With the average price of gas exceeding $4.00 a gallon and
bumper-to-bumper traffic throughout most of America’s cities, most
drivers in the United States are feeling more pain than pleasure behind
the wheel. This begs the question: Can driving still be fun? In
celebration of AutoWeek‘s 50th Anniversary, North America’s only
weekly automotive-enthusiast magazine is bringing the joy of driving
back to the roads with its selection of “The 50 Best U.S. Driving
Routes.” The list covers AutoWeek editors’ picks of the most
scenic, beautiful and open roads from across the country, just in time
for those end-of-summer road trips.
1. Southern California: Take the 5 south, exit at Route 74 at
San Juan Capistrano, and head east. This road goes all the way through
Hemet and up to Idyllwild.
2. Florida: AutoWeek suggests a nice loop in central Florida that starts in Wesley Chapel and ends up in Clermont.
3. Texas: The Texas hill country is chock full of good driving
roads and RR-47 between Utopia and Bandera could serve as the poster
child for the region.
4. Michigan: Upper Peninsula offers some great driving and
spectacular views. Heading east on Hiawatha National Forest, routes take
you through scenery that looks like locations for the Discovery
Channel’s “Sunrise Earth” series.
5. New York: Drivers can pick up Taconic State Parkway about an hour North of the city in Westchester County.
For complete details regarding the driving routes, check out AutoWeek‘s 50th Anniversary issue at www.autoweek.com.