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The Most Beautiful Highway in Every State

America was built for road trips. Our expansive highway system and diverse terrain — from sea to shining sea — has inspired writers, musicians and filmmakers for decades, and beckoned to those yearning for adventure. For many of our Aceable Drivers Ed students, fresh from getting their license, one of the most exciting parts about being able to drive is the freedom of the open road and the endless possibilities for travel. Whether you’re still learning to drive with an instruction permit, or have held your driver’s license for many years, this list of the most beautiful highways in the nation will have you dreaming of a road trip across America. Which scenic byway do you most want to explore?

Alabama – Talladega Scenic Drive (State Route 281)

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photo credit: TourEastAlabama.com

Alaska – Seward Highway

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photo credit: Kate Mereand/Wikipedia.org

Arizona – Apache Trail (State Route 88)

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photo credit: Bernard Gagnon/Wikipedia.org

Arkansas – Mount Magazine Scenic Byway (AR 309)

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photo credit: Wikipedia.org

California – Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1)

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photo credit: gamene/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

Colorado – Independence Pass (Highway 82)

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photo credit: PJAMMCycling.com

Connecticut – U.S. Route 7

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photo credit: Doug Kerr/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

Delaware – Red Clay Scenic Byway

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photo credit: Camerafiend/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com

Florida – Overseas Highway (U.S. Route 1)

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photo credit: Shanbin Zhao/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com

Georgia – Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway

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photo credit: Wikipedia.org

Hawaii – Kaua’i Belt Road North Shore (Route 560)

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photo credit: Jonathanking/Wikipedia.org

Idaho – Mesa Falls Scenic Byway

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photo credit: Zechariah Judy/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com

Illinois – Great River Road

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photo credit: FHWA.DOT.gov

Indiana – Ohio River Scenic Byway

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photo credit: Facebook.com/OhioRiverScenicByway

Iowa – Glacial Trail Scenic Byway

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photo credit: TravelIowa.com

Kansas – Flint Hills National Scenic Byway (KS-177)

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photo credit: Patrick Emerson/Flickr.com

Kentucky – The Trace (Route 453)

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photo credit: Iris Shreve Garrott/OnlyInYourState.com

Louisiana – San Bernardo Byway

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photo credit: LouisianaByways.com

Maine – Acadia National Park Loop

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photo credit: Doug Kerr/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

Maryland – Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway

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photo credit: GarrettHeritage.com

Massachusetts – Jacob’s Ladder Trail Scenic Byway (U.S. Route 20)

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photo credit: HistoricUS20.com

Michigan – Mackinac Bridge (Interstate 75)

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photo credit: Rachel Kramer/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

Minnesota – Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway (State High 16)

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photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr.com

Mississippi – Natchez Trace Parkway

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photo credit: ScenicTrace.com

Missouri – Blue Buck Knob National Forest Scenic Byway

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photo credit: Missouri Division of Tourism/Flickr.com

Montana – Beartooth Highway

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photo credit: M01229/Flickr.com

Nebraska – Loup Rivers Scenic Byway

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photo credit: Wikipedia.org

Nevada – Lamoille Canyon Road (Forest Route 660)

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photo credit: Famartin/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com

New Hampshire – Kancamagus Highway (NH 112)

photo credit: Ellen Edersheim/FHWA.DOT.gov
photo credit: FHWA.DOT.gov

New Jersey – Kittatinny Valley Loop

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photo credit: JackTheVicar/Wikipedia.org

New Mexico – Billy The Kid Trail

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photo credit: FHAW.DOT.gov

New York – New York State Route 30

photo credit: Daniel Case/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com
photo credit: Daniel Case/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com

North Carolina – Blue Ridge Parkway

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photo credit: Wikipedia.org

North Dakota – Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway

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photo credit: Flyfishingrules2/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com

Ohio – Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail

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photo credit: Don O’Brien/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

Oklahoma – Talimena Scenic Drive

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photo credit: FHWA.DOT.gov

Oregon – Hells Canyon Scenic Byway

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photo credit: Timothy Bishop/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

Pennsylvania – Interstate 99

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Photo credit: Jon Dawson/Flickr.com

Rhode Island – Route 1A

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photo credit: Josh McGinn/Flickr.com

South Carolina – Edisto Island Scenic Byway

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photo credit: Wendy Pitts Reeves/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

South Dakota – Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

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photo credit: jimmers54/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

Tennessee – Cherohala Skyway

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photo credit: Dzmitry (Dima) Parul/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

Texas – River Road (FM 170)

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photo credit: Colin J. McMechan, cropped by Aceable.com

Utah – Utah State Route 12

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photo credit: Jcesare/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com

Vermont – Scenic Route 100

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photo credit: Facebook.com/Vermont-Scenic-Route-100-Byway

Virginia – Skyline Drive

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photo credit: Shenandoah National Park/Wikipedia.org

Washington – Cascade Loop

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photo credit: B.D.’s World/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

West Virginia – Washington Heritage Trail

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photo credit: FHWA.DOT.gov

Wisconsin – Lake Superior Byway

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photo credit: LakeSuperiorByway.org

Wyoming – Bighorn Scenic Byway

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photo credit: Liz Lawley/Flickr.com