Hit the Road: LALtoday’s summer road trip series

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Summer — the season of neighborhood cookouts, popsicle juice dripping down sticky fingers, and road trips. Call us car-zy, but this season brings an abundance of nostalgia, especially when it comes to driving down the highway while blasting The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be.” 

That’s why we’re excited to kick off Hit the Road. In this summer road trip series, we will feature three destinations throughout June, July, and August — each with its own theme. We’ll be talking outdoor adventures, 30-mile getaways, and something for the foodies. 

Before you pack your bags, here are some of our recommendations to prepare locally

Stock up on road trip essentials

Swing by one of these LAL spots to stock up on snacks, drinks, and coffee to minimize your stops during the road trip. 

Charlie’s Mini Donuts & Coffee, 1023 E. County Rd. 540A | Pick up a dozen of these bite-sized donuts, perfect for snacking in the car.
Twisted Sugar, 3958 Florida Ave. S. | Grab a few of Twisted Sugar’s cookies + a signature soda to sip on your trip.
Black & Brew, 205 E. Main St. | Stop by for a caffeine boost and order a sandwich or pastry to-go.
Bonus: Grab a fun road trip game or craft at Scout & Tag.

Create a road trip playlist

Check out these local artists + add some of their tunes to your road trip rotation. 

Kimmy Gabriela, “Wide Eyes
District Title, “Give Up the Ghost
Van Plating, “The Way Down
Bonus: Listen to the latest episode of “Florida Men on Florida Man

Get your car ready

Check the fluids + car battery. If you notice anything out of the ordinary or need a last-minute oil change before you go, head to one of these local car shops.

Take5 Oil Change, 5126 US Hwy. 98 N.
Firestone Complete Auto Care, 5105 Florida Ave. S.
Mavis Tires and Brakes, 5120 Dave Robbins Way
Bonus: Find the cheapest places to fill up your gas tank 

Don’t forget about fido

Be sure to line up accommodations for your pet while you’re away. Reach out to one of the many local pet sitters or pet boarding facilities. Here are a few: 

Parkway Pet Resort, 2826 Franklin St.
Das Hund Haus, 3210 Reynolds Rd.
Hollywoof Pet Resort, 5845 Brannen Rd. S.

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