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    Itching to take a 10 day solo road trip starting around March 10th. I did make a trip to Colorado and New Mexico in November but it was not as much fun because of Corona fears. Not many restaurants open, masked quick gas station stops for gas and the loo, eating drive thrust food, little interaction with people. Since I will have had both vaccine shots by March, I might be less scared and perhaps more diners will be open.

    1. New York - Friends there I have not seen in years. But bad weather is a factor and I donít know of a scenic way to get there in March.

    2. Miami - though have driven to Florida on main freeways. Any scenic route suggestions.

    3. Dallas - friends there. What might be a scenic drive?

    Those would be ny choices for March/April trips.

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    Default Miami option...

    Quote Originally Posted by ZeeBabar View Post
    Itching to take a 10 day solo road trip starting around March 10th. I did make a trip to Colorado and New Mexico in November but it was not as much fun because of Corona fears. Not many restaurants open, masked quick gas station stops for gas and the loo, eating drive thrust food, little interaction with people. Since I will have had both vaccine shots by March, I might be less scared and perhaps more diners will be open.

    1. New York - Friends there I have not seen in years. But bad weather is a factor and I donít know of a scenic way to get there in March.

    2. Miami - though have driven to Florida on main freeways. Any scenic route suggestions.

    3. Dallas - friends there. What might be a scenic drive?

    Those would be ny choices for March/April trips.
    Well, since nobody else has touched this one, let me opine on the Miami option. I think you could have a better time on a shorter loop along these lines:

    St. Louis->Nashville->Great Smoky Moutains->Charleston->Savannah->Atlanta->Nashville->St. Louis is about 4 solid days of solid, straight-through driving.

    You could either spend the extra days at one or more of those locations, or add a loop through Kentucky at the start; hitting bourbon country, the Corvette Museum, and/or the Bluegrass Country.

    If instead you wanted to keep Miami in the loop, then the extra driving days (beyond the initial 4) would be around 3 (total of 7 days driving of your total 10 days)... and you get to add Jacksonville/St. Augustine and come back through Orlando. but lose Kentucky. Feels like too much behind-the-wheel time for my taste, but you may like driving

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    Default Scenic Drives to/from New York

    Since the first 'target' you listed was New York (presumably NYC) let's start there. There are certainly several scenic options, enough that you could take different routes out and back. So let's look at a couple of those. I'll describe both eastbound, but of course you could take either route either way.

    1) 'Southern' route: This would take you through Kentucky and West Virginia, up the Great Valley of the Appalachians, and finally cutting through southeastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey to New York City. In Kentucky, look for routes numbered 90##. These are that state's parkways. Relaxed and scenic roads that are near-interstate quality. Specifically, the Western Kentucky, Audubon and Combs Mountain Parkways would probably be of most use to you. Mammoth Cave National Park is one possible stop. Your 'goal' on this leg is Beckley WV and getting set up to drive through the New River Gorge. From there it's up the Valley and Ridge Province of the Appalachians to Harrisburg PA and perhaps Gettysburg then I-76 into NYC.

    2) 'Northern' route: This is, in my opinion, a classic example of there being scenery if you just take the time to look for/at it. Most people would simply get on the Interstates and be under highway hypnosis in just a few hours. But you can easily make it more interesting than that. Start with US-50 trough southern Illinois and Indiana, IN-101 past Mounds State Recreation Area and IN-44. OH-725, OH-503, and US-36 to take the scenic route around Cincinnati and then I-77 up to Canton. From there, US-62, US-621 and OH-225 would get you to I-76 and I-80 to I-79 north to US-6 across northern Pennsylvania, bypassing Scranton to the north. At Milford PA you be at the northern end of the Delaware Water Gap and depending on how far down-river you want to explore, either NJ-23 or NJ-15 will get to the New York metro area.

    Now, both of the above routes are longer than the most direct all Interstate route, but they're also more scenic, have quite few attractions along them and avoid most of the large and even moderate sized urban areas. Also, while both routes could use a bit detail, the descriptions should give you a good idea of what such a drive would look like. I don't think you'd run into much hazardous weather along either of them in March.

    AZBuck

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