4. Gold Coast Highway A1A
The very best way to get a feel for the quality of life along the Gold Coast is to take a leisurely drive north of A1A. The road hugs the beach almost all the way and passes through some of the most beautiful natural settings and some of the wealthiest communities in the U.S. The 50-mile (80-km) route can be traversed in a day, but it’s worth spending more time to take in the local colour, from tropical nature preserves to fabulous mansions, all within sight of the sugary blond sands and the azure Atlantic.