America is a country of explorers. This spirit of adventure runs deep here in the U.S., a place comprised of 50 wholly unique states and an amazing melting pot of cultures. This drive to explore is quite literally a
drive to explore, too, with the country connected by a series of the most scenic highways and byways, iconic bridges, and backcountry roads. Route 66 is obviously the epitome of the Great American Drive, but it’s by no means the only route worth traveling. Buckle up and get ready to explore; these scenic drives are the best road trips in the USA and are sure to fuel your wanderlust — no matter how insatiable it might be.
Cross-Country Scenic Drives In America
Scenic drives are a metaphor for life. There’s Point A and Point B, and all the time in between. It’s obviously great to look ahead at what’s to come, but it’s just as important to, as they say, enjoy the ride. And the following cross-country scenic drives in America will undoubtedly have you
enjoying the ride. Depending on which route you take, you’re looking at anywhere between 2,500 to 3,500 miles. So make a massive playlist and grab your favorite traveling BFFs — and be prepared to be totally dazzled by America the Beautiful. 1. Route 66
Route 66, Rte 66, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA
Location: Route 66 spans 2,400 miles and crosses eight states. Can't Miss Pit Stop: Attractions abound along the Mother Road, from the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum in Illinois to the Trail of Tears Memorial in Jerome to the Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico. Where to Stay En-Route: Accommodations abound along the Mother Road, and we suggest stopping for the night in Oklahoma at this quaint bungalow cottage.
In terms of Great American road trips, none compares to Route 66. Known as the Mother Road, this undulating ribbon of asphalt was the country's original road trip, launched in 1926 to connect the Midwest to the West Coast, from Chicago all the way to Los Angeles.
In its heyday, Route 66 attracted thousands of road trip warriors each year; over the decades, motels, roadside attractions, and communities sprang up along the route. After it was decommissioned in 1985, it was no longer considered a major roadway, and travel started to wane.
Traveling along this route truly is a bucket-list must for any self-described road tripper, as is visiting the eponymous
Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum
, located in Pontiac, Illinois. This really is the adventure of a lifetime!
VIDEO 2. The Great River Road
The Great River Road, The Great River Rd, East Alton, IL, USA
Location: The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Can't Miss Pit Stop: Where to begin? Attractions along Great River Road include Chain of Rocks Bridge, Buffalo Bill Museum, Fort Snelling, and quirky roadside attractions such as the World's Largest Six Pack and Field of Dreams Movie site! Where to Stay En-Route: Accommodations abound along The Great River Road, and this cozy Mississippi cabin would make a wonderful place to rest after a day of driving.
We’ve all heard of the ‘Great American Road Trip,’ an epic adventure that leads travelers to all the amazing places this country of ours has to offer. But what about a road trip along the Great River Road? This epic road trip traces the course of the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles through 10 states, and will open your eyes to
America the Beautiful
This All-American Road is lauded as *the* single-best scenic drive in the country, and it's hard to argue with such a superlative. From the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Illinois and the Trail of Tears State Park in Missouri to the bayous of Arkansas and bustling streets of New Orleans, Great River Road truly is an
for your bucket list.
VIDEO Northeastern USA Scenic Drives
The Northeast is such a treasure. In addition to being undeniably beautiful, there are lots of states packed into a relatively small region, making it possible to pack a whole lot of scenic punch in a short amount of time. Whether you choose to take a leaf-peeping trip in the fall or admire covered bridges come spring and summer, the following scenic drives in the Northeastern USA are sure to capture your heart.
3. Park Loop Road - Acadia National Park, Maine
Park Loop Road, Park Loop Rd, Maine, USA
Location: Park Loop Road is a 27-mile scenic drive around the east side of Mount Desert Island in Maine's Acadia National Park. Can't Miss Pit Stop: Sieur de Monts, Sand Beach, Otter Point, Jordan Pond, and Cadillac Mountain. Where to Stay En-Route: Stay in Bar Harbor at this impossibly charming Luxury Lake House.
One of the
most beautiful national parks in the US
, the loop through Acadia National Park can be completed in just an hour, and offers an unrivaled scenic experience.
This 27-mile byway rolls past high ridgelines, sheer rock precipices, and the dramatic shores of the North Atlantic. Revel in the fabulous juxtaposition of beach and mountain as you traverse Acadia along this scenic route.
If you feel inspired to explore on foot, get out and set forth on the Beehive Loop Trail, a popular choice for hikers eager to see more of the scenic views for which Acadia is best known.
4. Kancamagus Highway - New Hampshire
New Hampshire 112, NH-112, Albany, NH, USA
Location: Rt. 112 in Northern New Hampshire Can't Miss Pit Stop: Two words: fall foliage. Where to Stay En-Route: Stay in a gorgeous mountain home in the heart of New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Considered by many to be one of the most scenic drives in the Northeast,
is a treasure trove of natural beauty.
At just 36 miles long, Kancamagus Highway packs quite the scenic punch, rolling through charming covered bridges, past wondrous waterfalls, and into the heart of the lush White Mountain range.
This drive is especially lovely in the autumn, when fall foliage paints the landscape of the Northeast in fiery reds, oranges, yellows, and golds:
VIDEO 5. Mohawk Trail - Massachusetts
Mohawk Trail, North Adams, MA, USA
Location: Western Massachusetts Can't Miss Pit Stop: The (in)famous Hairpin Turn! Where to Stay En-Route: We can't think of a more charming place to stay than this historic cottage.
Mohawk Trail Scenic Byway
was first opened in 1914 as one of the very first scenic routes in the country. However, its origins date back even further -- he route the byway traces dates back more than 10,000 years ago. During that time, Native Americans first walked along footpaths that followed the rivers where they would hunt and trade.
Today, this 69-mile route traverses some of the most scenic landscapes in the Northeastern USA, and its sinewy turns force drivers to stop and enjoy the ride. Pay extra attention and take it slow, ensuring you can safely enjoy the scenery along this route:
VIDEO 6. Ocean Drive - Rhode Island
Ocean Drive, Ocean Dr, Little Compton, RI 02837, USA
Location: Ocean Drive is a 10-mile stretch along the southern coastline of Rhode Island's Aquidneck Island. Can't Miss Pit Stop: Brenton Point State Park Where to Stay En-Route: Accommodations are plentiful in this area, with rentals like this oceanfront home letting folks sit back and soak up the scenery.
This 10-mile route is one of the most iconic in the Northeast, offering drivers unrivaled views of the
Rhode Island coastline
. This scenic trip is flanked with incredible views of the coast, with the rugged shores of the Atlantic offering a startling and sublime contrast to the gilded homes on its shores.
Though the route is only 10 miles long, it's one you'll want to reserve plenty of time for, with numerous points of interest beckoning travelers to stop and explore. The first leg of the trip, in fact, wouldn't be complete without making a stop at Fort Adams State Park. Visit the largest coastal fort in the country and enjoy a tour, explore the tunnels, or simply stroll the waterfront bay walk.
Brenton Point State Park is another must-visit on Ocean Drive; in the summer, the skies above this lovely park are filled with whimsical, colorful kites that seem to dance above the Rhode Island shores!
VIDEO Southern USA Scenic Drives
The American South is truly beautiful. Marshes and swamps, shoreline and canyons, mountains and rivers and history — there’s a lot to see in the South. The following scenic drives in the South boast all of the above — and more — and we promise you’ll emerge with newfound appreciation for all this region has to offer.
7. Blue Ridge Parkway - Virginia and North Carolina
Blue Ridge Parkway, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Cherokee, NC, USA
Location: The parkway, which is America's longest linear park, runs for 469 miles through 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties, linking Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Can't Miss Pit Stop: The Linn Cove Viaduct is a Blue Ridge icon! Where to Stay En-Route: Accommodations abound along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and this rustic cabin is the coziest place to break for the night!
Blue Ridge Parkway
is perhaps the most picture-perfect scenic drive in the U.S. The Parkway itself is 469 miles long and winds its way through 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties. It also connects with the Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and is the unofficial gateway to both regions.
Unlike the mountain passes in the West that go up and over mountains, or the iconic "Notch" valley roads of the Northeast, Blue Ridge Parkway runs along the spine of the ridge, rolling up and down for the entire length. It's a prismatic feast for the eyes in all seasons, with dynamic displays of color in autumn, a lush forest landscape in summer, and dazzling white expanses in the winter.
This route is a favorite for birders, too; with over 50 resident species, this region boasts more avian diversity than the entire continent of Europe!
8. U.S. Highway 1 - Florida
Florida Keys, 4590 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050, USA
Seven Mile Bridge, Marathon, FL, USA
Location: The Florida portion of U.S. Highway 1 spans 574 and runs from Key West all the way to its crossing of the St. Marys River into Georgia. Can't Miss Pit Stop: Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island Where to Stay En-Route: Accommodations abound along U.S. Highway 1 in Florida, such as this Luxurious Newly Renovated Amelia Island Plantation.
There is nothing quite as exhilarating as hopping in your car, putting on a playlist, rolling down the windows, and having nothing but the open road -- or, in this case, open
-- in front of you. If you're feeling the pull of the tropical paradise that is the Florida Keys, then U.S. Highway 1 is the road trip for you.
is an epic route that runs all the way from Georgia’s St. Mary’s River down into Florida's Key West, clocking in at 545 magnificent miles. This highway literally leads straight to the sea; the dazzling, crystal-clear cerulean expanse otherwise known as the Florida Keys:
VIDEO 9. Natchez Trace Parkway - Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee
Natchez Trace Parkway, Natchez, Mississippi, USA
Location: The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive through three states: Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Can't Miss Pit Stop: here are over 90 sites along the Natchez Trace Parkway, including Jackson Falls, Tishomingo State Park, and Cypress Swamp. Where to Stay En-Route: Accommodations abound along this scenic byway, but we're partial to this Timber Ridge Cabin in the woods!
Spanning 444 miles through three states (Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee), the Natchez Trace Parkway passes by more than
90 points of interest
, which run the gamut from natural wonders to perfectly-preserved historic sites.
This is a road designed to showcase the bucolic beauty of the American South, and you'll want to allow for plenty of time to sit back, soak up the scenery, and see where the road takes you -- because it's going to be someplace beautiful.
VIDEO Midwestern USA Scenic Drives
There’s a saying that
Midwest is Best, yet many dismiss this part of the country as “fly over” territory. Don’t make that mistake. The Midwest might be the most underrated region of the USA, and on the following scenic drives, you’ll see some truly extraordinary landscapes sure to leave you speechless. 10. North Shore Scenic Drive - Minnesota
North Shore Scenic Drive, N Shore Scenic Dr, Duluth, MN 55804, USA
Location: North Shore Scenic Drive is a 154-mile stretch between Duluth and the Canadian border along Lake Superior. Can't Miss Pit Stop: Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse, Tettegouche State Park, Temperance River State Park, Silver Bay, and Grand Marais. Where to Stay En-Route: Stay right on the water in the ridiculously charming Superior's Edge cottage.
One of the most beautiful scenic drives in the country,
North Shore Scenic Drive
takes adventurers on a 150-mile
tour de force
along lovely Lake Superior.
Points of interest abound along this route, with In addition to things you can see from the roadside, there are also many places to stop along the route. Some of Minnesota's most popular state parks are found along the route; Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse, and Tettegouche are just some of the many delightful places to discover along the way.
While North Shore takes only a few hours to complete, you can easily extend this trip to last all day, because, really, what's the rush when you have views like these?
VIDEO 11. Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway - South Dakota Location: This short-and-sweet byway is just 20 miles long and begins in Spearfish, South Dakota, and runs to Cheyenne Crossing, 11 miles west of Deadwood along US-85. Can't Miss Pit Stop: Two words: Black Hills! Where to Stay En-Route: We're all about a classic cozy cabin in South Dakota, and this Luxury Log Cabin certainly fits the bill!
South Dakota is one of the most underrated states in the country, and on the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, you'll get a front-row seat to some of the best scenery this state has to offer. This byway spans 22 miles and connects the towns of Spearfish and Lead via winding roads, mature trees, and rocky cliffs.
But for such a short road trip, the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway packs a big scenic punch; Spearfish Creek lines the canyon floor, and Bridal Veil Falls and Roughlock Falls make for popular roadside attractions.
Beautiful all year round, the
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
is especially rapturous in the autumn,, when fall foliage begins to peak. The speed limit is 35 miles per hour, forcing drivers to slow down and really savor the resplendence of South Dakota's Black Hills.
Northwestern USA Scenic Drives
The Northwest and Pacific Northwest part of the USA is a wonderland filled with old-growth forests, shockingly blue alpine lakes, majestic mountains, and even high deserts and temperate rainforests. Revel in the resplendence of this region with the following scenic drives through the Northwestern USA:
12. Olympic Peninsula Loop - Washington
Olympic Peninsula, Washington 98331, USA
Location: Olympic National Park in Washington Can't Miss Pit Stop: Hoh Rain Forest, La Push, Ruby Beach, Hurricane Ridge and Lake Crescent... this 329-mile route cruises past some of the most breathtaking natural wonders in the USA. Where to Stay En-Route: Hoh Valley Hideaway is a postcard-perfect little green rental located near Hoh Rain Forest.
Residents of Washington know that living in the Evergreen State is like traveling through a real-life fantasy a la "Where the Wild Things Are." From the amazing views of the ocean to the state's incredibly dense forest and rugged wilderness, there’s always an adventure waiting for you in Washington. And there's nowhere more wondrous than Olympic National Park: 922,651 acres of pure beauty that's home to an abundance of wildlife, an incredible rainforest, great diversity of flora and fauna, old-growth forests, and so much more.
Within this world of wonder, the
Olympic Peninsula Loop
covers 330 miles and encircles the national park. And like so many of America's greatest drives, the incredible places you'll visit along the way are what make this loop so wonderful to travel.
VIDEO 13. Highway 101 - Oregon
Oregon Coast Highway, Oregon Coast Hwy, Florence, OR, USA
Location: Highway 101 runs all 363 miles of the Oregon Coast. Can't Miss Pit Stop: There are so many lighthouses and natural wonders along this trip, so we're switching it up and directing you to Pronto Pup, home of the original corn dog! Where to Stay En-Route: Accommodations abound along Highway 101 in Oregon, but this Luxury House on Cannon Beach is hard to pass up.
Life really is about the journey... not the destination. And nowhere is this more evident than along Highway 101. Part of the Pacific Coast Highway, this waterfront route runs parallel to the ocean, offering not only spectacular sights but also unsurpassed opportunities for off-road adventures.
This is especially true in Oregon, where Highway 101 spans the length of the eponymous Oregon Coast: 363 miles of pure, PNW splendor. Sea stacks and tide pools, verdant green foliage and black basalt cliffs, lighthouses, and sand dunes — this is the Oregon Coast, and
is the perfect place to have an epic road trip adventure.
VIDEO 14. Pacific Coast Highway - California, Oregon, and Washington
Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
Location: This California, Oregon, and Washington. Can't Miss Pit Stop: The California stretch of this highway is a case study in American icons: Golden Gate Park, Santa Cruz, Big Sur, Morro Bay, Hollywood...buckle up and enjoy the ride! Where to Stay En-Route: Channel Old Hollywood glam when you book a night at this SoCal cottage with views of Griffith Observatory.
If the ocean has your heart and soul, there's no better route than the Pacific Coast Highway. One of the most famous scenic drives in the PNW, the beautiful
Pacific Coast Highway
stretches along Highway 1 for 656 miles, connecting Northern and Southern California, Oregon, and Washington.
It is one of the most astoundingly scenic roads in the world, meant to be traversed slowly while ogling the mountains, towering trees, expansive beaches, and endless blue skies. Construction on this modern-day marvel began in 1933, with the highway completed in small segments over the next several years. In fact, it was not until the 1964 state highway renumbering that the entire route was officially designated as SR 1.
On this epic route, you'll be treated to stunning ocean views right outside your car window for an iconic experience that's every road tripper's dream.
VIDEO 15. Going-to-the-Sun Road - Montana
Going-to-the-Sun Road, Going-to-the-Sun Rd, Montana, USA
Location: This 50-mile route in Montana traverses through the heart of the Rockies. Can't Miss Pit Stop: This drive truly is about the dashboard views: mpressive glaciers, beautiful valleys, cascading waterfalls, towering mountains, colorful wildflowers, and loads of wildlife make this road a total sensory experience. Where to Stay En-Route: If your manta is "go big or go home," then you really can't get any more luxurious and bucket-list-worthy than this Glacier Park Mountain Home.
One of the very best ways to embrace your wanderlust is to venture out on a good, old-fashioned road trip. The U.S. is full of scenic byways and backcountry roads that will show you some of America’s most swoon-worthy natural wonders; of these routes, there’s one in Montana with a name that truly captures its splendor, and that's Going-to-the-Sun Road.
This trans-mountain highway is 50 miles of pure Montana majesty, carved out of the rugged terrain and mighty mountains of Glacier National Park. And while Glacier is certainly one of the most wondrous national parks in the country,
takes the experience to another level entirely.
VIDEO Southwestern USA Scenic Drives
Over in the Southwest, hoodoos and sand dunes and rock formations come together to create some of the most otherworldly landscapes in the USA. Immerse yourself in these wholly wondrous worlds on the following scenic drives through the Southwestern USA:
16. 17 Mile Drive - California
17 Mile Drive, 17 Mile Dr, Del Monte Forest, CA, USA
Location: 17 Mile Drive is a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula in California. Can't Miss Pit Stop: The Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach, and Spanish Bay. Where to Stay En-Route: Accommodations abound in this cozy corner of California, and this classic SoCal home is just one block from 17 Mile Drive.
When you find yourself craving coastal serenity, set out on the world-famous 17-Mile Drive. This beloved scenic drive is considered the ultimate way to explore California's famed Monterey Peninsula, and it’s an experience everyone should have at least once.
Boasting endless views of the Pacific Ocean and access to some of the region’s most popular natural attractions, this oceanfront drive will have you hooked from the moment you hit the road.
This scenic route primarily serves as the main road through Pebble Beach, a gated community where non-residents have to pay a toll of $10.50 per vehicle. It may seem like a steep price for a scenic drive, but the views along
17 Mile Drive
that await are so totally worth it.
17. San Juan Scenic Byway - Colorado
San Juan Mountains, Colorado 81235, USA
Location: The San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway covers 236 miles of terrain across southwestern Colorado, passing through towns such as Durango, Mancos, Dolores, Stoner, and Rico. Can't Miss Pit Stop: Embrace mountain town living when you visit places like Durango, Silverton, Telluride, and Ouray. Where to Stay En-Route: Accommodations abound along this part of Colorado, and this Luxury Condo in Telluride would make a great "home base" for your adventures!
For those looking to experience the splendor of Colorful Colorado *without* embarking on a big hiking expedition, the
San Juan Scenic Byway
is undoubtedly the next best thing.
This 236-mile loop is a
tour de force
of the range, dubbed the "Million Dollar Highway" due to the high cost of its construction. The true value of this scenic drive, however, is priceless: the Skyway climbs as high as 10,910 feet in elevation and boasts some of the best vistas in the West.
VIDEO 18. Bryce Canyon National Park - Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA
Location: There are several scenic drives through Bryce Canyon. Utah's All American Road, Hwy 12, provides access to the Bryce Canyon Area, as it cuts across the northern part of the national park. Can't Miss Pit Stop: One word: hoodoos! Where to Stay En-Route: Accommodations abound along this region of Utah, and if you want to explore another national park in the Beehive State, this rustic cabin is located between Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park.
Bryce Canyon National Park showcases the stunning geology of Utah and is a natural wonder that's well-worth exploring. Its name is a misnomer -- Bryce Canyon is actually not a canyon at all; it's more than a dozen natural red-rock amphitheaters and cliffs totaling 35,835 awe-inspiring acres.
is best-known for its stellar hiking, there are numerous scenic drives in the park that allow for equally incredible views. Come and experience a sunrise or sunset if you can -- the morning and evening light casts the park in a soft glow that's absolutely stunning.
19. High Road to Taos - New Mexico
High Road to Taos, High Rd to Taos, New Mexico, USA
Location: The High Road to Taos is a 51-mile stretch through some of the most scenic regions of New Mexico, winding through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos. Can't Miss Pit Stop: It's hard to pass up the opportunity to explore Santa Fe, the oldest capital city in US and a historic treasure trove. Where to Stay En-Route: Enjoy jaw-dropping views of the Taos Mountains at this well-appointed guest house.
True to its name, the Land of Enchantment is full of natural beauty and scenic drives, and the
High Road to Taos
Scenic Byway epitomizes everything we love about New Mexico. Widely considered to be one of the best scenic drives in New Mexico -- and the USA -- the High Road to Taos takes intrepid explorers through the many twists and turns of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, through the deserts and mountains between Santa Fe and Taos.
The beautiful scenery isn’t the only thing that draws travelers to this road. Along the way, visitors drive through charming villages that are full of adobe houses, historic churches, and Indian pueblos. One highlight of this byway is the Church of San José de Gracia, Las Trampas. This historic church is located in Chamisal and was built between 1760 and 1776. But truly, every single mile of this route is intriguing and incredibly beautiful, and we invite you to take your time and soak it all in:
VIDEO Non-Continental USA Scenic Drives
The Lower 48 tend to get the attention when it comes to bucket lists, especially with scenic drives, as exploring the non-continental USA requires multiple forms of transportation. While you can’t just “pack up and go” to Alaska or Hawaii, you can — and should — add the following non-continental scenic drives to your bucket list, because they traverse some truly exceptional and exceptional parts of the USA… and world!
20. Dalton Highway - Alaska
Dalton Highway, Dalton Hwy, Alaska, USA
Location: The Dalton Highway runs for 414 miles from Livengood, a small community 80 miles north of Fairbanks, to Deadhorse on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Can't Miss Pit Stop: Where to even begin? Denali National Park, the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, the Northern Lights... there's no shortage of spectacular dashboard views on this Alaska highway. Where to Stay En-Route: Gaze at the elusive Northern Lights when you book a night at the charming and cozy Aurora Cabin A.
There are many ways to experience the rugged resplendence of the Last Frontier, from camping and hiking to stargazing and snowshoeing. But you don't have to be an avid outdoor enthusiast to revel in the state's untold beauty; simply buckle up and drive the Dalton Highway.
Constructed in 1974, this
passes through incredible landscapes that you simply won’t find anywhere else in the world, meriting the route a top spot on any adventurer's bucket list. One of the most striking points of interest along the way is the Brooks Range, a 126-million-year-old mountain that spans from western Alaska all the way to Canada’s Yukon Territory.
What's more, the entire range is within the Arctic Circle, and most of the drive along the Dalton is also within this grand region, too! The road is a designated Scenic Byway, too, and once you travel it for yourself, you'll understand why.
21. Hana Highway - Hawaii
Hana Highway, Hana Hwy, Hawaii, USA
Location: Hana Highway is a 64.4-mile-long stretch of Hawaii Routes 36 and 360 which connects Kahului to the town of Hana in east Maui. Can't Miss Pit Stop: If you're into bridges and jaw-dropping scenery, Hana Highway has both in spades: there are over 50 bridges and some of the most vibrant and jaw-droppingly gorgeous landscapes along this stretch of road. Where to Stay En-Route: There's no shortage of amazing accommodations along Hana Highway, and Areca Suite is as adorable as it is affordable!
It can take more than two and a half hours to travel the 52 miles from Kahului to Hana along the eponymous Hana Highway, which traverses past sea cliffs lush with blooming mango trees and vistas straight out of "Jurassic Park."
But this drive is not for the faint of heart. Hana Highway is perhaps the most popular scenic drive on the island of Maui -- and possibly all of Hawaii -- but it’s also nerve-wracking, to say the least. This incredible highway is home to a whopping 620 curves, making it the windiest road in the Aloha State, and one best attempted with a slow and steady hand (and foot!).
But if you have a strong stomach and appetite for adventure, there's no better way to revel in the resplendence of the Aloha State, making
Hana Highway a bucket-list must
sure to satisfy even the most insatiable wanderlust:
From coast to coast (and everything in between), America is one big map of road trip adventures. The only question is: which one of these best scenic drives in the USA will you tackle first?
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How long does it take to drive across America?
Looking for the Great American Road Trip? Get ready for some serious car time. It
takes about 45 hours (or six days) if you're averaging eight hours a day, to drive coast-to-coast across America.
What are the must-see places on a USA road trip?
Looking for iconic places to see on your next USA road trip? In addition to the sites and points of interest listed above, the
American Discovery Trail is an epic tour de force of some of the country's most marvelous places and natural wonders, including:
Cape Henlopen State Park - Delaware
Harpers Ferry - West Virginia
Hocking Hills State Park - Ohio Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial - Indiana
Garden of the Gods Wilderness - Illinois
The Gateway Arch - St. Louis, Missouri
Arches National Park - Utah
Virginia City - Nevada
Muir Woods National Monument - California
Golden Gate Bridge - California
What are the best states in America for scenic drives?
Here at OnlyInYourState, we have big love for ALL 50 states, and, as you can see in the above list of scenic adventures. However, in terms of states that pack a major punch in the scenic drives department, we recommend Oregon. Why? Well, the Beaver State's scenery is unrivaled, taking road trippers from coast to high desert, canyons to valleys. Some scenic
drives in Oregon you'll want to check out include:
Three Capes Scenic Loop
Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
Historic Columbia River Highway
Painted Hills Scenic Byway