Stunning drives through North Texas

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Most people associate driving through North Texas as driving in the Dallas metropolitan area. However, what they don’t realize is that North Texas is much more than the cityscapes. In fact, there are several scenic drives in North Texas that are nowhere near the image that most people share. The following is a list of seven stunning drives that cruise through North Texas:

The Bluebonnet Trail

Imagine driving for miles and miles and seeing fields covered with bluebonnet flowers. Miles of bluebonnet fields is exactly what you can see less than 30 minutes from Dallas on either I-45 South or bordering country roads. During the month of April, during the Bluebonnet Trails Festival, bluebonnets are additionally seen starting in Dallas and working south all the way to the Bluebonnet Trail.

Granbury Historic Square

Not all scenic drives are rural. The drive to Granbury Historic Square is perfect for the history buff. Just 38 miles from Fort Worth, visitors find a drive full of historic markers, and landmarks with that transport them back to the wild west. Stop in town and have a fantastic lunch at one of the great restaurants or watch one of the popular gun battles reenacted.  continue reading…

Best Concept Cars of 2014

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Every year, the most creative automakers in the world get to step out of the competitive practicality box that dominates the market and delve into the imaginative landscape of concept cars. Now is a great time for the medium, as technological advances make concept cars as much about thrilling features as sleek designs.

Let’s take a look at some of 2014’s most interesting concept cars and then see what’s in store for the years ahead.

Volkswagon T-Roc

Based loosely on the European-only Tiguan, VW’s T-Roc is an odd duck that’s only silly outside the context of other, oddly sized convertibles. It’s essentially a compact SUV with a convertible top, following in the footsteps of the German automaker’s recent love of small, jumpy SUV crossovers.

Running on a diesel engine with more kick than most cars its size, the T-Roc puts a sporty spin on other large, open-top concepts like the Hummer convertible and the out-of-fashion Jeep. Unusual, sure, but it could be a heck of a lot of fun. continue reading…

Car Shows to Visit While in North Texas

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Get your engines revved up for some family fun at a car show near you. If you love classic cars or are just looking for something exciting to do with the kids, a great car show offers lots of fun at a low price. You can enter your own car and, with any luck, you’ll win some bragging rights.

Here are five family-friendly car shows cruising through north Texas in 2015.

Classics on the Square

McKinney, TX

On the last Saturday of each month, classic car owners and enthusiasts gather in Historic Downtown McKinney, TX to appreciate all types of classic cars and trucks. Hosted by the Morning Maniacs, the car show runs from 7:30-10:30 a.m. and is open to all ages. continue reading…

Perot Museum in Dallas - A Great Local Sight

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Dallas has a diverse selection of museums that can fit into any family’s vacation plans. Whether your family enjoys art, science, or history, these four museums will keep you interested for hours.

1. Dallas Museum of Art

Since its founding in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art has grown into an impressive institute hosting permanent collections including:

  • Ancient Mediterranean art
  • South Asian art
  • European art
  • African art objects
  • Decorative and design arts
  • Ancient American art

Some highlights from the collections include works by Claude Monet, Juan Gris, and Paul Cezanne.

The museum offers free general admission. Visitors may need to pay for special events, though, including the concerts, readings, and film screenings. continue reading…

Scion's affordable sports  car

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As you climb into your sensible sedan and drive to work, do you start dreaming about flying past other drivers in a shiny new sports car? Do you picture the wind in your hair as you cruise down the highway, with all the other cars jealous of your cool ride? You don’t have to break the bank on a sports car, and you won’t be stuck with a model with terrible MPG. Here are the top four picks on the road today.

2015 Scion FR-S

The Scion FR-S isn’t the fastest or most powerful car on our list, but it’s one of the most affordable at less than $30,000. With a flat-4 200-horsepower engine, the Scion is the car you take out on windy country roads because of its excellent handling. Engineers revamped the suspension system in 2015, giving it a more grounded feel and better steering than last year’s model.

Enjoy the fuel-efficient 25/34 mpg city/highway as you go from 0-60 in seven seconds, hitting a maximum speed of 150 mph. There’s no doubt that the Scion FR-S is one of the most efficient sports models on the market.  continue reading…

Amazing Police Cars from All Over the Country

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Police departments around the world have added supercars to their vehicle line-ups in recent years. While the purpose of some is mostly to raise public awareness about road safety, some are in use for regular police service. Here are just a few examples.

Lamborghini Gallardo – Italy

You’ll find this supercar patrolling the streets of Rome. With its 560 horsepower engine, the ability to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 203 miles per hour, criminals don’t stand a chance of getting away from this sleek cruiser. The Italian State Police received the Gallardo as a donation from Lamborghini.

Porsche 911 – Germany

While there are indeed speed limits on the Autobahn, at 80 miles per hour: that’s still higher than you’ll find on most American freeways and highways. The Germans needed a car that’s capable of patrolling the 6,800 mile stretch of freeway, and with its superior handling at any speed and awesome horsepower –the minimum horsepower for this model is 350 — the Porsche 911 suits this purpose very well.  continue reading…

Fantastic Oktoberfest Celebrations in the Lone Star State

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If you were to close your eyes and think of a state with a large German population, which would you imagine? New York, maybe, where so many immigrants land. Wisconsin, which has Milwaukee and the Brewers. Possibly Illinois, which has Chicago — one of the beer capitals of the United States.

Would Texas be on that list? Probably not, but it should be. Texas actually has a surprisingly rich German culture, which they celebrate with a plethora of Oktoberfests. Here are four such festivals that are definitely worth a visit (preferably with a designated driver).

1. Addison Oktoberfest

According to Addisontexas.net, the Addison Oktoberfest is the “most authentic Oktoberfest outside Munich!” continue reading…

Great Cars to Test Drive

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Tired of your Nissan Versa? Is your Chevy Malibu not cutting it? Daewoo got you down? While all cars serve the same fundamental purpose — to get you from point A to point B — some just do it faster than others.

Here, we’ll take a look at five cars men dream about driving.

The Italdesign Aztec

What looks like the DeLorean’s cooler cousin is actually the 1988 Italdesign Aztec, a concept car from the same design company that brought us the Volkswagen Golf. Its 197 horsepower engine seems tame compared to some other concepts, but clever engineering allows drivers to reach speeds over 150 miles per hour. The Aztec’s most distinguishing feature is its separated seating for driver and passenger; the two actually have to communicate via an electronic system. continue reading…

Great Towns to Visit in Texas

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Taking a road trip through Texas? There are thousands of unique small towns in the Lone Star State, so you won’t be short on options when looking for a place to lay your hat for a while. Here are five towns you should definitely drive to in Texas.

Rockport

Located 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, the town of Rockport boasts a picturesque setting along Arkansas Bay. The town is home to fewer than 9,000 people, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with an array of attractions to delight visitors of all ages. The beach and resident populations of whooping cranes and hummingbirds are obvious highlights, but you’ll also want to explore the art galleries and boutique stores in the heritage district. Visit in October to enjoy the town’s annual Seafair Festival. continue reading…

Great Sights in Dallas

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A road trip through Dallas offers some breathtaking sights, from tall skyscrapers to charming Southern homes. Without even checking into a hotel, there’s plenty in Dallas to keep a weekend jam-packed. Here are some essential spots you can pass by or park and tour when passing through the “Big D.”

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

A weekend trip through Dallas warrants a stroll through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Take Friday afternoon to tour this nationally acclaimed 66-acre garden, which rests along White Rock Lake and features exquisite floral displays and trees.

If you’re hauling children, they will especially enjoy the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, an 8-acre expanse with a waterfall, misters to stay cool, and 150 interactive exhibits that connect science and nature.  continue reading…