There are few things more iconic than taking a convertible road trip, driving with the top down, and enjoying the natural beauty of the nature around you. Offering year-round top-down weather and a plethora of beautiful sights, Arizona is a great state for driving a convertible.

3 Best Top-Down Drives in Arizona

Here are our picks for the top 3 Northern Arizona convertible drive spots!

Sunset Crate Volcano Welcom Sign

#1 Sunset Crater & Wupatki National Monuments Scenic Drive

This road trip begins in Flagstaff and showcases the beautiful Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments. The Sunset Crater and Wupatki scenic road loop is 34-miles long and runs through open meadows, ponderosa pine trees, and juniper grasslands in addition to the geological wonder of the Sunset Crater and the Wupatki National parks. Sunset Crater is an extinct cinder cone volcano that was formed around 1085 AD and is related to the iconic San Francisco Peaks. Wupatki National Monument offers a glimpse into the past by featuring the ruins of the Ancient Pueblo People who first inhabited the area around 500 AD.


Arizona Highway Without Any Cars on the Road

#2 Apache Trail Scenic Drive

The Apache Trail is a National Scenic Byway that crosses the northern part of the Superstition Mountains northeast of Phoenix. This is a popular spot for driving in a convertible due to beautiful weather and access to three reservoirs and beautiful desert views. Due to the rugged terrain, the road twists through canyons and mountain ridges. It has plenty of overlooks and pull-out areas to enjoy the natural beauty. At the end of the road, you will come across Tortilla Flat, the last surviving stagecoach stop along the Apache Trail. Tortilla Flat boasts a population of 6 residents and has a quaint cafe and gift shop.

View of Monument Valley From Forest Gump Running Scene

#3 Kayenta to Monument Valley Scenic Drive

Not only is the Kayenta to Monument Valley drive one of the most popular places for a top-down convertible drive, but it is also one of the best-known and most-photographed scenic roads in the Southwest. The scenic drive is a 22-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 163, running from Kayenta to the Monument Valley turnoff. The road is most famously known for being featured in the movie Forrest Gump during the scene where Forrest ends his cross country run. This iconic route showcases the natural beauty of the landscape as you drive through mesas and ridges, cross the deep Laguna Creek, and drive-by Comb Ridge.


Happy couple in convertible

A Beautiful Drive Is Always Better In A Beautiful Car

A majestic drive is best experienced in an equally majestic car. Arizona offers a variety of scenic routes that are perfect for driving your convertible. It is important to keep your convertible in peak condition and in Arizona’s dry and dusty climate, drivers need to clean the outside and inside of their vehicles frequently.

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