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, September Edition

Autumn is upon us and there’s no prettier time of year to take a drive! Each week we pick our favorite user-submitted routes to feature on the BMW Ultimate Drive App Facebook page and this month’s stretches are perfect for fall. From the Northwest to the Northeast U.S., there is a drive near you just waiting to be explored. Check out this month’s featured Weekend Drive Picks for some of the most beautiful routes in the country.

Northern California: Avenue of Giants

Northern California is known for its stunning redwoods and this Weekend Drive Pick along the Avenue of Giants surely won’t disappoint! This gorgeous stretch of road winds down the 101 and traces the border of Humboldt Redwoods State Park – a must see!

Avenue of Giants

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by Lester. Google Maps directions: http://bit.ly/Q6xpSX.

Vermont: Tracey Road

This Weekend Drive Pick features Tracey Road in Eastern Vermont. Comparable to the App Gap (Rt. 17), this is one of the best twisties for miles around! On this windy yet smooth route, a BMW is the perfect car to scrape the corners without fear of grade changes — you won’t want this drive to end!

Tracy Road, Vermont

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

Oregon: Sister’s Loop

Sisters, a small tourist town in Oregon, is home to this Weekend Drive Pick. An 88 mile loop from scenic 126 (complete with waterfalls!) to the more technical roads of 242 makes this drive an all-around must!

Submitted to The Ultimate Drive App by MWGeorge. Google Maps directions: http://bit.ly/NBrjg1.

Montana: Beartooth Pass 

This Weekend Drive Pick takes us to Custer National Forest, near Billings, Montana. The sheer variety of the scenery makes this a must do on your Bucket List! According to Schnehe, our user who submitted this stretch, “Elevation, lakes, glaciers, twists, waterfalls – this has it all!”

Beartooth Pass

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

If you take one of these scenic fall drives, be sure to review it in The Ultimate Drive app or share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page. Or, if you have your own favorite weekend drive submit it through the app and your drive just might be featured next month!

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!