Three Michigan Road Trips You Should Take This Spring

There’s no better way to hit the reset button than with a trip away from home. Fortunately, for those living anywhere near Rochester Hills CDJR in Rochester, Michigan, there are plenty of excellent Michigan road trips that are perfect for the spring season. Hop in the Jeep—top off, of course—and head on one of these excursions.Jeep Road Trip

Holland State Park

A drive on I-96 West will take you over to Holland State Park, where the water is welcoming and the sunsets are out of this world. Bring a tent and camp for the weekend, or pack your bicycles in the back of your Ram pickup to enjoy riding over 25 miles of roadside trails.

Lake of the Clouds

Late spring is the perfect time for a trip to the Upper Peninsula, where you can find breathtaking natural wonders like Lake of the Clouds in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. There’s plenty of hiking, camping, and fishing to be done at this natural resort.

Mackinac Island

As much as we love our vehicles at Rochester Hills CDJR, we also know that it’s good to get away from things like cars and cell phones for a simpler way of living. It’s during these times that we like to visit Mackinac Island, where cars are left behind, and life seems to slow down in the most pleasant of ways.

The History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is just around the corner and everyone at Rochester Hills CDJR is making their plans for a fantastic weekend. But Memorial Day is about more than just barbecues, parades, and a long weekend from work; this holiday has its roots in an American tradition that deserves to be honored and remembered as we move into the season of pool passes and long summer nights.Memorial Day

The history of Memorial Day starts in the mid-1800s, just after the American Civil War ended. Thousands and thousands of American soldiers were killed in combat, a toll that required the creation of some of the first national cemeteries. People all across the county were looking for a way to honor and remember these fallen veterans, and many of them did so by visiting, decorating, and praying over their graves.

In 1868, General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic declared May 30th as “Decoration Day,” making it a unified time to remember these American soldiers. However, it wasn’t until after World War I that Decoration Day became widely practiced across the country to honor all fallen soldiers, not just those from the Civil War. In 1968, Memorial Day become a federal holiday and landed a permanent position as the last Monday in May.

Today, many families still use Memorial Day to remember the soldiers in their lives who have served or are serving. This year, make your Memorial Day about more than just relaxing with a plate of ribs. Take the time to honor those who have served our great country.