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Old 03-26-2016, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Lil Rhodey
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Another one I don't think was mentioned: US Hwy. 163 between Mexican Hat, Utah, and Kayenta, Arizona. Goes through Monument Valley and other landscapes that look like a faraway alien planet. One of the most spectacular drives I've ever taken.
I think Utah has the most surreal landscapes in the country.. tons of awesome drives
I was impressed with Michigan ... I think mostly because I wasn't expecting it to have such beautiful scenery .. spectacular areas around the coast, nice drives
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Old 03-26-2016, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Another one I don't think was mentioned: US Hwy. 163 between Mexican Hat, Utah, and Kayenta, Arizona. Goes through Monument Valley and other landscapes that look like a faraway alien planet. One of the most spectacular drives I've ever taken.
Just north of Mexican Hat on UT-261 is the Moki Dugway. Haven't done it yet, but it's on the bucket list.
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Just north of Mexican Hat on UT-261 is the Moki Dugway. Haven't done it yet, but it's on the bucket list.
We were always hoping to check out the Moki Dugway before we moved from Western CO, but never had the chance. From what I've seen and read, the descent from Canyonlands to White Rim Road is kind of similar, and from personal experience, the Echo Park turnoff from Harper's Corner Road in the extremely underrated Dinosaur National Monument (CO side) has that type of look and feel, as well- I highly recommend Harper's Corner Road, at least!

My list in CO would also include (not a complete list) the Grand Mesa Scenic Highway from Mesa to Cedaredge, Flat Tops Scenic Highway from Yampa to Meeker, Million Dollar Highway from Ouray to Durango, 285/17 through the San Luis Valley, Cottonwood Pass to Crested Butte, Independence Pass to Aspen, and Keblar Pass/McClure Pass from Crested Butte to Carbondale.

Other amazing routes- the moonscape of Utah 12 between Bryce Canyon NP and Capital Reef NP, I-70 between Denver and Grand Junction (obviously) but also in UT, from Green River over the San Rafael Swell, and the 128 "River Road" from I-70 to Moab.

Can't leave out my old stomping grounds, the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as TN 143/NC 261 over Carver's Gap on Roan Mountain, the Cherohala Skyway, and the infamous "Tail of the Dragon" on the TN/NC line.

Now that we're in the NW, we've found the 101 on the OR coast and I-84 or (or OR 30 and WA 14) through Columbia Gorge to be amazing, and for beauty and contrast, the entire Cascade Loop (Hwy 20/97/2) from Whidbey Island on Puget Sound through North Cascades NP, through Methow Valley, by Lake Chelan, and back through Leavenworth and Stevens Pass) to be about as good as it gets. Ocean to alpine to desert and back! Also amazing: Chuckanut Drive from Mt. Vernon to Bellingham, and the Mount Baker Scenic Highway (542) to Artist Point, which in my opinion is among the prettiest (driveable) high mountain vistas in the Pacific NW.
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Old 03-26-2016, 02:02 PM
 
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Great submissions, guys. Look forward to driving some of the ones we haven't seem some day.
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Old 03-26-2016, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I-26 going from eastern TN to western NC.
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:27 PM
 
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US 2 west from St. Ignace, Michigan.
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Northern Rockies
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The Going to the Sun Road is nice.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaLMZG8qLs0
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:38 PM
 
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Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Sheridan Rd on the North Shore, Chicago
Hwy 101 in CA
Park Road through the Badlands, SD
I-80 throughout the country- variety of scenery
I-95 for the same reasons
Mulholland Dr., LA
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:45 PM
 
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Almost everybody's picks have been entirely through nature, but probably my favorite drive in America is Lake Shore Drive in Chicago -- beautiful Lake Michigan on one side, America's best skyline on the other, fronted by stunning Gothic and modernist architecture. Love the part where it curves right before you run into the northern edge of downtown.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4abFuhwEmRk
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:20 PM
 
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Pacific Coast highway- CA
I agree, PCH has beautiful views!
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