Anyone have a favorite long-distance drive?

  1. I've got a few, even here in the boring Midwest:

    I-57 south of Centralia is nice, as you transition from the corn/soybean fields that dominate Illinois and into hills with a mixture of deciduous, pines, and junipers.

    I-39/90 north of Rockford is nice too, as you get into the hilly forested country of Wisconsin.

    I-64 in far southern Indiana passes through Hoosier National Forest.

    Bethin might disagree, but I like I-65 between Crown Point and Indianapolis. It's also nice when you get into Kentucky with all the hills.

    How about you? Surely some of our California posters have some great drives.
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  3. by   Conrad283
    On the east coast, there's NY state thruway which is lovely in the fall with all the foliage and then there's driving up thru Conn, Mass, and then VT. 1-95 to 1-91 (I think)
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    The coast highway . . .Bay Area to Santa Barbara.

    Here in Northern CA . . . Lassen Park, Hwy 89 to Mt. Shasta.

  5. by   missninaRN
    We once drove from Los Angeles to Seattle along Pacific Coast Highway. Best drive I've ever taken.
  6. by   SuesquatchRN

    Everything here is 50 miles away. Except WalMart.

    I am sick to death of being in the car.
  7. by   CHATSDALE
    was raised in the arkansas people left there now but i enjoy going for a ride there..would like a retirement cabin there
  8. by   dianah
    Dh and I love taking the 395 from South to North: San Bernardino area all the way up to Reno.

    The majestic Sierra Nevada mts tower on your left as you travel North, and to your right the vista opens to the Owens Valley and desert vistas.
    Such contrasts!
    And, one can turn off to drive up the road to Mt. Whitney, or to Mammoth Lakes area, or stop in Bishop, or at Mono Lake, or . . .

    Possibilities are endless!

    I do also enjoy toodling along on Hwy 1, on the Coast, just meandering through all the beach towns and cities, with the ever-changing ocean views!

    Another nice drive is from SF up North past Muir Woods (stop for lovely walks: a small stand of redwoods!), and either up to Santa Rosa and Ukiah area OR

    up to and through the Napa Valley (St. Helena, Calistoga, etc) and its wine country. Lovely vineyards, hills lining the valley each side with oak trees and manzanita dotting the hills.
  9. by   sirI

    The one hour drive to the airport and fly to my desitination, then take a chauffer-driven car anywhere............LOL!!!

    I don't like driving.
  10. by   dianah
    Quote from sirI

    The one hour drive to the airport and fly to my desitination, then take a chauffer-driven car anywhere............LOL!!!

    I don't like driving.
  11. by   donsterRN
    I don't mind driving now. Hated it in south Florida when you had to use I-95 to get anywhere...

    We just drove west across North Carolina on I-40. We came up on a crest in the road and on the other side was the Blue Ridge Mountains, off in the distance. It was awe inspiring. Loved the ride the rest of the way in. And driving around through the mountains wasn't too shabby, either!
    Last edit by donsterRN on Nov 10, '07
  12. by   nrsang97
    I like driving up north to the UP in Michigan going up I-75 the trees are nice once you get past Grayling. Going up to the Mackinac bridge is a nice sight to see the bridge in the distance. Then following the roads to US 41 to go to Copper Harbor. The drive along Lake Superior is beautiful. Also going up Brockway Mountian in Copper Harbor is beautiful. You can see for miles. You can look down over the little town of Copper Harbor. Driving along US 2 and going along the Lake Michigan shore in the southern UP is also beautiful. We had a wonderful campsite in the Porcupine Mts when I was a teenager and we walked out onto a bluff (?) and looked out and saw the sunset over Lake Superior and it was wonderful. I also like driving from Grayling to Traverse City and driving all the hills. No exceptional scenery but driving those hills is fun in the summer.
  13. by   HM2VikingRN
    94 from St CLoud MN to Medora ND
  14. by   elizabells
    I miss California. The drive down Hwy 1 from SF to Big Sur was one of my favorites. I went to UCSC and drove down to Bug Sur as often as possible. I actually vacationed there with every serious boyfriend I had after I turned 18 until I moved away. I never let them drive, even if they were the ones who drove all the rest of the time.

    And I love taking 101 from SF up through Mendocino. Partly because that was the drive to summer camp, but even after that, it's just a wonderful drive through Northern California. You go through wine country, foresty bits, and there are these wide sweeping curves that you can just glide through. Awww. I'm homesick...