Planning a Road Trip: The Best Places to Drive Topless
By: Good2GoPublished: June 19, 2013
Summer is upon us and if you’re planning a road trip, you may want to consider hitting the open road with your top down. We’re talking about convertibles, guys! Nothing says “summer” like cruising down the highway with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. Convertible roofs, also known as ragtops, have been around for more than a century and their classic style of cool mixed with sophistication can’t be beat. So if you’re looking to mark off a few destinations from your road trip checklist, here are some of the best places in the U.S. to drive topless – er – with the top down.
If you’re traveling south this summer, take a fun and relaxing drive down Skyline Drive. Running 105 miles along the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park, this public road is particularly breathtaking during the autumn months when the leaves change. Nevertheless, during the summer, Skyline Drive is just as scenic with its winding mountain curves, varying species of wildlife and stunning valleys. It’s a great place for any visitor since it has numerous campsites for overnight stays.
There are a few places of interest in the Sunshine State. Along the Florida panhandle is State Road 30A, a scenic twenty-eight and a half mile highway next to the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll pass by popular beaches such as Panama City Beach and Laguna Beach, or you can choose to explore miles of hiking trails in Point Washington State Forest.
Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys is the portion of US Route 1 that extends from the end of mainland Florida through the Florida Keys. The route is 127.5 miles in length with large sections of the highway left over from the old Overseas Railroad. This highway consists of 42 bridges, stretching over the crystal blue waters of the Florida Bay, Atlantic Ocean, and Gulf of Mexico. Be sure to pull over and snap a few photos!
If you’re traveling to New England this summer, stop by Cape Cod, Massachusetts. More than just lobster fishing and clam shacks, this coastal area serves up a 160 mile drive filled with beaches, dunelands and quaint resort towns. All vehicles entering Cape Cod must cross the Cape Cod Canal, a popular fishing spot. If you’re looking for a shorter road trip, check out the Cape Cod Bay, a 63-mile picturesque drive that follows Massachusetts Highways 6A all the way to U.S. Highway 6 at Orleans. Some places of interest include: Cape Cod National Seashore, the Three Sisters Lighthouse and Provincetown.
What road trip would be complete without a visit to the West coast? In California, the scenic route along the Monterey Peninsula, also known as the 17-Mile Drive, is the perfect way to expose your convertible to the Northern California coast. While you may not have time to check out all of the mansions and golf courses, you may be able to spot some wildlife on the beaches if you decide to make a pit stop at Pebble Beach or take a few photos with the famous landmark, the Lone Cypress Tree.
Another breathtaking and popular All-American coastal drive is along the Pacific Coast Highway. Traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco, this leisure route of twisting roads and high cliffs offers an endless supply of photo opportunities. Convertibles are perfect for this drive as the road has sharp drop off points and narrow shoulders that are not suitable for larger vehicles. In addition to visiting the beach towns, a few other places of interest include Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur.
While you can’t exactly drive your convertible to Hawaii, you can always rent one when you get there. Once you arrive, check out Hana Highway in Maui. Dubbed National Geographic’s “Drives of a Lifetime,” this 68 mile stretch of road offers all the beauty you’d expect to find on a tropical island. Waterfalls, tropical forests and black-sand beaches make this route a must-see tourist attraction.
Another section of the island to check out is the Hawaii Belt. This 300 mile route consists of Hawaii state Routes 11, 19, and 190. This ride will awaken the adventurer in you as you pass by dense jungles, white sandy beaches, farmland, and most of all, active lava. If you’re looking for a calmer vacation, visit some of the local towns and parks to get a real taste of the Hawaiian culture.
So no matter what your summer road trip plans are for this year, don’t forget to bring your camera, your shades, your sunscreen and most importantly, don’t forget to keep your top down!
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