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Best Scenic Drives in the USA

Who doesn’t love a scenic drive? The U.S. is filled with iconic roads that are famous for stupendous views.

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Some scenic drives are part of longer road trips. Others stand alone as beautiful day trips to be experienced over and over again. Our list of drives touches on regions from across the United States.

The sun rises behind red sandstone monoliths as a road winds through Monument Valley on one of our favorite scenic drives.

Take a look at some of our favorites. Alan and I call it “driving the dots” as that’s how scenic drives are usually designated on road maps. We find many of them by browsing our collection of Benchmark Road & Recreation Atlases.


Be sure to come back often as we continue to add to this growing collection of scenic U.S. drives. Or subscribe to the My Itchy Travel Feet Weekly Road Trip Newsletter to be the first to know!

Best Scenic Drives in the U.S. for boomer travelers

You may be familiar with some of our favorite scenic drives, like the one through Monument Valley. But we’ll also be introducing you to some out-of-the-way roads that are feasts for the eye. And some of them just might include a dirt road adventure or two.

Enjoy reading first-person articles that will make your travel feet so itchy that you’ll be planning a scenic driving adventure before you know it! When you’re ready to get going, our USA road trip planner is a great place to start your research.

Going Off-the-Beaten-Path in Montana on the Big Sheep Back Country Byway

Are you looking for a scenic drive to experience Montana’s empty spaces and big skies? Check out our experience Going Off-the-Beaten-Path in Montana on the Big Sheep Back Country Byway. It takes some effort to reach this scenic drive. You’ll be glad that you did!

Driving the Burr Trail Scenic Byway

Alan and I are huge fans of driving the country lanes and dirt roads of America. On a visit to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah, we chose to take the Burr Trail. Check out our tips for Driving the Burr Trail Scenic Byway.

Travel the Natchez Trace

Discover history and natural beauty while driving the Natchez Trace. My Itchy Travel Feet featured writer, Debi Lander, takes us there. Get ready for a scenic drive through history, not to mention delicious regional cuisine. Read Debi’s tips for driving the Natchez Trace

Scenic Drive in Monument Valley

Sandstone buttes, Navajo legends and familiar scenery from your favorite western movie are on the agenda in this must-do drive on the border of Arizona and Utah. Discover tips for visiting plus a mile by mile description of the roadside stops on a  Scenic Drive in Monument Valley.

Enchanted Circle Drive

On a day trip from Taos, New Mexico, the Enchanted Circle Drive circumnavigates Wheeler Peak. This beautiful road travels through art-filled towns, traces New Mexico history and explores mountain passes. Read about our itinerary for New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle Drive.

Off-the-Beaten-Path on Elk Meadows Road

Mysterious dirt roads always call our names. This time, a road trip down Elk Meadows, on the Idaho and Montana border, leads to amazing landscape. Click on Going Off-the-Beaten-Path on Elk Meadows Road to learn more about our experience (and why you will want to drive this scenic road, too).

Road to Halawa Valley

This scenic drive on Moloka’i rivals any drive you’ll experience in Hawaii. I like it as much as the road to Hana. Discover what to see and do on Road to Halawa Valley. It’s like taking a step back in time.

Off-the-beaten-path at Twin Lakes

If you’re looking for a scenic drive in Montana, Twin Lakes in the Bitterroot National Forest definitely qualifies. It’s a long, bumpy journey to reach Twin Lakes, but you’ll be happy you took the scenic drive. Read our tips for visiting Off-the-beaten-path at Twin Lakes.

Painted Rocks Reservoir in Montana

This scenic drive in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley will have you saying, “Wow”. You’ll love the drive along West Fork Road near darby. Click on Painted Rocks Reservoir in Montana to see if this scenic drive is for you.

Top of the World Highway

This Alaska road truly travels to the top of the world. Even more isolated than the Alaska Highway, the scenic dirt road travels near ramshackle camps where gold mining still exists. Stopping by the quirky town of Chicken is a must. Read Tips for Driving Top of the World Highway.

You’ll find more scenic drive ideas at our National Park Adventures page. 

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