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. 

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

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Although the simple thrill of hitting the open road with little to no organized plan may be enough, a good road trip is nothing without the visual enjoyment of varying landscape images whizzing past your window. Thankfully, you’ll find some amazing opportunities for incredible landscapes and breath-taking scenery across the U.S.

Take a look at some of our favorite scenic drives. 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 Atlas.

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.

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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.

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 experience Driving the Burr Trail Scenic Byway.

Travel the Natchez Trace

Discover history in a scenic setting along the Mississippi portion of the Natchez Trace. To read more, click here: Travel 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. Read more by clicking on: Scenic Drive in Monument Valley.

Off-the-Beaten-Path on Elk Meadows Road

Mysterious dirt roads always call Alan and Donna’s name. This time, a road trip down Elk Meadows leads to amazing landscape. Click on: Going Off-the-Beaten-Path on Elk Meadows Road to read more about our experience.

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. To read more, click on 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”. Click on Painted Rocks Reservoir in Montana to read more.

Road to Halawa Valley

This scenic drive on Moloka’i rivals any drive you’ll experience in Hawaii. To read our first-hand report, click on Road to Halawa Valley.

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