Family vacations can be important for family bonding and are a nice change of pace from the routine. But let’s face it: They can be expensive. That’s why we have compiled some of our favorite tips for saving money on family road trips.
Meal prep ahead of time: Meals can be one of the most expensive parts of traveling, especially if you have a lot of mouths to feed. Skip the expensive restaurants and gas station snacks by packing meals for the whole family. You can pack sandwiches, fruits, veggies, and waters in a cooler, and bring along healthy snacks like protein bars, cereal, and trail mix to keep everyone from getting hungry.
Skip the hotels: Instead of expensive hotels and potentially multiple rooms for larger families, try camping at a state park along your route. If camping is not your family’s idea of a good time, look for cheaper deals on Airbnb or consider staying with family or friends you know in other states.
Stick to the speed limit: Speeding is not just unsafe; it also kills your fuel economy. For fewer trips to the fuel pump—and to avoid expensive speeding tickets—stick to the posted speed limits during your trip.
If you want to accessorize your Toyota to be even more useful for your upcoming road trip, stop into Capital Toyota to peruse our selection. Safe travels!
Whether you are visiting Chattanooga or live here, the Tennessee Aquarium is an attraction that should not be missed! Visitors rate it the Best Aquarium in America for overall guest satisfaction, and it is easy to see why!
The Aquarium offers a remarkable journey through aquatic areas and animals through two buildings. Located on the beautiful downtown riverfront, the RiverJourney building traces the path for freshwater from the mountains to the sea. In these exhibits, you will see brightly colored trout, mischievous alligators, curious otters, and other freshwater animals.
The second building is called Ocean Journey and focuses on saltwater habitats. These exhibits house playful penguins, touchable stringrays, and beautiful displays of coral reefs. Immerse yourself in the marine life of the ocean and discover great diversity.
You will need at least two hours to visit the Aquarium, but we highly encourage spending more time there. There are also many free animal programs throughout the day which enhance the Aquarium experience.
In addition to the two buildings, there is an IMAX theater which will take you to beautiful new places! There is an extra fee, but it is definitely worth the experience! For even more of an experience, add a trip on the River Gorge Explorer. An Aquarium naturalist will guide the two-hour excursion, help spot wildlife, and bring local history to life.
There is even a free Tennessee Aquarium app which you can use to plan your visit! We at Capital Toyota hope you find time this summer to visit our amazing Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.
If you’re leaving on a trip to see your family or enjoy warmer climates, you aren’t the only one—December is, after all, a month of holiday travels.
Unfortunately, it’s also a month of hazardous driving conditions. Before you head out on a trip, it helps to be prepared. Here are a few safe driving tips for the holidays!
Make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape. You don’t want to drive over snow and slush in a car that isn’t in pristine condition. Get it checked out today at Capital Toyota!
Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads. If you intend to go somewhere specifically on Christmas Eve or New Year’s, you should consider leaving early.
Stay fresh and alert. Long trips are exhausting. Let someone else drive when you get tired, or pull over at a rest stop if no one can.
Use a designated driver. Even the most conservative of us find themselves drinking during the holidays, and unless you plan to stay the night, not having a designated driver is a recipe for disaster when it’s time to head home.
From all of us here at Capital Toyota, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!
Chattanooga, Tennessee is an ideal spot to enjoy the great outdoors. With beautiful mountains and rivers and abundant wildlife, there is plenty to enjoy. Here are some great camping destinations in Chattanooga.
Raccoon Mountain. This campground is open year-round and is located at the base of Raccoon Mountain. It provides great natural views while also being close to other local attractions. Campground amenities include guest laundry, outdoor swimming pool, hiking trails, no-charge wireless internet access, and more. Camping sites range from primitive tents to cabins to full-service RV sites.
Lookout Mountain. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this 37-acre KOA campground provides breathtaking views of the historic Lookout Mountain. Your family will enjoy the swimming pool, playground, free wireless internet, and more.
Harrison Bay State Park. At this beautiful park and campground, your family will be able to take a swim, enjoy a bike ride, observe the local bird population, head out on the water on Chickamauga Lake, and even go for a round of golf. Bring your RV or pack up your tent.
Will you be spending any part of the summer camping with your family this year?