Porsche Road Trips You Need to Try in the USA
If you truly love your cars, there are few better places in the world to enjoy them than right here in the United States. With a road network of 4 million miles and one of the worlds lengthiest highway systems (at a considerable 57,000 miles), we’re not short of options when it comes to enjoying a classic American road trip.
What are the ingredients that make up a good road trip? Well, they’re not all the same, but a mixture of space, a good road surface, some challenging twisty bits, and a few breathtaking views should definitely do it. Of course none of this matters if you aren’t behind the wheel of the right car. While ‘Porsche’ conjures up images of racetrack antics, the brand’s models are also adept at munching up the miles while entertaining the driver. So, with all that being said, here’s a list of some of the best American road trips, and the Porsche we believe is fit for the job!
Overseas Highway, FL (Porsche 911 Targa)
The Overseas Highway is a 113-mile long highway and will take you along Route 1, from Key Largo to Key West. ‘Exotic’ is a good way to describe this highway, as you’ll very often be driving alongside a beautiful, turquoise sea. Combine that with Florida’s often sunny weather, and you’ve got to do the trip in the semi-convertible 911 Targa, which will give you just enough of that wind-in-the-hair feeling to complement the stunning surroundings.
Deals Gap, NC (Porsche Cayman)
Much shorter, but reason to take an extended road trip just to get there, is the famous Deals Gap or Tail of the Dragon mountain pass, situated along the North Carolina-Tennessee state line. With 318 curves squeezed into a mere 11 miles, sports car and motorcycle enthusiasts relish the opportunity to test their skills and the capabilities of their mode of transport. With its telepathic handling and compact size, the Cayman must surely be the ideal tool for weaving your way across this challenging strip.
Pacific Coast Highway, CA (Porsche 911 Convertible)
It doesn’t get more visually stimulating or All-American this this. The 123-mile Pacific Coast Highway is revered for its views (towering cliffs on the one end, endless sea on the other) and, like Deals Gap, you’ll need to have your wits about you to navigate some of its sharp turns and, in inclement weather, the risk of mudslides. If you’re up for it, though, you’ll be able to complete the route in around five hours (at a moderate pace), or continue along State Route 1 for a longer trip. You’ll also want to be behind the wheel of something nimble, not too large and preferably open-topped. It’s hard to look past the classic 911 Convertible for this purpose.
US Route 50, NV (Porsche Cayenne/Panamera)
So far, we’ve explored road trips offering beauty, unique geography and with enough twists to keep you on your toes. But if distance, time and perseverance are the aspects you’d most like to conquer, then “The loneliest road in America” should be on your bucket list. You won’t see or hear much at all anywhere on this 3000-mile stretch of road. Yet, many who have undertaken the journey describe it as somewhat cathartic and really, few other roads put into such clear focus man and machine. Before attempting it, make sure you have something comfortable and powerful. Take your pick of something out of the Panamera and Cayenne ranges, and you can’t go wrong.