As much as we’d like to think that summer is a season with no responsibilities and all the time in the world, that’s rarely true for any of us past childhood. Unfortunately, that often means that those long vacations and cross-country road trips some of us dream of aren’t possible. But luckily, summer still gives us a chance to get on the road and enjoy some shorter road trips – with just a weekend, you can enjoy sports, theater, the great outdoors, and more, right here from Shelbyville and the Louisville area!

Whether you’re spontaneously throwing a bag in your 2018 Ford Mustang with your spouse for a romantic getaway or loading the kids and supplies into a Ford Edge, there are tons of great road trip destinations just a quick drive away from Louisville, Lawrenceburg, and Frankfort, and here at your Shelbyville Ford dealership, we wanted to recommend some of our favorites.

If you’re looking for some culture that’s off the beaten path, Evansville Indiana offers not only the New Harmony theater over the summer, but a variety of small art galleries and museums. For those of you looking to get your kids outdoors and away from their devices, Shawnee National Forest at the southern tip of Illinois has incredible scenery and great hiking only about three and a half hours from here. Want to get some excitement a little closer to home? Why not visit Lexington to enjoy the famous Bourbon trail or learn more about the horses and history of the Kentucky Derby.

No matter your destination, all it takes to make a great road trip is a sense of adventure and the right car, and we can help with the second one! Visit our Ford service center for a quick tune-up before you hit the road, or pick out a new car for the perfect road trip experience, like a used Ford Fusion or a 2018 Ford Escape. Louisville area drivers can get the most out of their summer after a visit to O’Brien Ford of Shelbyville.