I live in a coastal city, north of San Diego, near Encinitas / Carlsbad. My area has heavy traffic and lots of intersections & traffic lights. I'm planning to take a weekend trip out to somewhere that is more enjoyable to drive. I'm thinking a desert area with hardly any traffic, min start-stops, and a few curves. When I've driven to Vegas, I've come across many roads like this along the way. Does anyone have any suggestions of great places to drive that are no more than a few hours away?