drive to a destination isn't just about getting to your destination.
Use this valuable slow paced and relaxing time to get back in touch
with your kids, partner or other members of your family. The longer the
drive, the more time you will have to enjoy with them.
To inspire you to plan a road trip we
recommend top scenic drives in
the United States. Their outstanding scenery and recreational
opportunities make them most popular choice for family travel. You will
have opportunity to explore the many communities along the travel route
and discover scenic overviews that make
our beautiful country so special. Your travel will create strong bond
with your family, it will create awareness, and will
insure a strong future for our beautiful resources. Enjoy the view, but
don't forget to
watch the road!
Here are some of the top scenic drives in
Blue Ridge Parkway - Travel down
the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway will give you an extraordinary
opportunity to discover rich natural and cultural history of the
area. It is slow paced and relaxing. Almost
any overlook or trail will reveal something new and beautiful.
Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make
the Blue Ridge Parkway "America's Favorite
Drive" and one of the
most popular units of the National
Byway - This 70-miles (112-km) drive offers
breathtaking views of some of the Black
Hills' most stunning scenery. The popular Needles Highway (SD Highway
87) and Iron Mountain Road (US Highway 16A) are both part of the byway.
Needles Highway features tunnels, hairpin curves and slender granite
pinnacles.The Peter Norbeck Byway winds through three granite tunnels
on Iron Mountain Road. They perfectly frame
the faces of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the distance. Also on
this wonderful route are three pigtail bridges, built in the 1930s,
which have a
Peninsula - Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula is
area for truly memorable vacation. It offers miles of unique
shorelines, alpine meadows
crowned with glaciers, dense rain forest valleys and almost a million
acres of Olympic National
Park to enjoy along with Olympic National Forest and dozens of other
attractions along with many other state,
county and city parks.
Acadia National Park - Park Loop Road
Acadia National Park is home to many plants and animals, and the
tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Whether your first
visit or one of many, there's always adventures in store, for adults
and children alike.
The Florida Keys Scenic Highway
- The Florida Keys Scenic Highway is also called "Road to Paradise",
because it travels through some of the Florida's most spectacular
scenery. Palm trees, tropical beach huts and sandy roadsides grace the
106.5 miles of Florida Keys
connecting the world-famous island-hopping Florida Keys along U.S. 1 to
Mile Marker 1 - the southernmost point in the continental U.S.
The Kancamagus Highway - The
Kancamagus Highway or Kancamagus Scenic Byway is a 34.5 mi (55 km)
two-lane road that runs, east and west overall, through the White
Mountains of New Hampshire in New England. This remarkable highway is
part of New Hampshire Route 112, and it is generally considered one of
the most scenic drives in the region. Famous for its breathtaking
views, covered bridges, crashing waterfalls and fall foliage, it is
packed every October by traffic from "leaf-peepers" who come to view
and enjoy New England's autumn foliage. This beautiful twisting, rural
occasionally closed for short times during winter due to snow.
Most Scenic Drives in
America: 120 Spectacular Road Trips - Organized by region, the 120
suggested road trips span all 50 states
and offer a wide variety of scenic adventures, from exploring the
remote canyons of New Mexico to visiting the most beautiful beaches on
Cape Cod. Each route offers a number of must-see points of interest,
such as the carefully preserved mid-19th-century home of Washington
Irving in New York or the best places to spot wildflowers in the Texas
Hill Country. Also included for each drive is a helpful "Trip Tips"
table, providing not only the basic information about length and the
best time of the year to visit, but invaluable pieces of advice (i.e.,
"No fuel is available on the 70-mile stretch of highway between
Marblemount and Mazama"). Although it's often hard to get a sense of
the particular personality of a drive from the rather dry descriptions,
the large color photographs provide readers with a snapshot view of the
unique beauty of each area.