Best Michigan Road Trips: The Great Lakes State

Michigan Road Trips
Case in point: Makinaw

Now that the warm spring weather is finally here, everyone at Slingerland CDJR is itching to take a trip with the windows down. If you’re ready to hit the road, too, check out one of these great Michigan road trips.

The Border

If you have a week to spare and love lighthouses, water, and small towns, then this is the trip for you. A trip around the border of Michigan will allow you to stop in places like Ludington State Park and Sturgeon Point Lighthouse. Stay in little bed and breakfasts along the way, or go car camping in your Chevrolet or Jeep. Be sure to spend a night in Mackinac to get in some seriously unbeatable stargazing.

Small Towns

If you want to focus only on the small towns, then you can alter the above trip to head up the west coast, but back down I-75. Stop off at places like Saugatuck, East Tawas, and Frankenmuth where you can take a stroll through a Bavarian-inspired downtown and sip on a cold brew.

Ghost Towns

Make things a little creepier by centering your road trip around Michigan ghost towns. This trip will take you to the Upper Peninsula, an area worth exploring unto itself. Visit places like Mandan, which was founded in 1864, the Quincy Mine Smelter, and Hubbell. Get out the maps and pack up the car—it’s time to hit the road!

Chrysler’s $1 Billion Investment to Create 2,000 Jobs

Car Assembly Plant

Automakers have been making major investments in American manufacturing following the 2016 President Election and Chrysler isn’t about to be left out. The manufacturer announced that it would spend $1 billion to update plants in Michigan and Ohio. The announcement of Chrysler’s $1 billion investment comes with confirmation of several new vehicles in the brand lineups as well.

Fiat Chrysler’s manufacturing plant in Warren, Michigan will see modernization across the board as well as the capability to produce a full-size pickup. The Michigan plant will also produce other large vehicles, such as the returning Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

As for Ohio, the Toledo Jeep plant will see a plethora of new equipment that will allow it to create the recently-announced Wrangler pickup.

The investment will bring 2,000 new jobs to Warren and Toledo as well as the surrounding areas.

Renewed confidence in the American automotive market comes with the increase in demand for trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. The investment comes as a major step towards adding two new large SUVs and a pickup to the Jeep lineup.

The automaker officially announced the return of all three vehicles at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

We here at Slingerland CDJR Fiat are happy to see such a large investment in United States manufacturing!

Fall Activities in Corunna, Michigan

Fall Activities in Corunna, Michigan

Fall is a glorious time of year. The weather is ideal, the scenery is beautiful, and there is plenty of fun all around. Here are some great fall activities in Corunna and the surrounding area.

  • 25th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance. On October 19th, at the D’Mar Banquet Center in Owosso, fathers and daughters of all ages are invited to attend this annual dance. Doors open at 6:30pm and dancing lasts until 8:30.
  • Make a Difference Day. Memorial Healthcare in Owosso will host Make a Difference Day on October 22nd in the Auditorium from 8am to 11:30. This is even a free mobile food pantry that will also include personal care items, Halloween costumes, and winter apparel.
  • Community Halloween. On October 31st in the Community Center Parking Lot, there will be a trunk or treat. Decorate your car and bring lots of candy to pass out. The fun starts at 5:30. In addition, there will be a Halloween party in the Community Center starting at 6:00pm.
  • 4th Annual Craft Show. Redeemer Lutheran Church in Owosso will host its 4th Annual Craft Show on Saturday, November 5th from 10am-4pm. The show will include numerous craft vendors from the local area with items for sale.

Do you have any fall events that we forgot? Share the details with us in the comments below.

Go Kayaking on the Shiawassee River Water Trail

Shiawassee River Water Trail

When people think of cooling down on a hot day, one of the first solutions they think of is to play in water. Swimming, boating, going down water slides — it’s one of our favorite summer pastimes. Kayaking is an excellent way to get out on the water, get a workout, and maybe bond with your friends along the way. The Shiawassee River Water Trail is renowned as one of the top places to paddle in Michigan, so get your kayak ready.

Depending on where you go, the Shiawassee River has a number of different sights to see and courses to navigate for a variety of different skill levels. Thanks to the slow current, strong paddlers can easily paddle upstream and then allow the current to carry them back for a relaxing day among nature. Plus, narrow headwaters surrounded by trees allows for an intimate experience with the local wildlife and flora.

From wetlands to fens to open lakes to canyons, the Shiawassee River Water Trail flows through diverse regions with rare and interesting species of birds, fish, mammals, and more. There’s always some new sight to see when kayaking on this long, broad, diverse river, so plan your canoe or kayak trip on these gentle but interesting waters today. Whether you’re with your family or just a couple friends, there’s something here for everyone.