Round-Up: Top Weekend Drives, November Edition

Sharing and discovering the best routes across the US and Canada is what the Ultimate Drive app is all about, so each week we choose one of our favorite user-submitted stretches to highlight as a “Weekend Drive Pick” on the BMW Ultimate Drive App Facebook page. If you’re looking for a great drive to take this weekend, or want to plan a drive for the upcoming holidays, be sure to check out these roads — there could be an adventure right in your backyard. Here is a round-up of this month’s top picks!

Northern California — Princeton Crab Run

This Bay Area drive known as Princeton Crab Run takes us 20 miles south along the West Coast from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay. With both coastal and inland stretches, this drive offers a variety of sights including beaches, buildings, parks and forests. Although an always beautiful and fun route, this is an especially great trip during crab season, which just opened on November 15. If you plan on making the trip soon, set out on an empty stomach so you can buy fresh Dungeness crab right off the boats!

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by hoa. To view this route in the new Ultimate Drive Facebook app click here: or get directions with Google Maps:

Arizona — Bartlett Dam Road

Just northeast of Phoenix, Bartlett Dam Road offers an escape from the hustle and bustle with beautiful views and wildlife spotting you definitely won’t get in the city! The 13-mile-drive to the lake and dam is technical and smooth, allowing experienced drivers and motorcyclists to take full advantage of the curves, hills and corners. Locals say traffic on the route is light in the mid-morning, but wildlife is most active in the evenings. If you can’t decide which you prefer best, we suggest making the drive twice!

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by AZrealtor. To view this route in the new Ultimate Drive Facebook app click here: or get directions with Google Maps:

Colorado — Rist Canyon Road 

Northern Colorado is notorious for its natural beauty, and this drive through Roosevelt National Forest surely will not disappoint! A fun and lightly traveled stretch through the Colorado foothills, Rist Canyon Road winds through forests, ranch lands, hills and canyons. The road is very well maintained, but be prepared for ups and downs, and ins and outs of a backcountry access road. Whether you’re planning to cruise at dusk or dawn, a beautiful sunrise or sunset is guaranteed!

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by DoxJox. To view this route in the new Ultimate Drive Facebook app click here: or get directions with Google Maps:

East Coast / Toronto, Canada — Terra Nova

Located near Toronto, Canada, and just a quick trip from Niagara Falls, New York, this rural route is a must-drive for anyone in the Great Lakes area. Known by driving enthusiasts as a destination stretch, Terra Nova has it all — tight turns, sweeping corners, very little traffic and beautiful foliage! Plus, with several lakes and ponds lining this country road, there are plenty of scenic stop-offs if your foot gets tired making the trip!

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by M3-Mike. To view this route in the new Ultimate Drive Facebook app click here: or get directions with Google Maps:

Do you have a favorite weekend drive you want to see featured? If you’re in the US or Canada, submit it through the all new Ultimate Drive Facebook app. Otherwise, share it with us on FacebookTwitter or through The Ultimate Drive mobile app you already know and love. We can’t wait to see your best roads!

10 Songs for Your Memorial Day Roadtrip!

Memorial Day is notorious for its weekend getaways. As the kickoff to summer, people everywhere hop in their cars and cruise to the coast (or nearest body of water!), family get-togethers and parties with friends to celebrate and have a good time.

With fun in the air and the sun shining, there are a few luxury roadtrip essentials that all seasoned travelers should have ready. Freshly washed BMW, check. Sunglasses, check. The Ultimate Drive app, check. Music player, check. But wait, what good is a music player without great jams?

Here are 10 tunes that are sure to make you feel both relaxed and glamorous as you cruise around this Memorial Day!

1 ) I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash
2 ) Luxurious — Gwen Stefani
3 ) 1,000 Miles Away — Jewell
4 ) Fields of Gold — Sting
5 ) Goldeneye — Tina Turner
6 ) The Long and Winding Road — The Beatles
7 ) America — Neil Diamond
8 ) Material Girl — Madonna
9 ) Silver and Gold — U2
10) Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes — Paul Simon

You’re singing along already, right? The holiday weekend is right around the corner so upload these tunes to your music player, warm up your vocal cords and let the good times roll! Have a happy and safe Memorial Day.

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7 Places We’d Love to Go for a Drive This Earth Day

Imagine yourself cruising with the top down along the beautiful French Riviera…. or hugging the tight curves of back Rocky Mountain roads…. sounds thrilling, right?  The earth is a beautiful place. There is so much exploring to be done! In celebration of Earth Day, which is this Sunday, we’ve come up with a few dream destinations where we’d love to go for a leisurely drive. From ocean views to snowy mountain tops, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Take a peek at our top picks:

1- French Riviera

Can you feel the sun now? You have the top down and a light breeze blowing as you cruise along the Mediterranean coast with views of quaint harbor fishing villages full of pleasure yachts and crowded summertime beaches. You can’t help but think, “Thank you mother nature!”

Earth Day Drive: French Riviera

2- Canadian Rockies

Even on the coldest of days, this destination is beautiful. Pristine, pure and white — there aren’t many places like this left. It may be chilly outside, but you’re nice and toasty thanks to your luxurious heated seats. The only thing that could make this better is a to-go cup of hot cocoa complete with mini marshmallows… or a moose sighting!

Earth Day Drive: Canadian Rockies

3- Hawaiian Islands

Paradise. Close your eyes and feel the soft tropical breeze as you glide down the island twisties… try hard enough and you might even get a whiff of coconut!

Earth Day Drive: Hawaiian Islands

4- Costa Rica

Ah, the “Rich Coast” — so exotic and lovely (and with a track record of promoting ecology and peace!) After a late afternoon drive along the winding coastline we might suggest you pull over to catch the vibrant sky as the sun goes down in this tropical delight.

5. Transylvania, Romania

If the world-famous Transfagarasan Rd. (also known as Ceaucesu’s Folly) isn’t the ultimate drive, we don’t know what is! With its dramatic scenery and winding roads that pass through the beautiful Fagaras Mountains, it’s no wonder this Transylvania destination was voted “favorite Earth Day drive” by our Facebook community. Our Facebook/Twitter buddy, @DavidKoorn, who submitted this entry, must really know his way around the globe!

Transfagarasan Road, Fagaras Mountains

6- Alaska

The last frontier! Pack up the fishing rods, parkas and camping supplies, you’re going on an adventure of a lifetime! It’s rugged terrain, but what well-equipped driver wouldn’t like the challenge? And watch out for those polar bears!

Earth Day Drive: Alaska

7- Iceland

Shaped by the forces of nature, our last stop is a dynamic landscape of active volcanoes, black sand beaches, green valleys, and powerful rapids. Only in Iceland can you drive through craters of volcanic rock one minute and cruise past gushing geysers the next!

Earth Day Drive: Iceland

All this talk of adventure has given us the travel itch. Our planet is an incredible place — no wonder we love to take the scenic route! What’s your dreamy Earth Day drive?  Tell us on Facebook!

And if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in any of these (or other) dreamy places, pick up the FREE BMW Ultimate Drive app! With this app, you’ll have access a collection of the best pleasure driving roads around the world, all submitted by locals.

Have a wonderful Earth Day!