What's Your Most Beautiful Drive?

 

My favorite drive is the "Million Dollar Highway", Durango to Ouray Colorado. Fantastic views. Waterfalls. It is a narrow paved road that's on a ledge most of the time. If you don't like ledge roads with few barriers, than this isn't the road for you, but if you can the scenery is amazing.

Look forward to seeing other drives.

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Cherohala Skyway

From Tellico Plains Tn to Robbinsville Tn
Winding mountain road, Long Sweeping curves and lots of scenery.

http://tinyurl.com/m4p6db

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Icefields Parkway

The Icefields Parkway, between Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icefields_Parkway

Two Good Ones

Thanks. Would like to see both of these. I am headed to Glacier next year and look forward to seeing "Going To The Sun Road".

thanks for the posts

For sheer beauty and sensory overload

It is difficult to not mention the Glenn and Richardson highways in Alaska. The Seward along the Arm and up through the pass is right up there with the other two. But the BIGGIE is the Alcan. The stretch between Fort St. John/Dawson Creek to Whitehorse never fails to impress.

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In the Fall at peak color time

Any of the winding state & county roads in SW Wisconsin between the cheese factories & apple orchards in and around the Kickapoo River valley are quite nice.

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Glacier Park

The Going to the Sun highway in Glacier Park is by far my favorite drive!!

+1 on Glacier Park

Have to agree on Going to the Sun Highway, even though it was gray and overcast on the day I was there.

Another nice drive was Oregon Route 138 through the Umpqua National Forest on the way to Crater Lake...a long stretch of two-lane highway that follows the river.

Estes Nat'l Park

...in Colorado is one of the best I've seen. More local to my current whereabouts, Little River road, with burbling creeks inside the Smokies is great. Audio and visual.

GC

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Hwy 395 in California

From Carson City down to Mono Lake. Incredible views of the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. If you keep traveling south past Mono Lake, you will be able to get to Death Valley

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17 miles drive around Monterey (I think), California

beautiful scenic drive w/ prime ocean view on one side

Pacific coast highway from

Pacific coast highway from Monterey bay to San Fransisco

my fav

I like the drive through the winding hills of North Cali

Lots, but Grand Tetons

Lots, but Grand Tetons National Park comes up on top of the list.

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NJ to Fla

I drove from NJ to Fla a few times, I like the drive from the southern part of Virginia to Florida (All destinations). I recently drove from Fort Lauderdale to Key West, and really liked that drive, but I think the next time I go to the Keys, I will either fly or take a Sea charter out of Fort Myers!

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Great Idea

This list is a great idea. I need to check my facts before posting specifics. I've got two or three ideas.

Thanks

Great posts. I am glad to hear that going to the Sun road was chosen by several. will be going there next June.

appreciate everyone that posted.

noahjokc

Great List

This is a great list; but after a career spent in outside sales, my most beautiful drive is pulling into my driveway at home.

All kidding aside, Glacier National Park's "Going To The Sun" road is hard to beat.

And for me the second would be the drive through Monument Valley.

Monument Valley

Monument Valley is nice, but I also like Rocky Mountain National Park.

WA state route 14

One of my favorite:
From
45º 34' 18"N / 122º 17' 59"W
to
45º 39' 42"N / 121º 53' 53"W
and return on the Oregon side.

Valley of the Gods.

Valley of the Gods.

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I drove to Panama City FLA

I drove to Panama City FLA from Connecticut vith my Garmin, drove to Cape May accross on the ferry and down the 17 miles tunnell and bridge and followed the town roads (no highway) to Georgia on rt 17 than accross rt 84 to Tallahassee rt 10 to rt 213 south. Abouth 32 hrs no stop but 2 drivers, lots fun always with the roof down.

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Neat drive

slkfun wrote:

I drove to Panama City FLA from Connecticut vith my Garmin, drove to Cape May accross on the ferry and down the 17 miles tunnell and bridge and followed the town roads (no highway) to Georgia on rt 17 than accross rt 84 to Tallahassee rt 10 to rt 213 south. Abouth 32 hrs no stop but 2 drivers, lots fun always with the roof down.

I have been on the road from Atlantic City to Cape May. Lot of toll bridges when I did it. Sunken concrete boat and tha there are the Cape May Diamonds. Long time since I was there.

Thanks To Everyone

who posted their favorite drive. I have done several of these, but there are many I haven't done. Hope I have the opportunity to do several of them in the future. Definitely will be doing "Going to the Sun" in Glacier next June.

thanks again

noahjokc

A short one in Seattle

Best done in a sports car or bike:
47º 35' 07.65"N/122º 17' 14.80"W
to
47º 35' 15.60"N/122º 17' 21.15"W

I plan on going to Glacier Park next summer...

...and seeing Going to the Sun raod. What else is great to see there?

GC

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Glacier and Yellowstone

GC0110 wrote:

...and seeing Going to the Sun raod. What else is great to see there?

GC

I'm going in mid to late June. Staying at Many Glacier. Going to Yellowstone before that.

I have been to Yellowstone, but never to Glacier. Yellowstone has a lot of great views, but I can only tell you what I have read in the travel guides for Glacier.

Favorite drive

Good afternoon, everyone,

I agree with "a_user", but my favorite is the stretch of highway between Anchorage and the Portage Glacier turnoff that follows the shoreline of Turnagain Arm.

Miki

Tidalbore

Miki wrote:

Good afternoon, everyone,

I agree with "a_user", but my favorite is the stretch of highway between Anchorage and the Portage Glacier turnoff that follows the shoreline of Turnagain Arm.

Miki

A nice drive. Years ago I had the good fortune to be there during a tidalbore. Only four feet high but impressive.

I don't want to offend anyone but is that tavern still open where the barmaid wore a piece of lumber as an undergarment?

The ride back home after

The ride back home after working my butt off all day, is the most beautiful for me smile

Another one

I am sure a lot of the users with motorcycles have accomplished this one. I was on it in a car and by the time i got to the end my arms were really tired. smile

Deals Gap, NC. 318 curves in 11 miles, is America's number one motorcycle and sports car road.

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Better known as the Dragon

Better known as the Dragon Tail. There is a web site for it. Complete with pictures.

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Alaska

Just got back from 3 weeks in Alaska. Thought I'd seen some beautiful drives before but none like Hwy 1 in Alaska. From Anchorage, drove down to Seward, then to Homer, and up to Denali and then Fairbanks.

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The Overseas Highway

I like the Overseas Highway driving thru the Florida Keys. We usually stop on Big Pine Key and go find some Key Deer to take pix of. My wife got caught just south of the 7 mile bridge due to an accident one evening for 3 hours. Said she had never seen so many stars as she did that night.

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Up my driveway to the

Up my driveway to the waiting arms of my 6 and 2 year old daughters.

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Just did that a few weeks

Just did that a few weeks ago when we went to Canada! Awesome!

Where to start?

Where to start?
Driving from Ontario to Calgary, Alberta through North Dakota’s interstate 94 – Just past Beach N.D. in Montana we took the rolling hills of the two lane highway 200 into Great Falls then headed north to Calgary. Made the run a couple times and have come to call this run the ‘Road Kill Highway’ antelope and other ‘critters’ in abundance along the route. You can see oncoming traffic for tens of miles away as they appear then disappear on the rolling black ribbon highway up ahead.

On the way back we come in behind Billings on highway 3 just for the overlook views of the city from the cliffs. Awesome sights added to the night drives through the hills during thunder and lightning storms. The sight of nature’s fire works for hundreds of miles around is something one has to see because words fail to truly describe the wonderfulness of it all. There are small homestead shacks and ‘prairie grasshoppers’ (Oil Pumps) throughout the run. Hundreds of deer and antelope can be seen in the fields as well.

The ‘Tail of the Dragon’ US129 in N.C. has more than 300 curves in its 18 kilometres was a fun drive, didn’t bother to get the T-Shirt though. The Dragon is considered by many as one of the world's best motorcycling and sports car roads. Anyone looking for an exciting highway will enjoy this stretch of US129.

The Climb of 14,115 feet, to the top of Pikes Peak to play in the snow then back down again to short sleeves and shorts ever mindful that the high winds requires one to hang on your car door when opening or have it folded over on you. And the pressure changes aren’t so bad as long as you keep a window down a bit to keep your wind screens from blowing out.

The Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway is another off the beaten path road. Highway 14 north off Interstate 40 from Tijeas just east of Albuquerque N.M to Santa Fe passing through small towns like Madrid where John Travolta and company filmed the Hog Wild movie. This town is filled with artsy people and the Mine Shaft Tavern that looks pretty rough on the outside but once inside we found a three piece band comprised of guitar, banjo and an upside wash tub with a broom handle and rope attached for the base. The place was packed at noon hour.

When we were there the usual weekend bikers were there with their shiny two and three wheeled bikes. The small colourful shops of every kind throughout the town’s main north/south road really stand out.

There are just so many wonderful places and roads to and from....

Great Falls to Butte

I have done the Icefields Parkway drive many times and it is gorgeous. On the other hand, the Going to the Sun Highway across Glacier National Park is beautiful - but a little scarey if you are afraid of heights.

But I have always loved the drive from Great Falls to Butte on I-15. The Missouri River cutting through the volcanic rocks south of Great Falls is an awesome sight, and the twists and turns of the canyons near Helena makes for a fun drive. We normally pass through in the fall, so the leaves changing colour add to the beauty.

Fall

The less traveled roads seem to have the most interesting and beautiful places. Many hidden gems.

Since I live in Ohio, I really enjoy riding during the fall time, when the leaves are turning, the air is cool, clean, and refreshing, and a nice cup of hot cocoa is right around the bend.

Highway 1 Pacific Coast Highway

This isn't too difficult, almost anywhere on the California coast line on Highway 1. South of Monterey is terrific and from Marin County north of San Francisco all the way to the Oregon border is great too.

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Dalton Highway

I loved the Dalton Highway, from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay-- miles of wilderness and lots of wildlife-- Then someone put a damn ugly pipeline all over the area. But you can overlook that, to see the beauty of it all.

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backwards

jwc3006 wrote:

I loved the Dalton Highway, from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay-- miles of wilderness and lots of wildlife-- Then someone put a damn ugly pipeline all over the area. But you can overlook that, to see the beauty of it all.

Your a tad backwards there.
Someone put a road there to service the pipeline!smile

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Uhm, but before it was the Dalton Highway

jwc3006 wrote:

I loved the Dalton Highway, from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay-- miles of wilderness and lots of wildlife-- Then someone put a damn ugly pipeline all over the area. But you can overlook that, to see the beauty of it all.

Before it became known as the Dalton Highway it was known as the Haul Road because it was built to haul the supplies for the oil field and pipe line. The road was closed to the public for a great many years before the state took control and opened it. I will admit, there is some beautiful scenery and a WHOLE lot of empty.

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Through Sedona, AZ

The town is very nice and driving around at dusk allows one to see the surrounding landscape painted beautifully.

Most Beautiful Drive

The most beautiful drive I have been on was from Reynolds Creek (Owyhee, ID) to Thomas Lakes and War Eagle Mountain. About 60 miles of ATV trail with Antelope, Chucker, Quail and Deer. Throw in mountain lakes, streams with native trout, waterfalls and pine forest. Add views that go on forever.

Yep. I'd say that's the most beautiful drive.

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Thanks to Everyone

Great input. really appreciate it. Look forward to doing many of these in the future.

noahjokc

Kancamagus Highway

The Kancamagus Highway goes through the White Mountain National Forest in NH. Some of the route is along the Swift River, with convenient places to pull over and go for a swim. While it's always a nice ride, it's best seen in the autumn.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kancamagus_Highway

BTW, this site lists many such drives:
http://www.byways.org/explore/

Crystals in Sedona, AZ

gsamuels wrote:

The town is very nice and driving around at dusk allows one to see the surrounding landscape painted beautifully.

Is Sedona still full of left-over hippies running Crystal stores?

Dalton Highway

I know that-- My brother in law worked on the pipeline-- but you have to admit the pipeline sure clutters up the hundreds of miles of pure wilderness-- and nothing like it anywhere in the United States.

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Durango to Silverton in

Durango to Silverton in Colorado.

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But without the pipeline

jwc3006 wrote:

I know that-- My brother in law worked on the pipeline-- but you have to admit the pipeline sure clutters up the hundreds of miles of pure wilderness-- and nothing like it anywhere in the United States.

But without the pipeline delivering the oil which is made into gas you would not be driving up there at all.. Maybe?

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