5 Romantic Drives

Posted on February 8, 2017

A collage of the five areas these romantic drives cover: California, Texas, Michigan, New York and Florida.

If you and a loved one are looking to take to the road this Valentine’s Day, OnStar recommends these five romantic rides for a perfect getaway.

OnStar has always championed the importance of human connections. Among the greatest of those is the celebration of relationships with loved ones over Valentine’s Day. We hope these romantic trips will help you make the most of yours. 

TEXAS History Buffs

The Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

El Camino Real Highway
Distance: 375 miles

For a love of historic proportions, head for El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. Begin your journey at the edge of the Sabine National Forest, where the Toledo Bend Reservoir divides Texas from Louisiana, and then head west. Also known as Texas 21 and the Old San Antonio Road, the route was based on Native American trails and used back in the 1700s by Native Americans and Spanish missionaries. The scenic road will lead you northwest to Nacogdoches and southwest to Crockett and ultimately San Antonio, where you can enjoy an equally romantic stroll along the river.

TIP: Once you reach San Antonio, push your blue OnStar button and ask our Advisor for help with a dinner reservation or boat tour.1

FLORIDA Bridge Builders

A view of the Overseas Highway from the marshy shore.

Overseas Highway
Distance: 113 miles

For a love that can span all distances, take to U.S. Route 1, which links nearly 40 islands through the Florida Keys. Begin your journey at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, then head south, enjoying a paradise of gleaming turquoise ocean dotted with the occasional dolphin or manatee. End your journey in Key West, where you can take in the nightly sunset celebration at Mallory Square.

TIP: Parking in Key West can be a challenge — push your blue OnStar button, and our Advisor can help you find parking, provide Turn-by-Turn2 directions to get you there, and send any special offers3 to your email for immediate redemption.

CALIFORNIA Dramatic Flair

The rocky Pacific shoreline in California

Pacific Coast Highway, Monterey to Morro Bay
Distance: 122 miles

For dramatic couples who have weathered their fair share of highs and lows, there’s no drive more fitting than the Pacific Coast Highway. Travel south from Monterey along California State Route 1 taking in stunning views of powerful surf crashing along the base of this cliff-top road before descending into the tranquil haven of Morro Bay.

TIP: Cell coverage is spotty in many areas along this drive. While the solitude may be ideal for a romantic getaway, if you do need to make a call, use OnStar Hands-Free Calling,4 which is specially designed to give you better reception than a cell phone. 

MICHIGAN Chill Seekers

Jagged blue ice along the Lake Michigan shore.

M-134 from Hessel to Drummond Island
Distance: 42 miles

If your love has the heat to melt through a Michigan winter, take this quaint and quiet drive overlooking the little-known Les Cheneaux Islands — 36 small islands along the southeastern shoreline of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Start your drive in Hessel, just east of St. Ignace, then continue east on M-134. The still and stately winter scene reveals charming cottages, classic boathouses and the majestic icescape of Lake Huron in winter — if the ice is thick, you may see the area’s famed “blue ice.”

TIP: In ice and snow, take it slow! You’ll be safer. Plus, a slower pace will give you more time to enjoy the sights. If your vehicle becomes stuck, especially if you are in a remote area, push your blue OnStar button. Our Advisor can send help to your exact location.5

NEW YORK Falling for You

Looking across at the Niagara Falls, Ontario, skyline from the U.S. side of the falls.

Great Lakes Seaway Trail
Distance: 518 miles

Niagara Falls has long been a must-see destination for couples. This romantic, winding journey takes you past the the Falls, as well as the Thousand Islands, picturesque waterfront towns, vineyards, lighthouses and even the front lines of the War of 1812. If you want to take the entire journey, be sure to allow several days to fully enjoy the sights. The trail begins just west of Erie, Penn., and winds its way along the shore of Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The trail is comprised of a series of connecting roads; they’re clearly marked and easy to follow. If you need help, you can always push your blue OnStar button to get back on track.6

TIP: Put your vehicle’s built-in Wi-Fi® hotspot7 and data plan to work. These illustrated maps will help you get the most out of your journey, detailing the many attractions along the Seaway Trail.