You’re probably stuck at your desk right now drowning in work and longing for escape. You should escape. You work hard and you deserve it. So, do yourself a favor and call your local mechanic right now to make an appointment to have your car road trip inspected. If you don’t have a regular mechanic, check Cars.com to locate a reputable service provider in your neighborhood. Get the all clear from the mechanic, request a few days off from the boss, leave all of your cares behind and hit the open road heading to one of these road trip-worthy scenic drives in the United States.
If you live in the Southwest, scenic drives aren’t hard to come by in your neck of the woods. They don’t get much more scenic than Highway 89A that runs north and south from Prescott, Ariz. to Flagstaff, Ariz. through Coconino National Forest. This is red rock country with all roads leading to the nature lover’s mecca that is Sedona, Ariz. The drive takes less than two hours one way, so take your time to drink in the natural splendor and feast your eyes on some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country.
If you call the Pacific Northwest home, you have your fair share of scenic drives in your region too. Consider checking out the historic Columbia River Highway in Oregon. The span treks through the Columbia River Gorge treating travelers to awe inspiring vistas and marvelous waterfalls. The trip is about 75 miles one way. Road trippers can also choose to extend their drive with the addition of the Mount Hood Scenic Loop for views of the state’s tallest mountain.
East Coasters enjoy the enormous benefit of proximity since the states of this region are relatively small and easily reachable in a short amount of time. This region of the country is also replete with gorgeous scenic drives especially when the crisp fall nights begin turning the foliage. Start your adventure on the Historic National Road in Baltimore, Md. and take in more than 150 miles of highway steeped in rich colonial history. The highway extends far into Pennsylvania and is dotted with inns, taverns, shops and antiques to enjoy along the way.
Another of the most scenic routes in the country is the Great River Road which travelers can hop on in Memphis, Tenn. and meander through all the way to New Orleans, La. The route follows the mighty Mississippi with hundreds of opulent plantations built along the road by wealthy landowners, many more than 200 years ago. The food is magnificent, the people are warm and the sun is almost always shining in this region of the country.