The 5 Most Scenic Drives in America
Are you planning a trip to see a few of the most scenic drives in America? Well, there are a variety of different routes for you to choose from. Regardless of your destination, you can capture some breathtaking views and beautiful scenery on your camera. Whether you’re just passing through or planning a vacation with the family, you may want to consider starting with one of these five drives.
Pack your bags, gather up your family, and head out to enjoy a few of the most scenic drives in America.
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1. Pacific Coast Highway
The Pacific Coast Highway in California features jagged cliffs and stunning coastlines. The entire Pacific Coast Highway officially covers 123 miles and it will take you about five hours to drive from start to finish, according to National Geographic.
This road can be treacherous, especially during mudslide season, so you’ll want to be extra careful. A few areas you’ll want to stop and enjoy on your trip are the Redwood Forests in Big Sur and wine country in Sonoma County.
2. Skyline Drive
Skyline Drive will take you through the beautiful Blue Mountains of Virginia. This 105-mile-long road will guide you on a scenic tour through the Shenandoah National Park, notes the National Park Service. You’ll be able to complete the drive in about three hours if you don’t choose to stop at one of the 75 scenic stops. Or, you could make a pit stop to take photos or enjoy a leisurely lunch! As this is a heavily wooded area, the speed limit is 35 miles per hour, so you’ll have plenty of time to brake for animals. The best times to visit this area are spring for wildflowers and fall for the autumn leaves.
Sometimes there’s nothing like hitting the open road in search of a new adventure.
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3. Route 61
Route 61, otherwise known as the Blues Highway, is a 1,400-mile stretch of roads with views that are out of this world, says Enterprise. You’ll travel along the Mississippi and have the chance to see New Orleans and all the sites between there and Wyoming, Minnesota. Just a few places that you might want to stop along the way include Vermillion Falls Park, which has a 35-foot urban waterfall, and the Vicksburg National Military Park, where the confederate surrender at Vicksburg took place.
4. Route 66
Route 66, otherwise known as the Will Rogers Parkway, is chock full of drive-ins and roadside attractions. The entire length of Route 66 is 2,451 miles, according to Visit California, which is probably much more than you can do in a single road trip. You can head home knowing there is more to explore next time!
Spring and fall will be the most scenic times of year to enjoy a drive on Route 66, as you’ll be able to see the changing seasons. If you’re planning on traveling the entire length, you’ll want to be sure to stop at a few of the vintage motels and eateries along the way to enjoy the full experience.
5. Lake Champlain Byway
Visit New England suggests The Lake Champlain Byway in Vermont—it’s 134 miles of scenic beauty. You’ll travel along the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, where you’ll be able to enjoy the peaceful views of the Lake Champlain Islands. While you’re there, take the time to stop off at the local festivals, historic attractions, and a few of the state parks. Your drive will end in Middlebury, Vermont, where you can visit a few of the quaint shops along the main drive.
No matter where you choose to go on your road trip, seek out the most scenic spots that your drive has to offer!
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