We all know going for a drive can solve all kinds of problems, from a crying baby that won’t sleep to a boring afternoon in the house. A well-timed drive can give you time and space to cool-off during a fight, or take you somewhere you weren’t expecting. Sometimes you just need to roll the windows down and feel the wind. Taking a drive is can be an adventure in itself, especially when the scenery surrounding you is magical. Luckily, America has no shortage of roads where you can cruise through jaw-dropping backgrounds, blast your favorite music, and pretend your starring in your own epic movie. Here are the 15 most awe-inspiring scenic drives around America.
I-5 south of San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
One of the most classic scenic drives in the world is the PCH! This exhilarating 123-mile trip takes you from NorCal to SoCal.
N Lake Shore Dr Chicago, IL 60611
This 26-mile scenic drive runs all along the Chicago shoreline, giving you the best of both worlds — the famous downtown architecture and lovely views of the lake.
US-89 – Panguitch, UT 84759
A 122-mile route that takes you through some of Utah’s most gorgeous geological attractions. Don’t miss a stop at the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument.
U.S. Route 1, FL
If you’re looking to take a scenic road trip with your family, we recommend driving 113-miles all the way from Miami to the tip of the keys: Key West! The U.S. 1 is surrounded by beautiful blue waters, beaches, and of course, palm trees.
Cherokee, NC 28719
Save this scenic drive for fall — you won’t want to miss the treetops changing colors as you travel up to 500 miles through the Appalachian mountains.
HI-360, Hana, HI 96713
This 52-mile scenic drive from Kahului to Hana can take up to two hours. The beautiful views you expect of Hawaii are abundant as you drive along the steep, windy road and look out over the beach.
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
This route is famous for being the highest continually paved road in the U.S., and the route to the hotel from The Shining.
Ennis, TX 75119
If you’re looking for the most scenic drives in America, we recommend traveling on the Bluebonnet Trail in Ennis, Texas during the Spring. During this short but sweet (about a 40-mile trip), you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous Texas wildflowers as far as the eye can see.
Oregon Coast Hwy, Oregon
Take in the whole Oregon coast as you travel 300 miles down the coast with views straight to the ocean waters and sea cliffs.
Valdez, AK 99686
This is a longer haul — 368 miles — that’ll take you all the way from Valdez to Fairbanks with all of the gorgeous scenery Alaska has to offer as you go.
Torrington, CT 06790
A 100-mile loop that is best taken in the fall to get the full effect of the gorgeous fall foliage of the Northeast U.S.
West Glacier, MT 59936
Take a scenic drive through the Rocky Mountains in this daring road that spans 50-miles through the Glacier Mountain National Park.
211 Delaware St, New Castle, DE 19720
This lovely route provides views of historic cities, coastal marshes, birdlife all along about 100 miles of 2-lane road.
Observe tons of unique wildlife and pass through charming southern towns on this 204-mile route.
Port Barre, St. Landry Parish, LA 70577
See what life is like in the Bayou and get a first-hand glimpse of the laissez-faire Lousiana lifestyle as you drive the 183-miles along this scenic route.