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One Of The Most Scenic Roads in America Is Hiding Just Outside Of Denver

There is no denying that those of us from Denver (and Colorado in general) LOVE where we live… and why not? However, despite living in the most glorious state in the nation, not all outsiders agree that the Centennial State is the best (state pride… psh), which is why it is a big deal when one of our beautiful attractions gets national attention, which is exactly what happened with this iconic Colorado road:

“Welcome to the highest continually paved road in the U.S.: the Trail Ridge Road winds as high as 12,183 feet through Rocky Mountain National Park,” begins Travel + Leisure’s America’s Most Scenic Roads list, going on to state that this colorful path follows a “route traced over the Continental Divide by Native Americans for thousands of years, visitors can see elk, deer, and bighorn sheep above the tree line in the dramatic tundra.” Located an hour and a half from Denver, Trail Ridge Road is part of Highway 34 and runs between the must-visit mountain towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake. Originally opened in 1921, Trail Ridge is notorious for snowpack and icy roads during the winter, so be sure to get your kicks this summer while the weather is warm and the road is open!

For even more amazing drives near Denver, check out The 6 Best Backroads Around Denver For A Scenic Drive.

Annie
Annie is a freelance writer, content editor, and marketing whiz with a background in broadcasting and a passion for chicken nachos. When she isn't gushing about her love of Colorado, you can find her chasing after her two adorable sons and/or dreaming up a new home improvement project for her husband.