Finally — spring! The season when people plan road trips, despite the current costly gas situation.
Have you decided where to go yet? If not, log on to: www.firestonelegendarydrives.com to get some ideas. The site features details about all the major highways you'll find in the 50 states, as well as noteworthy drives. Here's a small sampling:
For example, if you're looking to take a trip along the West Coast, one of the prettiest drives is the Mount Hood/Columbia River Gorge Loop in the northwestern part of Oregon. The 194-mile drive, which begins and ends in Portland and circles Mount Hood, features majestic mountain views, a mighty river and misty waterfalls.
Or if you'd like to take a journey along the East Coast, a drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a must. The 40-mile trek along Tennessee's Newfound Gap Road from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in North Carolina will reveal some spectacular scenery.
And beyond that: Ranked by many as one of the 10 best roads in America to drive, Route 100 stretches from the southern edge of Vermont to its northern border. One of the drive's biggest attractions is the Stowe Hollow covered bridge, a 50-foot span made of wood, built in 1844. It's one of 107 covered bridges in the state.