The Must-Drive List: North America
There’s a moment during a road trip where you enter a flow state — when you turn off the outside noise, and tune into whatever’s in front of you. In these moments, we’re completely present. And all we need to capture them is distance, drive and a way forward.
Thinking about those moments, we set out to find our “Must-Drive List” for North America. The only source we trusted with the responsibility of putting it together was our people. So we asked you which roads were on your must-drive list. Here’s what you responded with:
Pacific Coast Highway
Cruising down California Highway 1 — also known as the legendary Pacific Coast Highway — is something everyone should experience once. The roughly 600 miles of California coastline takes about 10 hours to complete, but everyone will tell you to split up the trip into a couple days.
The whole way down you'll marvel at the endless sky, towering mountains and an unmatched view of the Pacific ocean. And if you’ve had it with pavement for the day, you can pull off the road and take amazing hikes in places like Big Sur and Santa Barbara.
Location: San Francisco to San Diego, California
Tire: BFGoodrich® Trail-Terrain T/A®
The Spanish Mission Trail Real
If you can’t get enough Baja, it might be time for you to dig into its roots. The Baja peninsula’s mission trail is filled to the brim with incredible history — and the road is just as rugged now as it was back then.
It starts in Loreto (the birthplace of the Spanish mission trail), and you can make stops at places like San Javíer, San Ignacio and the capital in La Paz. Even the most seasoned Baja-goers discover something new with each trip, whether it’s a new spot for off-roading or a historical landmark they’ve never pulled over for.
If you’re looking for a taste of what you’d be getting into, watch the Desert Assassin’s 2021 Trail of Missions.
Location: Baja California, Mexico
Tire: BFGoodrich® Mud-Terrain KM3®
Each year, racers from around the world gather here for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb — a race our tires have conquered numerous times and is having its 100th running on June 26 of this year. While it doesn’t take nearly as long as the others on our list, the 19-miles of winding, paved road up to the top is a must for anyone who enjoys getting behind the wheel.
The twists and turns along the 6,715-foot climb demand perfect control and the elevation change is by no means easy, but your trophy at the end is a summit view that is overwhelmingly beautiful.
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Tire: BFGoodrich® g-Force Comp-2 A/S Plus®
Made famous by Ice Road Truckers, the James W. Dalton Highway has become an off-road destination for those looking for a challenge.
The road gets steep and slippery, and the trucks that are carrying supplies to the oil workers in Deadhorse can fling rocks and gravel onto your windshield. As if that wasn’t enough, this remote part of Alaska can drop to 82 below. Oh, and 240 miles of the 414 mile drive is without any services. No restaurants, gas stations or hotels.
If that hasn’t scared you off, then congratulations — you’ve got what it takes to be an ice road trucker.
Location: Livengood to Deadhorse, AK
Tire: BFGoodrich® All-Terrain KO2®
One of the most spectacular road trips on earth is one few have heard of, and takes you to a place few have gone: the Arctic Circle.
The Dempster Highway starts near Dawson City, Canada and runs due North into a part of the country where you won’t find many signs of human life — but you may find signs of animal life. Along the path, you’ll catch glimpses of mountain ranges and incredible tundra landscapes.
After all those hours of solitude, you’ll be met with one of the most surreal natural wonders in the world: the land of the midnight sun — 24-hours of sun. It’s something you need to see in order to believe, and the experience is second to none.
Location: Northwest Territories, Canada
Tire: BFGoodrich® All-Terrain KO2®
This next section is for the overachievers (of which we know plenty of you are). If you’re looking for even more roads to chase down, here are 10 more that came from our audience:
- Route 66 – Across the U.S.
- Rubicon Trail – California
- Highline Road – British Columbia, Canada
- Black Bear Pass – San Juan, Colorado
- Imogene Pass – Ouray, Colorado
- M-22 – Michigan
- Beartooth Pass – Montana
- Going to the Sun Road – Glacier National Park, Montana
- Tail of the Dragon – North Carolina / Tennessee
- Olympic National Forest – Washington