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.
Beautiful beaches in an awesome ride. Doesn’t get much better than that!
Looks like you were out and about in style. Red is my favorite color. If looking for a new car this would be a winner.
Gorgeous pictures. And a gorgeous vehicle. I love how clean it is. I’m reminded that I really should clean out my car. I’m glad you had a fun time!
Looks like a pretty epic trip. All of your photos are gorgeous! Love the car and the color, so pretty.
Now that is what I call a road trip! You all look like you had such a good time exploring. One of the biggest reasons why I like road trips is because you can find all these little small areas that you may have not seen if you just flew in.
Loved that trip from the beaches to the great restaurant and building. I thought the car was a perfect vehicle to make this trip and looked good.
This car is absolutely stunning! I don’t think my hubby has ever spoken about this model so I’ll have to show him and ask him what he thinks.
Oh my goodness what an awesome road trip! I am in love with that pineapple skirt and that car looks absolutely beautiful as well.
Wow that is a gorgeous car!! So cool that it has built-in 4G LTE network to stream music from your phone!
I visited the Panhandle a few years ago and took this highway briefly since we were there for a wedding. I am so sad I missed the beautiful scenery! We got these at night and left the next morning. Looks like it is time for a visit.
I’ve never been on 30A or in that area of Florida. A comfortable and roomy vehicle is a must for any road trip.
Sounds wonderful! It’s good to use a car that provides you with comfort and safety during a road trip! It’s definitely something that I don’t mind bringing during long drives.
What a great place to travel down for a getaway. The Chevy Traverse sounds like a wonderful way to do it. And I just love your pineapple skirt!
We have never driven any chevy vehicle. This one looks super heavy duty and good for reoadtriping.
Nice ride very classy and i love the color too. I personally enjoy the road trip. We drive a Jeep right now and we really enjoys it
Heard many great things about this ride. Which we could still fit in this but we’ve out grown most. I love the beaches you travelled to.
Girl that is the way to do it! And I need that Pineapple skirt! That Chevy looked like a comfy way to get around.
This is such a pretty vehicle. I am in love with the sleek look of it and it would make an amazing way to travel when on a trip.