The California Road Trip of a Lifetime

Road Trip of a Lifetime

Boasting superior performance, versatility, and safety, the 2018 Mazda3 5-door is the perfect car for your California dream-trip.  With plenty of room and great fuel efficiency, the Mazda3 5-door leaves no excuses for going another year without taking advantage of all that California has to offer.

 

But with so much to see, from southern beaches to northern forests, how do you narrow down your choices? Of course, exactly where you end up when you get behind the wheel is up to you, but here are some destinations that are sure to leave you inspired.

 

Redwood National and State Parks

 

This is a must-see destination for any California road-tripper. Located in the northern part of the state, you can drive along Newton B. Drury Parkway to witness incredible wildlife and look up at some of the tallest trees on the planet.

 

Big Sur and Pfeiffer State Beach

 

Big Sur, about 25 miles south of Monterey, has inspired many influential artists, such as Jack Kerouac. The area includes one of the world’s most unique beaches: Pfeiffer State Beach. For anyone driving in the southern part of the state, the purple sand and azure waters of this stunning destination shouldn’t be missed.

 

Bodega Bay

 

No California road trip would be complete without passing through a picturesque coastal town, and Bodega Bay can’t be beat. After driving along the coast and taking in some of the most magnificent ocean views the state has to offer, Bodega Bay’s restful feel makes it a perfect destination for those looking to get away.

 

Mendocino

 

Finally, for those looking for a destination that offers incredible art, dining, and architecture, Mendocino is the perfect stopping point. Spend a day or two taking in the charming town’s stunning scenery and pop into some of its renown art galleries. And if you need a recharge, book a stay at one of the towns many B&Bs.

 

California offers so much that deciding where to go can be daunting, but all of these destinations are sure to create memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Have a Fun Easter in Bakersfield, California!

As we move into the spring season, Easter is just around the corner. As one of the most fun holidays for the family, everyone wants to create an Easter holiday that the kids will remember forever. That’s why we’ve put together this article for what to do for Easter in Bakersfield, California.

 

Bakersfield Easter Egg Hunt

For an experience that is both memorable and free, look no further than the Bakersfield Easter Egg Hunt. Held on April 15th, 2017 from 10:30am-12:00pm, there will be over 5,000 eggs to hunt for children between ages 2-12. It will be located at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center at 1000 S. Owens.

 

Easter at Home

In addition to the community event, you’ll more than likely plan some fun activities at your own home as well. While these activities are great, the clean up can be a bit of a mess.

If you find yourself with fake grass littered all across your home, it’s actually a quick and simple cleanup. All that you need to do is take a lint roller and run it across all the surfaces in your home.

All of us here at Bakersfield Mazda hope that you have a wonderful Easter in Bakersfield, California!

Easter in Bakersfield, CA

It’s Not Too Late to See Fall in California!

Mazda CX-9 - Bakersfield, CA

There’s never a bad time to take your Mazda for a spin in California!

Fall might be on her way out the door, but in sunny California there are still plenty of beautiful sights alive with autumn color. Fall in California takes its time, which is good news for anyone looking to take a last-minute scenic drive.

Check out Idyllwild, a rustic town just east of L.A., cozy in the San Jancito Mountains. Whether you’re looking for something exciting like rock climbing or trail hiking, or just want to chill out overnight in a comfy inn, there’s something for you in Idyllwild. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful spots in CA this season.

If you’re in the mood for a nice, long weekend, there’s no better place than Placer County up north. This region of California feels dedicated to the beauty of nature, and in the fall it’s easy to see why, with colors rivaling the fieriest spots in New England.

And if you’re in the mood for some truly dramatic geography along with you autumn hues, check out Castle Rock State Park. Great for camping and hiking, this is a must-see of fall in California.

Do you have any other destinations you like to visit? Let Bakersfield Mazda know!

California, Get Ready for Pay-As-You-Drive Tax

With cars that are more efficient than ever before and less driving on our roads overall, gasoline taxes used to build and maintain roads are dwindling. That’s exactly why some state governments are considering adding a tax that would be paid based on the number of miles you’ve driven. Oregon already has a voluntary pay-as-you-drive tax setup beginning next year which will offer 5,000 drivers the chance to pay 1.5 cents for every mile they travel in the state. Next up? California.

It won’t happen right away, but over the next few years, California drivers should expect to see a pay-as-you-drive tax go into effect to help offset some of the funds it takes to upkeep and build roads – funds that are currently less-than-sufficient, with Congress having to fill the gap with millions of dollars in temporary federal funding.

Pay-As-You-Drive Tax

Get ready for the potential Pay-As-You-Drive Tax, by investing in a fuel efficient vehicle that also allows you to carpool others – this 2015 Mazda3 perhaps.

Oregon’s system uses a pair of devices, one in the vehicles, and one found in certain fuel pumps, that uses GPS to track miles driven, then gives the appropriate credit or surcharge at the pump itself. The system could be much simpler with systems like Apple iPlay and in-car internet systems like OnStar. If configured correctly, these systems could easily track the distance a car has travelled.

If you’re concerned about your driving habits being tracked, you’re not alone. According to Autos.Yahoo.com, the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concerns about unapproved tracking, and privacy was the top concern of those who took part in Oregon’s trial. There is little doubt that, despite these privacy concerns, there is enough money at stake and enough technology available that California will be able to create a system that would satisfy any privacy concerns.

Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see a pay-as-you-drive tax system make its way to California’s roads, and the rest of the country very soon. What do you think? Efficient (and fair) way to obtain the funds needed to keep our roadways drivable, or just another tax (and one with privacy concerns to add insult to injury)?