Hooniverse Asks- What's Your Favorite Driving Destination?

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44 responses to “Hooniverse Asks- What's Your Favorite Driving Destination?”

  1. ChuckyShamrok Avatar

    Locally, its a 24 hour Wal-mart about 50 miles south of me, but that's for the ride and meeting up in the parking lot with friends.
    My favorite driving destination is my parent's place in Maine. It's only 3 and a half hours on the super slab if I drive like a reasonable person, and its a great place to go disappear for a weekend

  2. muthalovin Avatar

    Actually, driving/riding without a destination is my personal favorite.

  3. P161911 Avatar

    It seems all the good vacation spots have long straight, boring drives to get there. The one vacation spot that does have a decent drive it Gatlinberg, TN coming in through the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. But, I'm really not that fond of Gatlinberg.

    1. chrystlubitshi Avatar

      and there's always Branson, MO and Table Rock Lake in the Ozarks…

      1. P161911 Avatar

        I don't consider those to be within driving distance of the Atlanta area. Don't have a real desire to go to them either.

      2. PrawoJazdy Avatar

        “My dad says it’s like Vegas – if it were run by Ned Flanders,' Bart Simpson on Branson.

        1. chrystlubitshi Avatar

          that's pretty accurate.

      3. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
        Peter Tanshanomi

        YES. THIS.
        <img src="http://www.tanshanomi.com/temp/indian-point-boat-launch.png&quot; width="512">
        Not so much the Branson strip, but Table Rock Lake is the nearest thing to heaven.

        1. chrystlubitshi Avatar

          yeah, the strip itself isn't so great… sometimes there are entertaining shows to go see… but we used to stay at a resort for a week or two most years while i was growing up. and it is great.

        2. Maymar Avatar

          Totally off-topic, but you've been referenced.

          1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
            Peter Tanshanomi

            The ad is gone. What bike was he selling?
            EDIT: I found enough in the Google cache to know it was the GS750T. I figured it was something I was complementary toward. And that is an overlooked bike.

  4. CptSevere Avatar

    Highway 191, the Coronado Highway, from Clifford to Springerville, AZ is absolutely spectacular. It winds along the Mogollon Rim, and is nothing but twisties and great views. Unfortunately, it's on fire right now. Damn shame. It's some beautiful country up there.

    1. coupeZ600 Avatar

      Been working with some pard's of yours down on the Horseshoe II Fire in the Chiricahuas. One of the greatest rumors we've heard is that when they de-mobilize us off of this fire they're going to let us use the closed 191 between Morenci and Hannagan Meadow to get us straight to the Wallow Fire. They'll probably make us go around though, but almost any road up there is going to be fun.

      1. CptSevere Avatar

        Man, you guys have a helluva job there around Portal and Paradise. It's not gonna go out until the monsoon hits (if it ever does). Clifford? I meant Clifton. Not enough coffee when I wrote that screed. Yeah, 191 is one of the best drives I've ever experienced, too bad it's an inferno this summer. I'm just bummed out, thinking of all that lovely country going up in flames. It's tragic.

  5. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    A little cliched, maybe, but my favorite destination is home. Everything else is gravy as long as you make it back.

    1. joshuman Avatar

      This is mine as well.

  6. rocketrodeo Avatar

    When I'm on a motorcycle, the journey IS the destination. The destination is just the excuse.

    1. ptschett Avatar

      Exactly. This was a motorcycle trip where I was intending just to head out to a section of the ND/SD border near Ashley to find some of the old quartzite border stones. I got to Lake Oahe.

  7. OA5599 Avatar

    Dunno yet. I still haven't been everywhere.

  8. SSurfer321 Avatar

    Mom's house in LaFollette, TN.
    Quick blast down I-75 through the Smoky Mountains, hop off and into town before the 5 mile blast into the mountain on a tight twisty scenic road to her home on Lake Norris.

  9. Froggmann_ Avatar

    Destination? What's that? I'm here for the drive.

  10. optflv Avatar

    I'd have to go with Key West. It's slow once you get on US1, and there aren't many exciting curves, but it's great "cruising with the windows down" driving. A few hours of great ocean views and relaxed cruising. It's a road that's so improbable… but I'm glad it's there.
    I also thoroughly enjoyed tearing through the Painted Desert between Flagstaff and Four Corners. Again, not curvy, but an unbelievable landscape in a desolate corner of our nation. Not a soul for miles around, Hwy 160 is a lonely 2-lane through no man's land.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      I used to make the trip from Idaho Falls, ID to Minden, NV and back every year for a vintage bike show there. Most of the trip was on I-80 across Nevada, which could not be considered exciting driving, but I actually quite enjoyed the dramatic scale, the incredible emptiness and the desert sun.

  11. B72 Avatar

    I used to Enjoy Marcus Dairy in Danbury CT. Lots of cool bikes to check out on a Sunday morning, and plenty of great twisty back roads to choose from when coming and going. Unfortunately it is now closed, victim to a local mall's need for expansion.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      Marcus Dairy's closed? Awe, man…I even knew about that place and I was a thousand miles away.
      <img src="http://www.vintagecycleprints.com/images/8902cycx.jpg&quot; width="512">

      1. B72 Avatar

        Hard to believe after all these years, but unfortunately true. And that pic is dead-on accurate. The place could get totally mobbed with bikes, and part of the parking lot was under a highway overpass.

  12. Festiva_Movemnt Avatar

    To Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas Co, WV. I don't think there is a way to access it that doesn't include a healthy amount of winding two-lanes.

  13. Bret Avatar

    I'll echo what a few others have said and add "destination unknown". Some of my favorite drives have been meandering wanders with my wife in the Miata. This could be taking the long way home from a night out (perhaps motoring along the Alaskan Way viaduct) or just going for a drive up into the mountains for an escape from humanity.
    We've had a couple of good drives this spring, accompanied by our new dog, who seems to quite enjoy riding in the Miata even if he's a bit long to be comfortable.

  14. facelvega Avatar

    Now that I think of it, how about Watkins Glen? Plenty of good roads lead there especially from the north where my old z-car is garaged, and if you're there on vintage racing day, you've got to bring your best car– it's like having to wear your best clothes at a formal event.
    Here's racing down in town. The track is also fantastic:
    <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_K78YS2Yisw0/S9sLcPf2g0I/AAAAAAAACBg/CeUtdETZEMI/s640/Watkins+Glen+3a.jpg"&gt;
    <img src="http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/attachments/car-events/186726d1284428179-watkins-glen-vintage-race-features-alfa-svra-weekend-2010-141.jpg&quot; width="600">

    1. chrystlubitshi Avatar

      twisties are always good in any car. throw a vintage alfa in the mix and i don't know if it gets much better, whether inside or outside the vehicle!

      1. facelvega Avatar

        The track is really great too– I'll always take a road course over an oval. Remember your earplugs, though, if it's proper race cars. And sunscreen.

    2. PrawoJazdy Avatar

      I have a customer of mine who was a founding member of Watkins Glen. He has brought in 2 framed photos that mirror the painting in picture 1.

      1. facelvega Avatar

        That's just a tinted photograph on that card, what they did before color photos could be printed easily. But yeah, Watkins Glen has some serious race history under its belt. I am deeply envious of your customer for having seen some of the early stuff.

  15. dolo54 Avatar

    For a couple months out of the year it's the ski resorts at Big Bear, CA. Between late February and April there is plenty of good spring condition skiing and the roads are usually clean and dry enough to take my old 300zx there. Rts. 38 and 18 are both awesome driving roads with high speed limits for conditions (although I did get a $470 speeding ticket this year, ouch!) Nothing like boarding all day, then taking the t-tops off and blasting through the mountain roads home. Sunblock is a necessity.

  16. fisheater Avatar

    Liquor store.

  17. coupeZ600 Avatar

    When you're Bicycle-Touring and hauling all your own gear, food, beer, and booze, the weight of all that stuff never seems to crush morale like the gosh-darned Wind. A buddy I've traveled with a bunch wants to go to the absolute center of each continent and just go whichever way we get a tail-wind, resupply of food and drink and pavement or dirt be damned. Destination unknown, indeed.

  18. P. Frere Avatar
    P. Frere

    The roads going to and coming from Le Circuit Mont Tremblant in the Laurentides north of Montreal can make that a very nice destination. The track is great. The setting is beautiful. There are even a bunch of decent eateries in the vicinity. Time it right and maybe you can hit both Watkins Glen and Mont Tremblant on the same trip.

  19. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    To the road less traveled. The destination is but a waypoint.

  20. PrawoJazdy Avatar

    I come in from Detroit. When I was a young hoon, I used 80/90 on a regular basis. Then someone handed me this thing called a map and I discovered route 2. It takes you by the nuclear power plant and you can also see Cedar Point clearly from the Edison Bridge, which is about as exciting as it gets.
    If you ever head towards Cincinnati on I-75, you used to be able to see Touchdown Jesus. Which is now Struck By Lightning Pile of Jesus.

  21. njhoon Avatar

    No matter how much it pains me, because of the stereo type, I have to say The Shore. Or maybe that should be Da Shoore. But seriously, there are some nice curvy roads through the Pine Barrens. You can also use dirt roads to get your rally fix.

  22. Lotte Avatar

    The destination could be anywhere. The way to get there? Well, let's break out the map and see what's interesting! My trips will hopefully be longer once I have a car of my own. I've done the whole-day-trip-without-a-map thing once on bike, I want to do it again!
    There's a section of Mississauga Road (Toronto, ON) going down to Lakeshore Rd. that is very nice-but-short route to drive through; very tall trees with houses nestled in the thicket. Then you reach the shore. Walking down to the shore, you can see the now-very-small downtown core from the edge due to the curvature of the lake. Pretty cool.

  23. $kaycog Avatar

    Oh, yeah, baby! What a beautiful way to start my day. Thank you!

  24. RealDonn Avatar

    All who wander are not lost.. This from a ragtop driver and two lane road tripper of long standing. For those of us in the middle (Texas) the hill country is beautiful in a special way. The mountains of Arkansas have some great twisties – the Pig Trail, Hwy 23 is one good example.