7 ideas for a great summer in the all-new Taos

The sun is shining, outdoor activities are returning across the country, and everyone’s eager to start making summer memories once again.

Need another reason to get outside? Volkswagen has introduced the all-new 2022 Taos compact SUV. It offers all the style, roominess, and exciting tech to make this summer—and every season—an unforgettable one.

Here are seven enticing warm-weather events, destinations, and attractions to check out,1 along with seven reasons why the Taos is the ideal vehicle to get you there.

Two orange-and-yellow sea kayaks sit on the shore of an island.

Take a kayak journey to a pristine island.

Jewell Island Kayak Trip

Portland, Maine

Got kayaking experience? Head to Portland Harbor and join Portland Paddle for a two-day excursion by sea kayak to the unspoiled paradise of Jewell Island. Enjoy the 221-acre island’s rugged coastline, extensive network of hiking trails, and ideal camping spots. Multiple trips are scheduled through early September.

Pursuing summer adventures means bringing along friends and gear. You’ll find a surprising amount of roominess and cargo space in the all-new Taos: The second row comfortably seats three; the FWD version offers 27.9 cubic feet of cargo space, increasing to 65.9 cubic feet with the second row folded.

Colorful hot air balloons float into the sky over a field of spectators at a balloon festival.

Watch colorful balloons fill the sky.

Adirondack Balloon Festival

Queensbury, New York

There’s nothing quite like the sight of giant hot air balloons in vivid colors floating across the horizon. On September 24-26, head to New York’s Warren County and experience the magic of ballooning at the annual Adirondack Balloon Festival, a free, nonprofit event benefiting local charitable causes.

Inside the Taos, open the available panoramic sunroof to get a unique perspective on the balloons. Then step outside and admire the vehicle’s clean, modern design, including its bold profile, unique square wheel arches, LED headlights, and available illuminated grille.

A group of people gathered dockside at a bay, posing and smiling for the camera.

Help keep the coast beautiful.

Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup

Tampa, Florida

Become a “scientist for a day” at this coastal cleanup hosted by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. During the event, which takes place September 18 at locations throughout Florida’s Hillsborough County, volunteers collect debris items and record the data for use in optimizing future cleanup efforts.

Research and science also play key roles in the advanced driver-assistance systems for the Taos. Its available IQ.DRIVE® suite of driver-assistance technology helps monitor blind spots, assists in warning of potential front collisions, and more.2

A hand holds a shrimp cocktail mug adorned with the logo of the Galveston Shrimp Festival.

Celebrate all things shrimp.

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

Galveston, Texas

Feast on shrimp at this family-friendly event, taking place September 24-25 in Galveston’s Historic Strand District, around an hour’s drive southeast of Houston. Highlights include gumbo cook-offs and tastings, a fried shrimp dinner, live music, the Shrimp Scamper 5K Fun Run, and the Lil Shrimps Parade.

Along with all the great sights you’ll be seeing this summer, you’ll see important vehicle information inside the Taos, thanks to the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. It replaces the traditional instrument cluster with a modern, high-resolution digital display.

A wooded hillside in the foreground, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the background.

Hike while gazing at the Pacific.

Point Mugu State Park

Malibu, California

Located around an hour’s drive up the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica, this quiet and secluded park in the Santa Monica Mountains offers more than 70 miles of hiking trails, and five miles of ocean shoreline with rocky bluffs, river canyons, and other natural attractions. After your hike, hit the beach for an ocean swim.

The Taos can help keep you sure-footed on the road, especially with available 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive, which is designed to distribute power between the front and rear wheels as needed to assist with traction and stability.

A woman paddles on a surfboard in the ocean, with an instructor paddling at her left side.

Take surf lessons from the pros.

Richard Schmidt Surf School

Santa Cruz, California

Capture the exhilarating feeling of riding an ocean wave at this long-established surf school run by former pro surfer Richard Schmidt. Set along an idyllic coastline within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the school offers a guarantee that, no matter your abilities, you’ll be able to stand up and ride down the face of a wave in your first lesson.

You can experience exhilaration on the road, too. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the Taos uses a Variable Turbine Geometry turbocharger and other advanced engineering to produce 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, as well as impressive fuel economy.3

A crowd raises its arms and cheers during an outdoor live music performance.

Dance to leading-edge sounds.

North Coast Music Festival

Bridgeview, Illinois

Move to scintillating live performances in electronic music, including techno, house, trance, and bass, at this Labor Day weekend festival, which this year takes place at a newly renovated stadium site just southwest of Chicago. Explore art installations, food vendors, and more.

Fans of music and tech will find a host of innovations in the Taos. It offers Volkswagen Car-Net® Remote Access4 at no additional cost, along with standard features such as touchscreen infotainment and Volkswagen App-Connect.5 Available features include wireless charging for compatible devices and an 8-inch touch screen with voice control, which can link to an available BeatsAudio® sound system.

Get ready for new adventures in every season: Learn more about the all-new Volkswagen Taos.

1 Event/attraction descriptions are based on information provided by third parties and are accurate as of the date of publication. Volkswagen is not responsible for event cancellations or ticket availability. Always follow all health and safety protocols established by event organizers and/or local authorities.

2 Driver Assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving. See Owner’s Manual for further details, and important limitations.

3 28 city/36 highway mpg (2022 Taos 1.5L, 8-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

4 Available on most MY20 and newer vehicles. Always pay careful attention to the road and do not drive while distracted. Certain services require trial or paid subscriptions, which may have their own terms and conditions. VW Car-Net requires cellular connectivity, availability of vehicle GPS signal, and acceptance of Terms of Service. Not all services and features are available on all vehicles. Certain Car-Net services, such as Roadside Call Assist, connect out to 3rd party providers that may require additional payment. Standard text and data rates may apply for app and web features. Certain services may collect location and vehicle information. See Terms of Service, Privacy Statement, and other important information at www.vw.com/carnet.

5 Always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted. Not all features available on all operating systems. Standard text and data usage rates apply. App-Connect features require compatible device, operating system, and mobile apps. See mobile device and app providers for terms and privacy.