No matter where you live, you don’t have to travel far to experience unfamiliar places and breathtaking landscapes. Rather than taking a hot summer road trip to explore the state you call home, you can take a scenic fall drive. These drives allow you to explore your state and witness fall foliage in full bloom. Here are some scenic fall drives that we recommend in Illinois.
Great River Road
This 570-mile byway run north to south, transporting you through meadows, forests, and even swamps. While traveling, stop and explore the town of Galena, which is a small-town full of old architecture, local shops, and plenty of places to stay the night.
Illinois River Road
If you’re a nature lover at heart, you’ll want to take a scenic drive along the Illinois River Road. Along this lovely byway, you can explore the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Starved Rock State Park, and Matthiessen State Park. Witness local flora and fauna and hike, bike, or camp in these spectacular areas.
Historic National Road
Now US-40, this road was established in the 1800s by pioneers blazing the great frontier. The road meanders through fields and farms, giving you glimpse into the region’s history. Take a stop in Vandalia to see the beautiful 1836 Vandalia Statehouse.
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An automotive alliance could have a major impact on an upcoming model of the Mitsubishi Outlander.
Automotive giants Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have had an alliance since 1999, and now Renault and Nissan — which controls Mitsubishi — are talking about a merger. The companies, however, aren’t waiting for a merger to make a big move.
As part of the alliance’s attempt to make further inroads in the American crossover market, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander will reportedly be based on the wider, longer frame of the Nissan Rogue. That would make the Outlander noticeably different in size from Mitsubishi’s other crossover vehicles, the Outlander Sport and the Eclipse Cross. The 2021 Outlander may also have a plug-in, hybrid model.
While the Outlander and Rogue will share the same base, they’ll be different enough to have their own design and marketing strategies.
The Outlander will be the first Mitsubishi to benefit from sharing a Nissan platform, but others could follow. The Outlander Sport will reportedly be built on the same frame used by the Nissan Versa, Kicks, and Juke. There are also rumors that Mitsubishi might build a mid-sized truck on an alliance platform. That’s a move that would make customers hungry for such a vehicle very happy. Until then, come to Biggers Mitsubishi and take a test drive of a new 2018 Outlander!
Whether you live in the area or are just passing through for a visit, one thing is certain: there’s no shortage of fun things to do in or around Elgin this spring. Read on to discover some of the Elgin area’s most exciting upcoming events.
Cinco de Mayo in Elgin
Come to downtown Elgin on May 4 to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This festive event will feature authentic Mexican cuisine, traditional Mexican music and plenty of local food trucks and eclectic vendors. Admission is free, so we hope to see you there!
On May 5, you can experience the sixth annual Elgin International Festival (iFest). This event will feature tons of music, entertainment, cuisine, and art displays from cultures all over the world. Admission is free and there will be plenty of sights and activities for people of all ages to discover and enjoy.
Barrington Art Festival
Just a short drive away from Elgin, the Barrington Art Festival in downtown Barrington will highlight paintings, sculptures, glass, jewelry and other works from more than 130 artists around the world over Memorial Day weekend (May 26-27). There will also be plenty of food, live music, and activities for the whole family. Best of all, admission is free.
Biggers Mitsubishi is proud to serve the community of Elgin, Illinois. We appreciate all that the city has to offer, especially the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center.
The park began in 1938, as Camp Hawthorne Hills. This camp served the Elgin Girl Scouts for 34 years. In 1977, the City of Elgin purchased the camp and 45 acres west of Brookside Drive. The goal was to preserve the area for future generations. Hawthorne Hill Nature Center opened to the public in 2005 and has been a popular place for locals and visitors ever since.
The Hawthorne Hill Nature Center is the perfect place to learn about nature. The center provides year-round opportunities to explore the natural landscape. When you visit, you can hike one of the many trails or explore the interactive nature center.
There is also a wheelchair-accessible trail leading to a pond and meadow to allow everyone to enjoy the outdoors without limitations. Families and individuals can explore the 67-acre nature area, or take part in one of the many available programs.
We at Biggers Mitsubishi encourage everyone to take the time to learn about nature and appreciate the diversity in ecology and humanity shown through the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center.
The Outlander PHEV is back and better than ever. The 2016 model will feature a new facelift, adding sporty contours and an aggressive new fascia. Plus, the model will be getting some mechanical upgrades as well.
According to World Car Fans, the Outlander PHEV design will feature the iconic Mitsubishi “dynamic shield” fascia, using extensive chrome. In addition to a new front end, the PHEV will get two-ton 18-inch gloss black wheels, interior cabin upgrades, redesigned seats, and a four-spoke steering wheel.
Under the hood, the 2016 Outlander PHEV, which stands for “Plug-in electric hybrid,” will also get some upgrades. This includes a new hybrid setup to lower friction, an 8% increase in electric range, and better throttle response. A Multi-around view monitor provides added safety as well.
The new model is set to be released sometime in July, although it will only be available in Japan for some time. Mitsubishi has stated that it should hit the US market sometime later this year, although no specific date has been given.