My parents used to take us for Sunday drives. We would go into the “backcountry” of San Diego County, past the Burma Shave signs and just meander down country roads.
When I travel I like to take “Sun” day drives when the weather is nice and just explore with no particular destination in mind. I prefer to be able to make a loop so we don’t experience the same view twice, but that is not always possible.
I had planned to tell you that an old fashioned paper map works better than Google for these drives, however, I am amending that advice. I had planned a Sunday drive today from our base in Beaver Creek, Colorado to Aspen via Independence Pass. I went to Google maps last night so I would know about how long my planned loop would take. Google REFUSED to give me a route via Independence Pass. A check of the Colorado Transportation web site revealed that it was scheduled to open today at 2 PM.
Based with my new Google info I reversed our loop so we headed to Aspen for lunch and got to the Pass at 2:15. The pass was open.
I still believe that a paper map is the best place to start. The AAA maps indicate the scenic routes.