(Editors be aware: In the course of the month of July, the ClassicCars.com Journal is publishing a sequence of tales about summer season street journeys. Immediately, we share Volkswagen’s high 5 scenic drives becoming for a summer season street journey. Along with our personal tales from the street, we’re desperate to share your tales about summer season street journeys you’ve carried out, with household, in a basic automobile, maybe in a basic automobile when it was simply the household cruiser. Please submit your tales and some pictures out of your journey to [email protected].)

In celebration of launching its new electric-powered SUV, the ID.4, Volkswagen created an inventory of 5 scenic drives to take this summer season which are EV-friendly however, after all, you need to use the identical routes for good drives in your gasoline-fueled classics.

So, whether or not you plug in or gas up, check out these drives that supply stunning views and attention-grabbing sights:

Miami to Key West, Florida

Seven Mile Bridge | Chase Baker photo
Seven Mile Bridge | Chase Baker photograph

Route: The Abroad Freeway (Southernmost leg of U.S. 1)

Distance: 113 miles one-way

The Florida Keys was as soon as solely accessible by boats till 1912 when industrialist Henry Flagler linked Miami and Key West together with his East Coast Railroad. Sadly, the railroad was destroyed by a hurricane in 1935.

The federal government transformed the ruined tracks into freeway U.S. 1 that hyperlinks Key West and all of the islands in between to the mainland. 

“Principally over water, because the title suggests, the street provides vacationers beautiful ocean views and a number of the greatest sunrises and sunsets anyplace on the planet,” VW says. “To not point out entry to underwater coral reefs, marinas the place you’ll be able to constitution a ship to fish for Tarpon and different massive sport, and a number of the greatest meals you could find within the southeast.

San Francisco to Monterey, California

Route: Pacific Coast Freeway to Skyline Boulevard to PCH

Distance: 170-200 miles spherical journey

Pacific Coast Hwy. | Julia Caesar photo
Pacific Coast Hwy. | Julia Caesar photograph

Headed to Monterey’s automobile week in August? Contemplate taking this coastal route stuffed with ocean views, towering redwood forests and wineries.

Beginning in San Francisco, you’ll take the shoreline freeway as much as Half Moon Bay. From there, you’ll drive inland on Skyline Boulevard (U.S. 35) that runs atop the mountains separating the San Mateo Peninsula from the Pacific and “is stuffed with curvy, slender roads and dramatic mountain views.”

Then, you’ll hop on Route 17 and take that each one the best way to Monterey.

Boston to Provincetown, Massachusetts

Cape Cod, Massachusetts | Michael Baccin photo
Cape Cod, Massachusetts | Michael Baccin photograph

Route: U.S. Route 6/Route 6A

Distance: 118 miles one-way

Make a journey by Cape Cod and benefit from the peninsula’s small villages, stress-free seashores, dunes, marshes and unbelievable seafood.

After making your method by the Cape, you’ll hop on Route 6A, initially a Native American commerce route from the 1700s, soak within the seaside views and find yourself in Provincetown.

Los Angeles to Large Bear, California

Big Bear Lake, California | Joshua Chun photo
Large Bear Lake, California | Joshua Chun photograph

Route: State freeway 18/Rim of the World

Distance: 117 miles one-way

In the event you’re on the lookout for a extra mountainous route, head to Large Bear Lake from Los Angeles by taking the Slim State Freeway 18 by the San Bernardino Mountains.

“Mountains, lakes, and – on a transparent day – even the Pacific Ocean will be seen type vantage factors alongside the best way.”

Washington D.C. to Asheville, North Carolina

Route: The Blue Ridge Parkway

Distance: 500 miles one-way

Volkswagen saved the longest route for final however ensures us that nature lovers will probably be “awed by the overlooks” and forest canopies that shade the route in the summertime.

Blue Ridge Parkway | Matt Benson photo
Blue Ridge Parkway | Matt Benson photograph

The Blue Ridge Parkway’s building was a part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to assist People discover work after the Nice Despair. The lengthy stretch connects the Shenandoah Nation Park in Virginia with the Nice Smokey Mountains Nationwide Park in North Carolina.

“The stretch can also be a chicken watchers’ paradise, with over 50 species discovered alongside the freeway alongside.”

VW additionally notes that EV chargers and fuel stations aren’t discovered instantly on the parkway, so plan your stops forward of time.

Do you will have one other summertime-favorite scenic route? Tell us within the feedback.