Thanksgiving Travel Tips: Make the Most of Your Trip

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, whether you’re driving or flying. Driving is a great way to save money, especially if you have a large family, but flying may be quicker if you’re travelling long distances. Whichever way you choose to travel this November, just be sure to follow these Thanksgiving travel tips.

According to ABC News Writer Rick Thanksgiving travel tips - Bill Walsh Honda - Ottawa, ILSeaney, planning is everything. If you don’t know your plans yet, contact family and friends as soon as possible to see what times and dates work best. When driving, it’s best to avoid the holiday itself (which is on November 23 this year) by arriving to your destination a few days early. When flying, you lose about $2 per day when you delay a purchase; however, on Thanksgiving rates can double or even triple.

When travelling, packing is key. If you’re staying at your destination for several days, you might consider doing laundry while you’re there instead of bringing an entire wardrobe. If you’re uncomfortable doing laundry at a friend’s or family member’s house, go to a drycleaner. Space is precious on a long road trip, so if you can limit your bags, you’ll be more comfortable. If you’re flying, you’ll also save money by not having to check luggage.

Finally, look for hubs. If you’re driving, you may want to take a less direct route if you can avoid going through a big city. Even if this takes a little longer, you’ll avoid traffic. When flying, you want to do the opposite. Head to a major city if it has a bigger airport—rates are usually lower at big airports, especially if you can avoid a connecting flight. These are just some of the many tips we at Bill Walsh Honda recommend.

Explore the Area: Ottawa Fall Events

Fall is the perfect time of year to explore the outdoors. You can take the whole family on a trip in your new Honda, exploring the many events and activities in your community. In fact, there are multiple Ottawa fall events that you don’t want to miss.Ottawa fall events - Bill Walsh Honda - Ottawa, IL

According to Pick Us Ottawa, one of the top events this year is the Summer Concert Series. Held in Washington Park on Sept. 15 starting at 7 p.m., this concert series will feature music from the band Crash. This is actually the final event for the series, so you definitely don’t want to miss it.

You should also check out the “parkrun” event held at Heritage Harbor on Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. Held every Saturday, this free timed 5K event lets you run, walk, or job along the path. You can register online for the event, which follows the Harbor Wall Trail.

Oktoberfest will be held all-day on Sept. 22 and 23. There will be a wide selection of beers, bratwurst, and other German cuisine. Don’t forget to enjoy some traditional polka music or to participate in the 5k beer run/walk.

Finally, visit the local library to learn Mandarin Chinese or how to knit and crochet. Held at the Reddick Public Library on a Sept. 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Loop Group welcomes knitters, whether you’re a beginner or a pro. You can also learn Mandarin Chinese at the library that day at 3 p.m.

There are so many great things to do in the area that we at Bill Walsh Honda were only able to list a few. Be sure to visit at least one of these fun events during the fall.

See the Hip Hop Nutcracker This Christmas

As we move further and further into the holiday season, the list of holiday events grows longer and longer. However, you can only watch ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and ‘Elf’ so many times before you start looking for something different to try. Luckily, the Rosemont Theater in Chicago has just the show for you. Come out on Friday, December 09, 2016 at 7:30 pm to see the Hip Hop Nutcracker. Here is everything that you need to know.

The Nutcracker

For those who have not seen The Nutcracker, it is a ballet that was first performed in St. Petersburg all the way back in 1892. Although the play wasn’t generally well-received at first, it began growing in popularity in the 1960s, and it is now one of the most popular plays (especially holiday plays) in the theater today. It is most famous for its score, which was written by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky.

The Hip-Hop Nutcracker

The hip-hop version is a mash-up that was designed for the entire family. The classic score by Tchaikovsky was re-imagined with highly entertaining hip-hop choreography. There will be a dozen talented hip-hop dancers on stage, along with a DJ and an electric violin.

For those looking to experience something a little bit different this Christmas season, consider attending the hip-hop version of The Nutcracker!

Hip Hop Nutcracker
Photo By Ginny Lacey Gorman

Scenic Drives In Illinois To Take This Autumn

Scenic Drives In Illinois

When the seasons change in Illinois, there’s beauty to appreciate everywhere. If you want to really experience it, you should hop in your car for some beautiful scenic drives.

Great River Road

Great River Road follows the gorgeous and powerful Mississippi River and stretches along the western border of Illinois for over 550 miles, giving you a gorgeous view of the foliage.

Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway

Why visit a single river when you can check out three? Coast along this road where the Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois Rivers all come together. You can follow it all the way up to Grafton, where it ends at a beautiful state park!

Illinois Route 66 Scene Byway

Get your kick on Route 66 and catch some scenic beauty along with a piece of history. Besides the beauty, there are tons of unique and fun attractions along the way.

Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive

If you want to be enveloped on both sides by beautiful fall foliage, Spoon River Valley is the drive for you. It curves through the woods and provides many things to enjoy along the way, including food, entertainment, and flea markets.

So hop in your Honda and take on these beautiful drives this fall!