30A Named to Ten Most Relaxing Drives in the US and Canada

Posted by Kathy S Bass on Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 1:34pm

The 30A area has earned another international accolade with it's inclusion in Huffington Post's "10 Most Relaxing Coastal Drives in the US and Canada".  Those of us that live in this area find it no surprise that 30A was included.  The problem is, however,  that now that the world knows about it, is may not stay that way.  Traffic in Destin and further west on Highway 98 is in my mind, horrendous, but pull off on 30A and drive along its two lane roads with quaint homes, restaurants, bike paths and dune lakes and your mind drifts away to time spent at the beach when your were 8 or 9 and your family spent time in a rented beach cottage with hardwood floors, a screened in sleeping porch and ham sandwhiches and watermelon. 

The Post said, "Driving can be both the most stressful and the most relaxing of activities. While there are few things more frustrating than sitting in traffic on your daily commute, a relaxing scenic drive down winding coastal roads can be truly therapeutic. For a vacation that allows you to explore a new locale while also decompressing, consider heading out to explore one of the U.S. or Canada's many scenic shore-hugging roads.

From Nova Scotia's Cabot Trail to the breathtaking Hana Highway in Maui, click through the slideshow below for 10 coastal road trips in the U.S. and Canada that will melt your stress away.


They describe 30A as, "A scenic 28.5-mile highway along northern Florida's panhandle, State Road 30A hugs the Gulf of Mexico coastline of Walton County. Explore white sand beaches, coastal dune lakes, and miles of hiking trails. Make sure to stop at Eden State Garden in Pt. Washington State Park to see oak trees that are more than 100 years old, and watch for beautiful roadside wildflowers all along the highway."  Sounds like my version of 30A.

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