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The Most Beautiful Highway in Every State

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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)

alambama-talladega-scenic-drive photo credit: TourEastAlabama.com

Alaska - Seward Highway

seward-highway-alaska photo credit: Kate Mereand/Wikipedia.org

Arizona - Apache Trail (State Route 88)

arizona-state-route-88 photo credit: Bernard Gagnon/Wikipedia.org

Arkansas - Mount Magazine Scenic Byway (AR 309)

mount-magazine-scenic-byway-arkansas photo credit: Wikipedia.org

California - Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1)

pacific-coast-highway-california photo credit: gamene/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

Colorado - Independence Pass (Highway 82)

independence-pass-colorado photo credit: PJAMMCycling.com

Connecticut - U.S. Route 7

us-route-7-connecticut photo credit: Doug Kerr/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

Delaware - Red Clay Scenic Byway

delaware-red-clay-scenic-byway photo credit: Camerafiend/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com

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

us-route-1-florida photo credit: Shanbin Zhao/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com

Georgia - Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway

russell-brasstown-scenic-byway-georgia photo credit: Wikipedia.org

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

hawaii-route-560 photo credit: Jonathanking/Wikipedia.org

Idaho - Mesa Falls Scenic Byway

mesa-falls-scenic-byway-idaho photo credit: Zechariah Judy/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com

Illinois - Great River Road

illinois-great-river-road photo credit: FHWA.DOT.gov

Indiana - Ohio River Scenic Byway

ohio-river-scenic-byway-indiana photo credit: Facebook.com/OhioRiverScenicByway

Iowa - Glacial Trail Scenic Byway

glacial-trail-scenic-byway-iowa photo credit: TravelIowa.com

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

flint-hills-scenic-byway photo credit: Patrick Emerson/Flickr.com

Kentucky - The Trace (Route 453)

kentucky-route-453 photo credit: Iris Shreve Garrott/OnlyInYourState.com

Louisiana - San Bernardo Byway

louisiana-san-bernardo-byway photo credit: LouisianaByways.com

Maine - Acadia National Park Loop

acadia-national-park-loop-maine photo credit: Doug Kerr/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

Maryland - Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway

mountain-maryland-scenic-byway photo credit: GarrettHeritage.com

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

massachusetts-us-route-20 photo credit: HistoricUS20.com

Michigan - Mackinac Bridge (Interstate 75)

mackinac-bridge-michigan photo credit: Rachel Kramer/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

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

superior-national-forest-scenic-byway photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr.com

Mississippi - Natchez Trace Parkway

mississippi-natchez-trace-parkway photo credit: ScenicTrace.com

Missouri - Blue Buck Knob National Forest Scenic Byway

blue-buck-knob-scenic-byway-missouri photo credit: Missouri Division of Tourism/Flickr.com

Montana - Beartooth Highway

beartooth-highway-montana photo credit: M01229/Flickr.com

Nebraska - Loup Rivers Scenic Byway

loup-rivers-scenic-byway-nebraska photo credit: Wikipedia.org

Nevada - Lamoille Canyon Road (Forest Route 660)

lamoille-canyon-road-nevada 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

kittatinny-ridge-loop-new-jersey photo credit: JackTheVicar/Wikipedia.org

New Mexico - Billy The Kid Trail

billy-kid-trail-new-mexico 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

blue-ridge-parkway-north-carolina photo credit: Wikipedia.org

North Dakota - Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway

turtle-mountain-scenic-byway-north-dakota photo credit: Flyfishingrules2/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com

Ohio - Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail

scioto-heritage-trail-ohio photo credit: Don O'Brien/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

Oklahoma - Talimena Scenic Drive

talimena-scenic-drive-oklahoma photo credit: FHWA.DOT.gov

Oregon - Hells Canyon Scenic Byway

hells-canyon-scenic-byway photo credit: Timothy Bishop/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

Pennsylvania - Interstate 99

pennsylvania-interstate-99 Photo credit: Jon Dawson/Flickr.com

Rhode Island - Route 1A

state-route-1a-rhode-island photo credit: Josh McGinn/Flickr.com

South Carolina - Edisto Island Scenic Byway

edisto-island-scenic-byway-south-carolina photo credit: Wendy Pitts Reeves/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

South Dakota - Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

spearfish-canyon-scenic-byway-south-dakota photo credit: jimmers54/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

Tennessee - Cherohala Skyway

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

Texas - River Road (FM 170)

texas-river-road photo credit: Colin J. McMechan, cropped by Aceable.com

Utah - Utah State Route 12

utah-state-route-12 photo credit: Jcesare/Wikipedia.org, cropped by Aceable.com

Vermont - Scenic Route 100

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

Virginia - Skyline Drive

skyline-drive-virginia photo credit: Shenandoah National Park/Wikipedia.org

Washington - Cascade Loop

cascade-loop-washington photo credit: B.D.'s World/Flickr.com, cropped by Aceable.com

West Virginia - Washington Heritage Trail

washington-heritage-trail-west-virginia photo credit: FHWA.DOT.gov

Wisconsin - Lake Superior Byway

lake-superior-scenic-byway-wisconsin photo credit: LakeSuperiorByway.org

Wyoming - Bighorn Scenic Byway

bighorn-scenic-byway-wyoming photo credit: Liz Lawley/Flickr.com

Krista Doyle