Each Monday on the Pure Purpose blog, I feature This Week’s 7, a simple list about an everyday topic, giving you ideas and encouragement. After I wrote a recent blog post, Sunday Drive, my mind began to meander about favorite trips and drives. I began to search for and dream of future drives. So, I thought I’d share several with you. I’m borrowing these from National Geographic.
I wonder: Have you experienced these drives? What are your favorite drives, or where did you experience your favorite sceneries while travelling? Share your ideas and stories, so we can all dream of – and plan – future journeys!
- Alaska’s Seward Highway. If all the billboards along Alaska’s Seward Highway were laid end to end, they’d reach—nowhere. There are no billboards here, no tollbooths, few towns, and fewer gas stations. But if you’re looking for whales and waterfalls, blue glaciers and sharp-toothed mountains, calm trout ponds and stormy ocean fjords, there’s enough visual overload here to fill a hard drive with digital pictures.
- The Black Hills of South Dakota. Event though South Dakota might be considered mainly flyover country for East and West Costers, the southwest corner of South Dakota surprises with stunning landscapes, rich history, and abundant wildlife.
- The Blues Highway (Tennessee and Mississippi). Highway 61 running south out of Memphis forms a legendary route along the Mississippi River evocative of a delicious slice of Americana represented by a genre of music known as the Delta blues.
- The Big Island, Hawaii. The best way to see Hawaii’s Big Island is to drive around it. You’ll soon be immersed in a varied landscape unlike any other in the United States. You’ll encounter lava desert, jungle, farmland, active lava flows, warm beaches, cool highlands, and views of soaring mountains and plunging valleys. And everywhere, you’ll feel the aura of the mysterious Polynesians who landed here more than a thousand years ago and named the island Hawaii.
- The Borderlands of Texas. Crowned with a sky so wide that it threatens to define infinity, the Big Bend region of Texas is situated roughly west of San Antonio, east of El Paso, and north of the mythic Rio Grande river. It remains one of the last true frontiers in the Lower 48, a landscape unique in the world.
- Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A drive around Massachusetts’ vintage Cape Cod serves up miles of beaches, restful resort towns—and, yes, lobster and clam shacks. There are capes all along the New England coast, but when anyone talks of “the Cape,” the meaning is immediately clear. This drive takes in virtually all of Cape Cod: the quiet villages along the bay side, the beautifully desolate dunelands of the outer Cape’s national seashore, lively Provincetown, and the busy resorts that face Nantucket Sound.
- Florida Keys. The 113-mile drive on Highway 1 from mainland Florida to Key West induces sensory overload. Besides the natural beauty along the route—tidal flats, teal waters dotted by distant islands—the so-called Overseas Highway awes you in its own right as an engineering marvel. Its concrete stretches across impossible expanses of water, the Atlantic spreading out to the left, the Gulf to the right.