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.
Going Off-the-Beaten-Path in Montana on the Big Sheep Back Country Byway
Updated 06.01.2018: 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 […]
Driving the Burr Trail on a Boomer Road Trip in Southern Utah
Updated: 05.15.2020: 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 […]
Driving through History on a Natchez Trace Road Trip
On a Natchez Trace road trip, you’ll experience history, culture and a scenic drive through beautiful areas of the South. Alan and I have driven a small portion of the road on a short, Natchez Trace tour. But My Itchy Travel Feet Featured Contributor, Debi Lander, drove the entire parkway. She shares her Natchez Trace […]
Take a Monument Valley Scenic Drive Using our Boomer Travel Tips
Updated 02.21.2020: 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! […]
Driving New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle
Updated: 08.31.2016 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 […]
Going Off-the-Beaten-Path on Elk Meadows Road
Updated 09.01.2015 “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. […]
The Road to Halawa Valley, another scenic Hawaiian drive
Updated 02.01.2018 You’ve probably heard of Maui’s famous Road to Hana with its 30 bridges and countless waterfalls. But did you know that there’s another beautiful Hawaiian drive that’s off-the-beaten-path but filled with history and scenic vistas? That’s right, the road to Halawa Valley winds along the Moloka’i scenic southern coast, ending at a beach […]
Driving on Top of the World
This article is part of a paid series that I’m writing as a brand ambassador for Michelin Guides. On a misty, September morning, our Ram truck climbs Yukon Highway 9—also called Top of the World Highway—after crossing the Yukon River on the George Black Ferry out of Dawson City. Soon Alan and I are riding […]
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 […]
Take a Scenic Drive on the Grand Canyon’s North Rim
Updated 01.03.2020: If you’re a long time reader of My Itchy Travel Feet, then it’s no secret that the North Rim is my favorite destination at Grand Canyon National Park (Alan’s too). We appreciate the isolation, as well as fewer folks crowding the overlooks. One of the easiest—and most scenic—ways to explore this side of the […]
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. […]
10 Things to Bring With You on a Fall Leaf Peeping Trip
Fall road trip gear for your next leaf peeping trip Updated 09.01.2019: Leaf peeping has become a competitive sport of sorts for serious nature lovers. Although many prefer to keep it simple with just a camera and a water bottle, the true key to quality peeping is being peeper-prepared. To help you enjoy the […]
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