Driving a BMW catapults you into a class that few ever experience. Doors open. Adventure beckons. Luxury awaits. Romance is never far away. Whether you choose to drive the sporty X5, the elegant and electric i3, or the powerful M5, you recognize that with a turn of the steering wheel an exclusive experience awaits you. Motoring brings you three curated road trips that will speak to the spirit that drives you.


BMW’s line of SAVs (Sports Activity Vehicles) cries out for adventure. The X5 35i was built for long drives, through bold landscapes, like those prominent in New York State. The X5’s perfect road trip match? Kittatinny Ridge.

It’s difficult to imagine that sky-kissing mountains, rolling hills and valleys live so close to Long Island and the metropolitan area. Yet, the Delaware Water Gap is but a short, scenic drive away. It is a haven for hiking, water sports, wildlife watching and exploring charming historic towns.

Created by shifting tectonic plates and the colliding of headwater streams, sand and rock, the Gap was 420 million years in the making, carving incomparable beauty through a large ridge of the Appalachian Mountains.

Take your X5 on Old Mine Road, considered to be one of the oldest roads in the country which began as a Paleo Indian foot trail, and was later used as a wagon road during the American Revolutionary War. Now it is a paved, narrow winding road that travels along the Delaware River.

The truly adventurous spirit might enjoy a demanding climb to the top of Mt. Tammany. At 1,527 ft. above sea level, the mountaintop rewards climbers with incredible panoramic views.


You drive an M5. You are powerful behind the wheel. You enjoy exquisite beauty and fine things, well-made. In every season, connoisseurs of beauty flock to Cayuga Lake. This scenic drive will take you along the western shore of New York’s glacier-carved Finger Lakes.

This vibrant wine region demands your exploration with its limitless year-round outdoor recreation and exquisite views. Sample glorious local wines and craft beer, the explorer in you will love the three lighthouses in the area and the many antique shops that grace the shoreline. Dine at some of the charming and elegant restaurant offerings, and drink in the beauty of the landscape that is teeming with wildlife native to the region.


Salty sea air is the very essence of romance. There is something about the seashore that makes shoulders relax and hands reach out for one another.

Take your BMW-i3 on a leisurely drive to Montauk with someone you love. Inhale the ocean-scented air, listen to the music of the waves crashing against the shore.

This is why we live on Long Island.

Montauk is home to world-class restaurants that satisfy the cravings of even the most discerning foodies. Fresh seafood abounds in cafes and eateries in varying degrees of opulence: from casual lobster shacks to upscale fine dining.

Soft, sandy ocean beaches line the landscape, with endless views of a seemingly infinite sea. Swim, sail, fish, or simply relax. Montauk is your place to exhale and rejuvenate.

No matter where your heart or your appetite leads you—Montauk has it all. And your i3 will take you there without having to stop to fill up the gas tank.

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Checkmate Magazine appeals to the competitive side of the BMW driver who views life as a journey, not a destination. Someone who defines success not by winning or losing, but by how one responds to both. Checkmate is the first of its kind, a publication written exclusively for consumers by an automotive dealership.

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