Best Scenic Drives in the USA

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

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.

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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.

Two-lane road through a forest of gold and red

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Medicine Lodge Valley on the Big Sheep Backcountry Byway in Montana

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? Alan and I recommend adding the Big Sheep Back Country Byway to your Montana road trip itinerary. Located in the far southwestern corner of Montana near the Idaho border, this 50-mile scenic dirt road, administered by the Bureau of Land Management, […]

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Driving the Burr Trail is a fun experience in southern Utah.

Driving the Burr Trail on a Boomer Road Trip in Southern Utah

Alan and I are huge fans of exploring the country lanes and dirt roads of the United States. And when it comes to finding adventure in the American Southwest, a bumpy dirt road is the place to be. On a visit to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah, we had our pick of dirt roads […]

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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Take a Monument Valley Scenic Drive Using our Boomer Travel Tips

Are you planning a road trip in the American Southwest? A scenic drive in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on the border of Arizona and Utah places you in the middle of nature’s wonderland of spires, buttes and red rock creations. Grab your camera (I use a Panasonic Lumix) and let’s get started! The Ultimate […]

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Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos, New Mexico

Driving New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle

Do you like to travel around in circles on a boomer road trip? A drive on New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle Highway  does just that, offering scenery, activities, and unique stops as it circumnavigates Wheeler Peak (13,161 feet), New Mexico’s highest point. Every circle needs a start. To begin the circuitous journey, take NM Highway 522 north […]

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Meadow on Elk Meadows Road

Going Off-the-Beaten-Path on Elk Meadows Road

“Come explore me.” Does a dirt road ever call your name? Elk Meadows Road (Lolo National Forest Road #373) has been calling ours ever since Alan and I discovered it on an early spring drive to Lolo Pass. The road starts (or ends) at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center on the Idaho side of Highway 12. Then it […]

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halawa-valley-road-beach

The Road to Halawa Valley, another scenic Hawaiian drive

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Fall color on Top of the World Highway in the Yukon

Driving on Top of the World

Do you know about Top of the World Highway? The rugged journey through gold mining history makes a fun addition to your Alaska Highway road trip itinerary. The trip requires leaving the Alaska Highway at White Horse, driving the Klondike Highway to Dawson City before catching a ferry ride across the Yukon River. You’ll catch […]

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Discover off-the-beaten-path Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes: Off-the-beaten-path in Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains

If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path fun in Montana, Twin Lakes in the Bitterroot National Forest certainly qualifies. Twin Lakes sits at 7,200 ft. with fishing, canoeing—no motorized boats allowed—and hiking available, making this a fun day trip or overnight camping getaway. Since Alan and I aren’t backpackers, we appreciate the opportunity to experience day hikes […]

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Grand Canyon's North Rim

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Painted Rocks Reservoir near Darby, Montana

Painted Rocks Reservoir

On a drive up the West Fork of the Bitterroot River in our Montana backyard, Alan and I arrived for a first visit to Painted Rocks Reservoir State Park at just the right time. It was about 10:00 a.m., not a cloud in the sky and the reflections in the water took our breath away. […]

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