Spring Road Trips to Take From New York

2020 MAZDA CX-9 | Wantagh, NY

If you just purchased a new vehicle from Wantagh Mazda and you’re looking to take it on a spring road trip, the travel bugs at our dealership have compiled a list of great destinations to visit.

Newport, Rhode Island: If you want to enjoy coastal living for a weekend, consider visiting Newport, Rhode Island. Just four hours away from Wantagh, Newport is filled with gorgeous Victorian architecture – some of which you can rent for the night – and a bustling downtown filled with eateries and shops. Enjoy gawking at Vanderbilt-built mansions, chartering a sailboat, and eating chowder with the salty ocean breeze whipping through your hair.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The City of Brotherly Love is only a three-hour drive from Wantagh, and is a great city to visit when Manhattan’s charms no longer hold your attention. History buffs will love seeing national treasures like the Liberty Bell and the home of Ben Franklin in person, while art lovers will enjoy the cities many galleries like the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Of course, you can’t leave without trying a Philly cheesesteak.

The Catskills: If you want to commune with nature during your getaway from Wantagh, visit the Catskills in New York. Approximately three and a half hours away, enjoy peace and quiet surrounded by mountain views. Opportunities for hiking, skiing, and golfing are plentiful in the area.

Don’t forget to visit the Wantagh Mazda service department before your road trip so we can make sure your Mazda is road-ready.

Call the 511 Traffic System for Up-to-Date Driving Information

When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, movie aficionados know to call a certain team of paranormal experts. However, if you’re looking for an up-to-date national resource for travelers, consider calling 511. While 911 is reserved for the police and 411 is a local directory, 511 is for real-time traffic information. Provided by the US Department of Transportation, the 511 traffic system is an unparalleled resource for most seasoned travelers.

 

According to the DMV, the 511 system will give you real-time information about road closures, accidents, detours, and even weather alerts. If you plan on driving up to Canada, you can learn about border crossing wait times, or you can even get ride-sharing details if you’d like to save some money on gas. Currently 35 states participate in the 511 system (perhaps one reason not everyone knows about it), so it’s a great resource for road trips out of state.

 

How does it work? Naturally you can simply dial 511 in New York; however, the state also offers other ways to access information. For instance, you can check the online 511 homepage for New York for live camera feeds. You can also use a smartphone app or check the state social media accounts, and you even sign up for My 511NY to get information about your daily commute. Just keep in mind to pull over before calling 511 if you’re on the highway.

 

Looking for the perfect vehicle for your traveling needs? Look no further than one of our vehicles at Wantagh Mazda.

 


Thanksgiving Road Trip Games for Kids and Teens

 

Long road trips can be exhausting, but no one hates being stuck in a car for hours and hours more than kids. Make your Thanksgiving trip more bearable for everyone with these fun road trip games.

One game that can keep your kids distracted for a while is The Name Game. There are lots of variations of this one, so try out a few different ones. You can make it a memory game by saying a word for each letter of the alphabet, and each person has to repeat the entire alphabet. Or have each person say a name, and the next person has to say another name that ends with the letter of the previous name.

Of course, there’s always the old standby “I Spy,” where the person spying describes something they see, saying “I spy with my little eye something…” and everyone else has to guess what it is. 20 Questions is a similar one, where you think of something for the others in the car to guess, and they ask you questions to narrow it down.

If all else fails, have a singalong. Play everyone’s favorite music and give them a chance to lead it. The staff at Wantagh Mazda wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving, and if you’re in need of a great road trip car for the holiday season, stop in for a visit.