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Scenic Drives

  1. The Dragon – US 129 connects East Tennessee with Western North Carolina. It’s famous for its 11 mile stretch with 318 continuous curves! It’s a beautiful drive when the weather is nice enough to open the sunroom.
  2. 30A – The short highway veers off highway 98 East in Northwest Florida near Rosemary Beach (just west of Panama City Beach). It runs parallel to the Gulf of Mexico for 24 miles before rejoining 98 just East of Destin. The scenic drive has several spots to stop off and enjoy lunch from a food truck, or just enjoy the pastel houses that dot the highway.
  3. A1A through the Florida Keys – This one doesn’t need much of an introduction. Once you get past Islamorada, the traffics slowly decreases and the views (from the car) get better. It’s a long way to Key West but the sights along the way are breathtaking.
  4. Big Horn Mountains – This Wyoming scenic byway along US 14 is one of my favorites. It makes its way from Shell to Sheridan Wyoming. There’s something about the Big Horn Mountains that captures the spirit of the west.

    Bran Castle in Transylvania
  5. Bucharest to Transylvania – We had a personal guide that picked us up from our hotel in Bucharest. The drive to Transylvania and throughout was spectacular. It is exactly what I had envisioned “old Europe” to look like. You get hills and valleys dotted with shepherds, sunflowers, and cute houses through the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. It’s a magical trip through time.
  6. The Baja Peninsula – The narrow peninsula that extends for some 900 miles south of San Diego is another one of my favorites. It takes a while to get beyond the “influence of the border” and get past Ensenada (driving South). Once you do, though, you really get a sense that you’re worlds away from everything. Go prepared. There are few places to stop along the way, but this is one of those must dos.
Baja California Sur, Mexico