Drive these amazing scenic roadsGorgeous scenery coast-to-coast
1. Rt 12 | Utah
Capitol Reef National Park and
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
100 miles that wind through beautiful public land, along a ridge and offer a stunning 360-degree view of the surrounding area. We did this on our way from Kodachrome State Park to Dead Horse State Park, it’s a great way to travel around Utah’s mighty 5. RV friendly and one of the most spectacular drives we’ve ever been on!
2. FM 170 | Texas
Big Bend Ranch State Park
A remote 30 miles that runs along the Mexican border and the Rio Grande, through Big Bend Ranch State Park with a number of stunning pull offs and hiking trails along the way. Don’t miss walking through Closed Canyon and don’t forget to fill up on gas before this route as it is extremely remote.
3. Highway 1/Pacific Coast Highway | California
Beautiful drive along the Pacific that runs for 600+ miles up the California coast. Ocean on one side, cliffs and rolling green hills on the other. Give this road a week or more to explore! Don’t miss the iconic Bixby Bridge or the purple sands at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
4. Kancamagus Highway | New Hampshire
White Mountains National Park
35 miles that is the quintessential New England foliage drive in the fall. The Kanc, as locals call it, runs long the Swift River and there are numerous pull-offs where you can find a spot to dip in the chilly mountain water. On either side are Conway and Lincoln, NH, both bustling tourist towns well located to summer fun, fall leaf-peeping and winter skiing.
5. US 101 & Stuart Boardman Scenic Corridor | Oregon
300 mile coastal drive along the rocky, rough Pacific coastline. Enjoy sea stacks and powerful waves at one of the many viewpoints or take a short hike to the oceans edge. Hikes are marked with info boards along the west side of the road. Our favorites were Secret Beach and the sea cave at Sisters Rock.
7. Generals Highway | California
Sequoia National Park
A scenic 18 miles drive up into the Sequoia groves with numerous tight, steep switchbacks and a 2000 foot elevation gain. If you enter the national park from the west side, this road takes an hour to get to any Sequoia trees, and is the only route. Plan your day for that extra time!
8. Maine Route 3 | Maine
Acadia National Park
Drive the rim of Mount Desert Island to experience the rocky coast of Maine. Experience the wonder of Thunder Hole and explore the historic Bass Harbor Lighthouse. Don’t forget a short detour to the Jordan Pond House for their world famous popovers and lobster bisque!
9. Rim Rock Drive | Colorado
Colorado National Monument
Spectacular drive through the redrock canyons and beautiful overlooks. Sections can be narrow with harrowing cliffs to one side. Keep an eye out for Bighorn Sheep that like to cross the road! Hiking to Devils Kitchen was a favorite stop of ours.
10. Zion Park Drive | Utah
Zion National Park
Entering from the East entrance of the park one encounters a beautiful mosaic of colors as you drive west. Many places, not just the popular ones, have pull off where you can find slot canyons to explore. If you don’t have a ticket for the Zion shuttle, park on the road on the east side of the tunnel and hike the always insta-worthy Canyon Overlook.
Pack in / Pack out!
These roads are mostly very remote. Make sure you know the road beforehand as you’ll likely lose cell service. Bring food and water, and be sure to pack out all of your garbage (including toilet paper!)
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