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
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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) photo credit: TourEastAlabama.com Alaska – Seward Highway photo credit: Kate Mereand/Wikipedia.org Arizona – Apache Trail (State Route 88) photo credit: Bernard Gagnon/Wikipedia.org Arkansas – Mount Magazine Scenic Byway (AR 309) photo credit: Wikipedia.org California – Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) photo credit: gamene/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com Colorado – Independence Pass (Highway 82) photo credit: PJAMMCycling.com Connecticut – U.S. Route 7 photo credit: Doug Kerr/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com Delaware – Red Clay Scenic Byway photo credit: Camerafiend/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com Florida – Overseas Highway (U.S. Route 1) photo credit: Shanbin Zhao/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com Georgia – Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway photo credit: Wikipedia.org Hawaii – Kaua’i Belt Road North Shore (Route 560) photo credit: Jonathanking/Wikipedia.org Idaho – Mesa Falls Scenic Byway photo credit: Zechariah Judy/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com Illinois – Great River Road photo credit: FHWA.DOT.gov Indiana – Ohio River Scenic Byway photo credit: Facebook.com/OhioRiverScenicByway Iowa – Glacial Trail Scenic Byway photo credit: TravelIowa.com Kansas – Flint Hills National Scenic Byway (KS-177) photo credit: Patrick Emerson/Flickr.com Kentucky – The Trace (Route 453) photo credit: Iris Shreve Garrott/OnlyInYourState.com Louisiana – San Bernardo Byway photo credit: LouisianaByways.com Maine – Acadia National Park Loop photo credit: Doug Kerr/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com Maryland – Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway photo credit: GarrettHeritage.com Massachusetts – Jacob’s Ladder Trail Scenic Byway (U.S. Route 20) photo credit: HistoricUS20.com Michigan – Mackinac Bridge (Interstate 75) photo credit: Rachel Kramer/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com Minnesota – Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway (State High 16) photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr.com Mississippi – Natchez Trace Parkway photo credit: ScenicTrace.com Missouri – Blue Buck Knob National Forest Scenic Byway photo credit: Missouri Division of Tourism/Flickr.com Montana – Beartooth Highway photo credit: M01229/Flickr.com Nebraska – Loup Rivers Scenic Byway photo credit: Wikipedia.org Nevada – Lamoille Canyon Road (Forest Route 660) photo credit: Famartin/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com New Hampshire – Kancamagus Highway (NH 112) photo credit: FHWA.DOT.gov New Jersey – Kittatinny Valley Loop photo credit: JackTheVicar/Wikipedia.org New Mexico – Billy The Kid Trail photo credit: FHAW.DOT.gov New York – New York State Route 30 photo credit: Daniel Case/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com North Carolina – Blue Ridge Parkway photo credit: Wikipedia.org North Dakota – Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway photo credit: Flyfishingrules2/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com Ohio – Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail photo credit: Don O’Brien/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com Oklahoma – Talimena Scenic Drive photo credit: FHWA.DOT.gov Oregon – Hells Canyon Scenic Byway photo credit: Timothy Bishop/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com Pennsylvania – Interstate 99 Photo credit: Jon Dawson/Flickr.com Rhode Island – Route 1A photo credit: Josh McGinn/Flickr.com South Carolina – Edisto Island Scenic Byway photo credit: Wendy Pitts Reeves/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com South Dakota – Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway photo credit: jimmers54/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com Tennessee – Cherohala Skyway photo credit: Dzmitry (Dima) Parul/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com Texas – River Road (FM 170) photo credit: Colin J. McMechan, cropped by Aceable.com Utah – Utah State Route 12 photo credit: Jcesare/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com Vermont – Scenic Route 100 photo credit: Facebook.com/Vermont-Scenic-Route-100-Byway Virginia – Skyline Drive photo credit: Shenandoah National Park/Wikipedia.org Washington – Cascade Loop photo credit: B.D.’s World/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com West Virginia – Washington Heritage Trail photo credit: FHWA.DOT.gov Wisconsin – Lake Superior Byway photo credit: LakeSuperiorByway.org Wyoming – Bighorn Scenic Byway photo credit: Liz Lawley/Flickr.com Stay in touch
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