America’s Most Memorable Driving Experiences

Driving is the way most of us get to work every day, a ho-hum experience at best. Driving is also the way that you can enjoy some of America’s most scenic areas. There is a lot of beauty in this country and all it takes is a car and some time to enjoy them. and it doesn’t take a lot of money to experience it.  You just need an automobile and enough time to enjoy the trip. Our friends at Thompson Mazda of Baltimore, MD, a well-known Mazda dealer, suggested  some wonderful drives that are open for all to enjoy.  Here’s their list.

Any discussion of great roads has to include the Pacific Coast Highway. In particular, the stretch of Highway 1 between Los Angeles and San Francisco is perhaps the most photographed stretch of highway in the country. There’s a reason that it’s featured in so many Hollywood movies, its beautiful.

The George Parks Highway, which parallels the Alaska Railroad, is the main route between Alaska’s two largest metropolitan areas: Anchorage and Fairbanks. Along the route you will drive through National Park.  The George Parks highway is 323 miles of scenic Alaskan wilderness beauty.

Originally blazed in 1912, when Henry Flagler extended his Florida East Coast Railroad from Miami to Key West, the Overseas Highway is an incredible engineering feat. The bridges along the route offer incredible sunrises and sunsets. The highway offers travelers an exotic roadway through a tropical savanna environment and passes over the largest area of coral reefs on the US mainland.

The Silverado Trail begins near the top of San Francisco Bay and rambles northward through the most famous winegrowing region in America, Napa Valley. Not only is the scenery breathtaking, you can stop along the way and enjoy wine tours and tastings at any number of the dozens of wineries.

Also known locally as the Tail of the Dragon, Deals Gap is one of the curviest stretches of road in the entire United States. Located in North Carolina, its only 11 miles long yet has 318 curves along its length.

Utah’s Route 12 is a trip through some of the most incredible geological formations on the planet. For over 120 miles, you are treated to the stunning sights of Bryce Canyon, Dixie National Forest and Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument.  Along Route 12, multi-hued limestone cliffs and red rock formations tower above the road and provide visitors with fabulous vistas.

Acadia National Park in Maine is definitely a bucket list destination. The Park Loop swirls around Mt Desert Island and offers breathtaking ocean views, rocky coastlines, crystal clear lakes and mountains that explode with color in the fall. Take trip up Cadillac Mountain in the early morning and you will see the first rays of sun that hit the United States.

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