Most travelers only use roads to get to their final destinations. But, some roads are meant for more than just being traveled on; They are the destination. So, buckle up and enjoy the ride.
(Alabama) Coastal Connection Scenic Byway
If you love powder-white beaches, scenery, seafood, history, and nature, you will find all of that and more along the Coastal Connection Scenic Byway. There are stops like Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Dauphin Island, Spanish Fort, and Fort Morgan.
(Alaska) Richardson Highway
This almost-400 mile stretch is Alaska’s very first highway. In the late 19th Century- early 20th Century it was a path mostly frequented by gold stampeders. They called it the “Valdez” because it travels from Fairbanks to Valdez. During your journey, you will enjoy a front-row view of the Chugach Mountains and Alaska Range.
(Arizona) Highway 89A
Roll down the windows and take in the sweet smell of pine and stunning red rock, desert view. You can expect more and more amazing views after each and every twist of the road.
One important note: It’s a road best traveled by smaller cars and those without a fear of heights. You can expect thrilling turns and sometimes falling debris. If you can stomach that, the view is more than worth it.
(Arkansas) Pig Trail Scenic Byway
This mountain-view route through the Ozarks is said to be one of the best routes to drive on a motorcycle. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable in a car! For especially beautiful scenery, be sure to check it out during fall when you can be surrounded by fall foliage.
(California) The 17-mile drive
If you’re looking for a day trip in California, you can finish this 17-mile drive in about 3 hours. It depends on how many times you stop along the way to snap pictures and eat. But if you time it right, you will be able to witness one of the most spectacular sunsets in the area. One you will definitely want to pull over for.
(Colorado) The Million Dollar Highway
You can’t miss out on a road called, “The Million Dollar Highway”, can you?
This road from Durango to Ridgway is a part of the San Juan Skyway and goes through the mountains. During the drive, you will hit a 25-mile stretch between Silverton and Ouray that is a must-see.
(Connecticut) Litchfield Hills Loop
The Litchfield Hills Loop takes you through the Connecticut countryside which is well-known for small towns, rolling hills, waterfalls, farms, and bridges.
(Delaware) Bayshore Scenic Byway
Get back to the water with this 100-mile two-lane road travels next to the Delaware River. Along the way, you will come across many natural beaches and open vistas.
(Florida) Overseas Highway
Clear your mind on this 113 mile stretch of road in between Miami and the Florida Keys, where it’s just you, endless blue-green waters on either side of you, sweet, sunshine- and hopefully, minimal traffic. The best time of year to visit is during April-June, before summer tourists and hurricane season!
(Georgia) Historic Piedmont Scenic Byway
History lovers will appreciate this scenic byway in Georgia. The path through Putnam and Hancock counties offers many historic houses and buildings to stop at on the way including Rock Eagle, Uncle Remus Museum, and Ogeechee Grist Mill. The byway itself was once an old Native American trading route.
(Hawaii) Road to Hana
This drive gets heat for being packed with a ton of local traffic, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the visit. Pro tip: Start before sunrise and you will be okay!
You are in for gorgeous waterfalls, oceanfront stops, hiking spots, and lots of local food stands along the way like delicious BBQ and baked goods.
(Idaho) Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway
You get a little of this and that on the Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway in Idaho; A little wetlands, a little lava, a little desert and some mountains too, with the highest peaks in the state. Two places to stop at are: Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve and Mt. Borah.
(Illinois) Route 66
Get your kicks on Route 66! No All-American road trip bucket list is complete without it.
Each state has a list of must-see items out on the Route. If you’re on Route 66 in Illinois, a picture standing next to the Largest Catsup Bottle in the World is a requirement. Other things to see are the starting & ending point signs, “Mural City” and Ariston Cafe, to name a few.