Summer Vacation Idea: Minnesota Scenic Byways

FiatBlog1Deciding on where to go for summer vacation is like pulling teeth. Someone wants to go to the beach or someone wants to go to Europe. Either way, it’s never an easy (or cheap) decision to make. We live in the most beautiful state in the country. We have a vast wilderness that always needs exploring and there’s no better way to do it than in a FIAT.

Finding a great place to cruise around with the top down might be tough in other states, but not in Minnesota. We’ve got more scenic byways than you can imagine, with vast fields of lakes, trees, and wildlife.

You could stroll up to the (literal) Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway and take in the small towns along the way. You’ll find campgrounds and hiking trails and even the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids.

The North Shore All-American Scenic Drive gives you amazing views of Lake Superior as you drive right along the shoreline. Mountain biking trails and a game of golf on scenic courses await you as well!

If catching great views of wildlife is more your thing, a drive up the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is for you.  The large number of birds will delight anyone trying to catch a glimpse of the beautiful feathered creatures that call Minnesota home.

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Of course, there are more than just three opportunities to get out and take in the sights of our state in your FIAT. Check out the full list of scenic byways here.

It’s also a good idea to have your car serviced before heading out on long road trips. Dealing with engine issues or car trouble on vacation can be a nightmare. For discounts and specials on parts and service, check out our website.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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What to know when checking radiator fluid

FT014_049FH__midRadiator fluid, either coolant or antifreeze, moderates the cooling system and temperature in your car’s engine by keeping it warm during cold winter months and cool during the summer. The U.S. Department of Transportation claims cooling system failure is the leading cause of vehicle breakdown. Fortunately, keeping an eye on radiator fluid levels is one of the easiest preventative maintenance tasks you can perform.

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3 Reasons You Should Get Your Car Professionally Detailed

500InteriorHaving your car professionally detailed is a great way to return it to the way it looked when you first drove it off the dealer’s lot. Before paying someone else to thoroughly clean your car, you’re probably wondering why you can’t just do it yourself. Detailing on your own isn’t a bad idea, but before you block out your next Saturday and start buying supplies, consider these three reasons for getting your car professionally detailed. Continue reading