There are thousands of roadways in the U.S. to enjoy, but unfortunately, life is short and there aren’t always opportunities to drive on all of them.
So we decided to pick out 10 of the best roads to experience in the U.S., with some of them offering breathtaking sights while others are simply fun to drive.
Seven Mile Bridge
Located in Florida, the Seven Mile Bridge connects Knight’s Key in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. Part of US 1, the Seven Mile Bridge is not just scenic and breathtaking to drive on, but it is currently one of the longest bridges in America.
There are few roads in the U.S. that are more iconic than Route 66. Stretching from Los Angeles, California to Chicago, Illinois, the legendary road is the perfect road trip if you want to see all the sights of historic U.S. Originally established in 1926, the highway spans 2,448 miles and if you have a couple of weeks to kill, this is the way to enjoy your car.
No it’s not exactly fun-to-drive since you can’t sprint down Lombard Street at blazing speeds – at least not legally – and it’s not particularly scenic, but Lombard Street is like no other in the country. It features eight hairpin turns down a steep roadway and is one of the crookedest streets in the U.S. Just be aware that it does get quite busy at times, meaning you could literally be waiting in line for your turn to drive down.
Also known as Alaska Route 8, the Denali Highway is a great way to take in the enchanting wilderness Alaska has to offer. It was originally opened in 1957 as the first road with access to Denali National Park and is 135 miles long. The conditions aren’t the greatest, but there are plenty of places to stop along the way with stunning scenery.
Crossing through the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina, the Cherohala Skyway is about 43 miles long. It is considered the most expensive road in North Carolina, costing $100 million to build and taking over three decades. But many consider the views worth it, especially since the route was built for sightseeing.
Blue Ridge Parkway
As a National Parkway and All-American Road, Blue Ridge Parkway runs slightly over 469 miles through the famous Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy a slow-paced, relaxing drive with stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of rugged mountains. You can also expect to see a diverse range of plants and animals along the way and truly shows off what’s so special about this region of the country.
Road to Hana
Nearly everything in Hawaii is scenic, especially in Maui. But if you’re looking for a way to truly take in everything the island has to offer, Hana Highway is the way to go. It’s a 64.4-mile long stretch of Hawaii Routes 36 and 360, connecting Kahului to the town of Hana and will take you about 2.5 hours to drive with no stops. It’s a winding and narrow roadway that passes over 59 bridges and there are approximately 620 curves through tropical rainforest.
U.S. 129 – The Tail of the Dragon
U.S. Route 129 actually spans across 582 miles, but it’s the section known as The Tail of the Dragon that is most famous. Featuring 318 curves across 11 miles, it’s widely considered the top road for motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts in America. But even if you’re not looking for a course full of winding turns and curves, it’s also one of the most scenic drives in the U.S. located on the North Carolina – Tennessee state line.
Angeles Crest Highway
There’s a reason why AutoGuide.com chooses the Angeles Crest Highway to test for our Car of the Year. The two-lane highway spans over the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles, California and is 66 miles long with plenty of sights, twists and turns to enjoy. It’s also one of the most dangerous roads if you’re over ambitious, and it’s common to see accidents on the weekends with helicopter medivacs on location.
Big Sur Coast HIghway
Our top choice is Big Sur Coast Highway, a rugged stretch of California’s Highway 1 that crosses between San Simeon and Carmel. There are roughly 85 miles of stunning scenery that can be enjoyed in a couple of hours, but we do recommend spending an entire day in the area. It’s one of the few places in the U.S. that truly offers a meeting of land, sky and sea. Best of all, it can be paired up with the Monterey Car Week, so you can enjoy everything the Concorso d’Eleganace has to offer as well as this scenic roadway.