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: http://bit.ly/QQzp3z or get directions with Google Maps: http://bit.ly/PCW7PV.

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: http://bit.ly/QQA9pk or get directions with Google Maps: http://bit.ly/S9eXKm.

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: http://bit.ly/XNQQpg or get directions with Google Maps: http://bit.ly/S9mQ2v

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: http://bit.ly/SWAmHl or get directions with Google Maps: http://bit.ly/PDeST5

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!

Round-Up: Top Weekend Drives, October Edition

[Editor’s note: Seeing the devastation of Sandy in the U.S. Northeast this week, we realize that taking a scenic drive may be the last thing on your minds.  Once the tunnels empty, the roads drain, the trees are cleared, the businesses re-open, and life begins to return to normal, we hope you are able to get out and drive, both to refresh your senses and to bring tourist dollars into areas that could use a hand to recover.]

Each week, the BMW Ultimate Drive App Facebook page features our favorite user-submitted stretches, which we like to call “Weekend Drive Picks” — and this month’s routes highlight some of the twistiest, most scenic roads from across the U.S! Check out the October Weekend Drive round-up to get ideas for your next weekend getaway. There’s something for everyone here!

Nevada – Mt. Charleston

This Weekend Drive Pick takes us North West of the Vegas Strip to Mt. Charleston. You’ll want to squeeze this drive in before the snow hits, so pack up the car now and bring a jacket — it can get cold at the top! If you’re not in a hurry, be sure to stop into the Mt. Charleston Lodge, a favorite local eatery, for a tasty treat.

Mt. Charleston, Las Vegas - October

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by Richie. To view this route in the new Ultimate Drive Facebook app click here: http://bit.ly/UucLSB or get directions with Google Maps: http://bit.ly/O3iImu.

North Carolina – Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville

Nicknamed “America’s Favorite Drive,” this 89-mile-stretch along the Blue Ridge Parkway (which in its entirety spans almost 500 miles!) provides breathtaking scenery and miles of solitude.  It’s a must-see and a Weekend Drive Pick you’ll never forget!

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by Ghost. View this route in the new Ultimate Drive Facebook app: http://bit.ly/VfYpAM or get directions with Google Maps: http://bit.ly/Vd3PkG.

Pennsylvania – Franklin Road

This Weekend Drive Pick features a short country road on the outskirts of Pittsburgh where real driving enthusiasts go to experience fun, twisty “S” curves and view beautiful farmland! With typically very little traffic on this stretch you’ll be able to roll down the windows, put the pedal to the metal (while still obeying the speed limit, of course!) and let the crisp fall air awaken your senses.

Franklin Rd, Pittsburgh - October

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by Jmikesdude. View this route in the new Ultimate Drive Facebook app: http://bit.ly/RQQFEA or get directions with Google Maps: http://bit.ly/QVL67x.

Bay Area – Highway 9

From Boulder Creek to Saratoga, this Weekend Drive Pick cruises along Highway 9 in the Bay Area. There are viewing spots of Castle Rock State Park plus lots of twists and turns to keep you on your toes, just be careful around those “S” curves!

Highway 9, Bay Area - October

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App bbimmer shark. To view this route in the new Ultimate Drive Facebook app: http://bit.ly/VkzFrj or get directions with Google Maps: http://bit.ly/QMco3e.

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 app for iPhone and Android you already know and love. We can’t wait to see your best roads!

ROUND-UP: TOP WEEKEND DRIVES, JULY EDITION

Weekend Drive Picks are the best of the best user-submitted routes! Each week we pick our favorite user-submitted route to feature on the BMW Ultimate Drive App Facebook page and this month’s stretches highlight beautiful scenery, cities and sites from across the U.S. Check out this Weekend Drive round-up to get ideas for your next weekend drive! 

Northern CA: Skaggs Springs Road

If you’re in Northern California, this route is worth checking out: Skaggs Springs Road. All types of twists, turns, and elevations packed into a 50 mile stretch from wine country to the coast. Just be careful — it’s known to be a racers’ road.

Skaggs Springs Rd - Bay Area

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by RobM. Google Maps view: http://bit.ly/LZ3zTz.

Southern California: Mulholland Drive

We’re sure you’ve heard of Mulholland Drive in Hollywood, CA, so if you’re in SoCal and haven’t done this route, you’re missing out! Gorgeous views of ritzy Hollywood homes around you and LA’s top hot spots below… plus an opportunity to gain a better appreciation of your BMW’s amazing suspension.

Mulholland Drive - Los Angeles

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by DaBobsta. Google Maps view: http://bit.ly/MmZT7R.

Arizona: Coronado Trail

If you’re taking an extended holiday and are up for a roadtrip, consider the Coronado Trail in Arizona. This stretch takes you through stunning displays of natural beauty with high desert and forest views along a historic route braved by many on foot, horse, wagon… and now by shiny BMWs.

Coronado Trail - Arizona

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by Schnehe. Google Maps view: http://bit.ly/LrCTuv.

Midwest: Downtown Chicago and Lakeshore

This loop takes you for a beautiful scenic drive, showing off all that Chicago has to offer in just a little under an hour. From the lights of downtown to the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan, this is a must-see route!

Chicago - Lakeshore

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by Emir550i. Google Maps view: http://bit.ly/NMDAwV.

Thank you to our users who have submitted routes! Be sure to check out the app and find other routes you don’t want to miss…

Want your favorite drive to be featured here? It can only happen one way… submit your favorite routes through The Ultimate Drive app or share it with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Round-Up: Top Weekend Drives, June Edition

Each week, the BMW Ultimate Drive App Facebook page features our favorite user-submitted stretches from across the U.S. Check out this round-up of four featured Weekend Drive Picks for June, there’s something for everyone here!

New York City Day Trip: New Jersey / Philadelphia – West Chester Twisties

With this 30 mile scenic route crossing between the New Jersey/Philadelphia border, you can cruise along twisty roads in the late evening and be home before supper is on the table — just watch for stray golf balls as you whiz by roadside putting greens!

West Chester Twisties

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by fastmr1. Google Maps view: http://bit.ly/LoRkdd.

Mountain Drive: Colorado – Million Dollar Highway

This is the perfect route for anyone in or visiting southern Colorado or its surroundings. A straight shot through the San Juan National Forest, you’re sure to see beautiful foliage and maybe even some wildlife! Plus, if you’re in the mood to border hop, just extend your trip down the 550 a few miles and you’ll be in New Mexico!

Million Dollar Highway

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by Rdtriper. Google Maps view: http://bit.ly/JIXQif.

Northern California: San Francisco / Bay Area – Marshall from the Coast

Are you in the Northern California area looking for a scenic drive? If so, you’re in luck! Just north of San Francisco, this hilly and narrow route will put your driving skills to the test as you make your way from Marshall, at the coast, through dairy country, to Petaluma and Novato.

Marshall to Petaluma

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by RobM. Google Maps view: http://bit.ly/L9Ogno.

Southern California: Desert Tourist Towns

This stretch takes you from Montezeuma to Borrego, offering epic desert views while keeping you on nicely paved roads and close to civilization. If all that driving made you hungry, be sure to stop into nearby tourist town Julian for a delicious slice of apple pie or head south to San Diego for an authentic burrito!

Montezuma Borrego

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by Witworth Ranch. Google Maps view: http://bit.ly/KUfmOh

Whether you’re looking for easy scenic day trips or longer drives through rocky terrain, with a little help from our adventurous app users we can help you find the ultimate drive. Thank you to everyone who submitted your favorite stretches!

Do you have a favorite weekend drive? Submit your picks through The Ultimate Drive app or share it with us on Facebook and Twitter. Your drive just might be featured next month!

Round-up: Top Weekend Drives, May Edition

Each week, the BMW Ultimate Drive App Facebook page features our favorite user-submitted stretches across the U.S. Here’s a round-up of four featured Weekend Drive Picks, one from each quarter of the country.

New York City Day Trip: Connecticut

From New Haven to South Canaan, Route 63 is lined with historic churches, tiny shops and lush greenery. Although this is the second longest state route in Connecticut, the entire drive will only take an hour, so if you’re looking for a full day’s outing be sure to turn down Route 7 for a glimpse of beautiful Candlewood Lake — a perfect picnic spot!

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive app by Shea. Here’s the Google Maps view (including directions!): http://bit.ly/I1hz9M

West Coast: San Francisco Bay Area, CA

The Carmel Highlands drive along California Hwy 1 offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area. Put the top down and enjoy the fresh air as you ride down the coastline.

Carmel Highlands (CA Highway 1)

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive app by TRN-X-TRN. Google Maps view: http://bit.ly/I3AaFz

Southeast: Miami, Florida

If you’re in Southern Florida and want to go for a weekend cruise, Miami is the place to be. White sandy beaches, palm trees and bright blue water steal your gaze as you pass through this real-life paradise during the day, but if it’s nightlife you’re after, wait until the sun goes down — the city lights up!  

May drives - Miami Beach

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive app by clopez_7. Google Maps view: http://bit.ly/LOAQ1K

Southwest: Los Angeles, CA

The West Coast offers gorgeous views, but it’s hard to beat LA’s Decker Canyon. With incredible canyon views, thrilling turns, and the Pacific Ocean just around the corner, the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders can all be seen on this weekend drive.

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive app by KickA**E90. Google Maps view: http://bit.ly/I2jnly

No matter where you are in the country, there’s always a beautiful drive awaiting you and we’re here to help you find it…. and thanks to everyone submitting these stretches, of course!

Do you have a favorite weekend drive? Submit your picks through The Ultimate Drive app or share it with us on Facebook and Twitter. Your drive just might be featured next month!