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 scenic 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. If you’re looking more for inspiration, The Most Scenic Drives in America includes 120 spectacular drives.

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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.

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Exploring Florida’s Big Bend Scenic Byway on a Road Trip

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Take the High Road To Taos

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Driving Cape Royal Road on the Grand Canyon’s North Rim

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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

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

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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

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Muddy river winding through a canyon surrounded by cliffs at Dead Horse Point Overlook

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The Road to Halawa Valley, another scenic Hawaiian drive

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Fall color on Top of the World Highway in the Yukon

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Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos, New Mexico

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Meadow on Elk Meadows Road

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

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Discover off-the-beaten-path Twin Lakes

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Painted Rocks Reservoir near Darby, Montana

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Colorado's Alpine Loop

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4 wheeling Yankee Boy Basin Trail

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