We continue to discover this beautiful country in our second blog of America’s Most Scenic Road Trips. The destinations on this list are truly captivating but the journey to them is where the real adventure begins. We’ll twist and turn, traverse up and down, but, most importantly, we’ll have you loading up the car to embark on your most epic road trip to date.
With that being said, enjoy our second installment of America’s most scenic roads for your drive-happy indulgence:
Hana Highway, Maui
It can take more than four hours to complete the 52 mile road trip from Kahului to Hana, but it is nothing short of heavenly. You’ll slither through sea cliffs with mango trees dotting the way while jamming to local ukulele music on the radio. On your left you’ll witness the ocean and on your right you’ll witness waterfalls, limpid pools, and bamboo trees. No matter where you look, there is not a bad view to be found. Although the drive is a daunting one due to the narrow roads, it is doable year round and worth every twist, turn, and bend. The question remains- will you survive the road to Hana, or get lost along the way in the beauty of Maui?
Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Travel and Leisure says it best: “The rock stars of American architecture line up like soldiers facing Lake Michigan, starting north at Hollywood and reaching south through Jackson Park, spanning 26 miles.”
Between the downtown skyscrapers and lakeside views, it’s claimed a spot as one of the prettiest extended stretches of urban parkways in America. There are plenty of reasons to make pit stops along the beautiful path; Lakefront Trail, Lincoln Park, and the Navy Pier are just a few of those special spots that make Chicago special.
Going to the Sun Road, Montana
The road is only open for a short span of time due to snowdrifts that threaten up to a 100 feet, but it is a must-do road trip between May and October. This engineering marvel spans 50 miles through Glacier National Park’s wild interior, winding alongside mountainsides and treating adventurous visitors to some of the best sights of northwest Montana.
The national park is home to many styles of terrain, which makes the route so visually stimulating. Think big glacier lakes and cedar forests. The Going to the Sun Road was completed in 1932 and continues to spoil overland travelers with its dramatic views and clever design.
17 Mile Drive, California
Short but oh so sweet is the motto here. The celebrated private road costs a small fee of $9 per car but worth every little penny. Just the sunsets over the Pacific Ocean are worth the $9 entry fee, let alone the beautiful beaches, wildlife such as harbor seals and sea lions, incredible mansions, the famed Lone Cypress tree, and the infamous Pebble Beach golf course you’ll witness along the carefree drive. This mini road trip is the California dream.
These roadways are as exciting and fulfilling as they are beautiful. Are you inspired yet to hit the road and enjoy the countless scenic views America has to offer?