USA August 02, 2018
These Are The 5 Most Stunning Mountain Passes In The U.S. And You’ll Want To Drive Them All
Here in the U.S., we have some pretty spectacular drives. Today, we’ll introduce you to some picturesque mountain passes that you can enjoy right from your car. You’ll experience breathtaking altitudes, beautiful mountain vistas, and the adventure of a lifetime. Take a look at these five stunning mountain passes:
1. Red Mountain Pass, Colorado
Located in the San Juan Mountain Rage of western Colorado awaits a breathtaking mountain pass that resides at 11,000 feet. The pass is named after Red Mountain, which is situated on the northeast side of the pass. This drive can be especially harrowing in the winter, with its 8% grade and plenty of switchbacks.
2. Loveland Pass, Colorado
Another stunning Colorado mountain pass, Loveland Pass is situated in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains at an impressive elevation of 11,990. What makes this pass particularly interesting is the fact that it runs along the Continental Divide. Much like Red Mountain Pass, Loveland Pass can also be difficult to drive in the winter with a 7% grade. In 1970, this was the site of a tragic plane crash that occurred just two miles north of the summit.
3. Stevens Pass, Washington
Meandering through the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, Stevens Pass resides at an elevation of 4,000 feet. Stevens Pass is also the area where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses the highway. The pass isn't named for a mountain, but rather the first non-indigenous person to discover it in 1890. In 1910, this was the site of the Wellington Disaster, a treacherous train accident that resulted in the death of 96 people.
4. Tioga Pass, California
Tioga Pass is a breathtaking mountain pass located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Located at an elevation of 9,000 feet, this pass also serves as the eastern access point to Yosemite National Park. Nearby, visitors will notice several trailheads that lead into the breathtaking Yosemite backcountry. Due to plenty of snowfall in the winter, this route experiences frequent closures from October until May.
5. Logan Pass, Montana
Last but certainly not least, the stunning Logan Pass is an adventure just waiting to be driven. Located in Glacier National Park, this pass is also located along the Continental Divide and makes a popular starting point for hikers. While the pass experiences extreme winter conditions, it's most famous for a record-setting gust of wind that clocked in at 139 miles per hour in April of 2014.
Have you experienced any of these epic mountain passes before? We’d love to hear about it! For related content, check out
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