In today’s day and age of endless technology and portable WiFi, it can be hard to relax and unplug. Sometimes all it takes is the perfect road trip to escape the hustle and bustle. From the California coast to cross-country trips, there’s plenty of sights and landmarks to enjoy along the way. These are three of our favorite bucket list road trips — and the best car for each drive:
Made up of more than 115 miles of highway throughout the Florida Keys, the Overseas Highway is a continuation of Route 1. It was originally built over the former Overseas Railroad which was destroyed in a 1935 hurricane. The highway now acts as the main connection route between Miami and Key West with tropical views along the way. While traveling along the Overseas Highway, visitors can see animals such as the American Crocodile and beautiful coral reefs.
In 2009, the highway was awarded the All-American Road designation – the highest honor a roadway can receive. It’s also used to verify national significance and landmarks. If you’re planning a trip along this tropical highway, we recommend a convertible to enjoy the views and warm Florida weather. Go old school with a 1960 Porsche 356 or drive in style with a Rolls Royce Dawn.
Pacific Coast Highway
Running nearly the entire length of California, the Pacific Coast Highway passes through some of the most popular landmarks in the state while hugging the coastline. Route 1 totals more than 655 miles, making it the longest full highway in California. PCH was built in various pieces with the first section opening in the 1930s in Big Sur. Many more portions were added throughout the years, but it’s now recognized as an All-American Road.
Travelers can ride the highway all the way from Dana Point up into Mendocino County. One of the most stunning parts of PCH lies between San Luis Obispo and Monterey with ocean cliffs and Big Sur. You can also stop for wine tasting in Paso Robles and the historical Hearst Castle in San Simeon. If you’re driving the entire stretch of PCH, we recommend a low-riding car like a BMW 7 Series to hug the turns. The weather can also get much colder farther north, but you can still enjoy your trip with the windows down!
One of the most famous roads in America, Route 66 spans 2,450 miles across more than half of the country. This historic highway has even been featured in popular music, television and movies such as Grapes of Wrath. While many portions of Route 66 have been populated with interstates, several cities have preserved the original highway. Eventually it was removed from the United States Highway System in 1985, but that doesn’t stop travelers from driving the same historic route.
The entire length of the road stretches from Santa Monica to Chicago with popular destinations such as the Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum along the way. One of the most popular sections includes the drive from the Grand Canyon to the Colorado River for a more adventurous trek. Depending on when you’re traveling, you’ll encounter different weather and climates. We also recommend taking a car with more space like a Jeep Wrangler so you have plenty of room for your things while you take on Route 66!
Whether you’re looking for a coastal route or cross-country trip, there’s a little something for everyone on the road. Looking for a more eco-friendly option for your next road trip? Check out our list of the best electric cars for 2018!