Friday, October 21, 2016

The Most Beautiful Convertible Drives in the North West United States

This week, we’re taking you on a scenic road trip to the northwestern portion of the United States to discover the stunning sights and bountiful beauty of the region’s lush landscape. From the untamed wilderness of Yellowstone National Park to the majestic peak of Mount Rainier, you’ll enjoy soaking up these spectacular surroundings.

Pack a poncho and make sure your convertible top is working because three of our list’s scenic byways are in the constantly rainy conditions of Washington and Oregon. Hop in your car and enjoy these drives before winter rolls around—these routes can get frigid after Fall. Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite convertible drive experiences in the northwest USA.

Oregon Coast Highway

Cruise along stunning, rocky ocean side cliffs and get acquainted with the sea by driving along Oregon’s coastline. Along the way, you’ll discover views that surpass even the heavily-edited pictures in travel brochures and post cards. Better yet, the entire expanse of the Oregon coast is open to the public for exploring! Can’t miss stops along the way include Astoria, Cannon Beach and the Tillamook Cheese Factory. When visiting Cannon Beach, channel your inner movie geek and check out Haystack Rock—as seen in “The Goonies” and “Kindergarten Cop”.

The North Cascade Loop

October is an ideal time to take a trip through Washington’s colorful Cascade Loop. As you drive, you’ll be astounded by the multitude of transitioning red, orange and gold leaves enveloping the roadway. Make sure to allocate plenty of time for scenic stops—there are countless hiking, canoeing and fishing opportunities along the way. Consider taking a quick ferry ride across The Columbia River. Another must see is the towering 265-foot waterfall at the heart of the Wallace Falls state park.

Chinook Pass

Drive throughout Mount Rainier National Park and enjoy the most popular scenic drive the state of Washington has to offer. Bring bundles of extra layers and traverse the trails as well as the quant town of Enumclaw near the park’s entrance. Travel the Chinook Pass in October while you still can—it typically closes in November due to snowfall and potential avalanches.

Beartooth Highway

Referenced as “the most beautiful drive in America” by CBS reporter Charles Kuralt, the Beartooth Highway is a true treasure. Pass through the Custer National Forest and the Absaroka Wilderness on your way to visit the famous Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone. Make sure to come prepared when traversing this route—high altitude can trigger snowstorms even in the summer months.

Take a trek to the northwest and experience the freeing sensation of driving a convertible through wilderness and along coastal cliffs. While these four routes are a good beginning, there are plenty of breathtaking roadways that we have yet to travel—comment below with your suggestions. We look forward to reading them and riding alongside you!

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Most Scenic Convertible Drives in the North-East United States

The northeast United States is known for its colorful foliage, winding country roads and rich historic beauty. The best way to experience all aspects of what this area of the United States has to offer is, of course, from behind the wheel of your trusted convertible. Now that fall is upon us, the northeast has begun to show the range of colors and climates that make it one of the best regions in the nation for enjoying long scenic drives. So, we’ve put together some of our favorite convertible drives for enjoying the northeast USA.

The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway stretches from Virginia to North Carolina, almost reaching the Tennessee border. This scenic drive extends 467 miles and will take you through Pisgah and Jefferson National Forest, as well as through some of the best foliage the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. Swing by the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, Virginia and Mount Pisgah in Canton, North Carolina along the way to soak up the culture and views this area has to offer.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Byway

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Byway, dubbed “The Grand Ole Ditch,” stretches through Maryland up to the border of Pennsylvania. Throughout the 226-mile stretch are plenty of hiking trails with scenic views, historic museums, restaurants and hotels. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Byway has several of small towns along the way with plenty of places to stay and things to do. This scenic drive is perfect for those who enjoy outdoor activities and cozy bed & breakfast living.

White Mountain Trail

White Mountain Trail winds through New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest from Conway to Lincoln and covers some beautifully rugged terrain. White Mountain National Forest is the home of Mount Washington, the highest point in the northeastern United States. This region is well known for fantastic skiing and its bright fall foliage. Although this byway is only 100 miles, it boasts some of the most scenic views in the country.

Old Canada Road Scenic Byway

The Old Canada Road Scenic Byway stretches 77 miles from just south of Solon, Maine all the way to the Canadian border. During the warm months, this route boasts relaxing swimming holes, hiking trails and plenty of outdoor activities. During the winter months, the activities shift to some of the best snow skiing and snowboarding on the east coast. Route 201, as it’s called, still enjoys long stretches of mountain ranges, lush greenery and undeveloped scenery.

There are hundreds of interesting drives to enjoy throughout the northeastern United States. These are just a few of the scenic drives we find exceptional for convertible owners and it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the foliage and history this region of America has to offer. So, get out there and enjoy the open road! Share your favorite stories of driving through the northeast with us in the comments below. We look forward to hearing from all of you.

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