We are looking forward to many more adventures and experiences to share with you all and here is the first one of the year! We love to travel and the motto of Toyota, #letsgoplaces, fits us right! The new year was celebrated in a ranch located in south Texas so we had to take on the road with the 2017 Toyota Avalon Touring. We are no strangers to road trips but the trip down to Brownsville from Houston was going to be a first for us. The Avalon is a large family sedan and has plenty of ample space for the driver and the passengers. Once the car was delivered, the first thing we noticed was the beautiful paint color it had, Parisian Night Pearl. We got to packing our bags and were surprised with all the space we had left after all 3 suitcases, 2 duffel bags, a camera bag, tripod and a stroller were fitted in the trunk. Now we were really ready for touring!

The first thing we were going to do was a quick stop over at my parents' house to open up some gifts that Camila hadn't come around to opening yet. Soon after, we were back on the road towards San Antonio, where we were going to spend the night and also pick up Ashley's grandma. The trip, which we take countless of times a year, was one of the smoothest and most enjoyable rides up to this date. I really like that the Avalon Touring had the Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist as well as Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. I've never had a problem with staying awake or alert during a trip but with these systems, you feel an extra sense of security and safety. San Antonio is becoming like a second home and we were ready to explore and learn more from it the following day when my family dropped in for a day.

San Antonio has a lot of cool places to visit and even though we have gone countless of times, we got to see some new things like the Historic Market Square, Mission Espada and, the Cathedral of San Fernando. We started with the Alamo and worked our way around town after we walked through the old mission. After a day full of new experiences and lots of laughter we made our way back to Ashley's Grandmas house. Plans changed and we stayed another night. The trip was going to take us by Corpus Christi so since we were ahead of the rest, who hadn't left Houston until that day, we decided to make a quick stop and see the bay and the Memorial of Selena. This was my first time actually visiting Corpus Christi and I look forward to going back in the summer! We were only about 2 hours away from our destination and the trip was, again, smooth and enjoyable. 2017 was only a few hours away, so we quickly changed and got ready at the hotel and were on our way to the ranch. This was a cool experience and an awesome way to wrap up one of the most interesting years of my life.

The trip didn't end there though. The next morning we headed towards the Schlitterbahn Resort in South Padre Island! This was also a first for me and everyone had a blast! Maybe it's not such a bad thing that Texas is such a hot state. The weather was sunny and in the mid-70's!  Camila is no stranger to sand and she had fun jumping over the little waves! We even go to see little crabs! This was one of many firsts for Camila and we had a lot of fun in the little kiddie slides and a cool ride in the wave pool! Ashley and I have decided that experiences bring forth more happiness and memories and we are thankful that Toyota allowed us to do just that! We even vlogged the whole adventure and you can see it all for yourself below!

2017 Toyota Avalon Touring

  • 3.5L 268HP V6 DOHC
  • 6 -Spd ECT-I Automatic Transmission w/ Sequential Shift Mode
  • Normal, Eco, and Sport Modes
  • 18" Gray alloy wheels
  • Touring-Specific Suspension for a Sportier Ride
  • Toyota Safety Sense -P (TSS-P): Pre-Collision System w/ pedestrian detection, lane departure  alert w/ steering assist, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control
  • Star Safety System: VSC, TRAC, ABS, EBD, Ba and Smart Stop Technology
  • Blind Spot Monitor - Rear cross Traffic alert.
  • Dual Chrome-Tipped Exhaust
  • Power Tilt/Slide Sunroof
  • Dual Zone Auto Climate Control w/ Rear Seat Vents
  • Entune Premium Audio w/ Integrates Nav. and App suite, 7" Touch Screen, 9 speakers, HD Radio, SXM 3Mo. Trial, Traffic and Weather, Back Up Camera
  • Premium Leather -Trimmed Steering Wheel w/ Paddle Shifters and Audio, MID, Bluetooth, and Voice Command Controls
  • Leather Trimmed Multi-Staged Heated Front Seats, 6Way Power Driver Seat With Power Lumbar Support and 4 Way Powered Passenger Seat
  • Memory Driver Seat and Outside Mirror System
  • Smart Key System with Push Start Button
  • MPG: 21 City, 30 Highway, 24 Combined

  • Price As Tested: $38.739.00
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What Places Are You Looking Forward To Go To This Year!?