America’s Top 10 Iconic Drives

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia to North Carolina

Nearly 500 miles of blacktop twisting through the Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah national parks was built for travelers. It is a wonderful drive for all seasons.

Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana

One of America’s most inspiring public-works projects winds through Glacier National Park’s snow-covered peaks, and lakes across the Rockies.

Hill Country Highways, Texas

The geographical center of the Lone Star state, the sparsely populated Hill Country region mixes sagebrush plateaus with deep canyons and fast-flowing rivers. And just outside the idyllic hamlet of Utopia, a series of winding roads.

Columbia River Scenic Highway, Oregon

The route winds past a series of lovely waterfalls while taking in the best sights of the Columbia Gorge, east of Portland.

Olympic Peninsula Loop, Washington

Highway 101 loops around the largest road-free area in the continental U.S.

Route 6, Massachusetts

This 117-mile route links Cape Cod’s network of sand dunes, beaches, marshes, tidal ponds, and quaint fishing towns.

Bayou Cruise, Louisiana

Garlands of moody Spanish moss dangle from mighty oaks and cypress trees, while alligators and herons splash about in the swampy lagoons. The best road to drive is Highway 31, which winds along Bayou.

Route 66, Illinois to California

For sheer driving, the best stretch has to be the mountainous run west from the Grand Canyon to the Colorado River, climbing up from a desert plateau and twisting past the old gold mines of the Black Mountains.

Highway 12, Utah

The red rock majesty of Utah is on triumphant display on State Route 12 winding between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon national parks.

Overseas Highway, Florida

One of the country’s most popular scenic drives, from Miami to Key West, owes its existence to a devastating tragedy.