6 Most Scenic Drives Across America

#6 Colorado: Independence Pass

Independence Pass spans a stunning stretch of state Highway 82 in Colorado. Not only will you get an eyeful of beautiful landscapes, such as mountain wilderness of the Continental Divide, but you’ll also drive through the cities of Aspen and Twin Lakes.

#5 Alabama: Appalachian Highlands Scenic Byway

This drive also weaves along Lookout Mountain and passes by plenty of other natural wonders, including Little River Canyon National Reserve, Talladega National Forest and the Dugger Mountain Wilderness Area, to name a few.

#4 Alaska: Hatcher Pass Scenic Drive

Hatcher Pass Scenic Drive is a local favorite in Alaska – and for good reason. The 60-mile Hatcher Pass Road (aka Fishhook Road) lies in the Talkeetna Mountains between the towns of Willow and Palmer, and takes you through stunning mountain landscapes that are dotted with wildflowers and wildlife, not to mention spectacular views.

#3 Arizona: U.S. Route 66

U.S. Route 66 has a reputation of being equal parts scenic and quirky. Along this hundreds-mile-long drive, you’ll twist and turn along natural wonders like the Petrified Forest National Park and the Kaibab Plateau, where you can get a peek of the Grand Canyon.

#2 Arkansas: Pig Trail

The Pig Trail offers drivers the chance to get up close and personal with Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains. This 19-mile-long journey along state Highway 23 to state Highway 16 lives among the leafy Boston Mountain region of the Ozarks, affording superb views of the forests year-round.

#1 California: Sierra Vista Scenic Byway

Along the road, you’ll encounter landscapes that have stood the test of time, including forested areas surrounding stately granite peaks and domes.