Fall Biking and Hiking Near Altavista, Virginia

There are many reasons why we at Highview Motors GMC love being located in Virginia, including the many gorgeous, outdoor spaces. Fall is the perfect time to get outside and do some hiking near Altavista. Check out one of these trails and enjoy the gorgeous foliage this season.


James River Heritage Trail

Lynchburg, Virginia is just a 40 minute drive north from Altavista, and if you’re a fan of biking, roller skating, or hiking, it’s the perfect trail for you. The five-mile paved trail starts at Percival’s Island Natural Area and runs through a gorgeous historic area.


Sharp Top

If you’re willing to drive a little farther to Buchanan, you can enjoy a breathtaking view at the summit of Buzzard Rocks. The Sharp Top trail is accessible by car, and the hike to the summit is just three miles long.


Flat Top

While you’re in Buchanan, you might want to save energy for the slightly longer Flat Top hike. At 5.8 miles long, this is a great day hike, or can be part of a bigger hike if you’re pushing it. This hike requires some climbing and hard work, but the view you’ll have once you get the to top will be worth your efforts.

At Highview Motors GMC, we are proud to serve the Altavista area.

Fun Activities and Attractions Near Roanoke


Highview Motors GMC is at a great location because it’s close to so many Virginia cities worth visiting. From outdoor activities to museums to food tours, you’ll find plenty to do in these fantastic Virginia cities.


Lynchburg is also called the “City of Seven Hills” because of its location at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With that in mind, this city is like a haven for those who love outdoor activities, from canoeing to fishing to hiking and biking. When you’re done exploring the best of Virginia’s nature, head to Lynchburg’s Historic Downtown for some local shopping, dining, and a night in the 1878 Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.



As one of the largest cities in Virginia, it comes as no surprise that there are plenty of attractions near Roanoke. Foodies will want to take one of the Roanoke food tours, which will be just as stimulating for the mind as for the taste buds; the food-centric tour gives insight into the area’s history as well as its cuisine. The O. Winston Link Museum honors the life and work of esteemed photographer O. Winston Link, known for his railroad photography. For a stimulating afternoon of educational fun that the whole family can enjoy, pay a visit to the Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium.



Our hometown has its own collection of attractions enjoyable to both visitors and residents. Spend an afternoon browsing the Main Street Shops then stop by the Altavista Historic Mural, a huge painting on 7th Street that pays homage to the city’s history with 11 historical references. Can you spot them all? After you’ve finished browsing, grab dinner at the popular El Cazador Mexican and Latin American restaurant, then take the kids for a cone at Dairy Freeze.

Virginia is full of beautiful cities with incredible history. If you’re interested in finding a new ride to take you there, visit Highview Motors GMC today!

Five Ways to Celebrate Spring

Spring officially begins on March 20th. The first day of spring is called the Vernal Equinox and happens when there is an even divide between daylight and dark hours. If you’re ready to say goodbye to winter and celebrate spring, here are five fun things to do.

  1. Visit D.C. Every spring, the cherry blossoms along the Potomac River bloom in glorious shades of pink and white. Due to a warm February, peak bloom is expected to arrive sometime between March 14th and 19th.
  2. Travel to Mexico. If you happen to visit Chichen Itza and the ancient Mayan pyramid, El Castillo on the Equinox, you can watch the Return of the Sun Serpent, which is a shadow that travels down the steps of the pyramid to form the shape of a snake.
  3. Learn about the Easter bunny. Read more about the origins of the Easter bunny and how one theory believes it stems from the pagan festival of Eostre.
  4. Have a reunion. In Japan, spring is a time for family reunions. Plan a get-together for your family and dye Easter eggs or head outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.
  5. Do some gardening. Nothing says spring quite like beautiful flowers blooming. Add some new flowers or trees to your surroundings.

Here at Highview Motors, we hope everyone has a happy and healthy Spring.

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Yoders’ Farm Fall Activities Open in September

Yoders’ Farm Fall Activities

We’re only a month or two away from crunchy red and brown leaves, hot apple cider, pumpkin-flavored everything, and warm sweaters. What better way to celebrate the transition out of summer than by participating in the Yoders’ Farm fall activities? Due to open mid-September for the 2016 autumn months, this local farm offers guests a variety of fun fall-themed attractions to get everyone excited about the change of seasons.

This fall, Yoders’ Farm will greet visitors with the Farm Store, where guests can purchase a variety of locally-grown produce and homemade goods such as tomatoes, apples, pastries, jellies, and more. You can even pick up a Yoders’ Farm cookbook. Plus, features like a 6.5-acre corn maze and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch are sure to be fun for the entire family—or, if you work for an educational institution, a church, or something else where you care for a large group of children, you can also contact the farm for field trip reservations!

Whether you’re looking for a fun day out with your family or you want to support local farmers, Yoders’ Farm fall activities will provide visitors with plenty of fun, as well as tasty treats like homegrown vegetables or baked goods. You can even pick a pumpkin for carving. Swing by the farm located just off of Brown Mills Rd in Rustburg, Virginia.

Four of the Best Non-Crowded Beaches on the East Coast

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Summer sure is taking its time getting here but you are probably already thinking about sun and sand. We’ve found some of the best non-crowded beaches on the East Coast to help you decide your destination!

Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach is like the quieter sibling of Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. Bethany is marked by long, non-crowded stretches of beautiful sandy beach. The town itself is also a gem, with quaint little restaurants and cafes.

Topsail Beach

Located in North Carolina, Topsail Beach is found on a quiet barrier island. There are four different beaches there and they all stay relatively quiet even through the busy summer months.

Sandbridge Beach

Sandbridge Beach is found in Virginia. This non-crowded gem also has the benefit of being close to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park. In addition to sunbathing and surfing, you can stroll along great nature trails found at these two great parks.
Emerald Isle

USA Today calls Emerald Isle “perhaps the most beautiful stretch of sand in the Carolinas.” You’ll find it at the southern tip of the Outer Banks. Unlike other parts of that very popular area, Emerald Isle remains sparsely populated throughout the summer.