Winter 2007 Forward to a Friend


Road Trips: Where Have You Beeen?

OVER THE YEARS, DRIVE’S ROAD TRIPS HAVE CRISSCROSSED THE UNITED STATES – FROM FLORIDA TO ALASKA AND FROM CALIFORNIA TO MAINE. HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF WHERE YOU’VE BEEN WITH DRIVE.

Map
We’ve purposely chosen locations in the United States because that’s where Drive’s readers live.

ONE MEASURE OF OUR LIVES is to look at where we’ve been. Long-term involvement with Drive has taken many of us all around America. We’ve purposely chosen locations in the United States because that’s where Drive’s readers live. The purpose of exploring the different parts of the country has been to give you some ideas about where you can travel in your Subaru!

Mountains
In the Community and Owner Spotlight sections have crossed the American and international landscapes as well – loaded with history, natural beauty, and fun roads to drive.

Some readers have journeyed with Drive on all of our Road Trips since we started them in the Fall 1997 issue. Others have jumped aboard along the way.

We’ve climbed mountains, explored cities, hiked forests, dug for shells and dinosaurs, and literally traveled to the ends of a couple of roads. Road Trips have taken us through heat and cold, water and ice, and into some of the most beautiful and interesting parts of the United States.

Even though some of the articles are related by their geographic boundaries, their subject matter is diverse. That shows how much each area has to offer a curious traveler. The brief overview of Road Trips articles that follows might spark your curiosity enough to prompt your own expeditions, wherever you live.

NEW ENGLAND
In Drive’s Road Trips to the New ­England states, travel writer Trish Riley took us to Salem, Massachusetts, and its witches (1, Fall 1999) and to fiercely independent Portland, Maine (2, Spring 2006). On other New England Road Trips, we traveled through the mountains of New Hampshire (3, Fall 1997, and 4, Fall 2005), and writer William G. Scheller drove us down dirt roads in Vermont (5, Summer 2000).

NEW YORK
With Trish Riley again as our guide, we explored the Hudson Valley (6, Spring 2001). Road Trips also crossed New York on another waterway – the Erie Canal – with Warren D. Jorgensen (7, Fall 2006).

VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA
Road Trips in Virginia and North ­Carolina have taken us from river lands into the Blue Ridge Mountains. Trish Riley gave us a tour of the plantations along the James River (8, Fall 2002), and from Tim Jackson we learned about the music emanating from towns and villages along U.S. Highway 58 in Virginia – the Music Heritage Trail (9, Summer 2006), which goes through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Blue Ridge Mountains have been at the heart of more than one Road Trips article. Trish Riley gave us an art tour through North Carolina’s portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains (10, Fall 2001). She also hiked Sugar Mountain (11, Fall 2000). The story of environmentalist Hugh Morton and Grandfather Mountain was told by Randy Johnson (12, Spring 2004).

FLORIDA
A number of Road Trips have come out of Florida, which is innately interesting due to its weather and unusual landforms. John Gorman (13, Spring 1999) and Trish Riley (14, Winter 2002) took us through the Everglades, and Trish Riley introduced us to the wonder of shells on Sanibel Island (15, Spring 2000).

We’ve also traveled across the bridges of the Florida Keys to the end of the Overseas Highway, U.S. Route 1, with Laura Randall (16, Winter 2005).

MISSOURI TO OREGON
American history and travel combine in many of our Road Trips articles. A prime example is the Road Trips in which Dennis Coello followed the exploration trail of Lewis and Clark from St. Louis to Oregon, with a stop in Montana to discuss one of his favorite places to mountain bike (17, Fall 2003).

Not far from the Lewis and Clark trail is the site of another Road Trips, the Nebraska Sandhills. Mike Whye showed us the wonders of this part of Nebraska – where the land is anything but flat (18, Summer 2001)!

FOUR CORNERS
The states that form the Four Corners have been destinations for Road Trips, too. In Colorado, we viewed the Native American ruins at the Cliff Palace of Mesa Verde along with John Gorman (19, Summer 1999) and the nearby town of Durango, which typified the Old West (20, Winter 2001).

In Utah, we discovered dinosaur sites with Kathleen Landis, as we traveled along the southern and eastern borders of the state (21, Spring 2005).

A white-knuckle ride along Arizona’s Apache Trail was delivered by William I. Lengeman III (22, Fall 2005), and we visited intriguing and historic Santa Fe, New Mexico, with Lori Erickson (23, Winter 2004).

NEVADA AND CALIFORNIA
In Nevada, Scott Wasser described day trips from Las Vegas to natural and man-made wonders (24, Winter 2000), and John Rettie treated us to driving impressions of the then-new Legacy and Outback as he test-drove the cars off-road in a quarry near Reno (25, Summer 2004).

California provided travel on roads – not quarries. We drove up Mount Palomar and to Julian for apple pie in an Impreza WRX (26, Winter 2006). Farther north, we followed Charles Burroughs as he retraced his great-great-grandfather’s journey to the Middle Fork gold mines during the 1849 gold rush (27, Winter 1999). Bringing us up to present day, Lori Erickson described the beauty of Sonoma County (28, Winter 2003).

Mountains
We’ve purposely chosen locations in the United States because that’s where Drive’s readers live.

ALASKA
One of our Road Trips started in Kirkland, Washington, crossed the Arctic Circle to the town of Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories of Canada, and finished in Anchorage, Alaska. Glenn Wallace told the tale of driving to the end of the road in Tuktoyaktuk (29, Fall 2004).

OTHER PLACES, OTHER TIMES
Of course, these weren’t the only places we’ve visited with Drive. Feature articles and the In the Community and Owner Spotlight sections have crossed the American and international landscapes as well – loaded with history, natural beauty, and fun roads to drive.

As you can see, Drive’s Road Trips section still has plenty of places to take readers in this country. Our travel file is full of suggestions, too, so we won’t run out of ideas for a long time.

Find selected Road Trips articles at www.drivesubaru.com. Click on “Road Trips” under “Departments.”

ROAD TRIPS SUGGESTION BOX
On the premise that there’s never too much of a good thing, we also welcome your suggestions for Road Trips. (The only “rule” is that we stay in the United States.) It may take us awhile to get there, but we won’t pass up anyplace that’s exciting. Send suggestions to: drivemag@subaru.com.