There’s a lot to appreciate about this great country we live in. The people, the diversity, the freedom to do and go wherever you please. One of the greatest things though are the journeys in between where you choose to make your memories. The blankets of asphalt laid out across the nation make for some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring sights you can imagine. Here are some of the best highways in the U.S. that will make you want to jump in your vehicle and hit the road.
Haines Highway, Alaska
Haines Highway, which connects Haines, AK to Haines Junction, YT, is a 2-lane road open year-round and typically free of snow by May. Designated a State Scenic Byway in 1998 and a National Scenic Byway in 2009, the sights along this historic route include towering glaciated mountains, miles upon miles of pine forests, and wildlife around every bend. Haines Highway will also journey you through the Valley of the Eagles, home to the largest gathering of bald eagles in the world.
Pacific Coast Highway, California
Over 600 miles of beautiful and rugged coastline encompass California’s Pacific Coast Highway. It’ll take you about 10 hours to travel straight through and even longer (and more worthwhile) if you choose to stop and enjoy any of the landmarks and cities along the way. You’ll surely be wishing your destination was further away while travelling down this picturesque road.
Tail of the Dragon, Tennessee
Known as one of America’s most exciting highways, the Tail of the Dragon is likely one of the few roads that many consider their destination, rather than a means to it. This stretch of road only spans 11 miles but has a total of 318 curves. Albeit one of the more dangerous roads on this list with the highway claiming numerous lives every year, if you decide to brave this exhilarating roller coaster of a drive you will not regret it. You may even consider renting a motorcycle at one of the many rental locations nearby to experience the thrill of the open air as you twist and turn through this winding path.
Beartooth Highway, Wyoming
Like the Haines Highway in Alaska, the Beartooth Highway has also been designated a National Scenic Byway. It is the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rocky Mountains sitting at just under 11,000 feet. Starting south of Red Lodge, MT and spread over 68 miles, the road ends near the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Also hailed as one of the most beautiful routes in the United States, The Beartooth Highway is definitely a road-trip worthy destination for any journey.