What would be the best road trips? This is a subject that keeps popping up in my thoughts from time to time. I have done a few throughout my life and I am sure that as my retirement gets closer, I will be heading out to new places and old places revisited. I loved reading Steve's great thread on his trip out west and back. I really hope that there is some great input as I am actually serious about new places to drive.
Just for a little background. I love to drive. I like great cars (define that as you will). I think that driving is the best way to see to country. There is a lot of the country that I have not seen. I will not be camping and I would not consider a motorhome under any circumstance. It is a fair statement that I consider roughing it to be staying in a hotel that does not offer room service. I am all about hiking, biking or paddling during the day, but I like my nice room at night. In no particular order:
New England in the Fall:
Start in Maine or maybe even Canada in September and head south. Lobster would be on the menu. Further south a trip to the baseball HOF. On down through Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway. I've done pieces and parts but never north of New York state. 4 Weeks -- Car of choice: Jaguar XJ Supercharged
I would like to do the whole thing. Start in Chicago. A Cubs and Cardinals' game in Wrigley would be a great kick-off. South to stop and see the Lincoln Library. On to St. Louis and frozen custard at Ted Drewes (a must stop every time I am in St. Louis -- the original on Rte 66). Down through Missouri, a quick piece through Kansas and out through Oklahoma. Now you are heading west through Gallup (it is a neat town), Winslow (yep- flat bed Ford and all) and into Barstow and out to the pier at Santa Monica. 4 weeks -- Car of choice: C7 Corvette Convertible I loved the TV show and the is Rte 66. You gotta have a Vette.
Up through the Great Plains to South Dakota. The Black Hills, The Badlands and Mount Rushmore are all must sees. Heading west across Montana and more of the open plains of eastern Montana. Little Big Horn is a full day, all by itself. You've got Glacier for at least a week. A trip down to see Yellowstone and Grand Teton. From here I head back to the north and grab Alberta and the great expanse. I am heading further north still for Banff. As the weather and the leaves begin to change I would wonder back down through the Rockies and cut through Colorado and New Mexico to end up back home. 4 months -- Car of choice: This is tricky. You have to consider where you would be and the elevation changes. You could need ground clearance and snow capabilities. No Kidding Here -- Lincoln MKT. Plenty of power. Lots of room to take stuff. A hitch for our bicycles. AWD and enough ground clearance to get me where I need to go. I actually liked it better than the Range Rover we test drove and did not buy.
The routes are real. The cars will not all fit into a retirement budget. I know that I will have to downsize the current fleet some in a couple of years. However, I would bet that something like one of these mentioned above will be bought expressly for these trips.