Driving can be a monotonous experience. But that’s more up to you than anything else. If you know where to stop and pull over, then beauty isn’t something out of the ordinary. Thankfully, driving long distances isn’t just a catalog of mile markers and exit signs. A fair number of our roads were laid out to maximize driving pleasure. Here’s how to make beauty and history a part of every road trip. And these are just a few of our favorites.
Northeast – Route 112
New Hampshire is a state occasionally forgotten. But state route 112 provides drivers both historical and picturesque views. And in the fall, it boasts wonderful foliage to boot. Although, a road like this deserves to be appreciated all year round, as it bisects the gorgeous White Mountain National Forest.
South – Skyline Drive
Virginia is a large state with a legendary history. If you’re driving and time is not of the essence, get off the congested highway for this most scenic byway. Instead of cruising down I-81, Skyline Drive runs parallel through the entire Shenandoah National Park. You’ll lose count of the number of views that are worth stopping for. But that’s a really good thing. Trust us.
Midwest – Highway 61
Minnesota’s Highway 61 is a favorite of drivers all over and there is even a song immortalizing it. And if you’ve driven that route, it’s no wonder why. It offers tremendous views of Lake Superior to the east. Be sure to stop by the Split Rock Lighthouse on the lake’s northern shore.
West Coast: The Pacific Coast Highway
California’s iconic PCH, as it’s known, is a road that stops even the most jaded drivers in their tracks. Cutting through clouds – literally – creates an incomparable drive on your way past sights like Big Sur. Travel through twists, turns and unobstructed views of cliffs and the majestic Pacific Ocean. You won’t always be driving fast, but then again, that’s not the point.
We could keep going, but this is just a little taste. Some states (like Alaska), are beautiful from every angle. Do you have a favorite scenic drive in America? We’d love to hear about them. Tweet us or reply to this blog posting on our Facebook page!