When you think of road trips, driving through Iowa may not be top of mind. It isn't exactly known as an international vacation destination, however, for those of us who live here we see the beauty that surrounds us. Now that the leaves are beginning to change color and the temperature is nice and cool, it's the perfect time to go explore your home state before winter hits. Our experienced staff here at Ames Ford Lincoln, located at 123 Airport Rd, Ames, IA, has compiled a list of four Ford vehicles that are great for road trips. We've also listed a few places you may want to add to your bucket list.


1. Fuel-Efficient Car

The Ford Focus is one of the best cars for saving you money at the pump while out on a weekend road trip. It gets an estimated EPA of 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. The best part about this car is that you can get a brand new 2018 Ford Focus for under $15,000 with a ton of safety and tech features!

2. Vehicle with Space

If you have a growing family and space is your number one concern, then the Ford Expedition MAX XLT SUV is for you. You'll be able to pack everything including the kitchen sink and still have room to move. This monster vehicle seats up to eight passengers, and still has 42.6 cubic feet of cargo space; put the seats down and you have a whopping 108.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

3. Family SUV

The Ford Explorer Limited is the top-ranked SUV in its class. The Ford Explorer seats up to seven passengers, has a remarkably quiet and comfortable cabin, and you'll get around 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Thanks to the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, it's zippy at the start with impressive handling and braking. Your kids will happy no matter how far you drive while they stay entertained with Sync 3 Sirius XM radio, Ford & Waze, and Ford + Alexa. You may want to keep an eye on them though so they don't spend too much money while shopping on Amazon!

4. A Vehicle with Towing Power

If you're planning an overnight road trip and will be hauling an RV, rather than staying in a hotel, we recommend the Ford F-250. This powerhouse of a truck has a max towing capacity of between 12,300 to 13,300 pounds. The Quad Cab gives your entire family enough space to sit comfortably during a long ride. And your kids will love being able to stow toys and snacks under the back seat.

So now that you have your Ford vehicle picked out, where will you go?
5 Must-See Fall Attractions:
  1. Jester Park Equestrian Center: Take a horse-drawn wagon ride while enjoying the colorful foliage and park views just outside of Des Moines, IA. Call ahead as these rides book up quickly!
  2. Scenic City Empress: Take a ride on the crown jewel of the Iowa River while enjoying views of limestone bluffs, fall foliage, and the Iowa Falls Swinging Bridge.
  3. Stone State ParkThe rolling hills in this beautiful park near Sioux City make it challenging to hike, but you won't notice as you'll be distracted with its beauty. There are eight miles of hiking and cross country trails, and the local wildlife of turkeys, white-tailed deer, and various birds, often make an appearance.
  4. Driftless Area Scenic Byway: This 100-mile Scenic Byway in Northeast Iowa is known for the largest collection of American Indian burial mounds in the country. Along with the beautiful fall colors, you'll see rivers, forest-covered valleys, and limestone bluffs.
  5. Boone And Scenic Valley Railroad: Take your family on a train ride to relax enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Contact Your Ames Ford Dealership!

No matter which Ford vehicle or destination you choose, you're sure to have a fabulous time on your autumn road trip. Turn up the music, get your favorite 'road' snacks, kick back, and enjoy the ride! Stop into our Ames Ford Lincoln showroom located at 123 Airport Rd, Ames, IA, so we can help you find the right vehicle for you so you can get out on the road today! Call us at 515-233-1913 to set up a test drive.