Valentine’s Day Road Trip Tips

So the big day is approaching, and you are debating what to do with your significant other for the weekend. Why not make it a romantic getaway and take a road trip somewhere? Driving takes away all the stress of air travel, usually costs less when traveling as a pair, and gives you both some quiet alone time as you travel to your destination. For those of you who think this is a great idea, here are some tips on how to get the most out of your time together, and don’t forget to check the Ultimate Drive app for the best routes!

1: Plan everything in advance. This may seem like the obvious, but it is easy to plan the road trip and forget to buy flowers and make a dinner reservation on Valentine’s Day, or vice versa. Planning the whole thing through will avoid traffic, lines and surprises so you can focus on having a good time.

2: Don’t pick a destination too far away. As much as we all love road trips, there is such a thing as too much time in the car- especially when you are trying to get somewhere. Plan for something just a few hours away, and don’t leave at a time that will place you in traffic. Try to locate the most scenic drives around – the Ultimate Drive app is perfect for that!

3: Make sure the car is ready for the trip. Regardless of vehicle, make sure it is up to the trip and everything from tires to headlights are in top order. A quick stop by the dealer for a service or even a once-over in the garage at home will ensure it’s a Valentines Day drive you never forget, and not because of a flat tire!

4: If you have a choice of cars, pick the right one. As much fun as it may sound to take the Z4 out for the weekend; it doesn’t fit enough luggage, lend itself to comfortable long distance driving, or have all terrain tires. (It is February!) Take the X5 instead and enjoy its creature comforts.

5: Have Fun! Remember the whole point of getting away is to enjoy each other’s company and have a good time. Following the tips above will minimize any potential headaches, but remember: even if you do get that flat tire, it will be something you can look back and laugh at on Valentine’s Day for many years to come!

Take the Scenic Way Home from Thanksgiving

Driving out of town for Thanksgiving this year? We all know that the holidays can be stressful, but the trip to and from your loved ones can also be enjoyable time in the car- whether alone or with family. For those who love driving, there is no better weekend to get in a last driving blast before fall turns to winter.

The traditional GPS will tell you the shortest path or the fastest path, but why not change it up and enjoy the drive on roads suggested by other drivers?  Even better, taking more fun or more scenic routes can enable you to avoid the holiday traffic on the highways.

If you need some tips or directions for your trip, The Ultimate Drive app comes to the rescue in the form of thousands of routes to choose from. All the routes are suggested by people like you, complete with descriptions and ratings to see what other drivers think are the best. You can download the free app at any of these links:

Find a great route, hop in the BMW and hit the road!

Wherever the driving adventure takes you, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a great road trip home!


Great Winter Escapes for People Who Love Driving

As winter rapidly approaches, many of us are preparing our BMWs for winter storage. For those of you who will continue to drive them during winter, the weather may take away the thrills of utilizing your car’s performance capabilities. To lighten up this sad time, we thought we would lay out a few warm weather destinations to get out of town and go on a winter driving journey!

Location #1: Honolulu, Hawaii.

Honolulu is a tropical paradise, and its roads live up to that reputation. Fly into town, get a bit of sun on the beach, then hop in your rental BMW and explore the island via car! We recommend the Tantalus Drive route, from which you can then circle back to town via Round Top Drive on the other side of the state park. You can find this adventurous route in the Ultimate Drive app for iOS, Facebook or Android app here.

Location #2: Scottsdale, Arizona.

Scottsdale is well-known for being a warm-weather haven during the winter months. It boasts a major airport in nearby Phoenix, numerous hotels and amenities, and some great desert roads for all to enjoy in the winter. Our personal favorite drive is Highway 88 from the Phoenix area out to Tortilla Flats. You can find the route in The Ultimate Drive app here. If the scenery looks familiar here is a good hint as to why: many car manufacturers use this road for auto magazine test drives.

Location #3: Key West, Florida.

Our featured East Coast adventure is one of the world’s best known stretches of highway. It’s not a flat-out performance drive, but what it lacks in sport it makes up for in scenery. The route takes you from Miami’s airport southbound to the bottom of the country. Once out of town, you can hop on the famous “Overseas Highway.” On this renowned Highway you will drive over the water and through various islands all the way to Key West- the southernmost city in the continental United States. Drives don’t get much more scenic than this! Check out the route here.

Last but not least, keep in mind that both smaller and larger car rental companies have fleets of BMWs you can rent for your adventure! This is *crucial* to ensure you have a fun ride for your winter driving escape. Plan your trip soon and have something to look forward to!

7 Activities to Entertain You on Your Summer Roadtrip

Summer roadtrips are fun, but everyone gets a little tired, grumpy and bored after sitting in the car for too long. So, what’s a classic remedy for car boredom? A roadtrip game! Car games are perfect for all ages and can be just as fun for a group of friends heading to the beach as they are for a family en route across state lines.

Here are a list of the top 7 roadtrip activities you’ll want to play this summer. Choose a few favorites, hit the open road and let the fun begin!

1. Find the Vehicle

Car enthusiasts love this game! Choose a car you want to find — it can be a rare model, make from a particular year, a type of car or anything else you find interesting. Players get points for each vehicle spotted. To up the stakes, add details to the car, like certain specific license plates or colors. The first person to find the car gets to choose the game’s next vehicle to find.

2. I Spy with My Little Eye

I Spy can get a little tricky in a cramped car, but it’s perfect for wasting away few minutes on a long roadtrip or when you’re stuck in traffic! One person in the car will choose an object around them, inside or outside the car (but no cheating by choosing an object you’ve already passed!), then they say: “I spy with my little eye, something…” The person then gives a clue about the object, stating either it’s color, the first letter of the name of the object or some other creative hint. The first to guess the object correctly is the next person to spy a new item.

3. The Banana Game

This one is simple — the first person who spots a passing yellow vehicle gets points! If you want to make it a little more competitive, vary the number of points awarded based on the size or make of the car, a yellow SUV might be worth two points and a yellow motorcycle might be worth one, for instance… or you can put a time limit on the game! Tally up your points once your time is up and the person with the highest score wins!Yellow BMW Motorcycle

Hint: Do you have a favorite color car? You can play this game with any color you want… think The Orange Game or The Granny Smith Apple Game! 

4. License Plates

This is a classic travel game and is best for long, cross-country trips. Play as a team or individually, just try to spot license plates from all 50 states before the end of your drive!

American License Plates

Hint: If you’ll be on the road for a while, you may want to grab a piece of paper and choose one of your passengers as score keeper! 

5. The Picnic Game

Test your fellow road-trippers’ memories with The Picnic Game. It’s easy (at the beginning) and fun! The first player starts the game by saying, “I went on a picnic and brought…” then names an object you’d bring on a picnic that starts with the letter A. The next player repeats what the person before them said, while adding another picnic item that starts with a B, and so on. For example, if player one says, “I went on a picnic and brought apricots,” player two would repeat, “I went on a picnic and brought apricots” and then might add “bread.” If you forget an item, you’re out, and the game continues until the player with the best memory wins.

Apples and Bread

Hint: You can play variations of Memory with grocery items, states, sports teams, animals, cars or any other category you like!

6. Fortunately-Unfortunately

Here’s how it works — one player could make the statement, “Unfortunately, there’s a massive swarm of bees following us.” A second player would counter with a positive statement like “Fortunately, I packed bee-proof suits just in case this happened.” Go around in a circle until everyone gets a turn, then reverse. Silly statements make this game fun for everyone, so go on, say something crazy and let the laughter begin!

7. Team Storytelling

Creativity is the name of the game in Team Storytelling. This is the perfect game for a family outing or a large group. One person starts the story by creating the opening line. It can be a simple “Once upon a time…” or something crazy like, “The fire was ablaze!” Each person in the car adds a line, and the story builds upon itself. A fun way to make storytelling more exciting is to make a rule that all of the lines rhyme, or, instead of going in a circle, call on people to come up with a line. Go on, get your creative juices flowing!

So, which are you going to play first? Find The Vehicle is our favorite… we always have our eye out for shiny new BMWs! Do you have a favorite roadtrip game we didn’t mention here? Please share your ideas with us right here in the comments or on the Ultimate Drive App Facebook page! We hope you all have safe and happy roadtrips this summer.