Try One of These Texas Day Trips to End Your Summer Right

It might make you sad to hear it, but the summer is quickly drawing to a close. If you have kids, you probably have already started back-to-school shopping. However, before the school year officially starts, try one or more of these Texas day trips.

Fort Davis

This is one of the best surviving military sites from the Indians Wars era of the late 1800s. This fort was in operation from 1854 to 1891. Visitors can tour many of the restored buildings.

Fort Worth Stockyards

Twice every day, you can watch live cow herding at the Fort Worth Stockyards. In addition, every Friday and Saturday night there is a fun-filled rodeo.

Palo Duro Canyon

This beautiful red rock canyon is often called the “second Grand Canyon.” The park is open every day from 7am-10pm. There are campsites available for a longer stay.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Walk in the footsteps of giants with a visit to Dinosaur Valley State Park. Follow the river to find the dinosaur tracks. You can also go horseback riding, camping, find a geocache, go for a swim, or catch some fish.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we hope you have a great end to your summer and an even better start to the school year.

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The Texas Road Trip of Hidden Beaches

What’s more summery than a trip to the beach? How about a road trip! This Texas road trip will let you combine two summer traditions by taking you to the Lone Star State’s best hidden beaches.

Surfside Beach

If you’re starting near Midland Buick GMC Cadillac in Midland or at another inland location, give yourself a day or two to drive to the coast. Then, make Surfside Beach your first stop. This beautiful beach will let your drive your GMC truck right onto the sand, and is the perfect spot for a bonfire or even a night of camping.

Matagorda Bay

Head south along the coast to arrive at Galveston where you’ll take a ferry to Matagorda Bay. This nature preserve island is the perfect place to find some peace and quiet, or to take a kayak out for some up-close encounters with local wildlife.

San Jose Island

Further south you’ll find San Jose Island, a peaceful coastal spot with plenty of room to breathe and dip your toes in the water.

If you want more secluded Texas beaches, you can keep your road trip going all the way down to the Rio Grande Delta. You’re guaranteed to find many of your own special spots that you’ll want to return to every summer from here forward.

 

Best Texas Campgrounds

For many Texas families, it’s just not summer yet until you’ve taken a good camping trip. Get things underway by visiting one of these excellent Texas campgrounds.

Fritch Fortress Campground

Fritch is just a four hour drive north from Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, which seems just right for a weekend getaway. Located near Lake Meredith, this campground offers plenty of breathtaking views and fun outdoor activities. It’s also perfect for family trips thanks to its accommodations like trash services, fresh water, and showers. Plus, it’s free!

Bolivar Flats

Bolivar is much farther away from Midland, but the journey is worth it for the beach camping. Pack plenty of food and water and your favorite water toys, because with a $10 permit you’re allowed to drive right onto the beach to set up your campsite there.

Camp Creek Recreation Area

This site is in the same direction as Bolivar, but much closer. Camp Creek is a beautiful place to spend a few days, and also features amenities like fire pits, picnic tables, and grills for easy meal preparation. The land is covered in pecan trees, filled with deer and other wildlife, and welcoming to visitors in every sense of the word!

Hiking in Midland: Find Trails Near You

Hiking in MidlandNow that summer is right around the corner and the temperatures are warming, it’s the perfect time to get out and explore trails in the area. Hiking is a great way to get exercise while also experiencing the great outdoors, and many find it incredibly rewarding. Plus, if you need a car to go on your next adventure, you can easily find one at Midland Buick GMC. Read on to learn more about hiking in Midland.

According to All Trails, one of the top trails in the area is the I-20 Wildlife Preserve. This easy trail is perfect for beginners looking for scenic views. There are a range flora and fauna in the preserve, including butterfly, hawks, bobcats, porcupines, and turtles, among other things.

Beal Park is especially friendly for young kids. This park has a cricket field, baseball, grilling, fishing, and more. There is also a windmill and elevated tank, making this park a one-stop location for summer fun. Visit today to see what else makes this location truly special.

Finally, check out the Windlands Park Loop Trail. This short 0.8-mile loop has light traffic as well as wildlife, and its perfect for walking. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash, and this park also offers wide-open spaces for running as well. Visit one of the many great trails in Midland today.

June Events in Midland: Things to Do

June Events in MidlandThere are tons of June events in Midland to consider. From local farmers’ markets to comedy performance, there is truly something for everyone in the area. Midland is especially well known for its welcoming community and rich history, one reason we here at Midland Buick GMC couldn’t be happier to serve the area.

According to Your Basin, there are a range of things to consider in June. In particular, this includes the local farmers’ market, held every Saturday through the month. This is held at the Museum of the Southwest, and you’ll find fresh bread, jam, veggies, and more. It’s held from 8:30am to 12:30pm, so be sure to stop by.

You can also check out Brian Regan at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center on June 10. This event is at 7:30pm, and tickets start at $69. Regan is known for both his clean humor and his singing, bringing a distinct quality to his comedy that you just can’t find elsewhere.

Finally, check out the Midland Hot Dog Run. There is a 5K and 1K on June 24 from 7:00am to 11:00am. This will be held at Midland College, starting in the parking lot of the Allison Fine Arts Building. There will be pet contests and prizes as well, making this run truly enjoyable for all ages.

Midland Events and Activities: Enjoy the Fall

Midland events and activities for October.
Midland events and activities for October.

There’s plenty to do in the Midland area. The city is known for its diverse culture and welcoming community, making it one of the best places to visit. Hop in your new GM vehicle and explore the area today. Read on for Midland events and activities.

According to the Midland Chamber of Commerce, you can visit the Autumn Fête, which is short for a celebration or festival. This fall event is scheduled for October 27 from 5:30 to 8:30pm, and the proceeds will benefit the Midland “Need to Read” program. You can get some great food, shop from a range of vendors, and experience the august atmosphere of the event. Vendors will be selling arts, crafts, rifles, cigars, and more. This is a truly unique event.

What else is happening in Midland, TX? You can stop by the Fall Family Festival on October 31 to experience the spirit of the season. This month is associated with ghosts and ghouls, as well as falling leaves and campfires. This event takes place at the Fairmont Park Church of Christ from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, with games, trick or treat, bounce houses, and more. Best of all, this event is free to all.

These are just some of the many events and activities in Midland. Hop in your GM vehicle to explore the area today.

Events in Midland, TX: Explore Your Community

Enjoy events in Midland this October.
Enjoy events in Midland this October.

Getting a new GMC, Buick, or Cadillac opens up a world of possibilities, especially when it comes to local events in Midland. There are plenty of attractions and events that are perfect for the whole family, from art shows to charity events. You can always find something for everyone in the Midland area.

The Kamiposi Art Gallery Show is happening all October, an event that’s great for a range of individuals. According to the Midland Chamber of Commerce, the event features a night of art, musicians, touring bands, and more. You can see them every Friday during the month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Kamiposi Art Gallery.

You should also check out the 2016 Sibley Nature Festival on October 8 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. This year celebrates bees, butterflies, bats, and birds—each of which pollinates the local flora. You can see exhibits, attend lectures, make crafts, and more. Plus, with local food trucks all around, you can also get some great eats. There will be guided hikes in the area as well.

These are just two of the many events in the area. Midland is a great community for virtually anyone, with tons to do year round. Explore your community today.

New 2017 Sierra 1500 Features: Setting New Standards

new 2017 Sierra 1500 features
new 2017 Sierra 1500 features

The 2017 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 is getting some great new options and features. You’ll be able to experience this award-winning vehicle like never before thanks to these updates and upgrades.

According to GM Authority, the new model will come with some new colors. The brand has dropped the colors Light Steel Gray Metallic and Iridium Metallic in favor of Dark Slate Metallic and Mineral Metallic. These new colors give the Sierra 1500 a bold look that will drop your jaw. The Denali still comes in three models, including the Short Box Crew Cab (2WD), Standard Box Crew Cab (4WD), and Short Box Crew Cab (4WD).

Other new features for the Denali version include a new Cocoa/Maple interior color combination and a range of high-tech gadgets. Teen Drive mode helps track the habits of new drivers, while Low Speed Mitigation Braking will work to prevent accidents. Plus, you get features like an Enhanced Driver Alert Package, IntelliBeam Headlights, power-adjustable pedals, and more.

Finally, this model also has 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, chrome inserts, and a cap-less fuel fill system. There’s nothing quite like the new 2017 GMC Sierra Denali 1500. With new features and upgrades, this model now comes with everything you could ever need or want.

New 2017 Sierra Denali 2500HD Design Includes Hood Scoop

2017 Sierra Denali 2500HD design
2017 Sierra Denali 2500HD design

The 2017 Sierra Denali 2500HD is one of the most recognizable trucks on the market. Offering unparalleled design, power, comfort, and control, this model can always get the job done. For the 2017 model year, the 2500HD is getting some new looks and upgrades that will blow you away. Here’s a list of some of the many new features.

According to GMC, the 2017 Sierra Denali 2500HD design is getting a new hood scoop design that adds to the athletic appearance. A hood scoop not only looks great, but it can also increase airflow and improve performance. Believe it or not, the Sierra Denali 2500 accounts for 28 percent of HD retail sales, which means a large group of HD pickups are seeing these upgrades.

Under the hood is an available 6.6-liter turbocharged diesel V8 that gets up to 765 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to this power, you can even tow up to 13,000 pounds when properly equipped. Plus, with a 4×4 system, intelligent transmission, and heavy-duty suspension, you also get improved performance and handling.

The Denali also comes with many exclusive features like chrome accents, alloy wheels, leather seating, and the latest high-tech gadgets. For a work-horse that can also keep you comfortable, check out the new 2017 Sierra Denali 2500HD.

Stop by the Midland County Fair from Aug. 25-28

Info on the 7th Annual Midland County Fair
Info on the 7th Annual Midland County Fair

Looking for something fun to do? Hop in your car and visit the 7th annual Midland County Fair. There will be tons of events and activities, creative arts, displays, food, games, rides, and more. Everyone can have a blast at the Midland County Fair.

According to the official website, the first fair was organized in 2009 in order to provide the community with a fun and welcoming event. The permanent venue for the fair is the Midland County Horseshoe Arena, which have four performance venues including the Main Arena, Education Building, Livestock Building, and Outdoor Arena. The fair will be held from August 25 to the 28.

What events will be at the fair this year? You can see some of the following events:

  • Blue Ribbon Competitions
  • Cowboy Bootcamp Adventure
  • Little Miss Midland County
  • Pet Porch
  • Chase Quine Memorial Bull Riding
  • Charro Extravaganza
  • Black Gold Shootout

These are just some of the many events. The Blue Ribbon Competitions will include the following categories: Fine Arts, Culinary Arts, Photography, Crafts and Hobbies, Tablescapes, and Quilts. There will also be tons of great food thanks to a range of vendors, as well as performances by Michael Salgado. Stop by the Midland County Fair from August 25 to 28. You’re bound to have a good time.