Going to the Sun Road
The Going-to-the-Sun Road was built in 1932 and is a spectacular 50 mile stretch of highway though the middle of Glacier National Park, Montana crossing the Continental Divide at 6,646-foot-high Logan Pass. You will see almost every type of terrain in the park, from large glacial lakes and cedar forests in the lower valleys to windswept alpine tundra.
I have driven hundreds of thousand miles in the US and Canada and hope to do many thousands more. Being in the travel trade, people are always asking me what is your favourite place/country/drive/hotel and the answer is always different because it depends on the mood I am in and what I can remember at that instant. But as I am just about to set off for one of the famous drives through the Smoky Mountains, I started thinking about where I had been and what had been the best. So, for what is worth, here are my favourites. Let me know if you agree and what I should have included.
There really is not a bad bit of this coast as you drive from the Oregon border all the way down to Baja California and the Mexican border. For the best views go from north to south so that you are as close as possible to the ocean. If you want to drive the full length I would take at least a week because there are so many highlights amongst them obviously San Francisco and Los Angeles but also places such as Carmel and Monterey with its memories of John Steinbeck and its splendid aquarium. When leaving Monterey you must take the 17-mile detour around the Peninsula to Pebble Beach this rivals even Big Sur which is my favourite for beauty, I also love the part around Santa Ynes and Santa Barbara. The added bonus to all beauty is that some of the best hotels are along this route. Resorts such as Pebble Beach, Post Ranch Inn, the Belmond Elcanto, Ventana and the Lodge at Torrey Pines not to speak of the giants in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Did I say a week? I think I meant two so as to enjoy the hotels as well as the views!