America's Best Convertible Drives

Travel is about the journey, not the destination -- especially when you’re cruising along America’s most picturesque roads in a convertible. Fill ’er up, drop the top and let’s hit the road!

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Road to Hana, Hawaii

Hailed as one of the last unspoiled frontiers of Hawaii, Maui’s Road to Hana is a 52-mile highway filled with 620 curves, 59 bridges and too many stunning ocean views to count. The drive takes about three hours; you’ll want to leave more time to stop along the way to taste the local seafood.

Outer Banks Highway, North Carolina

A drive on Outer Banks National Scenic Byway is the perfect way to see the natural beauty of North Carolina’s coastline. Water is everywhere, with the Atlantic on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other. You’ll feel the invigorating ocean breeze as you take in the beautiful dunes, beaches, lighthouses and wildlife, making this the perfect spring or summer drive.

Sonoma Valley, California

While we aren’t condoning the shenanigans that happened in the iconic male bonding/wine tasting (more like guzzling) road-trip movie "Sideways," we did like their choice of car for the drive through California's Wine Country -- a Mustang convertible! With hundreds of wineries spread across three counties, there’s no shortage of places to stop and sample the goods along the way; we suggest keeping safety in mind and staying the night after a day of wine tasting.

Bluebonnet Trail, Texas

Take the top down on a spring drive to see the seemingly endless gardens of bluebonnets in Texas Hill Country. For an up close look at these blue beauties, start in Austin, Texas, taking U.S. 290 west to Johnson City’s Wildflower Loop. Then drive along U.S. 281 north to the town of Burnet, Texas’s official bluebonnet capital.

Scenic Highway 30A, Florida

The best way to take in Florida’s Gulf Coast beaches? A drive along the Scenic Highway 30A that hugs the Gulf of Mexico coastline. As you cruise along the 28.5-mile stretch, you will see white sand beaches, old seaside cottages, state parks and nature preserves, and, of course, miles of palm trees.

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Built specifically for sightseeing drivers, the Historic Columbia River Highway is the first scenic highway in the U.S. designated as a national historic landmark. One of the best times of year to drive this scenic road is in spring, when waterfalls are at their maximum flow and wildflowers are in bloom.

Great River Road, Louisiana

Enjoy the warmer temperatures down South as you get a look at Louisiana’s antebellum past with a drive along its fabled Great Mississippi River Road. Take a ragtop drive on this 70-mile stretch of road between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Hit cruise control as you drive by the Bayou State’s most famous planation homes.

17-Mile Drive, California

There is perhaps no other scenic road trip in America that calls for a convertible more than a drive on California’s dramatic coastal roads. With the wind whipping through your hair, cruise along the 17-Mile Drive on Pacific Coast Highway that curves along the coast from Pacific Grove to Carmel with jaw-dropping ocean views. Just don’t forget your Hollywood-esque shades.

Route 66, Arizona

There’s not a road in America more synonymous with road trips than Route 66. One of America’s first highways, Route 66 stretches through Arizona, New Mexico, Missouri and Illinois. It takes five to six days to drive the full byway; you’ll want to make plenty of stops along the way to check out the kitschy roadside attractions.

Overseas Highway, Florida Keys

Driving a convertible along the Overseas Highway to the Florida Keys sounds like a dream drive, right? The 113-mile stretch from mainland Florida all the way to America’s southernmost point -- Key West -- has 42 bridges, making drivers feel suspended over the sea for much of the drive. The best part? There are plenty of places along the way to pull over and swim, snorkel and fish.

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