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4 Things to Do While Gas is Still Cheap

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With gasoline prices remaining cheaper than they’ve been in years, Americans are taking to the roads in earnest, with the AAA in Washington D.C. predicting that 56 percent of U.S. consumers will be driving to their vacation destinations this summer.

Not only is car travel more affordable than it’s been in years, it unshackles travelers from the constraints of timetables and the inconvenience of flight delays and security checkpoint lines at the airport. The road trip is indeed the quintessential American experience, but some families and individuals might find the prospect of wedging themselves into the family car or SUV for days at a time crisscrossing the country to be a stressful proposition.

Fortunately, those with a full tank of gas and can avail themselves of several desirable day trips from Colorado Springs that cover some serious ground, but still leave plenty of time for rest, recreation and sightseeing.

1. Denver, about 70 miles north is arguably the most obvious choice, with all the trappings of a great American big city for those who prefer to go both urban and upscale. On the other hand, one can veer off the main highway to enjoy any number of twisty roads, rural towns, ranches and a true taste of old Colorado.

2. Venture about another 36 miles away to Boulder and hike through the picturesque Flatiron mountains, which were named after the flat, metal irons pioneer women used to press clothing. Downtown Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall is especially charming, with its brick-paved streets lined with restaurants and boutiques and punctuated with public performers.

3. About 112 miles away is Georgetown, where visitors can take a ride on the vintage Georgetown Loop Railroad, take in the panoramic vistas of Mount Evans and the surrounding ranges and visit the remnants of the historic mining town Silver Creek.

4. Farther northwest, about a 105-mile trip, are the towns of Central City and Blackhawk, where road-trippers can take in scenic vistas, visit historic buildings and try their luck at the local casinos.

An ideal vehicle in which to take a road trip, whether a cross-country adventure or a quick jaunt up (and, of course, down) the seemingly never-ending twists and turns of nearby Pike’s Peak, is the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Available in two- and four-door models starting at around $25,000, the compact GTI is both playfully sporty and eminently practical, with ample passenger room and a spacious SUV-like 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seatbacks folded flat.

Mated to either a six-speed manual or a quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine puts 210 horsepower and a launch-happy 258 pound-feet of torque to the pavement, yet hedges against gas prices shooting back up with an EPA-estimated 25/34-mpg city/highway.

Already able to hug the curves with authority, the VW GTI can be fitted with an available Performance Package that ups the ante with larger brakes, a torque-sensing limited-slip differential and a 10 horsepower boost. An adaptive suspension damping system with selectable driving modes to afford a smoother or more aggressive motoring experience is optional.

Come in to Al Serra Volkswagen, Colorado Springs, for a test drive of a Golf GTI. “For the price, this one of the most exciting sports cars on the market and can be leased for about $300 a month by well-qualified customers,” says Aaron Knight, Al Serra sales manager.

View inventory, get a free estimated trade-in value for your vehicle and find out exactly how much you can save with Al Serra’s Price on a Golf GTI.

This article was produced for and sponsored by Al Serra. It is not a product of or affiliated with KOAA News 5.

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