forestIf you’re dying to hit the road this fall to see the sights and take in some fall colors, then check out some of these local road trip destinations. Whether you’re looking to stay close to Detroit and Waterford, or you’re willing to drive a bit, there are plenty of don’t-miss trips in the area. Here are a few of our favorite road trip spots in the Michigan area.


It’s right across the border into Canada, and it’s one of the best places to enjoy some fun by Lake Erie. It’s about an hour drive, and a great place to witness the fall migration of some remarkable bird species. Plus from August to mid-October, Monarch butterflies migrate across Ontario, often stopping to rest in Point Pelee before they cross Lake Erie as they travel south for the winter.


Drive across the state to Kalamazoo and enjoy both scenery and a vibrant community. Kalamazoo is about two hours west of Detroit, and there is a stellar beer scene in this little college town, including Bell’s Brewery, Arcadia Brewing Company, and Kalamazoo Beer Exchange.


You’ll have to drive to Ohio, but it’s only a couple of hours to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Forests, rolling hills, and amazing fall colors are all attractions at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There are multiple trail options, and one advantage of heading south is that you can enjoy the fall colors later in the season; early to late October is prime time for observing the turning trees.


All the way up at the northern end of the state you’ll find Traverse City; it would be hard to imagine a better time to visit this lakeside city than during the autumn season. You can enjoy a stroll on the beach, take in some small town shopping, or even enjoy a wine tasting in Michigan’s wine country. There’s also championship golf course and, well, brilliant fall colors that start to turn in late September. It’s a four hour drive from Detroit, but it’s worth it.


If you need the perfect road trip vehicle for your autumn adventures, visit Bowman Chevrolet today at 6750 Dixie Highway in Clarkston, Michigan, only a short trip from Detroit and Waterford. Stop by our showroom or contact us online now if you need any help getting ready for your next road trip!

Meet Allison!

Allison Richards Bowman ChevyAllison Richards is one of our new car salespeople and a fun addition to our Bowman team. Allison joined the Bowman team in October of 2010 and finds that selling cars gives her a “platform for which to serve people.” Allison is a unique soul who speaks fluent Spanish, loves to sing, travels internationally… and, in her “spare time” does mission work, photography and is the maid of honor in her sister’s upcoming wedding. Alison’s desk is decorated with Thank You letters and pictures from her life as well as fun books like her antique “Yuppie Handbook.”

When you sit down with Allison her true nature shows and it isn’t hard to see that she sets people at ease. In her job at Bowman, Allison enjoys meeting folks from all walks of life and especially enjoys helping first time buyers and people with disabilities. She believes her background and education in counseling helps her to use active listening skills and understand what her customers truly want and need when purchasing a vehicle.

One of Allison’s favorite things about being a salesperson is that she gets to meet new people every day. She knows that their experience is not about her; it is about them so she works hard on her customers’ behalf. Allison has developed quite a knowledge of the auto industry and is proud of Bowman Chevrolet specifically, but also GM as a brand and Detroit as a city for making the auto industry a place that can not only survive, but come back thriving.

Allison came to Bowman on a recommendation from her pastor who knew Bowman was looking to hire a bilingual salesperson. Growing up around the corner, Allison never thought she would be working at Bowman Chevrolet, but after her interview she found herself a member of the team. After her training, Allison called a friend and practiced her skills on him, which turned into her first sale. Now, almost three years later, Allison has found a home with Bowman.

So the next time you are considering a new car, or you just want to sit at Allison’s desk and thumb through “The Yuppie Handbook,” stop in and ask for Allison. You will be happy that you did!

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