Many travelers love the journey as much as the destination. The trip is even sweeter when you’re driving a Bentley, as you’ll discover on these scenic road trips.
There’s nothing worse than having access to a beautiful luxury car and finding yourself stuck in a congested city with nowhere to go to enjoy the ride.
Conrad Magazine has partnered with Bentley Motors to identify scenic routes to ditch the traffic that are worth exploring for every type of driver, whether you love the thrill of being behind the wheel of a sports car like the new Continental GT, riding high in the Bentayga SUV, or savoring the journey from the plush cabin of the Flying Spur sedan.
A Conrad concierge can help you book a Bentley to explore these routes. Owners who are traveling for business or leisure without their vehicles can reserve one in New York City, Miami and Beverly Hills via the company’s Bentley On Demand app, with additional dealerships expected to offer the luxury rental service in other major cities.
NEW YORK CITY
One of the best ways to escape the urban jungle of Manhattan during summer or autumn is to head toward the Hudson Valley, making sure to stop in at quaint historic villages along the river like Nyack, Kingston, Rhinebeck and Tarrytown, with boutiques and galleries perfect for exploring and local cafes and restaurants for refueling.
Drivers will want to make the 218-mile round trip, breezing your way up picturesque Perkins Memorial Drive to the top of Bear Mountain State Park, where you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of serene forests as you pass grand estates.
Along the way, make sure to visit Eleanor Roosevelt’s Hyde Park residence and the Rockefeller family’s Kykuit mansion.
The Hudson River offers drivers a number of curved roads to tackle and well-preserved 19th- century towns to explore, including Cold Spring.
Another beautiful drive, especially during autumn, is the route to the Berkshires in nearby Massachusetts, only 152 miles from Manhattan. The rolling Pocono Mountains, a pastoral landscape of lush forests and waterfalls, are also just two hours away from New York City.
Plus, Kent Falls State Park, a natural beauty hot spot, pairs well with a stop in Kent, Connecticut, a picturesque New England town.
Hikers will want to head to the nearby Catskills Mountains, which offers plenty of activities along the Delaware River. It’s the perfect playground for those seeking sweeping landscapes for winter sports. The area is home to Woodstock and Windham with a growing collection of farm-to-table restaurants, perfect for a memorable meal along the way.
And surfers will definitely want to head to Montauk, the seaside town in the Hamptons, whose nickname is “The End.”
When in South Florida, a trip to Key West is a must. The great thing for day trippers is that it’s a scenic four-hour drive from Miami. As you make your way across the 42 bridges that make up the Overseas Highway, including the Seven Mile Bridge, the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico stretch into the distance on both sides.
There are plenty of places to stop along the 110-mile journey, including the seaside towns of fabled Key Largo, Islamorada and Big Pine, which offer an array of activities for kayakers, snorkelers and divers.
There’s also Marathon, where road trippers can enjoy an array of restaurants serving up fresh seafood at iconic establishments like the Lighthouse Grill and Tarpon Creek Bar & Grill.
If you make it down to Key West, though, make sure to visit the southernmost tip of the United States. You can explore Ernest Hemingway’s home, sample the town’s signature Key lime pies, and enjoy seafood at restaurants like The Stoned Crab and Lazy Days Restaurant.
Nearly four hours away from Miami lies St. Petersburg, which will appeal to art lovers for its many galleries, like the Dali Art Museum, housing the largest collection of the artist’s paintings and drawings in the United States.
For a more casual Sunday drive, head 40 miles north to Fort Lauderdale, a laidback community that includes impressive golf courses and beaches that are far less crowded than the tourist-covered sands of Miami.
Soak in the sun when you stay at Conrad Miami.
Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, an all-suites resort with beachfront views, provides a great pit stop for more inspiring drives. Its restaurant, Terra Mare, known for locally sourced ingredients, has helped put Fort Lauderdale’s culinary scene on the map.
For relaxing day trips from Fort Lauderdale, head north along the coast to the artistic havens of Delray Beach and West Palm Beach, all boasting ocean views from their own pristine white sand beaches. You can also motor two hours across the state to Fort Myers, considered a more laidback version of Miami and with a growing culinary scene on the Gulf Coast.
Whether you’re staying in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, nature lovers will appreciate taking in the diverse ecosystem of mangroves and wetlands that make up Everglades National Park.
On the Ronald Regan Turnpike, only an hour from Miami, visitors can enjoy the scenery with a hike, bike ride or airboat ride. Trams are also available.
And let’s not forget Big Cypress National Preserve, home to the Seminole Indian tribe and another wetlands habitat with boardwalks to stroll.
Explore the Florida coast when you book your suite at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach.
When in the nation’s capital, take the time to immerse yourself in American history with a drive that includes George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Arlington National Cemetery and Gettysburg.
For the more nature-inclined, lose yourself on the roads that meander through the vast Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 105-mile Skyline Drive is an ideal route, providing scenic lookout points to stop and rest your legs or find a hiking trail.
Just 100 miles away, take in the tranquil waters of the Chesapeake Bay and be sure to sample the area’s famous crab cakes. To enjoy the flavors of the Chesapeake at Conrad Washington, DC, reserve a table at Estuary, and savor its signature Maryland Crab Roll.
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One of the nation’s largest contemporary art parks, the American Indians and Western Art museum, the NCAA headquarters, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the world’s largest children’s museum. These are just a few reasons to plan an Indy road trip.
For the more adventurous, the views won’t disappoint when you head toward Chesterfield and visit Mounds State Park, named after the artificial hills that dot the site, perfect for hiking and enjoying the outdoors, especially during the summer months.
Hoosier National Forest, just 2.5 hours from Indy, offers drivers exciting roads to explore through breathtaking surroundings of forests and lakes that make up the massive park.
Interstate Road 62, part of the Lincoln Heritage Trail, stretches for 223 miles from the Illinois State Line to the southwestern corner of Indiana, providing stunning views and knotted paths through the state’s more scenic areas. It’s long been a favorite of drivers, especially through Spencer, Perry, Crawford, Harrison and Floyd counties, where the path is more hilly and narrow.
An easy three-hour drive from Indianapolis, it’s hard to resist the siren call of Chicago, where world-class museums, luxe shopping along Michigan Avenue and plenty of deep-dish pizza await!
Connect with nature when you stay at Conrad Indianapolis.
PUNTA DE MITA
You’ll want to venture out and explore the beautiful setting of Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit and Punta Mita peninsula after relaxing poolside at Conrad Punta de Mita.
Head straight to Puerto Vallarta, where you’ll stroll the town’s waterfront boardwalk and explore its creative arts and culture, such as the Malecon’s collection of sculpture and art galleries in Viejo Vallarta.
Make sure to also explore the small coastal towns of Sayulita and San Pancho, popular among surfers. Farther inland, twisting roads spiral into the Sierra Madre mountains, home to the Huichol people, the descendants of the Aztecs.
End your trip on a strong note by toasting to your journey with Mexico’s national spirit. In the pueblo of Tequila, just three hours from Punta Mita, you can tour distilleries like Mundo Cuervo and walk through its agave fields. Salud!
Immerse yourself in culture when you book your stay at Conrad Punta de Mita.
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