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Old 04-21-2023, 06:33 AM
Location: Terramaria
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Rock Creek Drive/Beach Drive in DC/Montgomery County, MD is a pretty good equivalent for the DMV, and usually feels even more woodsy than the Fairmount Park drives, especially once you get north of the tunnel where it's only two lanes. Its often closed to traffic though as you approach the MD border, but it outside its southern flank when you can see the Potomac and the Kennedy Center/Watergate, then under several underpasses as you traverse between Georgetown and The West End/Dupont Circle and Embassy Row sections, where you'll come across a couple high bridges that could make you feel like you're in West Virginia, its mostly dense woodlands with occasional picnic groves and the abandoned small mill along the way, and the drive continues into Montgomery County, ending just north of Kensington and a bit east of North Bethesda.
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Old 04-21-2023, 08:32 AM
Location: State of Superior
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The most popular drives are just that, popular ! That said, and you can except traffic, the best road is America paid,it’s ours nationally ! The Blue Ridge Parkway.
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Old 04-21-2023, 08:53 AM
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The great river road system. NE Iowa, SW IL, The driftless region in Wisconsin, any of those alphabet named roads out there are gorgeous.

Just showing some love for the midwest.

Living out west now, and everyone else mentioned the ones out here.
If you ride motorcycles, you've done all the roads mentioned here within 200 miles and beyond, lol.

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Old 04-21-2023, 09:10 AM
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NC Highway 12 runs 150 miles along NC’s Outer Banks and includes 2 ferries, Cedar Island, Ocracoke Island, Cape Hatteras National Park, Wright Brother’s Memorial, Duck, and ends with the highway turning into the Corolla beach highway.
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Old 04-21-2023, 10:10 AM
Location: 32°19'03.7"N 106°43'55.9"W
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So cool to see a thread I started here almost 16 years ago, that I would have forgotten about, be recycled. And I have traveled a lot since then and would add on to my original list.

1) PCH from Morro Bay to Big Sur. I mentioned in my OP about the upper portion of the PCH. The central coast is that much more grandiose.
2) 101 from Carpinteria to Ventura.
3) CA 154 from Santa Barbara to Santa Ynez California.
4) 101 (again) from the Gaviota Pass to Buellton, California.
5) CA 49 from Auburn to Placerville CA.
6) CA 49 from Nevada City to Sierra City CA.
7) CA 20/I-80 from Nevada City to Truckee CA.
8) CA 89 from Ponderosa Palisades to Emerald Bay CA.
9) Virgin River Gorge on I-15 from Mesquite Nevada to St. George UT.
10) US 163 through Monument Valley UT-AZ. (This one might be the best yet, Google "The Weight Easy Rider")
11) Big Island Hawaii all of HI 11 and HI 19. Just first rate. What an experience that was.
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Old 04-21-2023, 11:02 AM
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Any of these Scenic Byways qualify:

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Old 04-21-2023, 12:38 PM
Location: East Bay, San Francisco Bay Area, CA
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So many beautiful drives in the US, just a few::

Highway 1, central coast of California. I’ve done this drive many times in my life and enjoyed it. When I was younger, I often took a few days off in the beautiful springtime (March, April) from work, got in my now retired Toyota 4x4 truck and took this drive from Southern California up to the Bay Area. Quintessential California.

Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica just west to Malibu. Breathtaking and scenic.

Snickersville Turnpike in Loudoun County, Virginia. Just beautiful and quaint.

Highway 128 through California Wine Country. So picturesque.

I know there are many others, I just haven’t experienced them yet!

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Old 04-21-2023, 12:51 PM
Location: On the Waterfront
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The GW Parkway in VA directly across from DC. Beautiful drive looking across at the shots of Northwest DC, the National Cathedral in the foreground, Georgetown, the Potomac River, Great Falls and so on.
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Old 04-21-2023, 12:53 PM
Location: Aurora, CO
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I really enjoy the Needles Highway/Iron Mountain Road in the Black Hills. The switchbacks, bridges, tunnels and granite spires are pretty cool.
This. Add in SD-87 between Hot Springs and US-16A. Take a side drive to the summit of Mount Coolidge for awesome 365° views. On a clear day you can see the Badlands something like 50 miles to the east.

Also in SD - US-14A through Spearfish Canyon.

Nebraska: NE-71 between Kimball and Scottsbluff. Looks nothing like the Nebraska of the I-80 corridor. The road drops down out of Kimball into a broad plain before heading up and over the Wildcat Hills. The sandstone formations on the north side of the hills guided travelers along the Oregon, Mormon, and California Trails.
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Old 04-21-2023, 12:58 PM
Location: On the Waterfront
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Want a scenic drive of NYC? Just take River Rd directly across the Hudson river in NJ starting in Edgewater. Drive South on that all the way until Weehawken. From there you can cross over into Hoboken and take Sinatra Drive for continued unparalleled city views.

If you want to see the skyline from higher up then take JFK Boulevard East which runs parallel to River Rd but sits on top of the Palisades.

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