You like to drive ? What is best than just the sound of the engine, the wind, a good tune on the radio, and a great road ? Here are some of the best roads in the USA, because they offer wonderful scenery, but also because the drive is great for the driver. A road trip is also about to enjoy to drive the car, and these roads and exactly what it takes to make drivers happy. So here is my top 5 of the best roads in the USA.
Patchwork Parkway in Utah
Utah’s Route 143, also known as Patchwork Parkway, connects Heritage Highway 89 and Scenic Byway 12. The route is 51 miles (82 kilometers) and takes about two hours to drive. With historic pioneer communities at either end, you can drive this route once traveled by Native Americans and American Pioneers as they hunted and gathered. The drive features overlooks and pullover areas where visitors can admire various peaks and plateaus, lakes, lava fields and canyons. Route 143 reaches an elevation of 10,567 feet (3,221 meters) at Cedar Breaks National Monument, making it one of the highest paved roads in Utah.
Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys
Driving on the Overseas Highway into the Florida Keys is a unique experience. This highway is a 113-mile (181-kilometer) series of roads and bridges, from the Florida mainland all the way down to our country’s southernmost point — Key West. These bridges are the survivors of Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway, intended to connect the Keys to the mainland. Construction began in 1905 and finished in 1912. The Knight’s Key Bridge — now called the Seven Mile Bridge for the nearly 7 miles (11.2 kilometers) of water it spans — is breathtaking to traverse. As you drive from Key Largo down to Key West, you can still see remnants of the old railroad bridges. Some of them abruptly end in the middle of the channel, a ghostly reminder of Flagler’s railway dreams.
Pacific Coast Highway in California
This California route is one of the most scenic in the world. Hugging cliffs and coastlines, the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) follows much of the California coast. However, only a 123-mile (198-kilometer) stretch is the official PCH, as designated by the state of California. Also called Highway 1, it takes about five hours to drive the PCH. The road often takes hairpin turns with narrow shoulders and steep drop-offs, so you must be alert at all times. Don’t forget to pull over in safe places to really enjoy the vista. As you drive along the PCH, make time for stops. You’ll pass through Big Sur, with its majestic redwoods. In Monterey Bay, lucky visitors will get a peek at sea otters playing in the water. The PCH also winds through wine country, including Sonoma County.
Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana
Going-to-the-Sun Road is a 52-mile (84-kilometer) road that bisects Glacier National Park in Montana. The drive is about two hours long if you drive without stopping. It actually crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, which is 6,646 feet (2,025 meters) high. The road passes through just about every landscape in the park — glacial lakes and valleys, alpine tundra and cedar forests. You can see actual glaciers from the road, at Jackson Glacier Overlook. Because the road was specially built to traverse the park, it’s well-populated with places to pull over and admire the view.
San Juan Skyway in Colorado
The San Juan Skyway is a 233-mile (375-kilometer) drive through the San Juan National Forest, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests in Colorado. It takes about five hours to drive, but allowing one or two days to experience the area is preferred. This “road to the sky” provides views of the San Juan Mountains, quaint towns and ancient Native American pueblo ruins. The drive features steep cliffs, alpine forests, campgrounds and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Any time of year is a good time to drive the San Juan Skyway. It simply depends on what you want to see and do. In the spring, waterfalls crash down the mountains as the snow melts from higher up. The summer brings dazzling displays of wildflowers. And in the fall, the trees put on their own show of bronze and gold leaves. If you love snow and winter sports, drive the Skyway in the winter for spectacular views and great ski resorts.
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