar, so it keeps your energy up and everyone in the car can sing along.

4. Snacks, snacks, snacks.

One of the biggest things people forget to take on their road trips is snacks and plenty to drink. While most gas stations have some sort of prepared food section, it’s always better to either make a meal yourself and bring it from home, or stick to snacks that you know won’t wreak havoc on your stomach. Healthy snacks throughout the day and drinking plenty of water can prevent you from succumbing to the temptation of fast food (unless that’s part of the fun of a road trip).

5. Toiletries.

There isn’t a road in the country today that doesn’t have rest stops at least every hundred miles. However, in some of the most deserted areas, that rest stop might not have been restocked recently. Aside from soap, you should also pack hand sanitizer, and maybe even a roll of toilet paper, feminine products, necessary or familiar medicines, and even things like sun screen are always great to have in your car. A simple first aid kit might also be a great idea, even if you’re not planning on doing anything wild and dangerous during your trip.

6. Pillows, blankets, and comfortable clothing.

When we used to road trip with my mother, she would always insist on doing her hair “properly,” and wearing “decent” clothing, while the rest of us were essentially in our most comfortable (and sometimes grungy clothing). She was always the most uncomfortable of the bunch. Pillows can act as lumbar support, blankets to keep some passengers warm if others are too hot, and both for those who want to nap, before it’s their turn at the wheel.

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7. A camera.

Again, this is where a smartphone won’t always cut it. A digital camera, especially one that requires regular batteries, instead of needing to be charged in an outlet, can take great pictures of all of your adventures and any weird or funny things you come across as you traverse the country. There is bound to be a host of exciting activities that you want to document—don’t rely on a smartphone that has sixteen hours of battery at best before it needs to be charged.

8. Charging ports.

If you don’t have a car charger for your smartphone, before you head out on your road trip is the perfect time to get one. These usually plug into the cigarette lighter, while many new Kia models have USB ports and other charging options that mean you don’t actually need any specialized equipment.

9. Your spare keys, tire gauge, tire changing kit, and emergency tool kit.

The last thing you want to do is have your trip ruined because you locked yourself out of your car or have a flat tire that you can’t change. Making sure you have the real essentials in your car before you head out can prevent any time-consuming interruptions to your road trip. Especially if you lose your car keys somewhere, you want to have the spare set in your luggage so you can still drive your car, even if you do have to get a locksmith to let you back in.

10. Sunglasses.

Is there anything more quintessentially “road trip” than a pair of your favorite sunglasses? Slip them on and no matter where you road trip takes you, you’ll look cool and be prepared for whatever comes your way.

5 Places to Get Coffee in and around Burlington NJ

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If you’re looking to pick up a cup of coffee on your way to our Burlington Kia dealership, or as you drive your brand new car from our dealership, then you’ll have plenty of options. There are a number of fantastic coffee places located in and around the Burlington, NJ area that we highly recommend. In fact, any of the following five places would make worthy regular spots to get your morning coffee fix.

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  1. Delran Coffee Shop The Delran Coffee Shop is a local favorite, one that serves great coffee and delicious breakfast. They happen to be very small, so expect a short wait if you plan on sitting down for a bite. However, if you tend to be a rush in the mornings, then this is the perfect spot for dropping in and grabbing your cup of Joe to go. In fact, you can even call ahead and order some food to grab on your way out as well. They have some great breakfast options, including egg platters, omelettes and breakfast sandwiches, and are open to special requests as well.
     
  2. The Daily Grind – This coffee shop, located in the historic district of Mr. Holly, provides a cozy and cheerful atmosphere. In addition to decorating the store for every season, The Daily Grind is filled with regulars – no surprise considering the fantastic coffee and the friendly staff. In addition to being able to purchase all the staples, such as Lattes, Cappuccinos and all of their iced versions, there are plenty of food options as well, including baked goods, Panini-grilled sandwiches and soups and salads.
     
  3. Mary’s Gourmet Donut Shoppe – Nothing goes with a cup of coffee like a donut, and Mary’s Gourmet Donut Shoppe has the best donuts in town. This amazing little spot offers over 30 different types of donuts, from Boston kreme to coconut custards and more. And of course, you can’t pick up donuts without having a coffee – Mary’s Gourmet Donut Shoppe serves freshly ground and brewed Green Mountain Coffee along with five different flavors to choose from. They even have three Keurig Single Cup Brewers and a large variety of k-cups to try out.
     
  4. My Sticky Bunns – Ignore the silly name (or don’t; it’s kind of clever!), My Sticky Bunns offers some delicious treats and some amazing coffee to go with them. It’s also quite a cozy little location, which means that you might want to spend 5 or 10 minutes before work getting comfortable with your cup of coffee and a muffin.
     
  5. Starbucks – Okay, so pretty much every town has a Starbucks. However, if you’re not concerned about whether or not the place you get your coffee from is local, then Starbucks is actually a fantastic coffeehouse. Not only do they have a wide selection of different coffee specialty drinks, they have a number of baked goods and sandwich options as well. Not to mention that Starbucks always puts a lot of effort into creating a comfortable environment that is suitable for enjoying your coffee, whether you’re chatting with a friend, doing some work on your laptop or flipping through a newspaper.

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These are five locations where you can grab your much needed caffeine boost in and around the Burlington, NJ area. Be sure to drop in at our Burlington Kia dealership to check out our many special deals, and don’t hesitate to ask us about what there is to do or where you should go in and around the Burlington, NJ area.

 

July 4th Events in & around Burlington Township, NJ

If you’re looking for a place where you can celebrate our nation’s birthday by yourself or with friends and family, you have a lot of options!  There are some great celebrations that will happen all over and all around Burlington Township, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the must-see spots that we think you should pencil into your calendar!

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  • Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. This year marks 35 years of sky-sparkling history.  The Macy’s name has always found its way into historical celebrations, and the Fourth of July is no exception. Although these fireworks technically take place in New York City, you’ll be able to see them for many miles, so make plans to catch this show. This year marks a remarkable move of the fireworks that were previously moved to the Hudson River, but as of this year, they’ll officially be back on the Brooklyn Bridge.Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
  • Valenzano Family Winery Independence Day Fireworks Festival. Just a short trip to Shamong, NJ can lead you to live music and entertainment at one of the area’s best wineries. Admission at this event is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. The fun takes place at 1090 Rte. 206 in Shamong on Thursday, July 3rd at 5:00pm. Fireworks will light up the sky at sunset, and the festivities go until 10:00pm.
  • Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival. If you head about a half an hour southwest, you can enjoy the fun that will be taking place in Camden all weekend long! Sponsored by Coca-Cola, this event is big, and it’s full of family-friendly fun. This festival starts on Thursday, July 3rd, and it keeps going strong all the way through Sunday, July 6th. The Camden waterfront will play host to live music, military displays and demonstrations, a beer garden featuring Flying Fish Brewery, and much, much more! You can even participate in some of the special events that will be taking place on the Battleship New Jersey.Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival
  • Medford Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Display. If you want to stay in Burlington County, Medford offers a fun option on Thursday, July 3rd from 5:00 until 10:00pm at Freedom Park. There will be music on the Main Stage, a Kid’s Activity Zone for the younger attendees, demonstrations, plenty of food, and a lot of fun!
  • Atlantic City’s 4th of July Fireworks. If you’re looking to live it up big and celebrate our nation’s birthday in real style, take the hour’s drive to Atlantic City, which is already known for being and outgoing, festive, and fun town. The sky over the Atlantic Ocean will be sparkling with fireworks from one of the country’s top five fireworks shows, and for many folks, this is a can’t-miss experience. Each year, over 250,000 people take to the shore and rooftops around Atlantic City to check out the action.Atlantic City’s 4th of July Fireworks
  • Moorestown 4th of July Parade. Not all of the fun has to wait until the sun goes down. Independence Day has always been known for parades, and Moorestown makes sure that it keeps the tradition going. Each year, this parade is built around a theme, and the theme for 2014 is American Icons. You’re sure to see floats that reflect all of the things that make people think of our great country. Maybe you’ll see some purple mountains bringing their majesty through the route or floats that reflect family farms. One thing is for sure, the streets will be filled with creativity on the 4th of July. The fun starts at noon.

If we’ve missed some great fireworks festivals, please feel free to talk about your favorites by using the section below!