For an enthusiast, cars aren’t just a means to get from point A to point B, and road trips don’t always need a final destination. With DriveShare, you don’t have to drive a boring car when you take the scenic route. These five dazzling detours are further enhanced by the classic cars that get you there. The only thing missing from the following list is a photo of your smiling face behind the windshield with twisty, scenic roads in the background.
Los Angeles’s Tuna Canyon Road with a 1960 Triumph TR3A: It’s an odd place for a stop sign. The Triumph’s nose is pointed due south towards the Santa Monica Bayas you wait under a canopy of leafy trees, high in the mountains. There is no cross traffic, not even a cross street, but there’s a stop sign. The mountains are peaceful except for the engine’s low thrum and scattered birds chirping. You release the clutch slowly as the road’s angle steepens, downhill. The engine’s song rises and as you increase your pressure on the accelerator. Suddenly, you burst out of the trees into the orange canyon’s full sunlight. You brake and crank the wheel right. There is a rock wall on your right and a sheer drop, no guardrail, on your left. You downshift, then apply the gas again as you exit your first hairpin. There is no oncoming traffic because the road is only wide enough for one lane and thus it’s a one-way. This is Tuna Canyon Road. It’s less than fifteen minutes from the top to its end, a T-junction with thePacific Coast Highway, then back up Topanga to do it all over again.
North Carolina’s Tail of the Dragon in a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette: With 318 tight twists and turns, drop-offs and thick, dark woods, this road isn’t your typical nap-inducing super-highway. This drive is about you, your white knuckles gripping the steering wheel and sticky tires dominating the pavement. A road’scurviness is directly proportional to the size of a Corvette driver’s grin, and frankly, driving a well-tuned Chevy Corvette up the Tail’s 11-mile stretch might require plastic surgery to remove the driver’s resulting permanent smile.
Arkansas’s Pig Trail Scenic Byway with a Ford Mustang: Hidden in the heavily-forested Boston Mountains region of the Arkansas Ozark Mountains is the PigTrail. It runs through a tunnel of foliage during spring, summer and fall. It’stime to roll down the windows and inhale the spring wildflowers’ sweet scents. And in the fall, surrounded by blazing yellow, orange and red leaves, the coolness enhances your senses. No radio is needed; nothing beats the combination of the purring motor and forest sounds.
Washington’s Olympic Peninsula Loop in a 1968 Jaguar XKE: The road circles around one of the most incredible national parks in the country, the perfect place to experience a Jaguar XKE in all its glory. Drive along the tranquil waters of the Hood Canal where all you can hear is the engine’s harmonious hum, then give it some gas through the towering green forests below snow-capped peaks, inhale the sweet scents of petrol beside the Lake Crescent shoreline, and then cruise along the Pacific Ocean. Take a detour to Hurricane Ridge for an awe-inspiring mountainous view or coast by La Push’s wild beaches to witness nature at its finest.
Virginia’s Skyline Drive in a 1940 Packard 110: The car’s provocative dips and curves offer an unmatched beauty, except when paired with the Skyline Drive Scenic Highway’sstunning scenery. When riding in such style and comfort surrounded by nature’s wonders, you will wish to stay in that moment forever. Good thing it’s a 109-mile road that runs the entire length of the Shenandoah National Park. This is one drive worth taking slow.