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Coastal scenic drives you can take in North America

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In travel, the journey can be just as important as the destination – sometimes even better. These 10 coastal drives in North America are worth a trip all on their own.

Pacific Coast Highway | California

As you make your way from San Francisco to Los Angeles, the road hugs the shores of the Pacific, passing through Big Sur, Malibu and Santa Barbara along the way.

Oregon Coast Highway | Oregon

From towering Haystack Rock to the sandy dunes outside of Florence, you'll see fishing villages, sea caves, rocky islets and miles of deserted beaches on this drive.

Overseas Highway | Florida

This island-hopping highway stretches over 100 miles from Miami to Key West, with the most famous segment, Seven Mile Bridge, connecting Knight's Key and Little Duck Key.

Hana Highway | Maui, Hawaii

The most heart-stopping portion of this road runs 38 miles from Pauwela to Hana, crossing 54 one-lane bridges and winding along some 600 curves.

Old Mission Peninsula | Michigan

From Traverse City, scenic highway M-37 stretches for 18 miles along Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula. Find a place to pull over to watch the sun set over the bay.

Cabot Trail | Nova Scotia

This road loops for 185 miles through the Cape Breton Highlands, with stops along the way for hiking, whale watching and grabbing a meal at one of the small roadside towns.

Cape Cod Scenic Drive | Massachusetts

To see the beautiful shores of Cape Cod, follow this 62-mile stretch of Massachusetts Route 6A to U.S. Highway 6.

Park Loop Road | Acadia National Park, Maine

Beginning at the Hulls Cove Visitors Center, this road will take you past the mountains, lakes and rocky shores of Acadia National Park.

Delmarva Peninsula | Delaware, Maryland, Virginia

Head south from Annapolis toward Virginia Beach, and you'll enjoy over 200 miles of road stretching along the Chesapeake Bay.

Outer Banks Scenic Byway | North Carolina

The view is all dunes and beaches along the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway. Be sure to do some birdwatching — migrating waterfowl are known to stop here.

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