Picking up an '07 CS tomorrow in Florida then road tripping home to DC and am looking for a few side roads to enjoy on the way back. Browsed through a few past threads and am searching for any additional recommendations. Any roads that are reasonably close to I-95 and somewhat parallel would be perfect.
Tail of the Dragon would be great but is a bit far out of the way.
First "new" car in 6 years and hopefully a suitable replacement for my 2000 M Coupe which will sadly have to leave the garage at some point.
Looking forward to owning a Cayman after drooling over them for a couple years!
Sorry to say but I-95 from Maine to Miami goes through the flatest most boring landscape ever. In theMid West it would be the same but at least you can see far. I-95 has vegetation bordering left and right the whole way and you see nuttin'.
Hope somebody has some nice roads for you to bypass I-95 here and there but have my doubts through most parts of it without taking a major detour.
I took I95 down to Palm Beach when I was goin' to school down there. There really isn't anything along there to make the trip more interesting. I now live in upstate South Carolina, but make trips up to the DC area every now and then. We take 77 in Charlotte to 81. That makes the trip a little more scenic and not quite a straight and flat as 95. You could take a similar route from Florida; 95 to 26 to 77 to 81 to wherever you want to cross back over VA. It's still interstate drivin', but it's better than 95, in my opinion.
I've done the I-95 route a dozen times (key west to Philly) and was hoping to find some more interesting scenery for this ride. Sounds like a lot of great roads will be a few hours West, closer to the mountains.
Up north you have the Merit Parkway (rt15) to avoid a good stretch of 95.
Looks like Blue Ridge Parkway and Tail of the Dragon would be a substantial detour.
...Picking up an '07 CS tomorrow...First "new" car in 6 years and hopefully a suitable replacement for my 2000 M Coupe which will sadly have to leave the garage at some point...
Having myself come out of a '99 M coupe, then an '04 S2000, I think you will grow to love the Cayman! The Bimmer is classic & quirky & fun to drive but ultimately flawed. The S2000 was connected like nobodies business but down on torque. The Porsche is a nearly perfect sports car, but for me at least took a while to get used to. Give the Cayman time, drive it a lot, you'll come to appreciate it.
I can't think of any good roads off I-95, and I live four miles off it in Northern VA.
You really owe it to yourself to visit the mountains of North Carolina while driving home. Whether it be the Blue Ridge Highway or just any road that looks twisty on the map. These roads are the essence of why you bought this car. I am sure some of our members in NC could offer some suggestions for some good northern routes through the mountains.
I live in Mass and when I bought my car from a dealer in PA. I drove it down to Boone, NC and spent 4 days driving the mountain roads. Holy Batman. What a way to get to know a car. Then I drove it home to Mass via the Blue Ridge Parkway to it's northernmost point. It was last May also and the traffic on the BRP was very very light. I didn't drive it fast but I didn't slow down for the corners either, unless I had too.
Either way you end up taking it home it will be a memorable drive. Congrats to you
This was a road just off of 95 near Richmond, that I visited once (sorry I don't remember the name)...it was pretty interesting especially at 3 in the morning while following a cop to the station (more like a trailer) so the judge could write me up officially for speeding. All you have to do to find it is listen for the banjos that I swore I heard
Try this route heading North after picking up the CS......
Jump on Highway 17 North in the Savannah area and follow it up as far as you like. It is probably as about as good as it is going to get for some nice "side roads" headed back home. You can follow it at least through Charleston, SC and then grab I26W back to 95N if you have had enough. If you are enjoying the road, you can really stay on it all the way through Georgetown, Pawleys Island, Litchfield, Myrtle Beach, etc. The drive from Charleston, SC to just south of Myrtle has some really nice roads with some great old overhanging trees and some great places to grab some lunch along the coast there!
My wife and I take that route from our home here in Jacksonville, FL to the condo and it breaks up the boring I95 drive.
Thanks for all of the input. Wish I had caught the post about highway 17 earlier! Ended up picking up the CS in Jacksonville, hit the beach for 1.5hrs, and then ran up 95 to DC. Was having so much fun that I ended up doing the whole trip in one sitting rather than breaking it up.
What a difference between the Mcoupe, which to me always had a hotrod type feel to it. The CS is rock solid sports car! I had been considering a CS or a Z4mcoupe and am glad that I went with the CS. Absolutely love it and looking forward to attending a driver training track event.