Did You Know: Weekend Getaways from One Toyota Destination Cities
As an extension of our focus on the three One Toyota destination cities, check out our compilation of some great getaways, all within a few hours’ drive from Plano, Georgetown or Southeast Michigan, for when you may want to kick back, sample some local fare, experience nature or delve into the backstory of a historic hideaway.
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About a two-hour drive from Plano, the Turner Falls/Davis area in Oklahoma is steeped in fresh waters and lovely landscapes. Nestled near Arbuckle Mountain, the area is home to Lake of the Arbuckles, as well as captivating Turner Falls, a swimmers’ favorite. After enjoying the water and foliage, you can explore the area’s rich history at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Chickasaw Cultural Area.
Salado is an eye-catching small town along IH 35 from Dallas to Austin. Whether you're in the mood for fine art, antiques, pottery, crafts and collectibles, southwest or south-of-the-border decor, handcrafted furniture or gourmet foods and wines, Salado has something for everyone. The village has several bed-and-breakfasts, including the historic Stagecoach Inn.
Jefferson prides itself on being a town built for pedestrians, with easy access to coffee shops, stores and a scenic river. Historic railcar and home tours abound here. When in the area, head east to the enchanting Caddo Lake for some camping, hiking, picnicking, nature study, fishing and boating. Also popular are the park's quaint cabins, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.
Frequented by the young crowd from the University of Northern Texas, Denton has a vibrant live music and arts scene. Denton is also horse country, with breeders, stables and equine activities. Its historic courthouse acts as a centerpiece for the downtown area, with concerts, antique shopping, food and festivities around the square. This is a weekend getaway for those who enjoy a blend of relaxation with some youthful adventure.
Lake Texoma, about an hour and a half northeast of Dallas, proves just how great the outdoors can be. Bordering Texas and Oklahoma, the vistas here include the wildlife and wild spirits of both states. Known simply as Texoma or Texomaland to locals, the lake is part of Eisenhower State Park, named after President Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose birthplace is just down the road in Denison, Texas.
From York Township/Ann Arbor
Travel west to the state's Saugatuck and Douglas area for some of the prettiest beaches and resorts along Lake Michigan. The area is known for its many local artists, fine cuisine and wine. The downtown streets of Water and Butler are lined with shops and galleries, while the stretch of the Blue Star Highway just south of town is famous for its antique shops. The area was voted #1 USA Today Readers’ Choice, Best Summer Weekend Escapes.
Michigan's wine country is a great place to spend a weekend. You can enjoy the wineries in Traverse City through organized tours or by doing your own research and visiting them on your own schedule. You can go through the vineyards on bicycle or take a luxury limousine. You'll also find live music for every taste, including jazz, classical, indy and rock, as well as many local restaurants and watering holes.
If you're looking for a getaway with lots of possibilities, head to Manistee. From the adventurous winter sports to the casual strolls along the beach, this Victorian town has a lot to offer. The area has great lodging options, from quaint bed-and-breakfasts, to luxurious hotel suites and secluded cabins nestled in the middle of the Manistee National Forest. The forest contains nearly a half-million acres of beaches and woods, as well as the Pine and Pere Marquette Rivers.
Located in Lake Huron, Mackinac Island is less than four square miles, most of which is part of Mackinac Island State Park. Since this getaway destination is an island, you'll arrive by ferry; motor vehicles aren't allowed on the island. Take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the island, and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in one of the city’s parks. You can also spend a day reliving the history of the 1880s by practicing drills with soldiers, or living the life of a military doctor at Fort Mackinac.
There are a great number of things for you and your family to do in Frankenmuth. With festivities year-round, the town welcomes visitors with Bavarian hospitality regardless of the season. From great food, eclectic shopping and entertainment, to rich historical beauty and culture, it's a great, and sometimes quirky, departure from the daily routine.
Take a two-and-a-half drive to marvel at the Giant's Coffin, Bridal Altar and Star Chamber – formations of stalactites and stalagmites, naturally carved from stone and eroded by water, at Mammoth Cave National Park. This massive cave system has more than 350 miles of mapped passageways. Cave tours range from 30-minute beginner tours to a 6½ -hour Wild Cave Tour, requiring a head lamp and serious chutzpah.
Not far from Mammoth Cave, just off Interstate 65 in Bowling Green, is the National Corvette Museum. The vivid structure resembles a large yellow mushroom impaled on a red toothpick. About a quarter-mile from the assembly plant where the Corvette is actually manufactured, the National Corvette Museum showcases classic Corvette models in period settings – from its beginnings chronicled through newsreels to futuristic designs.
About an hour from Georgetown, the gorge, in the Daniel Boone National Forest, is a 29,000-acre wonderland of cliffs, rock shelters, caves, waterfalls and mountain pools, as well as the largest concentration of natural arches east of the Rocky Mountains. About 10 miles from the gorge's entrance is the entrance to Natural Bridge state park, whose main attraction is the sandstone formation from which is gets its name. At 65 feet high and 78 feet long, Natural Bridge is the largest of the park's arches, having taken nearly 65 million years to be carved by the Red River.
There are only two places in the world where you can see the rare phenomenon of a moonbow – a rainbow produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon (as opposed to direct sunlight). One is in Victoria Falls in southern Africa. The other is in southern Kentucky. With a width of 125 feet and a drop of 68 feet, Cumberland Falls creates a perpetual mist that surrounds the falls, which is partially responsible for the moonbow.