Top West Virginia Festivals in August: One Last Summer Road Trip

Top West Virginia FestivalsIf you’re looking for a great way to end the summer, check out one of the many West Virginia festivals in August. There is a lineup of activities throughout the state this time of year, including music shows, cultural events, and the best food around. Discover any one of these top West Virginia festivals by taking one last road trip this summer.

The Appalachian String Band Music Festival will be celebrated from August 2 to August 6 in Clifftop. This is the 28th annual celebration of regional music and culture, and it also features workshops, dancing, camping, and more. There will be an estimated 3,000 people in attendance this year, and musicians from previous years have represented over 20 different foreign countries and 48 states. For any music lover, the Appalachian String Band Music Festival is a must.

According to West Virginia Festivals, the Rails & Ales Craft Beer Festival will also be this summer, taking place August 12 from 12 pm to 10 pm. Located at the David Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington, WV, this festival is the 5th annual celebration for beer lovers. Craft beers have taken off in recent years, making this one of the fastest growing festivals in the area. Just make sure to get a designated driver if you plan on drinking.

Finally, the Appalachian Festival in Beckley takes place from August 25 to August 27. You can learn about the history and culture of coal country, see artisans, and eat some great food. Home to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Museum, Beckley also offers tons of other things to do for anyone looking to turn the festival weekend into a mini-vacation.

These are just some of the many festivals in August we here at Lewis Nissan are excited about, though there are several more we didn’t list and some great attractions too. We can’t wait to visit some of these great summer events.

Things to Check Before a Road Trip

Things to Check Before a Road Trip | Lewis Nissan | Beckley, WVGetting ready to take a summer vacation usually means a long road trip ahead of you. Before you take off to your premier destination for some rest and relaxation, it’s best to check some things in your vehicle. After all, there’s no rest for those who experience the stress of long delays and car repairs ruining their vacation. Here are some things to check before a road trip as suggested by us here at Lewis Nissan!

  • Fluids – Take the time to make sure all of your oils are at the right level and fresh enough to stand up to the summer heat and a long journey. Have the oil changed prior to any long road trip. It wouldn’t hurt to have the coolant flushed and replaced to avoid any potential overheating problems.
  • Tires – Double check to make sure you have enough tread to ensure optimal traction on the road. It pays to make sure the tires are properly inflated according to the manufacturer’s specifications, too. Doing so will increase both handling and fuel economy, two factors that can make any trip a little easier.
  • Lights – Make sure all the lights are working properly. Turn on all the lights, including the turn signals. Replace any dead bulbs before the day you plan to leave on your trip.

Take a Road Trip in Your Nissan Rogue

West Virginia is a truly beautiful state. Here at Lewis Nissan, we love its wooded mountainsides and glowing sunsets. If you want to take in the beauty of West Virginia, the best way to do that is with a road trip in your Nissan Rogue. Here are four of the best routes in the state.

Road Trip in Your Nissan Rogue

  1. Coal Heritage Trail. This national trail will take you through the southern portion of West Virginia all the way to the Virginia border. Along the way, visit reconstructed mines, take an underground tour, and more.
  2. Canaan Valley. Take Route 32 with a 20-mile drive from Thomas to Harmon. This will take you through the beautiful Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Blackwater Falls State Park, and Canaan Valley State Park.
  3. Midland Trail. The 180-mile long Midland Trail follows Route 60 across the state on this historic 2-lane highway. Pick up some local art, learn about pioneer history, eat some delicious food, and more.
  4. Highland Scenic Highway. Explore the dense woods of Monongahela National Forest along this 43-mile route. Be sure to stop at each of the four scenic overlooks.

If  you need a new road trip warrior, come check out the versatile, cargo champ that is the Nissan Rogue today at Lewis Nissan.

Canadian Journalists Go On 7-Day “Altimate Rogue Trip”

If there’s something we love even more than cars here at Lewis Nissan, it’s bad puns. Last week, more than a dozen Canadian journalists drove some new 2015 Nissan Altimas and 2015 Nissan Rogue crossovers on a driving adventure that Nissan has called the “Altimate Rogue Trip.” We’re amused.

Altimate Rogue Trip - Nissan RogueThe road trip took place on the famous U.S. Route 66 over the course of seven days and 4,000 kilometers—about 2,485 miles for our Imperial unit-loving readers. They left from Chicago and reached Cuba (Missouri, not the island!) on day 1, Tulsa on day 2, then Amarillo, Santa Ana Pueblo, Albuquerque, Kingman, and after seven days, reached Santa Monica, their final destination. Or should we say they “Altimately” reached Santa Monica? Careful, any more bad puns and our editors might go Rogue on us!

For our entertainment, Nissan produced short clips reviewing each day’s interesting happenings. You can find all of the videos on Nissan Canada’s official YouTube channel!