First Forays: Inspiration to start off 2021 in style!
In an American Coach, the road is yours. Starting out the year with an epic drive and a collection of scenic destinations is the perfect answer to kissing 2020 goodbye. Here’s a sampler of three amazing drives that will not just take you to a scenic destination—they’ll have you loving every mile in the journey. We want to see you behind the wheel! Tag us on our socials with #ACFun2021!
National Parks & Highway 12—Salt Lake City to the Grand Canyon
Heading south from Salt Lake City is a string of scenic National Parks that stretch out all the way to Arizona. This approximately 120-mile trek is regarded as one of the most stunning and scenic drives in all the world. Renowned as the “All-American Road,” this unforgettable drive offers countless vistas all the way from Capitol Reef to Bryce Canyon National Parks and beyond. Once you make this trip a first, you’ll be awed by the grandeur of America’s natural wonders.
The Overseas Highway—Miami to Key West on Highway 1
Looking to mix luscious views of beautiful ocean beaches and palm trees with the smell of fresh ocean air? Here’s one drive that should make your firsts list in 2021. Take in a round of golf before you set off from St. Petersburg, then take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico at Cape Coral. From there, head to Fort Lauderdale and southward through the coconut palms of Islamorada. Then, from the tip of Florida, skip across the Overseas Highway all the way to Key West.
The Blue Ridge Parkway—West Virginia to Tennessee
The line “country roads, take me home” takes on new meaning on this spectacular drive stretching over 450 miles through the most-scenic views of the Appalachian range. The journey connects Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park and North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A popular starting place begins In Rockfish Gap Virginia, then passes through Roanoke and entering North Carolina. Springtime is one of the best times to take in this unforgettable drive, as the spring takes bloom as you head southward.
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REV techs can test and perform maintenance to OEM standards and use the proper parts to keep the lights on, no matter where you travel. Start the year off right.
Pet perfect: Tips for keeping your dog (and your coach) warm and dry.
There’s seemingly no end to the type of pets RV owners choose, but for most, the dog is the most-chosen companion. And with good cause—they’re loyal, obedient (mostly) and love hanging out with you. To keep them warm in your coach, here’s three tips for maximum canine comfort.
One, choose a sleeping and resting area carefully, paying attention to avoid any cold spots. An elevated pet bed can help keep your pet cozy and allow warm air to circulate underneath. It may take a few locations to find the right one, but once you do, you’ll know it’s right.
Two, make a wardrobe that keeps them dry. The best way to get rid of wet dog smell? Don’t let the dog get wet in the first place. There are almost endless choices for rain-resistant covers for dogs, and just like the sporting type he or she is, you can even put on a base layer underneath to keep them more dry.
Three, have a dog drying area. You have trays for shoes and boots, so why not have a shakedown area for your dog, too? Have them stand on a designated tray while you warm them up and dry them off before they tear off across the couches and carpet.
The Magnificent Mixer: Warm White Chocolate Brandy Alexander
A popular drink in the 1970’s urban scene, the Brandy Alexander is a delicious cocktail, due in part to its ingredient companion, crème de cacao. Rumor has it the concoction was first enjoyed at a premier pre-prohibition New York hotel establishment, circa 1916. Since then, aficionados have discovered it’s even better warm and with chocolate. Now that the history lesson is over, it’s time to warm up to this delicious hot recipe.
3-1/2 cups milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 ounces white baking chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup of brandy
1/4 cup crème de cacao
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whipped topping and white chocolate shavings on top
In a large saucepan, heat milk and salt on medium until mixture comes to a simmer.
Remove from heat and add chocolate. Whisk until mixture is smooth. Stir in brandy, crème de cacao and vanilla.
Fill mugs three-fourths full. Top with whipped topping and add chocolate shavings. Enjoy!