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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Alaska - Seward Highway

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Arizona - Apache Trail (State Route 88)

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Arkansas - Mount Magazine Scenic Byway (AR 309)

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California - Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1)

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Colorado - Independence Pass (Highway 82)

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Connecticut - U.S. Route 7

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Delaware - Red Clay Scenic Byway

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

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Georgia - Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway

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Hawaii - Kaua'i Belt Road North Shore (Route 560)

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Idaho - Mesa Falls Scenic Byway

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Illinois - Great River Road

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Indiana - Ohio River Scenic Byway

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Iowa - Glacial Trail Scenic Byway

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

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Kentucky - The Trace (Route 453)

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Louisiana - San Bernardo Byway

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Maine - Acadia National Park Loop

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Maryland - Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway

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Massachusetts - Jacob's Ladder Trail Scenic Byway (U.S. Route 20)

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Michigan - Mackinac Bridge (Interstate 75)

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

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Mississippi - Natchez Trace Parkway

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Missouri - Blue Buck Knob National Forest Scenic Byway

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Montana - Beartooth Highway

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Nebraska - Loup Rivers Scenic Byway

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Nevada - Lamoille Canyon Road (Forest Route 660)

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New Hampshire - Kancamagus Highway (NH 112)

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New Jersey - Kittatinny Valley Loop

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New Mexico - Billy The Kid Trail

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New York - New York State Route 30

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North Carolina - Blue Ridge Parkway

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North Dakota - Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway

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Ohio - Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail

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Oklahoma - Talimena Scenic Drive

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Oregon - Hells Canyon Scenic Byway

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Pennsylvania - Interstate 99

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Rhode Island - Route 1A

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South Carolina - Edisto Island Scenic Byway

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South Dakota - Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

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Tennessee - Cherohala Skyway

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Texas - River Road (FM 170)

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Utah - Utah State Route 12

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Vermont - Scenic Route 100

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Virginia - Skyline Drive

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Washington - Cascade Loop

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West Virginia - Washington Heritage Trail

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Wisconsin - Lake Superior Byway

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Wyoming - Bighorn Scenic Byway

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