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Scenic Drives & RoadTrip Resources

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Little Town Near a Big Mountain
In the shadow of Mt. McKinley, Talkeetna is a center for outdoor enthusiasts.


Hackberry, AZ
Interstate 8
The Most Boring Highway in America?
Verde Valley
RoadTrip Into Arizona's Past
2005 Desert Wildflower Report
Route 66 by Motorcycle
Oatman to Williams with Bob Schaller on the Screaming Yellow Streak
The Coronado Trail
Along Arizona's eastern ridge—a scenic drive on "America's Twistiest Highway."
The Unusual Journey of Roy Purcell
Day trip from Las Vegas to the old mining town of Chloride and its famous murals


California poppies
Racetrack Playa & the Mysterious Sliding Stones of Death Valley
Road Trip through the Redwoods
Avenue of the Giants
Death Valley Trails to Choride Ghost Town
Once-in-100-Years Wildflower Blooms in Death Valley
1200 Miles in Four Days
Los Angeles to the Sierra Nevadas, Death Valley, Las Vegas and Back!
The "Impossible" Goat Canyon Trestle
A visit to the Carrizo Gorge at the southern end of Anza-Borrego State Park
Drive the Gold Rush Trail
California Highway 49 brings Mother Lode history to life
Springtime Extravaganza
2005 Wildflowers in Antelope Valley
Land of Extremes
Death Valley National Park
San Diego's Bazaar del Mundo
Shopping & dining in historic surroundings
Hole-in-the-Wall and the Kelso Dunes
Mojave National Preserve


Cumbres & Toltec Railroad
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Ride along with Bob Schaller on the historic C&T between Antonito, Colorado, and Chama, New Mexico
From Montrose to Durango via the "Million Dollar Highway"
The views are actually priceless
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Colorado's new National Park on US Highway 50 offers vertigo-inducing views and stunning scenery
Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad
If you thrill to vintage trains and snow-capped peaks, this is the journey for you!


See Rock City
See Rock City
Georgia's prennially favorite roadside wonder


Fall in Eastern Idaho
Sheep Falls on the Falls River
Summer Picnic on the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway
Wildlife Viewing in Early Spring
In Search of Fall Color in Eastern Idaho
Craters of the Moon National Monument


Highway 61
Memphis to New Orleans
More than Just Graceland: Travel with music historian Scott Stanton in search of the birthplace of the blues


Going-to-the-Sun Road
in Glacier National Park


Extraterrestrial Highway
Road Trip to Old Nevada
Pioche, Ely, Baker, and Great Basin National Park
The Extraterrestrial Highway
A drive through the Tikaboo Valley and a visit to the Lille A'Le'Inn in Rachel
White Mountain Road Trip
Las Vegas to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

New York

Hawk's Nest, Highway 97
Near the corner of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey along the Delaware River is a section of Hwy 97 called the Hawk's Nest. Its storybook-perfect curvy road has been featured in numerous auto commercials over the years. Recalling the beauty of the drive, RoadTrip America Contributing Writer Ruth Mormon wrote "This is one of the prettiest roadways I have ever seen." /GettingOutThere/Newfound-Gap-Road-through-the-Great-Smokies-01.jpg

North Carolina/Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains NP
Seeing the Smokies on the Newfound Gap Road
The misty vistas and rhododendron-covered hillsides Smoky Mountains National Park attract more visitors than any other national park in the country. Crowded? Yes. But a day spent traveling the Newfound Gap Road, even in high summer, offers nothing but beautiful, green forest solitude.


Camelot Resort
Tiki Wonder of the Far North
On the road with Tiki expert James Teitelbaum to the Camelot Resort

South Dakota

Road Trip Into America's Heartland

Tennessee/North Carolina

Seeing the Smokies on the Newfound Gap Road


Kayaking near Menard, TX
Sunday Drive in the Texas Hill Country
Sweet Water, Swollen River
Kayaking road trip near Menard
Time Out on the Third Coast
South from to Rockport and Port Aransas on the Gulf coast.


La Sal Mountains
A Road Trip Through Castles & Colors
Scenic loop through the La Sal Mountains, in eastern Utah
Off-Road and Inside the San Rafael Swell
World's Largest Outdoor Art Gallery
A Road Trip into Nine-Mile Canyon
Interstate 70 Through Eastern Utah
Moseying Through Capitol Reef National Park
Grand Canyon to Bryce & Cedar Breaks
Three-day road trip from Las Vegas


Bombay Peggy's and the Sourtoe Cocktail
A drive to Dawson City with adventure driver Garry Sowerby

RoadTrip Resources on the Web

RoadTrips of the Fall
Outstanding routes for autumn treks.
America's Byways
Highlights drives in 30 states that have been designated as Scenic Byways by the Federal Highway Administration. Wonderful photos and great ideas here!
The Bureau of Land Management
The BLM oversees 69 National Back Country Byways and nearly 262 million acres of land in the western states. This site is packed with enticing off-the-beaten-path info.
The Army Corps of Engineers
manages 463 lakes around the US. Their locations are top notch, and their campgrounds are beautifully designed and maintained.
US Forest Service
This site offers excellent gateway maps and resources for scenic drives and camping.
Reserve America
Reserve America, now owned by Ticketmaster, handles reservations for 140,00 campsites in 44 states.

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