The top reasons cars are needed are pretty boring. Getting to and from work, errands, family appointments. That’s near depressing! After all the work done securing auto financing and insurance, it’s time to embrace the open road and enjoy the ride!
Driving along historic routes is fun and painlessly educational. Route 66, established in 1926 connecting Chicago to Los Angeles, is likely the most well known historic drive in the US. Now existing in fractured pieces, many sites provide guides and even turn-by-turn descriptions allowing for the closest authentic experience.
Though it goes by a few names, California State Route 1 is stellar trip along the Pacific coastline starting in the Los Angeles area up to San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge. Designated an All-American Road, the 123-mile route is named a top motorcycle ride in the U.S. by National Geographic and even used as a cycling venue. Venture into some of the many state parks such as Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Go along the Big Sur River, checking out the redwoods and rock formations created by the waves crashing along the white sandy beach. Drive down a few miles to Nepenthe. Open for sixty years, this self-described Mecca for artists, travelers and vagabonds delivers the best of the California to the table.
Running over 2000 miles on the Atlantic coastline from Maine to Florida, Historic Route One was originally intended as an International Highway between Quebec and Miami. Though not as lengthy, it’s history dates back to the 1600s. The major trail helped people and goods through the landscape using markers burned into trees, primitive bridges and canoe ferries. Today the ride is much more comfortable, taking tourists through a broad range of sights from stops at most major East Coast cities to the boyhood home of President George Washington.