Last Saturday I wrote about great rides recommended by the writer of an article in Delta’s Sky magazine; in that post, I mentioned that I’ve taken some of the ones listed, but I would add a few more of my own. Well, here they are (in no particular order)!
Lombard Street in San Francisco, the “Crookedest Street in the World.” I’ve driven down (it’s a one-way street) and seen Lombard Street many times, and I still love it! With hairpin turns and a steep downward slope, it’s very unique, even though I’m sure the residents hate it. But combine it with the extreme slope of nearby Jones Street (it’s reportedly less than 30 degrees, but feels more like 50) and the incredible view from the Coit Tower, and it doesn’t get much better than this!
The Great Ocean Road near Melbourne, Australia (see – I’m a pretty global guy!). When I was in Melbourne on business about 10 years ago, some friends and I had a driver take us on a trip along this road. Great views, great surf, and even great shopping – it’s a treat!
The highway between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in Wyoming. I’ve traveled this a couple of times – first with my family when I was in my teens, and then with my wife when we lived in Colorado Springs. The prairie dog colonies, combined with the majestic view of the Tetons, make it an unforgettable experience.
Finally – and I guess this is my favorite – is Tantalus Drive/Roundtop Drive above Honolulu. The drive is good, but it’s not the destination. The real gem here – which most visitors to Oahu never get to see – is Pu’u ‘Ualaka’a State Wayside park at the top of Mount Tantalus. It offers a sweeping view of Diamond Head, Waikiki, and Honolulu – and you can also see the Punchbowl Cemetery and even up to Pearl Harbor. Outstanding!
So there they are – my great drives. Although my definition may be a little different that that of the Sky writer, that doesn’t matter. They’re still relaxing, enjoying, and inspirational…
What are yours?
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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer
Death on Broadway
Death Beneath the Streets
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