I’d have to agree with you on that. Indeed, it’s very relaxing. My dad and I take road trips occasionally. When we do, it's general about 5 hours away to upstate NY, during which we listen to Sherlock Holmes stories on cassette, and consume excessive amounts of bubble gum
(the tradition started when we bought gum to keep our ears from popping when we went to Vermont, which plays host to some higher altitude roadways).
Generally, I prefer the actual drive as opposed to the visit at the destination. When I scrounge up a means of transportation, It'll be great to get to know the road a little better.