10 Of The Most Amazing Scenic Drives in America

If you like to go on road trips, then this list of America’s most amazing coastal drives should really get your engine runnin’. Take in the majestic views and check out the off-road things to do along the way!

1. Oregon Coast Highway 101

On Oregon’s Coast Highway 101, you’ll be brought through small towns, historic sites, and in-credible beaches. Visit Oregon’s tallest lighthouse, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, rooting back to 1873 to learn more about the region and have a chance to see some wildlife too. Also stop at Coos Bay, the largest city on Oregon’s coast, and Astoria, home to great museums and historical landmarks. Stepping foot on Oregon’s stunning beaches is a given on this trip such as Battle Rock Beach and Cannon Beach.

2. Big Sur, California’s Pacific Coast Highway

The PCH/Highway 1 is one of the most iconic roads in America. You are able to travel all along the coast of California on this one road. Your jaw will drop while driving on the jagged coastline of Big Sur, California. Be sure to stop at McWay Falls, Pfeiffer Beach, Nepenthe, and the Bixby Canyon Bridge. You can stay a night and camp right on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, do some hiking to waterfalls and to the tops of peaks for unreal views, and go surfing along the way.

3. Alaska’s Haines Highway

You will witness unreal natural wonders while driving on Alaska’s Haines Highway. You will have countless opportunities for wildlife watching and you may even see some majestic bald eagles at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Use Chilkat Pass on your trip, which is a mountain pass along the highway, for some amazing views.

4. Colorado’s Pikes Peak

There are several scenic drives in Colorado, but this is one of the best. Be cautious if you are prone to car-sickness because this one’s a doozy. You will be twisting up towards the sky on Pikes Peak. It is a fun drive to take while blasting some music and enjoying time with your friends or family.

5. Georgia’s State Route 197

Fun Fact: Route 197 was once used by the moonshiners during the Prohibition in the U.S. You will pass through Habersham and Rabun counties as well as Chattahoochee National Forest. Plan a stop at LaPrade’s Marina at Lake Burton for some food and beautiful views. You will also drive nearby Tallulah Gorge State Park and you won’t be able to resist its beauty.

6. Hawaii’s Hana Highway

With the Pacific Ocean on your one side and lush green forests on your other, you will be sandwiched by the pure natural beauty of Hawaii. There are several stops you should try to make along the way including Paia Town, Ho’okipa Lookout, Honomanu Bay, and the Hana Lava Tube. There are a bunch of hikes you can go on too, like to Twin Falls and Waikamoi Ridge Trail. There are endless possibilities when on Hana Highway. Get ready to hop in and out of your car a lot!

7. Kansas’ Route 66

Hop on the 13-mile historic Route 66 in Kansas. There are several sights, attractions, land-marks, and towns that you will be able to see and stop at. Route 66 runs through Galena, Riverton, and Baxter Springs, the most populated town in Kansas, and all three are places you’ll have to explore! “Kan-O-Tex” is a famous 1930s vintage service station you’ll ride by in Gale-na that is worth snapping some pictures of.

8. Montana’s Beartooth Highway

The Beartooth Highway is known as an “All-American Road.” It is a 68-mile stretch that you can take all the way to Yellowstone National Park. As long as the weather behaves, it is open Memorial Day through Columbus Day every year. You can start in Red Lodge, Montana and spend a night or so there to experience the Old Western style saloons, fun restaurants, boutiques, galleries, and so much more. When you’ve had enough carry on south-bound to Yellowstone!

9. New York’s Hawk’s Nest

Located outside of Port Jervis, New York, Hawk’s Nest is known for the scenic views and winding roads. You’ll be traveling at a very cautious speed, 25 miles per hour, because the roads are that windy. You also have to enjoy the ride, right? You’ll be right on the cliff’s edge overlooking the Delaware River.

10. Rhode Island’s Ocean Drive

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Ocean Drive is 10 miles long, hence its other name: the “Ten Mile Drive.” You will witness historic landmarks and striking coastal views of the Atlantic Ocean along the way. It is one of the best spots in Newport, RI for outdoor activities like running, fishing, biking, scuba diving, and picnicking. Make sure to stop by Fort Adams State Park, Hammersmith Farm, and Gooseberry Beach too!

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