Saturday, April 3, 2010

Five best things: Drives in the continental U.S.

5. Coast of Maine. This is pretty tricky, because there is no highway that hugs the coast of Maine like there is for California and Oregon. There are simply too many bays and jigs and jags to make a highway work. So, the best bet is to take your time, pick three or four places to stay along the way (at least to include Camden and Bar Harbor), and linger at the places where highway and ocean meet.

4. 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Peninsula. Winding from Monterey to Carmel along the coast and through the trees, this is actually a toll road that is worth every penny. Take the full day and do it right, including a stop a the Pebble Beach golf course to watch people hit off the first tee. It'll give you perverse pleasure to see people who are spending $700 for one round of golf hack it up.

3. Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park. One of the great drives on the planet, the views of mountains, animals, waterfalls, rivers and lakes are completely enrapturing.

2. U.S. Highway 89 from Livingston, Montana to Jackson, Wyoming. This is, of course, cheating. This stretch of highway runs through Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. For the complete travelogue, go to Chapters 3 and 4 of my online book on U.S. 89.

1. Big Sur. The Oregon coast is more fun to visit and linger, but for shear driving pleasure, California Highway One from Carmel south to Morro Bay just can't be beat. Here's a tip: If you're afraid of heights, drive this from south to north so you're not constantly on the edge of the cliff.

1 comment:

  1. These are all the great places and it is totally enriched with all the nature's gift and blessings in the forms of beautiful beaches, rocky mountainous hills and all the best resources for which most of the travelers do seek and quest for.

    These are also a best destination for all the great backpackers of the world due to its top-peaks and snow capped mountain ranges which make a person adventurous, energetic and a kind of explorer of new horizons and this is a thrilling part of this activity.