10 of the most scenic drives in the USA
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America has some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth, and there are plenty of scenic drives around the country that show off dramatic landscapes and dreamy sunsets. Here are 10 of the most scenic drives in America.
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Going-To-The-Sun road – Glacier, Montana
Going-To-The-Sun Road in Montana's Glacier National Park is carved right into the mountains. It's the only road that traverses the park, providing access to Logan Pass at the Continental Divide. The best time to visit is in the summer and early fall.
Skyline Drive – Shenadoah, Virginia
Skyline Drive is a 105-mile mountain road that runs the length of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. There are 75 overlooks providing amazing views. Plan to spend a full day on the road and catch an evening sunset from a west-facing overlook.
California State Route 180 (King’s Canyon Scenic Byway)
This state road has the benefit of going through two National Parks. The first is Sequoia National Park. The road continues for another 50-miles through the Western Sierra to King’s Canyon National Park.
Cades Cove Loop – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
The 11-mile Cades Cove Loop deep in Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a perfect leisure drive with fresh air and mountain beauty. Along the way, explore an early 1800s European settlement. Pack a picnic and stop at Cable Mill for the restrooms.
The Overseas Highway – Miami to Key West, Florida
The 110-mile Overseas Highway drives, well, overseas – connecting Miami to Key West. Drivers will enjoy the salt air and sunshine and find plenty to explore along the way. There are many beaches with public parking and some unique local art gardens.
North Cascades Scenic Byway – Northern Washington
The North Cascades Scenic Byway in Northern Washington is a mountainous, hair-raising drive featuring turquoise glacier water and sprawling mountains. Get a photo at Washington Pass Overlook, explore charming towns, and visit outdoorsy Methow Valley.
Beartooth Highway – Southwest Montana
This 68-mile mountain pass crosses through Southwest Montana to the Northern entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It winds through the remote and ecologically diverse Beartooth Mountains, offering incredible vistas as it climbs up the mountains.
US Route 163 – Monument Valley, Utah
US Rt 163 is the 64-mile highway running from Arizona through the Navajo Nation in Southern Utah, showing off the dramatic Monument Valley. The red rocks and wide-open desert make up America's most iconic landscape. The sunsets here are spectacular.
Park Loop Road – Acadia National Park, Maine
The 27-mile Park Loop Road is the primary road on Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park. It offers scenic ocean vistas where the rocks hit the water, and the forest changes colors with the seasons. The route offers hikes and photo ops galore.
Trail Ridge Road – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
The Trail Ridge Road is a 48-mile long mountain route, nicknamed the ‘Highway to the Sky.’ Considered the highest elevation paved road in Colorado, it climbs above the tree line in Rocky Mountain National Park. Plan at least half a day for the drive.
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