There’s just something so fun about cruising around on a joy ride. Do you know what I’m talking about? The type of drive where you don’t have anywhere in particular to go—you’re just enjoying the scenery, the breeze in your hair, and the music soothing your worries. I don’t think enough people take the time to soak in their surroundings when cruising through beautiful locales, so when I was taking the scenic 30-A in Florida’s panhandle, I made sure to use all the perks of the 2018 Chevy Traverse to make the ride that much more incredible.
The 30-A, if you’re not familiar, is a truly stunning stretch of road running through beach dunes, inlets, sand hills, and coastal uplands. Wetland and marshes pique your curiosity as you imagine the wildlife that calls these places home. The shining white sands make you want to roll around in their softness as the Gulf of Mexico gently crashes beyond.
The 30-A, though a two-lane road, is a destination within itself. Once I found out we would be cruising this iconic area, I wanted to make sure we had the perfect vehicle for the job. Enter the 2018 Chevy Traverse—a stylish SUV with all the bells and whistles to turn any ride into a joyride. Hubby and I threw our luggage into the generous cargo space (there’s even a secret storage area under the floor in the back for extra stuff), and we headed out on our adventure.
In my eyes, no scenic roadtrip is complete without the right soundtrack. Luckily, the Traverse allowed us to use the built-in 4G LTE network and stream my favorites from the Apple Play feature. The music sounded even better than I imagined it could thanks to the 10-speaker Bose sound system! It was the perfect way to prime ourselves for our day on the road.
The 30-A winds through beachy roads and connect many world-class beaches, so, naturally, we planned to stop along the way for photo ops.
Our first stop was Seacrest Beach—a fabulous place to catch some rays and relax. This quiet residential community in Florida has some of the highest sand dunes on 30-A. The dunes are so high that you could easily spot dolphins swimming in the distance! We really enjoyed this area, but we knew the journey must continue if we wanted to explore more of 30-A.
As we headed to our next destination, I was blown away by the surround vision the Traverse had, allowing me to truly bask in the scenery as we trekked through the gorgeous seaside landscapes. When we finally got to Alys Beach, I almost didn’t want to get out of the car. That’s how accustomed I had gotten to the Traverse!
But the beautiful landscapes of Alys Beach were begging for pose (or ten). 😛 The stunning, towering palms lining the center of the beach town drew me in, and I knew we were in for a treat. With plenty of walking paths and parks, Alys Beach felt like a mini vacation of its own. All the streets lead to the beach, which totally personifies this beach town where sea breezes are guaranteed.
We popped back into the Traverse and drove off to our final destination: Rosemary Beach. All that driving and sightseeing made us hungry (LOL), so we enjoyed an al fresco lunch along the cottage-lined cobble streets of Rosemary Beach. What a sweet little slice of paradise! If you think all these beaches look the same, I highly suggest doing this drive yourself and stopping at these
hot cool spots. You will see what I mean when I say each beach had its own relaxing vibe that made every stop feel like a new level of enjoyment.
Traveling 30-A was a truly striking experience, but it would not have been half the trip it was without the 2018 Chevy Traverse safely guiding us on our adventure. What’s that saying? It’s not about where you’re going, it’s how you get there? Yeah—that pretty much sums it up. 😉 What a dreamy adventure it was.
Disclaimer: Chevrolet USA provided me with a vehicle to test drive, however all opinions are my own.