50 Most Beautiful Highway Drives in America
The Appalachian Highlands Scenic Byway runs 73 miles from Heflin to Fort Payne, encompassing a good chunk of the lush mountain range along the way. The route alternates among panoramic views, interesting geological formations, and historic rural communities dotted with cotton fields. Stop for picturesque hiking trails, particularly in the Dugger Mountain Wilderness Area.
The 47-mile-long Trail Ridge Road is the signature drive of Rocky Mountain National Park. The highest continuously paved road in North America, it rises to 12,183 feet amidst rugged peaks. Following a route past the Continental Divide once traversed by generations of Native Americans, visitors today can see elk and bighorn sheep. The road is closed during the region's harsh winters and reopens in May.
Route 6 follows the hook of the Cape Cod peninsula for 118 miles. Though clogged with traffic on many holiday weekends, the road is a convenient gateway to all Cape Cod has to offer -- the festivals of Provincetown, the family-friendly bayside beaches, the unending dunes of the National Seashore, and the many opportunities for fresh seafood.