For millions of American kids, spring break is a cherished week-long ritual marking the end of winter and a chance to simply have some fun. A quick getaway during the break is a fantastic opportunity for families to spend a few days together, looking forward to sunny times ahead. Luckily, there are plenty of budget-friendly and kid-approved places to visit throughout the Southeast. Let’s get you thinking excitement or leisure, or both, with a few suggestions of a great spring break destination from American Car Center.
Orlando, home to Disney World and several more Disney parks, is the world’s top destination for families. Many hotels offer free shuttles to Disney attractions and Disney has its own resorts on-site to maximize your time sliding and riding the attractions. Nearby Universal Orlando also draws families and the young-at-heart from across the country.
The great beach towns of the Gulf Coast are popular with families come spring for their nature preserves, white sand beaches, and casual seafood restaurants. The adjoining towns of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama, are two such examples, boasting 32 miles of spectacular beaches, water sports, and other outdoor activities. There are plenty of inexpensive accommodations and camping areas for a family stay.
Every spring, Washington, D.C. explodes with blooming cherry blossom trees. The National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place from mid-March to mid-April, in the middle of spring break for most families. The cherry blossom trees grow in three National Park Service locations. The Blossom Kite Festival and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade headline the festival. The nation’s capital is also a magnet for kids with a curious or historic bent. For them, a visit to a Smithsonian museum (there are 17!) and the Lincoln Memorial are a must.
Country music fans will want to visit Music City, a.k.a. Nashville, Tennessee, for concerts at Ryman Auditorium, a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a visit to Bluebird Café. Classic BBQ joints, like The Stillery, or Arnold’s Country Kitchen for mac & cheese, will satisfy even the fussiest eaters. For hands-on exploration, kids love the Nashville Zoo and Adventure Science Center.
America’s national parks offer families an amazingly affordable way to visit cherished and stunning landscapes, observe wildlife in natural habitat and simply unplug from daily life. Spring is shoulder season in most parks, so you’ll see fewer crowds. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests span 28 counties of northern Georgia with stunning landscapes, including, mountains, canyons, and cascading waterfalls. A hiker’s paradise, the parks offer many more family-centered activities, such as boating, fishing, biking and picnicking.
Possibilities for spring break adventure or relaxation are easy to find across the Southeast. Get that great family getaway vehicle now at American Car Center from our massive inventory of late-model and low-mileage cars and SUVs with an available warranty and oil changes for up to 3 years! With more than 65 locations, American Car Center is conveniently situated throughout the Southeast. The King of Credit wants to approve you today!
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The New Year’s resolution is a promise we make to ourselves to improve our present self for a better future. Most of us make at least one resolution but most of these pledges end without success by the end of January. Instead of just hoping for the best, American Car Center wants to encourage your success with proven methods of achieving and adhering to our most common New Year’s resolutions.
Avoid dieting. Speak with your health care practitioner to create a healthy meal plan that, instead of depriving, nourishes you with healthful foods, such as, fruits, vegetables, and fish that you will enjoy, and keep you strong and fit, for the long run.
Exercise is one of the best habits for keeping healthy and improving quality of life. As you start, don’t push yourself to the limits of exhaustion every time. Consistency is better. Reward yourself immediately after the workout. Enjoyment of the reward, a piece of chocolate, for instance, wires the brain to associate exercise with that pleasure. Soon, endorphin hormones will be released at the thought of the exercise without the reward.
Saving money and spending less
Pay yourself first. Figure out how much of your monthly gross you can safely set aside and take it right off the top, like taxes. Also, pay down your credit card bill as quickly as possible, so the debt does not take from what you manage to save.
Learning a new skill or hobby
These result in long-lasting happiness, but it can be a challenge starting and moving away from passive activities like watching television. The key is to minimize the effort of getting into the flow. For example, if you want to play the guitar, have it by your side in the living room. If you want to learn a language, have a language app on your phone’s home screen.
The easiest way to read more is to always have a book with you for those times you might otherwise be distracted by your phone, such as in waiting rooms, line-ups, or during breaks. Those small moments can add up to a lot of pages read.
Be sure to find pleasure in the process. For example, if the gym is not your cup of tea, try bike riding or basketball, instead. Set goals that are clear but achievable and establish small milestones to achieve as you go. Treat each as something of significance.
See the big picture: setbacks may come but do not regard them as failure. Fine-tune and keep going. Tune-out the critics and the naysayers, you are doing this for a healthier and happier you! Remember to support and encourage others in their own resolutions.
American Car Center wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2020, and for those dedicated to reaching their resolution: Keep at it! Tell American Car Center of your success stories.
Start the New Year with a new ride from American Car Center.
With more than 60 convenient locations across the Southeast and a vast selection of great late model cars and SUVs at each, we make it easy! Even better, all vehicles come with a limited powertrain warranty and oil changes for up to three years.
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During the giving season, presenting family and friends with thoughtful gifts they will appreciate and enjoy is gratifying but not always easy, especially on a budget. American Car Center has many fantastic gift ideas to bring joy to your loved ones and your wallet.
Let’s have a look:
Gloves, a hat or a scarf are much appreciated on chilly days and nights even in the Southeast.
In the kitchen, small appliances or tools, such as a miniature waffle maker, and other utensils are handy and reliable.
Home décor accessories, including, scented candles, engraved photo frames, and cushions are cozy and personal.
Gardening extras like small hand tools, pots and seeds are ideal for the expert or aspiring green thumb.
Gifts of time or expertise, from child-care to painting, are valued holiday winners.
Automotive items, such as a travel mug, road safety kit, and car washes are decidedly roadworthy.
Coffee table books, with topics ranging from nature to muscle cars, let the recipient discover and display their passion.
Streaming subscriptions to a music or video service for 1 to 3 months are practical and entertaining.
Baked goods and candies, especially homemade or nicely wrapped, are irresistible to the sweet tooth.
Small electronics or accessories include wireless headphones, power banks, and electric toothbrushes to put under the tree.
An invitation to a holiday meal or party might be the most cherished gift of all. Good conversation and laughter naturally put us all in a joyful state.
First and foremost, match your gift to what the recipient would truly want. Tailoring the presentation or wrapping makes it extra special!
Visit American Car Center right away to get the vehicle you deserve this holiday. American Car Center makes it simple and easy for you to drive off in the ride of your choice. Every store is conveniently located and has an amazing selection of late-model vehicles, all backed by an up to three-year/36,000-mile limited powertrain warranty with oil changes for up to 3 years!
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Do you want to make the most of the holidays and keep the fun simple and budget-friendly? You’re in the right place. Let’s talk about great activities for your family to enjoy and discover.
Have the kids produce their own play or pageant
Don’t sweat the script or costumes, just sit back and enjoy the creativity and enthusiasm. The production could be a one-time event, be replaced by a new one the next week or run for the entire season. Make relatives and neighbors welcome to join!
Designate a movie night
Modern or classic, animated or live-action, everyone has a favorite holiday-themed film. Let it be a perfect opportunity to turn off the lights, snuggle under blankets soft and warm, and unwind as the pictures and sounds float through the air.
Visit a Christmas tree farm
Start the holiday festivities off by bundling-up and heading to a local Christmas tree farm to find the ideal tree. Chances are, you’ll find so much more, as many farms offer hayrides and other family-fun activities – plus hot chocolate and baked goods.
Recall holidays past
Recruit grandma and grandpa to share stories and tell tales of how they experienced holidays when they were children, no doubt chopping firewood and walking in snow six-feet high. Whatever the embellishments, tots to teens will be engaged and enthralled and may share the experience with grandchildren of their own.
Whether it is creating a menu for the holiday feast, baking or decorating cookies or creating ornaments for the tree, a child’s imagination is a wonder to behold, requiring only sprinkles, pinecones, macaroni and construction paper – and more than enough glue.
Keep holiday restlessness at bay by taking the family for a skate (learning is easy: just push-and-glide), playing a game of touch football or touring the neighborhood to find the best and brightest light display.
The holidays are joyous and a great time to extend warmth and care to others. Children are especially skilled at making the holidays brighter by way of small gestures, such as, bringing cookies to an elderly neighbor, donating time for a local food or toy drive, or writing a note to an American service person stationed overseas.
Come to American Car Center right now – a location is conveniently nearby – to drive away in a late model vehicle that’s perfect for you this winter. All vehicles include a limited powertrain warranty and oil changes for up to three years or 36,000 miles! Our exceptional service will save you time and money. American Car Center wishes you and your family happy and cheerful festivities, for any of the holidays you may be celebrating this season. Remember to share your Instagram-worthy snaps with us.
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There is no better reason to be a gridiron fan than to gather with family and friends, eat great food and whoop it up for your team in the tradition of the great American tailgate party – a longstanding festive pre-game carnival of football, food, and fun. Let’s see which teams have some of the most lively, unique and enthusiastic tailgate events across the Southeast.
The University of Mississippi hosts its fans not in a large parking lot but across 10 shady acres of oak trees, lavish tents, and catered food on its Oxford campus. From the original Tiger Walk to Toomer’s Corner and the Homeplate Tailgate, the gameday celebrations at Auburn University, in southeast Alabama, sprawl across the small city affectionately called the Loveliest Village on the Plains rich in football lore with rivalries dating to 1892. With so much intense focus on the team itself, the tailgate at Florida State University, in Tallahassee, is low-key but devout. The hottest spots are the booster lots outside Doak Campbell Stadium, especially when rivals from the Panhandle or Miami come to play.
Despite its location in Kentucky’s largest city, the tailgate at the University of Louisville has college-town charm, right down to the Cards March, lending inspiration to players as they face off against conference and state rival the University of Kentucky Wildcats in the annual Governor’s Cup game. The next installment takes place on Wildcat turf in Lexington this November. At Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama tailgaters may drink a Yellowhammer, named for the state bird and enjoy a side of Southern barbeque while singing, “Yea, Alabama”. The University of South Carolina fans tailgate on a train, near its Columbia campus. The 22-car South Carolina Cockaboose has comfy interiors and rooftop bars.
Tailgating at the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville, is a beloved tradition of the Razorback gameday experience centered at The Gardens, south of the stadium. There are also many surrounding green spaces fans to go Hog wild. Woo Pig Sooie! Tiger Lane is the hub of the University of Memphis tailgate and gateway to the Liberty Bowl. From Tom the Tiger to the Mighty Sound of the South marching band, Memphis football fans are well entertained. The sights of maroon and white and sounds of the cowbell highlight the unique and wonderful tailgate and football atmosphere at Mississippi State University in Starkville. Bulldogs fans congregate at the Junction, where even visiting fans are welcome or cheer on players during the Dawg Walk.
At the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, sail-gating is the thing. On gameday, a fleet of 250 boats, called the Vol Navy, parade the Tennessee River and musters outside the stadium decked out in bright orange. South Carolina’s Clemson University has a pre-game tradition described as “the most exciting 25 seconds in football”: After its players walk from the parking lot, greeting fans, they finish the procession, called the Tiger Walk, assembled on a hill above the east endzone before charging into Memorial Stadium upon cannon fire. The University of Florida, in Jacksonville, hosts one of the most anticipated tailgates on the college football calendar when the rival University of Georgia comes calling. The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party gets its name because the revelers who keep the party going in the parking lot might outnumber the spectators who actually enter the stadium for kick-off.
This season share your tailgating snacks and recipes with us on Facebook and tell us about your own traditions and memories. Before you start the BBQ and the teams rumble from the tunnel, make the dash to American Car Center. Our more than 50 conveniently located stores have a huge collection of terrific cars and SUVs, each with a limited powertrain warranty and oil changes for up to 3 years or 36,000 miles. We’ll call the plays to have the best football fans in America easily drive away in a standout vehicle.
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Easily Keep Your Vehicle’s Interior Looking Great
Following a few simple steps, you can almost effortlessly keep the interior of your vehicle in top shape, maximizing its appeal and value – something especially important during the hectic back-to-school season.
Just like the inside of a home, the easiest way to keep a vehicle interior clean is to have a place for everything (for example, a backseat caddy to store children’s items like books, games, and crayons) or to remove unwanted items entirely from the glovebox, underneath the seats or trunk.
Keep a trash bag or canister with a lid on the door console. Empty frequently.
Keep essential cleaning supplies like clean clothes, paper towel, a microfiber dust mitt, water, and wet wipes in an enclosed container. If you are waiting to pick up the kids from practice or the library, use those minutes to give your dash and doors a shine.
The best way to keep your vehicle clean is to avoid eating or drinking inside as much as possible. When it’s necessary, sweep away or vacuum crumbs and wipe up or blot any spills with a cloth or paper towel immediately. Clear out food wrappers and empty drink containers right away.
Knock your shoes together before getting into your vehicle, especially from the dusty or muddy ground, to reduce the build-up of grime in the footwell.
Drive with your vehicle’s windows up to reduce the accumulation of road dust and pollen and improve interior air quality.
If you have a pet, use a seat cover to preserve the appearance of the vehicle’s fabric. Use an inflated balloon against the seat cushion to collect pet hair.
Visit American Car Center today for a vehicle to exceed your expectations this fall. With over 50 convenient locations across the Southeast and a vast selection of late-model cars and SUVs, covered by a limited powertrain warranty & oil changes of up to three years or 36,000 miles, let American Car Center do it for you.
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American Car Center is your summer source for an outstanding late-model, low-mileage vehicle with a limited warranty of up to 36,000 miles or 3 years, with oil changes. Visit one of our convenient locations – where no credit is no problem – today to find the right car or SUV for you. Then visit one, or all, the amazing water parks in the Southeast. Is there a better way to keep cool and spend time with family than by having a splash? Let’s discover the best.
Orlando, Florida is certainly the world’s top destinate for water park lovers. Discovery Cove is a tropics-themed park, operated by Sea World, where visitors can interact with dolphins, tropical fish and more. The park is an all-inclusive day resort where most activities and all drinks and meals are included with regular admission. Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World Resort resembles a defunct ski resort and features the Summit Plummet waterslide, Tike’s Peak for toddlers, and the longest multi-person white-water raft ride in the world. Typhoon Lagoon is the second water park at the Disney resort. Universal Studio’s Volcanic Bay includes almost 20 rides and a wristband for additional amenities and special effects within the Krakatau-inspired park with regular admission.
Adventure Island in Tampa Bay, Florida, near Busch Gardens, is a 30-acre park with mat-racing slides, a lazy river and a beach volleyball complex in a Key West theme. Splash Island in Valdosta, Georgia has 10 impressive activities, including slides and a wave pool. At the Ohana Bay area, parents can supervise from the comfort of a lounge chair as children glide on multiple slides. Two-day access to Wild Adventure Theme Park is included with standard admission. Alabama Splash Adventure in Bessemer is a large park with a half-pipe slide, obstacle course, wave pool, and an interactive play structure.
Wilderness at The Smokies in Sevierville, Tennessee is a three-park, indoor and outdoor, a family resort near Great Smokey Mountain National Park, totaling 17 waterslides and 9 pools. Teens will love Lake Wilderness and younger children will keep active at Salamander Springs. Just south is Splash Country at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Smokey Mountain-themed interactive attractions include a huge lagoon, rustic water tower, waterfall, and the Bear Mountain Fire Tower play structure. River Rush is the only water coaster in the state. Water Country USA in Williamsburg, Virginia is an alternative to the historic sites in the local area. The park has climate-controlled pools, Virginia’s largest wave pool, and the 500-yard Hubba Hubba Highway. Children 6-months and older can take swim lessons.
Come to American Car Center now and let us make it easy for you to drive away in a great vehicle this summer. Our focus is on exceptional service and saving you time and money. Then, as you slide and glide at one of the fantastic parks in the Southeast, share your photos and stories with us on Facebook.
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American Car Center knows that you have things to do and places to be which can often mean bringing along bulky belongings. Roof rack systems are designed to safely haul oversized sporting gear, camping equipment, or other cargo safely, allowing you to enjoy an active lifestyle with less fuss and more fun. Rack manufacturers and sellers have web-based or in-store selection tools that make it simple to find the system best for your vehicle and activities. Let’s better understand your vehicle’s roof type and the parts of a base rack system.
Vehicle roof types
- A bare roof has no built-in attachment points. A clip-fitted rack snug to the vehicle’s door jams is a reliable solution for a bare roof.
- A raised-rail roof has rails that run parallel to the doors with space between the rail and the roof itself.
- A flush-rail roof has rails that run parallel to the doors with no space in between it and the roof body.
- A fixed-point roof has four (hidden) attachment points allowing for quick and easy installation of base towers. Some vehicles with a raised- or flush-rail roofs vehicles also come with these built-in mounting points.
- A track roof is one with long metal channels or slots that run parallel to the doors.
A base rack system has only a few key parts
The tower (foot) of the roof rack carries the weight on for cargo and are placed at the roof’s strongest points.
The vehicle-specific mount or fitting kit – clips that attach the towers to the roof and rubber bottom pads that rest between the roof and tower – fasten the towers to your vehicle.
The crossbars are the usually two bars that run across the width of the roof, to which activity-specific
Accessories, such as cargo carriers, can be attached. Crossbars support the weight of all the gear you’re adding to the roof and transfer the weight to the towers.
Again, rack system manufacturers and retailers make it easy for you to find one best suited to your vehicle. Better yet, most today systems are fully complete and assembled; they are ready to be mounted right out of the box on the roof rails with all installation tools provided.
Simple Steps to Installing a Fully Assembled Rack
The commonly purchased fully assembled rack is easily mounted to a vehicle’s rails:
- Place both tower/crossbar combinations loosely on the roof rails;
- Adjust their placement so that they are centered on the roof for best weight distribution and ease of access;
- Tighten and secure the four mounting points using the knob and any provided locking mechanism;
- Check your work, making certain the connection points are solid.
Watch the American Car Center video guide, Easily Install Your Roof Rack, for an easy how-to guide to mounting a pre-assembled base rack.
A roof rack is a must for taking your lifestyle essentials with you as you explore our beautiful parks, trails, rivers or streams or your cherished possessions to new beginnings. American Car Center has more than 50 incredible locations with an amazing inventory of SUVs, cars, and trucks – each with a limited warranty of up to 3 years or 36,000 miles, oil changes included – to match your summertime adventures. Don’t delay, The King of Credit Wants to Approve You Today!
For as long as anyone can remember, mouthwatering barbeque has drawn foodies from afar to the Southeast and, likewise, satisfied the savory cravings of Southerners. In recent years, homegrown appetites have been infused with outside flavors and cuisine, creating startling diverse and dynamic food scenes across the Southeast’s cities and town. For those with an adventurous palette, there is no better time to live in the region as new influences have only bolstered the Southeast’s reputation as a mecca for great food. Let American Car Center celebrate and guide you to the Southeast’s top food town and their mostly wallet-friendly tastiest restaurants. Share your top spots and special finds with us at one of our more than sixty of convenient stores across eight states.
In this collection, Nashville, Tennessee tops state rival Memphis and its BBQ nachos. Infamous for sizzling hot chicken and other Southern-fried delicacies of Arnold’s Country Kitchen, the Music City has broadened its foodscape. House of Kabobs serves up delicious kabobs, kofta, and gyros.
Oxford, Mississippi is a charming and laid-back college town with serious foodie credentials. Old souls meet late-night at Ajax Diner then at Big Bad Breakfast for massive, flakey biscuits in the morning after or head to Handy Andy Grocery for pit-smoked BBQ. For distinctly local Southern dining, head to City Grocery and the century-old Taylor Grocery & Restaurant for renowned catfish and homegrown folklore.
Birmingham, Alabama, of fried green tomatoes fame, represents the culinary landscape of the Deep South. Yet, these days, the Magic City’s restaurants have something on the menu for everyone, from Cafe Dupont and Roots & Revelry to Chez Fonfon, a date-night worthy burger joint and Post Office Pie for wood-fired pizzas and small batch beer to and Miss Myra’s and Saw’s for tender barbecue. At Pizitz Food Hall diners can sample Middle Eastern, Asian and Ethiopian dishes. EastWest is the city’s home of budget-friendly casual fusion.
Winter Park, Florida, near Orlando, is a small center that has captured the essence of mid- and northern Florida’s restaurant scene. Shrimp and grits top the menu at The Ravenous Pig. At Luma, you’ll find amazing burgers and seafood ravioli. Cocina 214 adds pizazz to Tex-Mex.
The food scene in Atlanta, Georgia is sprawling, diverse and delicious. When in the Big Peach, start at esteemed Empire State South and then El Super Pan Latino Sandwiches & Bar. You’ll find phenomenal seasonal Southern cuisine at Miller Union, or you can chow down on big, buttery biscuits at Home Grown. Krog Street Market houses edgy eateries such as Ticonderoga Club and La Oaxaquena Taqueria.
Charleston, South Carolina is considered the Southeast’s top food town, effortlessly bridging Southern hospitality and innovative modern food. Still, the casual eats of contemporary country resto Butcher & Bee, Bertha’s Restaurant for soulful fried chicken and slow-smoked pork at Rodney Scott’s BBQ draw crowds. At breakfast, the honey-soaked chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, and shrimp and grits of Early Bird Diner make morning mouths water.
Beyond the authentic Shirley Mae’s for fried chicken and Bambi Bar for old Kentucky roadhouse grit and zesty burgers, Louisville, Kentucky taste-makers are blending experiences at Holy Grale, Against the Grain and the restaurants of Ed Lee (Whiskey Dry, 610 Magnolia and MilkWood.) The Silver Dollar and Garage Bar have a menu of Southern staples in a funky setting. For dressed-up but quirky, head to Proof on Main inside the boutique 21c Museum Hotel.
The Southeast is home to many delicious, interesting and innovative restaurants catering to a diverse set of knowledgeable twenty-first-century foodies wanting not only great tasting cuisine but an inspiring or conceptually new dining experience. Across the region, ambitious chefs and restaurateurs are breathing new life into their respective culinary scene. It is a wonderful time for Southern foodies to discover worthy restaurants, be they old and trusted or new and exciting.
Just as great eateries dot the landscape of the Southeast, so too do the friendly locations of American Car Center. Come on by and show us your foodie photos and we will guide you through our impressive selection of pre-owned, late model cars, truck, and SUVs. Every stellar vehicle comes complete with a superior limited 3-year/36,000-mile warranty. Don’t delay – The King of Credit Wants to Approve you Today!