Need an Idea for Where to Take a Spring Road Trip? Ford Has a Few.

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Now that the end of winter is getting closer and closer, it’s time to start thinking about where to take a spring road trip. (You still have time to visit some of these places, though.) After traveling Maine’s Route 1 from Portland to Acadia National Park, Ford came up with a few suggestions, locations “where land meets sea,” for where to take it.

Those of you down in Florida can take the Overseas Highway over the teal blue water from Miami to Key West. If you stop off at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, you can see the beauty of marine life covering and swimming around the USS Spiegel Grove, a retired Navy ship which was intentionally sunk to create a new reef for divers.

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Up in the Pacific Northwest, you can take US 101 past “dramatic sea cliffs and rolling farmland.” To stretch your legs after being on the road for so long, take on the challenge of Saddle Mountain, which has one of the highest summits in the northern half of Oregon’s Coast Range.

The Blue Oval says bird-watching is one of the country’s fastest-growing hobbies – and that Superior National Forest in Minnesota is a great place to take part in it. If that’s not your thing, you can see the Sawtooth Mountains and the world’s largest freshwater lake while driving along Lake Superior’s Minnesota shoreline.

North Carolina’s Outer Banks is home to the Pea Island and Cedar Island national wildlife refuges as well as great conditions for kiteboarding and windsurfing.

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Should you be lucky enough to live in or travel to Hawaii, the Blue Oval suggests you take the Road to Hana aka the Hana Highway. “From Lahaina or Kihei, … experience … 60-plus miles of lush bamboo rain forests, red ochre hills, waterfall pools and mind-blowing seascapes.”

These all sound like fine ideas, but if you use any of them, might I suggest you don’t take the 2016 C-MAX Hybrid that Ford drove up in Maine? While it is practical and fuel-efficient, there are cooler – and rentable – cars to drive along a breath-taking coastline: convertibles, such as the Mustang GT drop top.

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Hana Road photo [Neil916 via Wikipedia]

US 101 photo [Wikipedia]

Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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