There’s nothing as freeing as cruising down the highway with the sun on your face and wind wreaking havoc on your hair. Some drives are better suited than others for dropping your...er, top, including the iconic coastline curves in Big Sur, the Florida Keys' Overseas Highway, and past the red rocks of Utah and Arizona.
1. Pacific Coast Highway, California
This Hollywood-worthy drive stretches 147 cliff-hugging miles along the California coast, from Carmel to Morro Bay, passing Big Sur’s Bixby Bridge. Don't miss... Pfeiffer Beach, the zebras outside Hearst Castle, and whales spotted from Dana Point.
2. Island Tour of Kauai, Hawaii
Cruise top-down through Hawaii’s less developed island of Kauai to see Wailua Falls and the palm tree–lined North Shore beaches. Don't miss... the sweeping views of “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific” at Waimea Canyon Overlook.
3. Red Rock Scenic Byway, Arizona
While this 7.5 mile-road through Sedona’s Red Rock Country isn’t long, it begs for a leisurely drive, passing towering red-rock monoliths and green juniper forests. Don't miss... Stop at Red Rocks Crossing to snap a photo of Cathedral Rock.
4. Overseas Highway, Florida Keys
If there’s ever a drive that requires a convertible, it’s this one. With 42 bridges, you’ll feel like you’re floating on water on this 113-mile stretch from mainland Florida to Key West. Don't miss... Marathon’s Seven-Mile Bridge, a bit player in numerous car commercials and, of course, True Lies with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
5. California Wine Country
The perfect pairing for a drive through Napa and Sonoma? A vintage convertible—with a designated driver, of course. Classic Convertible Wine Tours offers designated drivers that double as wine guides. Don't miss... Wine and car connoisseurs should stop at racing legend Mario Andretti’s Napa winery.
6. Scenic Byway 12, Utah
Linking two national parks, Bryce Canyon National Park (pictured) and Capitol Reef National Park, this 124-mile byway passes through spectacular scenery, including the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, 1.9 million acres of protected red rock canyons. Don't miss... the chance to spend a night stargazing in Bryce Canyon, home to one of America’s darkest stretches of sky.
7. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Enjoy a sunny drive along the scenic Historic Columbia River Highway, a 75-mile stretch east of Portland and the first scenic highway designated a National Landmark. Don't miss... the 620-foot Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon.
8. Texas Hill Country
Take in the fresh air on a drive chasing the famed Texas bluebonnets on the Johnson City Wildflower Loop to the historic town of Burnet. Don't miss...having a glass of vino while viewing endless fields of wildflowers at one of the Texas Wine Trail’s 46 wineries.
9. Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway, South Dakota
A convertible lets you take in the jagged cliffs and rock formations on this two-lane, 31-mile stretch through Badlands National Park. Don't miss... all the wildlife, like bison and Harley riders. (This drive is popular with motorcyclists.)
10.Ocean Drive, Newport, Rhode Island
Feel the cool New England breeze as you cruise along the tiniest state’s coastline, marveling at mansions on the 10-mile Ocean Drive in Newport. Don't miss... a chance to take a stroll on the famed Cliff Walk.
Original article published by Conde Nast Traveller