Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Best Convertible Drives in the Southeast United States

Buckle your seat belt, grab a gallon of sweet tea and binge watch “The Dukes of Hazzard” because this blog post will take you on a scenic road trip through the Deep South.  While it isn’t quite the West Coast, there’s still a handful of remarkable drives located in the Southeast that will satiate even the most adventurous convertible owner.  After careful deliberation, we’ve selected a handful of roads in the Southeast that’re well worth traveling.  These drives are all special for the scenery, history or culture (aka comfort food) you can experience along the way.  Trust us—we ain’t just whistlin’ dixie.

Lookout Mountain Parkway

The Lookout Mountain Parkway will take you across state lines and on a scenic journey through the south.  Along the way you’ll spot towering waterfalls at the Little River Canyon Preserve and Noccalula Falls Park.  If you make the drive up to Tennessee and aren’t afraid of heights, ride the Lookout Mountain Incline—it’s the world’s steepest railway.  Make sure to take a pit stop in the tiny town of Mentone, Alabama to experience some small town southern culture. 

Cherohala Skyway

A National Scenic Byway located in Tennessee, the Cherohala Skyway cuts through two national forests—the Cherokee and the Nantahala.  Take your convertible along the winding 42-mile road and enjoy the incredible view from the Santeetlah Overlook.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a better vantage point of the Great Smoky Mountains.   

Coastal Highway Route 17
Boasting fantastic seaside scenery and spectacular seafood eateries, U.S. Highway 17 is perfect for a low-key, coastal drive.  If you have a hankering for some deep-fried ocean critters, be sure to stop by Love’s Seafood or the Old School Diner to satisfy your craving.

Seven Mile Bridge
This stunning expanse of road stretches over the Florida Keys and is unquestionably our top convertible drive in the Deep South.  For a little under seven miles, you’ll race your convertible over beautiful, blue ocean water.  If you’re interested in a history lesson, take a walk down the original Seven Mile Bridge (pedestrian traffic only) and learn about the road’s origins as an overseas railroad.

These routes just scratch the surface of the innumerable driving opportunities waiting to be explored by convertible owners in the south.  Was your favorite scenic convertible ride excluded from our list?  Leave a southern road trip suggestion in the comment section below.  

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