July 3, 2015

Top 3 American Dream Drives for Independence Day Weekend

Happy Independence Day America! America wouldn’t be what it is today without the automobile and the open road. In fact, according to the US Department of Transportation, there are nearly 225 million licensed drivers in the United States. To celebrate July 4th, we’ve identified the top 3 American Dream Drives from the top 3 states with the highest number of licensed drivers. Here we go!

#1 – The Pacific Coast Highway | California

With more than 24 million licensed drivers, California certainly has its fair share of freeways and traffic jams. But the ultimate American dream drive can still be found along its magnificent coastal roads. The Pacific Coast Highway route begins in Monterey, CA, and heads south for 123 miles (198 km) of near perfect twists, turns and vistas. The last stop is in Morro Bay, where you can sample the local seafood offerings, or just fuel up and head back north for round 2 of the road trip. Whether you’re driving or just along for the ride, you’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping views and many memorable stops along the way. Well done, California.

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Bixby Creek Bridge, Pacific Coast highway, California

#2 – The Hill Country Road Trip | Texas

From California, we head over to Texas, where everything is bigger. Texas comes in second place with more than 15 million licensed drivers, but we wonder how many have made the effort to experience the classic Hill Country Road Trip. This famous road trip is filled with deep canyons, flowing rivers and vast plains. At 200 miles in length, it makes for a great Independence Day Dream Drive to kick off from San Antonio.  Don’t forget your cowboy boots, yee-haw!

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The road to enchanted rock in Hill Country, Texas.

 

#3 – State Road 1A1 | Florida

Zipping over to the East Coast, Florida takes third place with 13 million licensed drivers. If you need a breather from theme parks, take this scenic route in Florida that stretches all the way form Bertha Street in Key West up to northern tip of the state in Callahan. At 339 miles of mostly coastal driving, this featuring tropical scenery and even the odd alligator, this Dream Drive will make for a truly all American Independence Day weekend.

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The Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay, Florida

 

Whether you take one of these memorable road trips or not, be sure to enjoy your July 4th weekend and celebrate America’s independence. We’d love to know your top 3 American Dream Drives, so please share them with us in the comments below.

Happy Driving from the entire Mojio team!