NORTH CAROLINA

THE COAST • THE PIEDMONT • THE MOUNTAINS • THE COAST — Beware of mileage estimates — As the crow flies or the main highway goes, the so-called coastal route is approximately 300 miles. But this route curves inland when the coast fragments into barrier islands. To truly hug the Atlantic means taking ferries to cross water when mainland roads …

OREGON

STATEWIDE • COAST • INLAND • STATEWIDE — Tax-free — Oregon is one of five states that doesn’t have a sales tax. This may or may not be a boon to residents, but it’s definitely nice for visitors. — Pendleton products — For folks who like Pendleton products, Oregon is definitely the place to go, not only because of the …

TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE • EAST • WEST  • EAST — Driving to North Carolina — Interstate 40 is incomparably beautiful as it cuts through the Smoky Mountains between Knoxville, TN and Asheville, NC, but it’s also curvy, hilly and dangerous. For some reason, instead of going slow and admiring the views, many drivers seem to step on the gas pedal, thus pressuring others …