Scenic All-American Roads

  • Bixby Bridge

    Big Sur Coast Highway - California

    Winding along the California Coast, the Big Sur Coast Highway extends 72 miles from Carmel-by-the-Sea heading south. The drive itself takes less than two hours, but you'll want to stop to take in the views of the Pacific Ocean surf, rugged cliffs and towering redwood forests.

    Photo courtesy of Sequoia Hughes

  • Blue Ridge Parkway in autumn

    Blue Ridge Parkway - North Carolina, Virginia

    If your idea of a scenic drive involves lots of color, it's hard to beat the Blue Ridge Parkway in autumn. Winding through the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia, this 469-mile stretch of blacktop is one of the longest All-American Roads on the Federal Highway Administration list.

    Photo courtesy of Brian Leon

  • The Strip at night

    Las Vegas Strip - Nevada

    This All-American Road is one of the nation's most recognizable stretches of pavement: the Las Vegas Strip. It's possible to spend days exploring this short 4.5-mile road, arguably the most glamorous American byway of all. It's also one of the only scenic roads in the United States that's actually better at night.

    Photo courtesy of Nicolas Vollmer

  • Battle Rock City Park on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

    Pacific Coast Scenic Byway - Oregon

    The highway following the coast of Oregon between Astoria and Brookings extends for 363 miles – that's 363 miles of breathtaking Pacific views, lush valleys, historic lighthouses and small towns perfect for ducking in for a bite to eat. Spend the night in a charming seaside bed & breakfast to break up the journey, or do some hiking and camping when the weather's nice.

    Photo courtesy of Julie Gibson

  • Park Loop Road looking towards the Porcupine Islands

    Acadia Byway - Maine

    The Acadia Byway passes through beautiful Acadia National Park in Maine, offering 40 miles of diverse natural scenery, including lakes, pine forests and rugged beaches. If you feel hungry on your All-American road trip, stop in to a seafood restaurant in charming Bar Harbor for some fresh lobster rolls.

    Photo courtesy of Harvey Barrison

  • San Juan Skyway - Route 550

    San Juan Skyway - Colorado

    Colorado's 233-mile San Juan Skyway makes you feel like you're driving in the clouds, which at 14,000 feet at places, you are. This All-American Road offers the quintessential "Old West" experience, complete with a narrow-gauge railroad, Victorian towns, rustic mountain lodges and pueblo ruins waiting to be explored.

    Photo courtesy of daveynin

  • Sabine Wetlands

    Creole Nature Trail - Louisiana

    The 180-mile Creole Nature Trail takes visitors on a journey through the marshes, prairies and Gulf shores of Louisiana – an area nicknamed "Louisiana's Outback." It only takes a few hours to make the drive, but it's well worth the time to stop and do some wildlife watching along the nature trails of this fascinating wetland habitat.

    Photo courtesy of Louisiana Travel

  • Seward Highway on Cook Inlet, Alaska

    Seward Highway - Alaska

    You can drive the 127-mile stretch of Alaska's Seward Highway in half a day, but you should set aside at least two full days to fully soak up the majestic beauty of Alaska between Anchorage and Seward. Depending on the time of year, you might spot flower-filled meadows, snow-capped peaks, dog sled teams or even beluga whales.

    Photo courtesy of Luke Jones

  • Highway 12 – A Journey Through Time Scenic Byway

    Scenic Byway 12 - Utah

    With big, blue skies and wide open spaces, Utah enjoys some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the American West. Enjoy that scenery from your car window as you drive the 124-mile Scenic Byway 12, known as "A Journey Through Time Scenic Byway."

    Photo courtesy of Wolfgang Staudt

  • North Shore Scenic Drive on Lake Superior

    North Shore Scenic Drive - Minnesota

    If you want to explore the shores of the world's largest freshwater lake, hop in the car and make the 154-mile journey on North Shore Scenic Drive, an All-American Road hugging the banks of Lake Superior in Minnesota. This is a perfect drive for outdoors enthusiasts, as it offers access to eight state parks and a national forest.

    Photo courtesy of Sharon Mollerus

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