Sam's Clan Top 10 Places to Take the Top Down this Summer
10. National Mississippi Great River Byway
The last and longest route on our list, trace the history of Huckleberry Finn on the great Mississippi River Road. This road will take you 3-4 days to cruise, so make sure you bring enough gas money!
9. Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway
You don't have to be born in a log cabin to appreciate the next spot on our list. Part of the Lincoln Heritage Trail, this scenic highway system allows you to trace the history of our greatest President, through the states of Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.
8. Upper Peninsula Michigan
One of the great lake drives can be found in the Upper Peninsulas of Michigan. The best drive in the area can be found on the Black River Scenic Byway, a beautiful spot to let the top down and enjoy everything nature has blessed us with.
7. El Camino Real de los Tejas
For those that want to take a step back in time to the days of the Alamo, The El Camino Real is the place to go. It has been designated a national historic trail. It snakes through 50 miles of Louisiana and 500 miles of Texas.
6. Oregon Wine Country
More than 300 wineries dot the Oregon countryside, making it one of the most fertile regions in the U.S. Don't miss a chance to hop from winery to winery while cruising in an American Classic this summer.
5. Lancaster County Pennsylvania
Take a step back in time 500 years when you explore Lancaster County, PA, home to the Pennsylvania Dutch. The back country roads are some of the most interesting in the world. For those that are into great American food don’t miss-out on famous Pennsylvania Dutch Shoeflie Pie, Soft Pretzels, or Chicken Pot Pie. For antique lovers, be sure to drive slow, you never know what kind of roadside treasure you might miss!
4. Spearfish Canyon
Situated in the Black Hills of South Dakota, this picturesque mountain drive is fit for the nature lovers amongst us. Make sure to drive slow, you never know when you might run into a elk or even a mountain lion!
3. Skyline Drive
This place on our list is designed for those that are not squeamish about heights. Snaking through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, cruising down Skyline Drive during a warm September day is just one of those things that every American needs to do at least once.
2. Route 66
America's most famous road, Route 66 remains the most nostalgic place to take the top down. Although replaced in traffic by the interstate, Route 66 is nevertheless a classic destination for those that want to cruise through America's past.
1. Pacific Coast Highway
There is nothing like pumping up Surfin USA on the car stereo while driving down Southern California's most famous highway, the PCH as it is known to locals. The PCH is truly one of the most beautiful drives in the world. Be sure to check out Malibu Seafood for the fresh catches and scenic views.