A wise man said it i the journey, not the destination. And when it comes to motoring in the USA it is true.
With scenic routes across the country, you need not leave your car to see the most beautiful parts of the USA.
From coastal routes to mountain top highways, here are some of the most scenic drives in the USA
Pacific Coast Highway, California
State Route 1 aka Hwy 1, runs the length of California’s dramatic coastline and may be 1 of the most iconic road trips in the states. It is the best to drive from North to South, ensuring unobstructed views the entire way. Starting along the border of Oregon and ending in San Diego, the highway passes over the Golden Gate bridge, hugs the craggy cliffs of Big Sur and serves up mile after mile of the beautiful Pacific coastline.
Skyline Drive, Virginia
Running the entire length of Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive boasts stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with hikes, waterfalls and overlooks interspersed throughout. If you’re planning a visit, spring and fall may be the best time for scenery. In addition to fewer crowds, the blooming wildflowers and colorful foliage, respectively, add many-hued layers to the park’s spectacular vistas.
Beartooth Highway, Wyoming/Montana
Only open for part of the year, the Beartooth Highway travels through the magnificent Beartooth Mountains of Wyoming and Montana. The road begins in Red Lodge, Montana, at an elevation of 6,400 ft, and climbs to 10,947 ft in Wyoming’s Beartooth Pass. Along the 68-mile drive to Cooke City, Montana, there’s plenty of scenic stops to take in the rugged mountaintops, powerful waterfalls and pristine lakes.
Highway 89A, Arizona
Running 84 miles from Prescott to Flagstaff, Highway 89A begins by climbing the backside of Mingus Mountain to the small, artsy town of Jerome. After surviving the hairpin turns up and down the mountain, you’ll drive through the heart of Sedona’s red rock country. The rest of the route to Flagstaff winds through Oak Creek Canyon, providing glimpses of red rock cliffs, evergreen pines and the crystal clear creek for which the canyon is named.
Overseas Highway, Florida
The Overseas Highway crosses 113 miles of land and sea, traveling from the southern tip of Florida, through Key Largo, and all the way to Key West. The historic highway is a series of causeways and bridges and serves as an inter-island connector for the Florida Keys. The most iconic part of the route, the 7-mile bridge, is an architectural achievement and provides arresting views of turquoise waters in every direction.
Enjoy your travel