Post Date - Jun 21, 2022
On the road with Tyson truckers: 28 summer vacation ideas
If you’re not already a Tyson driver, you may not have heard that we recently raised our pay and bonus opportunities for company drivers. It’s the largest pay increase we’ve ever made and it allows our drivers to earn $85,000+ per year. We also enhanced our benefits to include a raised per diem rate, improved layover policy and increased safety bonus. One thing we’re really excited about is that we also added two additional vacation days for our drivers! So what will you be doing with your extra vacation time? If you’re still deciding, here are a few ideas:
1. Visit Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, AR - This breathtaking chapel made of glass is designed to provide visitors with a place to meditate and take in the views of the Ozarks.
2. Take a ride on the iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO - If you’re not afraid of heights, take a ride to the top and look out over St. Louis and the Mississippi River.
3. Explore Providence Canyon State Park in Lumpkin, GA - Also called “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon”, this park is full of canyons and gullies, making you feel like you’ve traveled across the country without ever leaving the Southeast.
4. Dig for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, AR - This 37-acre park is a volcanic crater where visitors can search for diamonds and gems. Over 33,000 diamonds have been found by visitors to this park.
5. Learn about space at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Hunstville, AL - This museum is a must if you’re into NASA and outer space.
6. See caves and waterfalls at Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, OH - Hocking Hills has the best hiking in Ohio. It’s full of caves, waterfalls and lots of hiking trails to choose from.
7. Take your kids to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in Indiana - As the world’s largest children’s museum, your family will be treated to more than 120,000 artifacts and specimens and a number of exhibits that include dinosaurs, Treasures of the Earth exhibit and Beyond Spaceship Earth.
8. Check out the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, AR - This museum was founded by a member of the Cherokee nation and has exhibits that date back as far as 14,000 years ago.
9. Walk the grounds at Graceland in Memphis, TN - The home of Elvis Presley is the second most-commonly visited and toured home, with the White House being the first.
10. Take your family to Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO - This is one of the biggest amusement parks in Missouri and has rides, family-friendly activities, carnival games and more.
11. Kayak down Arkansas’ Buffalo River - The Buffalo River is the perfect place for camping, swimming, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and more. You can even book a guided float trip down the river.
12. Take in the magnificent Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC - This 8,000-acre estate dates back to 1890. The 180,000 square-foot manor has 250 rooms willed with antiques and priceless art.
13. Stop at the Arkansas Air and Military Museum in Fayetteville, AR - Explore aircraft and aviation history from the past.
14. Walk along Navy Pier in Chicago, IL - One of the Midwest’s most famous places, Navy Pier is home to lots of dining, shopping, glass art shows and amusement park rides.
15. Book a beach vacay on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina - As one of South Carolina’s most popular beach towns, Hilton Head is known for its incredible beaches and world-class golf courses.
16. Step back in time at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, IN - If you and your family love history, this is the place to go. In the summer, Conner Prairie’s outdoor area includes a one-room schoolhouse, general store and other historic buildings, with residents sharing what life was like back in 1836.
17. Relax in the mountains of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee - GSMNP is undoubtably one of the most beautiful places in the country. Hike any of the multiple trails and then head to the charming town of Gatlinburg for a good meal.
18. Go for a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina - The Blue Ridge Parkway runs 469 miles long from the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountain National Park to Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.
19. Learn about alligators at Alligator Alley in Summerdale, AL - This alligator farm is home to a number of alligators rescued from dangerous environments. Walk along the viewing platform and see some of the 450 alligators sunbathing, nesting and relaxing.
20. Enjoy a beach day on Jekyll Island, GA - An hour drive from Atlanta, you’ll find the famous Driftwood Beach, one of the most stunning beaches in the South on Jekyll Island.
21. See a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO - Love baseball? Then a Cardinals game is one you can’t miss.
22. Take a tour of Mammoth Cave in Kentucky - Visit one of the oldest cave systems in the world.
23. Ride a rollercoaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH - Cedar Point is one of the most famous amusement parks in the U.S. It’s particularly known for its fast roller coasters.
24. Catch a race at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, AL - A visit to Talladega Superspeedway is a must if you love NASCAR and car racing.
25. Hike the trails at Lake Taneycomo in Missouri - Located near Branson, this lake is known for its deep blue waters, picturesque forests and the perfect vacation spot to get away for a little while.
26. See where your favorite movies were filmed in Georgia - This state is a popular filming location. Its landscapes and small towns have been in the Marvel Universe series, The Hunger Games, Forrest Gump and The Walking Dead, to name a few.
27. Get tickets to a country music concert at the Ryman in Nashville, TN - The Ryman Auditorium is a big piece of Nashville’s music history.
28. Stay at Castle Post in Versailles, KY - This Bed and Breakfast looks like it’s been around since medieval times, but it’s really only been around for the last 50 years and opened to the public in 2008.
Vacation pay is available to drivers after six months on the job. If you’d like to hear more about our lengthy list of benefits or how to become a Tyson driver, give us a call today!