California Dreamin’ : A BMW Getaway

For those of you who are missing the sunshine outdoors and quality driving time in your BMW, there are some easy ways to leave town for a weekend and enjoy a drive! There is no better place for this than Southern California, and here are some pointers for planning the perfect weekend.

Thanks to the availability of several, large airports in Southern California, flying out is relatively easy and affordable. For those leaving from the East Coast there is also the advantage of the time change, enabling you to leave after work on Friday and still get to California at a reasonable hour. Depending on the roads you plan to travel, we recommend flying into LAX (Los Angeles), SNA (Orange County) or SAN (San Diego). All three airports are in close proximity to a good BMW rental, or have them on site at their own rental car terminals.

These California roads practically demand the best of cars and, in terms of renting a BMW, Southern California offers a rather large set of options. Budget, Enterprise and several other well-known rental car companies offer BMWs in their Southern California fleet. If you really want to drive a model they don’t have available, there are a number of smaller private rental companies in the area as well. Whatever you do be sure to reserve a car in advance, as there are usually only 1-2 BMWs on hand per rental location, and in Southern California they do rent out quickly.

Once you are in town and have picked up the BMW, you can relax and enjoy the trip! Naturally the best way to plan your drive is checking out roads in the Ultimate Drive app for iOS, Facebook or Android when preparing for the trip. The app features a vast variety of routes in Southern California from which you can plan a long, hard weekend drive, or a series or fast runs through the canyons and up the coast to enjoy the scenery.

Wherever the journey takes you in California, the appeal of sunshine, beautiful roads, abundant amenities and most importantly a BMW will make it a getaway to remember!

Starting your California trip in Northern California? BMW is now offering car sharing in San Francisco. Check it out here.

 If hitting the California coast isn’t in the cards this weekend, how about sharing other destinations closer to you that offer a milder climate and awesome roads for a long weekend getaway? Let us know on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/UltimateDriveApp !

 

Round-Up: Top Weekend Drives, August Edition

What’s better than a weekend drive? A weekend drive on the most fun, beautiful and scenic roads! To help you discover these hidden gems, each week we feature our favorite, user-submitted stretches on the BMW Ultimate Drive App Facebook page. Check out this month’s featured Weekend Drive Picks — there are some great Labor Day trip ideas here!

Southern California: Palomar Mountain to Lake Henshaw

If you’re in the San Diego area or planning a trip out to the West Coast, this route should be on your must-drive list! From Palomar Mountain to Lake Henshaw, this drive is packed with fantastic vistas. Just a short distance from the peak of Palomar Mountain a scenic overlook awaits, offering breathtaking views of the mountainside, and another overlook, nearer to Lake Henshaw, highlights the lush valleys and sparkling waters of the lake area. Beautiful!

Palomar Mountain to Lake Henshaw, California

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by DOMAPOI. Google Maps directions:  http://bit.ly/NkOfRJ.

Northern California: Big Sur

This breath-taking 60 mile stretch along the coast of Big Sur in Northern California offers dramatic ocean views, glimpses of towering redwoods and some fun stretches of twisty roads to keep you on your toes!

Big Sur, Northern California

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by starshley. Google Maps directions: http://bit.ly/OMz6H3.

Colorado: Coal Creek Canyon

Just southwest of Boulder, this drive is only a short distance from the big city, but takes you past the hustle and bustle and into the mountains of central Colorado. From Coal Creek Canyon to the town of Golden, this route has a fun mix of straight-aways and twisty turns, passing by several of Colorado’s state parks and offering up fantastic views of canyons, wooded areas and mountain ranges.

Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by Nelson5235. Google Maps directions: http://bit.ly/OgnY1P.

North Carolina: Franklin to Highlands

In the mood for a quick road trip that’s not only fun but will also put your driving skills to the test? Then this short, but highly technical route in North Carolina — with 140+ twists in just under 20 miles — should get your heart racing! Plus, there are plenty of places along the way to stop and enjoy the scenery, including a gorgeous waterfall.

Franklin to Highlands, North Carolina

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by Jpwiii. Google Maps directions: http://bit.ly/OEu9O9.

Are you taking a special roadtrip this Labor Day or do you have a favorite weekend drive you want to see featured? Submit it through The Ultimate Drive app or share it with us on Facebook and Twitter. We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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!