For all you car enthusiasts out there… this one is for you.
1. Pacific Coast Highway – California, USA
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful drive than the Pacific Coast Highway. While you could make the drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles via the interstate in a short 6 hours, our question for you is: why would you?
By taking the long way on the PCH, which we strongly encourage, you’ll quickly be swept away by scenic views, stunning bluffs, and multiple vista points that are basically begging to be captured on film.
As you make your drive from San Fran to the City of Angels, along the way you’ll encounter Big Sur, San Simeon, Solvang, Santa Barabara, Malbu, and Santa Monica. The best part is that when you’re in charge of your own itinerary, you can make as many or as few stops as you’d like, and we’d definitely take it as sloooow as possible.
2. Blue Ridge Parkway – North Carolina, USA
Ever heard of leaf-peeping season? If we were you, we’d make this destination your first trip this Fall. Also known as “America’s Favorite Scenic drive,” this trip is full of rivers, waterfalls, and beautiful windy roads straight off a postcard.
If you don’t have time to do the entire route, which can take anywhere from 7 to 10 days, or 470 miles, we’d suggest heading to the Blue Ridge Scenic loop. This will also give you the chance to visit charming Asheville, and not to worry, you’ll still get to experience 60 miles of the fantastic, smokey, sunset-filled views that this National Park has to offer.
3. Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis, USA
Are you feeling the need for speed? We think Indy is too often underrated as a city to visit, not to mention the famous motor speedway that’s only minutes away.
If you can’t make it for the Indy 500, which typically happens during every Memorial Day weekend, it’s well worth making the trip for any one of their number of racing events every year. Maybe you’ll even get to try out riding over 150 mph in one of their two-seat Indy cars.
4. Mercedes-Benz Museum – Stuttgart, Germany
Definitely more of a “bucket-list” item to aspire to check off one day, and visiting the Mercedes-Benz museum will be well worth the trip. Resembling the Guggenheim in New York and boasting over 130 years of history to swoon over, it is a pretty impressive stop that dates back to the first patented car.
Worried that your German isn’t quite up to par? Not to worry, the museum offers tours in many languages.
5. Monterey Car Week – Monterey, USA
For car enthusiasts, car week is nothing short of a dream. Every August, people from all over the world gather to visit what might be one of the most beautiful collections of cars.
Featuring over 30 different car events, your days will quickly be filled with everything from old-school hot rods to Lamborghinis. Not to mention, who wouldn’t mind spending a few days in Monterey?
6. Le Mans Endurance Race – Le Mans, France
The world-famous Le Mans Endurance race takes place in this beautiful French town covered by Roman walls. Over the years, many of the world’s best race drivers have tried out the Circuit de Sarthe, the 8 mile plus some change racecourse.
While the race only lasts for 24 hours, it is an event of aspiration to attend and even more coveted to compete in, as only 60 competitors on average compete every year.
7. Daytona International Speedway – Daytona, USA
We know you’ve heard of the Daytona 500. One of the most well-known and talked about racing events; we’ve even heard people refer to it as the “Superbowl” of car racing. Of course, the dream would be to visit during the yearly event, but if for some reason you can’t make it work, the speedway also hosts daily tours, making it well worth a visit year-round.
8. The National Automobile Museum – Reno, USA
With over 200 cars for your viewing pleasure, this museum sitting on the Truckee River will quickly take you back in time to the turn of the 20th century.
Also known as the Harrah collection, as Bill Harrah originally owned the majority of the automobile collection, you could easily spend hours walking among the one-of-a-kind cars.
Luckily, the exhibitions change throughout the year, so you can continue to be impressed and “wow-ed” throughout multiple trips.
9. Monaco Grand Prix – Monte Carlo, Monaco
Last but not least….we couldn’t leave the Grand Prix off this list for obvious reasons. Created in 1929, it has to be one of, if not the most prestigious race in the world. Taking place every May among the narrow and scenic streets of Monte Carlo, we promise you won’t be disappointed in the glamour and old-world history this beautiful city and event has to offer.
We’d suggest doing some research before buying tickets to make sure you find the perfect viewing spot to watch the race unfold.
Whether this list inspires you to pack up and take a road trip that you and your beloved (your car, of course) will forever remember or gives you a nudge to finally visit that place that has been on your bucket list and your mind for as long as you can remember… we know that every one of these all of these destinations will be well worth checking out.