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Traveling the Scenic Roads and Byways of America

On the road to the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal ParkOn U.S. 163 headed to the Monument Valley in Utah

We've traveled thousands of miles over hundreds of roads in virtually every state in the United States and several provinces in Canada.

Our journeys have taken us from Key West to Maine, from New York to California, from Arizona to Oregon, and Texas to Banff and Lake Louise. And many byways and back roads in between!

It's hard to pick the best, the most scenic, the one with the least traffic, or the most historic ... but here is a list of our favorites ... they might be the perfect road trip for you!

And in 2021 as we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the chance to be out on the open roads is a popular travel alternartive.

Popular Byways and Parkways Across America

Listed below are some of the more popular road trips we have taken, and that our viewers have said they enjoyed.


 

Other Top-Rated Road Trips in America ... from TripAdvisor

Road trip on the Pacific Coast Highway in California

Pacific Coast Highway in California

 

Overseas Highway in Florida

 

Great River Road from Minnesota to Louisiana

 

Natchez Trace Parkway

 

High Road to Taos

 

Road to Hana

 

New England US Highway 1 Coastal Trip from Massachusetts to Maine

 

Beaches on the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Texas

Road tripping through Denali National Park in Alaska (NPS)
Road tripping around Denali National Park

 

Road Trip Ideas and Destinations by State

Do you need more road trip ideas? We have personally driven many of the following roads ... reviews and photos coming soon!

State / Province Scenic Highway or Byway
Alaska Seward Highway - runs 125 miles from Seward to Anchorage through the scenic Kenai Peninsula, Chugach National Forest, Turnagain Arm, and Kenai Mountains. It is numbered Alaska Route 9 (AK-9) for the first 37 miles from Seward to the Sterling Highway and AK-1 for the remaining distance to Anchorage.
Alaska James Dalton Highway
Alberta Icefields Parkway
Arizona Apache Trail Scenic Drive - links Apache Junction at the edge of the Greater Phoenix area with Theodore Roosevelt Lake, through the Superstition Mountains and the Tonto National Forest. It inclues 40 miles of steep, winding and mostly unpaved road past mountains and lakes, and through beautiful forest land.
Arizona Gates Pass Road - between Tucson and Saguaro National Park
Arizona Globe to Show Low - traverse 83 miles on US Highway 60 and Arizona Highway 77, from the dry Arizona desert, up the Mogollon Rim to the Colorado Plateau, through Salt River Canyon, and the Ponderosa pine forests of the White Mountains.
Arizona Highway 89A from Sedona to Flagstaff - Just south of Flagstaff, Arizona State Route 89A descends a breathtaking series of switchbacks into a scenic, smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon. Known for colorful rocks and unique formations, Oak Creek Canyon is famous the world around for its spectacular scenery. Once you've snaked your way down the switchbacks, SR 89A winds a lazy course down the length of Oak Creek Canyon.
Arizona Kayenta to Monument Valley Scenic Road
Arkansas Arkansas Highway 7 - extends from the Louisiana border north 297 miles to Bull Shoals Lake near Missouri
Arkansas & Oklahoma Talimena Scenic Byway - winds 54 miles along the crest of Rich Mountain and Winding Stair Mountain in the Ouachita National Forest. Runs from Talihini, Oklahoma, eastward to Mena, Arkansas. Spectacular in the fall.
British Columbia Revelstoke to Golden - an incredible road trip that some would call dangerous, with few guardrails and narrow lanes
California to Illinois Route 66: The Mother Road
California Pacific Coast Highway - Stunning coastal views and steep drop-offs. Highlights include the famous Bixby Bridge.
California Rim of the World Scenic Byway - This 110-mile route traverses the rim of the San Bernardino Mountains from Cajon Pass to San Gorgonio Pass. It travels through some of the most naturally beautiful areas in Southern California. Spectacular vistas and panoramas exist everywhere along the route. This Byway encompasses portions of California Highways 138, 18, and 38. This Byway is open year-round, but you may need chains in the winter as this area does receive snow.
California 17-Mile Drive - a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula, much of which hugs the Pacific coastline and passes famous golf courses, mansions and scenic attractions
California Tioga Road - 39-miles of California State Route 120, running from Crane Flat through Tuolumne Meadows to Tioga Pass. Open only part of the year. Be sure to visit nearby Yosemite National Park.
Colorado Mount Evans Scenic Byway - Highest paved road in North America through alpine lakes and ancient bristlecone pine.
Colorado Pikes Peak Highway - Built in 1915, this winding road is the perfect scenic drive, offering views of lakes, mountains, wildlife and the surrounding area. Today, it is a 19-mile paved road full of majestic views, scenic pull-offs, and driving challenges, located in Cascade, Colorado, just west of Colorado Springs. To get there from Colorado Springs, go west on Highway US-24 and turn left onto Fountain Ave. The round-trip journey takes about 2-3 hours, not including stops for photos, time spent at the summit and other activities. There are no gas stations along the highway. The highway's entrance begins at 7,400 feet and climbs all the way up to 14,115 feet to the summit of the mountain.
Colorado San Juan Skyway - Million Dollar Highway (U.S. 550) - near Silverton and Ouray. Miles of curves with no guardrails and short shoulders, but plenty of switchbacks and hairpin curves. The 12 miles from south of Ouray through the Uncompahgre Gorge to the summmit of Red Mountain pass are among the most challenging.
Colorado Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park
Florida Overseas Highway - U.S. Highway 1 - Miami to Key West
Florida Tamiami Trail in the Everglades - Tamiami Trail is a 264-mile roadway (U.S. Highway 41/State Road 90) that was completed in 1928, to connect the growing cities of Tampa and Miami. Visit Everglades National Park
Hawaii Road to Hana - The Hana Highway (HI-360) has 620 curves and 59 bridges. The road leads you through flourishing rainforests, flowing waterfalls, plunging pools and dramatic seascapes.
Idaho & Oregon Hells Canyon Road - Starts across the River from the Cooperfield Campground in Oxbow, Oregon, and continues to Hells Canyon Dam
Idaho Salmon River Scenic Byway - Following the same path Lewis and Clark traveled over two centuries ago, Salmon River Scenic Byway follows the Salmon River through the Salmon-Challis National Forest, serving as a natural pathway into Idaho’s rugged backcountry.
Maine Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park
Mississippi to Tennessee Natchez Trace Parkway
Montana Going to the Sun Road running east-west through Glacier National Park
Montana & Wyoming Beartooth Highway - Completed in 1936, U.S. Highway 212 is considered one of the most scenic drives in the United States. It includes views of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, and open high alpine plateaus.
Nevada Red Rock Canyon Loop Drive
Nevada U.S. Highway 50: Loneliest Road in America
North Carolina & Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway
New Hampshire Kancamagus Scenic Byway (Route 122) - 27 miles of twisting, turning road through the White Mountains between Conway and North Woodstock
New Mexico High Road to Taos - 76-mile trip from Santa Fe to Taos, with sections up to 9,000 feet elevation in the Sagre de Cristo Mountains. Be sure to stop and visit Truchas and Chimayo.
New Mexico Turquoise Trail
New York Seven Lakes Drive - Located in the Hudson Valley on the way to Bear State Mountain Park
North to South in the U.S. Road to Nowhere - U.S. 83
North to South in the U.S. 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. The scenic route passes through 10 states and hundreds of river towns.
Ohio Covered Bridge Scenic Highway
Oregon Columbia River Gorge Drive
Oregon Mt. Hood Scenic Highway
Rhode Island Ocean Drive - 10-mile coastal drive along rugged coastlines with beautiful views of historic mansions. Be sure to stop at Fort Adams along the way!
South Dakota Iron Mountain Road 16A, 17-miles of curves, pigtail bridges and switchbacks in the Black Hills near Mount Rushmore Memorial Park
Tennessee Tail of the Dragon (U.S. Route 129) - 318 curves in 11 miles
Utah Burr Trail Scenic Backway
Utah Colorado River Scenic Byway
Utah Cottonwood Canyon Road
Utah Moki Dugway
Utah Monument Valley 17-Mile Road
Utah Shafer Canyon Road - 18 miles of dirt and switchbacks near Moab. Requires careful transit via vehicles and bikes.
Utah Utah Scenic Byway 12, including the famous Hogsback
Utah White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park
Virginia George Washington Memorial Parkway
Virginia Skyline Drive

 

Popular National Parks in America

USA National Parks

 

National Parks in Alaska

 

Acadia National Park in Maine

 

Arches National Park in Utah

 

Scenic lake on the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park in MontanaScenic lake on the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park in Montana
Badlands National Park in South Dakota

 

Banff National Park in Alberta

 

Big Bend National Park in Texas

 

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah

 

Canyonlands National Park in Utah

 

Capitol Reef National Park in Utah

 

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon

 

Death Valley National Park in California

 

Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska

 

Everglades National Park in Florida

 

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska

 

Glacier National Park in Montana

 

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

 

Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park in NC and TN

 

Joshua Tree National Park in California

 

Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska

 

Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska

 

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in Alaska

 

Mount Rainier National Park in Washington

 

Olympic National Park in Washington

 

Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

 

Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

 

Saguaro National Park in Arizona

 

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in California

 

Shenandoah National Park in Virginia

 

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska

 

Yellowstone National Park

 

Yosemite National Park in California

 

Zion National Park in Utah

 

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in Utah - in the Four Corners area, on the Utah-Arizona border. Operated by the Navajo Nation

Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys
Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys

Other Top Travel Destinations in America

View from Highway 244 in front of Mount RushmoreStone figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln carved in the rock on Mount Rushmore

Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

Mount Rushmore Memorial in South Dakota

 

Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park in Maine

 

San Diego, California

 

Estes Park, Colorado

 

Tucson, Arizona

 

Banff, Alberta

 

Victoria, British Columbia

 

New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Ocracoke in the Outer Banks of North Carolina

 

Travel to Utah

 

San Juan Capistrano in California

 

Destin, Florida

 

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