Epic landscapes, winding roads, deserts, mountains and richly colored autumn leaves: there are so many treasures to find on America’s long distances routes. From Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to California’s Pacific coastline and Florida’s bright blue waters, there’s so much to discover in the USA that can be beautifully experienced during a road trip or scenic drive. Whether you’re building these in as a stunning detour on your next long drive, or making them the destinations for your next adventure on four wheels, we’ve rounded up some of the most beautiful routes in the USA for you right here.
Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Located in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, this winding road takes you 100 miles through what feels like oceans of trees, opening up to vast views across rolling hills. Most scenic during “leaf season,” this drive also most popular during that time – so make sure to plan in some extra time (and patience) for traffic.
Going-To-The-Sun-Road, Glacier National Park, Montana
Also known as “big sky country,” Montana offers expansive views that can make you feel like there’s more sky that Earth here. And this is definitely how drivers of the Going-To-The-Sun road feel. This epically named route leads through Glacier National Park and features gorgeous vistas of mountains, clear blue lakes and tall cedar trees. Plus, a few of those sharp turns on this two-lane road might make you hold your breath.
Highway 89, Arizona
Few American landscapes are as famous as the Grand Canyon, and this route lets you experience its vast expanse from the comfort of your own truck! You’ll also be passing Vermillion Cliffs and Echo Cliffs for extra thrills. With its red rocks, desert landscapes and million year old craters, this route shows the American South West at its finest.
Seven Mile Bridge, Florida
This road will make you feel like you’re flying over the ocean. Literally. Connecting Knight’s Key (Middle Keys) to Little Duck Key (Lower Keys), the Seven Mile Bridge appears to be magically floating on top of turquoise blue waters. Drive route US 1 in the Keys to reach this beauty, and thank us afterwards.
Pacific Coast Highway, California
No list of epic American routes is complete without this iconic drive. Cruising along the Pacific coastline between San Diego and San Francisco, you’ll be reminded of Hollywood glamour, California sunshine and the epic surfing cultures this area has inspired. Bixby Creek Bridge is a particularly famous part of the route, offering stunning views of the Bixby Canyon and Pacific Ocean. This route is a classic for a reason.
Million Dollar Highway, Colorado
The Rockies offer some of the most “Alpine” driving in the States, and this route is sure to make you thankful you checked your breaks before you left. The US-550, also known as the Million Dollar Highway, takes you through massive mountains ranges with plenty of tricky curves and sheer drops. This is a road you’re not likely to forget!