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Old 08-04-2007, 11:36 PM
Location: Tennessee
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Tail of the Dragon,Deals Gap, Blue Ridge Parkway,Cherohala Skyway, basically anywhere in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina
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Old 08-05-2007, 12:53 AM
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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Wow, where do I start. I would have to say that many of our National Parks provide excellent opportunities for scenic grandeur. Yosemite, Sequoia, Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton, Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Yellowstone are a few that come immediately to mind. I've traveled some of these places many times, and can never grow weary of them.

Highway 212 over the Beartooth Pass is one of the most spectacular drives I've ever done, as I expected it would be. If scenery is your thing, this is definitely worth the trip from almost anywhere.

I thought that the drive on Highway 189/191 from Pinedale, WY to Alpine, WY was spectacular, especially in the area near Hoback Junction.

Northern Arizona also has some gorgeous places to drive. I thought the area between Seligman and Flagstaff was incredible, especially just west of Williams. The tall trees are beautiful. The drive to the Grand Canyon, to either rim, is beautiful, too, though I preferred the drive to the North Rim. The area around the White Mtns. in eastern Arizona are beautiful, too. From Snowflake, on down to Showlow, then east over highway 60 on down to Socorro, NM is also beautiful.

Colorado has numerous places that are gorgeous, too. Glenwood Canyon on I-70 has been mentioned already, but is worth mentioning again. Lots of other parts of I-70 are also spectacular. Highway 160 from Cortez to Alamosa is beautiful. I-25 south of Trinidad, and on over Raton Pass, all the way down to Albuquerque, NM is beautiful.

New Mexico also has some gorgeous areas. I especially like the I-25 corridor north of Albuquerque, as mentioned above. I also liked the area along U.S. Rt. 60 from AZ to Socorro, NM.

Utah is another state with some gorgeous areas. The drive through Zion National Park is incredible. There are areas around Kanab that are beautiful, too. There are many parts of I-70 that are beautiful, as is the case with I-80 also, particularly east of Salt Lake City. Highway 191 also has a lot of beautiful places, from Moab on up to the Wyoming border and beyond.

I'll leave California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Nevada for another post.
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Old 08-05-2007, 01:02 AM
Location: So. Dak.
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Well, Synopsis already beat me to one of my picks. I think that the Badlands area in So. Dak. is a beautiful drive. Also a lot of the Black Hills area has some beautiful scenery.

Eastern OK is very pretty and peaceful. There's an interstate that runs right along the Ark./OK border and it's a very scenic drive. It runs parallel to another interstate a few miles away in Ark. that takes you on that same route.

Never been there, but I understand that Pa. has some of the most beautiful drives during the autumn.
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Old 08-05-2007, 09:09 AM
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Dropping off "Red Grade". 10,000 ft to 4,000 feet in 3 miles. Talk about a photo op? haha
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:47 PM
Location: Cortland, Ohio
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I loved the drive down 77 through WV and Virginia, the mountains were beautiful and everything was really green. I would love to do that drive when the leaves are changing!
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Old 08-05-2007, 10:05 PM
Location: Chicago
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I-88 from DeKalb IL to the Quad Cities. mmmmm..... corn
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Old 08-05-2007, 10:11 PM
Location: Boilermaker Territory
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I-93 through central and northern New Hampshire in the White Mountains is really nice. Franconia Notch state park is an impressive highlight.
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Old 08-05-2007, 10:32 PM
Location: Sacramento
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Originally Posted by NYMTman View Post
Only two stand out in my mind:

1) Going to the Sun Highway - Glacier Nat'l Park, Montana
2.) Beartooth Highway - Wyoming, Montana

But the most beautiful drive of all has to be the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper in Alberta, Canada.
I've heard about the Icefields Parkway, and may take it myself in the next year or so. What would you say makes it so special?
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Old 08-05-2007, 10:38 PM
Location: Sacramento
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California Rt 1 (Pacific Coast Hwy) between Westport and Leggett is a 30 mile gem. You drive through heavy redwood forest on the side of a mountain. The switchback driving is downright remarkable, and the tree cover over the road is dense. In many areas, it is difficult to go faster than 25 MPH.
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Old 08-06-2007, 06:59 AM
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Most of my picks are in Colorado, but I'll start with the drive from Dubouis, WY to Yellowstone. You travel through an Indian Reservation, into the mountains, through a forest and into a volcanic area of Yellowstone.

I enjoyed the road through Hovenweep in Utah, and the drive over the Grand Staircase.

In Colorado, you've got the West Elk Loop, Mt. Evans highway, the drive over Independence pass from Twin Lakes to Aspen. the Million Dollar Highway in the San Juan Mountains, and the Highway of Legends from Trinidad to Kansas. Then there is the drive to Kite Lake, and almost any road leading to a campground.

In Illinois, the approach from I-55 is cool with the Chicago Skyline. Farther west is a 10 mile drive from Starved Rock State Park to Ottawa Illinois along the Illinois River.

Driving Through St. Louis is cool with the Arch.

I know there's more I've seen. If you are looking for ideas, check out America's Byways¬ģ: National Scenic Byways Online.

Have a great day!

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