With Hagerty Drivers Club Roadside Assistance, you can conquer these 10 great roads with confidence
At Hagerty, we love any excuse to get out on the road and drive. There’s nothing better than sliding behind the wheel of our favorite ride, with our favorite people, and heading out for the open road.
Sometimes, however, our rides will encounter a situation where they “fail to proceed,” as the Brits like to say. When that happens, members of Hagerty Drivers Club need only pull out their cell phone and dial 888-310-8020 for roadside assistance in the U.S. The $70/year membership covers your classic vehicles and includes:
24/7 towing service with soft nylon straps
Unlimited service requests for things like lock-outs, jump-starts and fuel delivery
First 100 miles of towing covered — when you need it most
$100 toward emergency roadside services per occurrence
Now that you have the confidence your HDC membership gives you, we have put together our list of Great Driving Roads in the continental United States. These are the roads that will give you the most smiles per mile. And after all, isn’t that what driving our cars is all about?
California: Mulholland Drive
The legendary Mulholland Drive starts in the Hollywood Hills and then runs west, where it ends in Woodland Hills. Mulholland Drive is beautiful, so it can be quite crowded. Even if you won’t have the 21-mile stretch of twisting pavement all to yourself, however, there’s no doubt you’ll have a blast.
California: SR 1 / Pacific Coast Highway
The PCH, as it’s more commonly known, might be the most photographed stretch of American road there is. Anyone who is making plans to drive this historic highway should budget extra time to enjoy the scenic vistas. With nearly 700 miles of twists and turns, California State Route 1 provides drivers with a seemingly endless supply of amazing landscapes and ocean views.
Colorado: Pikes Peak Highway
At a mere $15 for those 16 and older (and $5 each for your passengers aged 6 to 15), the toll to enter Pikes Peak Highway is more than worth it. Nineteen miles in length, this road has been the site of the world-renowned Pikes Peak International Hillclimb for more than 100 years. Driving the highway to the 14,000-foot summit of Pikes Peak is one of the greatest experiences in the lower 48 states.
Michigan: Michigan Highway 22
There may be no better way to take in the beauty of Lake Michigan than a drive on M-22. The drive starts in Onekama, Michigan, and heads north; the 117-mile-long highway will take you along the lake’s incredible coastline and around the stunning Leelanau Peninsula. We recommend a visit to one of the state’s most jaw-dropping attractions, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
New York: Whiteface Veterans’ Memorial Highway
Whiteface Mountain is the New York’s fifth-tallest mountain, and the view from the top is so spectacular, there’s a highway specifically dedicated to take you straight there. The scenery on the trip up the mountain is pretty spectacular, too—and the surrounding tree-covered Adirondack Park is just as gorgeous.
North Carolina, Tennessee: US 129 / Tail of the Dragon
Most likely the curviest 11 miles in all of North America, Tail of the Dragon, or Deals Gap, is a must-drive for all enthusiasts. Thousands of drivers and motorcyclists flock every year to this legendary stretch of blacktop to experience for themselves its 318 curves. Just don’t cross the double-yellow lines.
New Hampshire: Mount Washington Auto Road
Breathtaking, twisty, and technical are all the first words that come to mind to describe New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Auto Road. Your drive up the 7.6-mile toll road begins at 1500 feet and tops out at more than 6000 feet. This scenic route is the backdrop of the oldest automobile race in the United States, which first ran in 1904. Even today, the Mount Washington Hillclimb Auto Race continues to entertain a variety of competitive events.
Ohio: Ohio State Route 555 / The Triple Nickel
Officially known as SR 555 and located in southeast Ohio, this 62-mile stretch of road is better known as the Triple Nickel. The Triple Nickel’s combination of high-speed sweeping turns and tight, low-speed corners means there’s something for any enthusiast. Go in autumn and enjoy the added bonus of the season’s colorful spectacle. Solitude, however, is one of SR 555’s best attributes. Per the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Triple Nickel is one of the least frequented roads in the state.
Tennessee: US 421 / The Snake
Located just 200 miles north of the renowned Deals Gap and Tail of the Dragon, the Snake is quite likely the most underrated route in the country. Begin your adventure in Mountain City, Tennessee, then head towards the Virginia border. More than 30 miles of endless switchbacks and decreasing-radius turns await.
Washington, Oregon, California: Route 101
Almost everyone is familiar with Route 1, with its gorgeous Pacific views that stretch nearly the entire length of California. North of it, however, its lesser-known sibling, Route 101, continues along the coast until it arrives at Tumwater, Washington. On the route, enthusiasts get to experience what seems like infinite ocean-side beauty. We suggest a stop in Long Beach, a 28-mile long “highway” on the Washington coast. In the summer, it’s one of the coolest beach drives around.