Route 100, Vermont
The already breathtakingly beautiful drive along Route 100 in Vermont is only enhanced with the change of seasons. Painted in shades of auburn, burnt orange, and intense yellow, travelling this scenic route during the months of fall is like stepping foot – or car – inside a painting.
Charming towns complete with gorgeous old buildings and the iconic steeple-churches decorate the countryside with the famed covered bridges linking them all together. Be sure to stop at one of the apple orchards in the area and bite into the freshest, most delicious apples you’re likely to ever taste.
Olympic Peninsula Loop
Encircling a gorgeous mass of road-free land, the Olympic Peninsula Loop takes in the very best of the Olympic Peninsula. This pristine peninsula is a unique combination of rocky coast, rainforest, and snow dusted mountains and this scenic route touches on them all.
The Olympic National Park at the peninsula’s centre is a mass of unspoiled forest with miles of trails to explore its verdant depths. Stretch your legs and stroll the craggy shoreline and spy starfish, stop to chow down on fresh oysters and clams, and take in the serenity of Lake Crescent. Be sure to stop at Hurricane Ridge, which offers up impressive views of the San Juan Islands and beyond.
Road to Hana
With beaches for miles, epic coastal views, and cascading waterfalls at the lush roadside vying for your attention, you’ll likely drive this route with your jaw agape.
The natural beauty along the Road to Hana is like a tropical holiday in itself, complete with salty sea air, tropical fruit, and a feeling of happiness that can only come from a seaside holiday. Take time to stop stretch your legs and meander through the rainforest, picnic, or just watch the waves roll in at one of the many world-class surf breaks along the way.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Winding its way through the dense and rugged forests of the Great Smokey Mountains and beyond, past rushing waterfalls and babbling brooks, this storybook route is as spectacular as they come.
The undulating drive awards all encompassing Appalachian views, epic hiking trails, and charming towns to potter around. Blue Ridge Parkway is stunning any time of year, though the fall foliage and wildflowers in spring only add to the natural beauty.
Cutting across the picturesque Kenai Peninsula, the Seward Highway offers a true sea to mountain drive. With powder-dusted mountains, dramatic fjords, ice-blue glaciers, white-wash waterfalls, rushing rivers, and towering green forests hugging the road, the Seward Highway certainly isn’t short of dramatic beauty.
There are endless outdoor activities on offer, so take your time and stay a while. From fishing, rafting, sea kayaking, and hiking you could easily take a week or so to drive this spectacular route.
Meandering through the picturesque maple and birch tree clad hills of the White Mountains is the epic Kancamagus Highway. A hard to pronounce but very easy on the eyes scenic route in New Hampshire. If you can drag yourself away from the scenery take a hike to Sabbaday Falls for another kind of beauty.
Pacific Coast Highway
California’s most iconic scenic drive certainly is a gorgeous one. The Pacific Coast Highway winds its way along the cerulean coast, hugging the cliffside and delivering incredible views across the Pacific.
Hidden beaches are set snug within cut-out bays along the way, and wildlife can be seen basking in the Californian sunshine on their shores. Delightful seaside towns – be sure to stop at Carmel – along the way make for leg-stretching breaks where you can browse in boutique stores and grab a bite to eat at one of the enticing cafes on offer.
Going to the Sun Road
If you can only pick one road trip in the US pick this one. The drive along Going to the Sun Road is simply spectacular.
The serpentine road ascends skyward through Glacier National Park’s incredible landscape of valleys, lakes, and snow capped peaks the stunning views from the very top are just the beginning.
Hiking trails lead into the depths of the wildly beautiful park, with some multi-day hikes leading to untouched corners of the park where you’re only company is nature herself.
Columbia River Highway
The Columbia River Highway was America’s first scenic highway for a reason. Gorgeous views are a specialty on this epic road trip and mother nature’s best has been sprinkled along the way, with lush forests blanketing the region and bursts of colourful wildflowers and dazzling waterfalls decorating the landscape in the spring and summer months. Take one of the many hiking trails on offer and you’ll be rewarded with serene, crowd-free forests.
Route 12, Utah
Traversing through the saturated ochre deserts of the Southwest, Route 12 is a scenic route like no other. Taking in the beyond-beautiful scenes of Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Red Canyon this route is certainly not short of dramatic landscapes.
Stop off at any one of the world-class National Parks along the way and get a feel for diverse region. Bryce Canyon is a sure favourite with its unique spire shaped hoodoo-filled canyons and surreal outlook. For a real treat, get up early for sunrise or hang around for sunset.
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