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Old 12-24-2021, 05:58 PM
 
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In January or February I would be interested in going somewhere that I can drive out for 1-3 hours and unwind, and see the beautiful American landscape. Any tips?

I'm in a major Northeast city and feel that would be a good change of pace.

More stuff I'm interested in--

* Must be doable as a day trip from a city with an airport.
* Not mandatory, but if it's the type of route/road where you can stop or go off track to enjoy the view or see a landmark, that'd be great.
* No preference for the type of scenery, so long as it's distinctively different from the DC-Baltimore-Philadelphia-NYC corridor.

As an example one thing I had thought of was doing the Zion park area out of Las Vegas, but was curious if there are other less obvious options. If my question doesn't make sense I can rephrase.
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Old 12-24-2021, 06:12 PM
 
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-- U.S. 101 / SH-1 between LA and SF -albeit will take aprox 5 - 6 Hours to complete
-- I-90 Snoqualmie Pass just east of Seattle
-- I-70 // U.S 6 -- SH-119 West of Denver .. Also including SH-5 and Mount Evans
-- U.S. 50 between Sacramento CA & Carson City NV
-- U.S. 19 / U.S 74 between Dahlonega GA & Ashville NC
-- U.S. 441 / U.S. 129 - aka Tail of the Dragon just south of Knoxville TN

Some of those will exceed your time threshhold by a fair margin...
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Old 12-24-2021, 06:32 PM
 
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-- U.S. 101 / SH-1 between LA and SF -albeit will take aprox 5 - 6 Hours to complete
-- I-90 Snoqualmie Pass just east of Seattle
-- I-70 // U.S 6 -- SH-119 West of Denver .. Also including SH-5 and Mount Evans
-- U.S. 50 between Sacramento CA & Carson City NV
-- U.S. 19 / U.S 74 between Dahlonega GA & Ashville NC
-- U.S. 441 / U.S. 129 - aka Tail of the Dragon just south of Knoxville TN

Some of those will exceed your time threshold by a fair margin...
Grazie Mille! I'd actually be be at the "hub" city for a few days though. So while preference is something I can do in a day, if i need to spend a night in the vicinity not the end of the world.
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Old 12-24-2021, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Florida
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The Pacific Coast Highway could be a good option.
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Old 12-24-2021, 06:42 PM
 
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I-84 from metro Portland to The Dalles, OR is extremely scenic. It takes you through the Columbia River Gorge, which is known for its high concentration of waterfalls, with over 90 on the Oregon side of the gorge alone, and it's also a popular destination for hiking and water sports.
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Old 12-24-2021, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada
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-- U.S. 101 / SH-1 between LA and SF -albeit will take aprox 5 - 6 Hours to complete
-- I-90 Snoqualmie Pass just east of Seattle
-- I-70 // U.S 6 -- SH-119 West of Denver .. Also including SH-5 and Mount Evans
-- U.S. 50 between Sacramento CA & Carson City NV
-- U.S. 19 / U.S 74 between Dahlonega GA & Ashville NC
-- U.S. 441 / U.S. 129 - aka Tail of the Dragon just south of Knoxville TN

Some of those will exceed your time threshhold by a fair margin...
The Sierra passes will be buried in snow at this time. Yes, you can almost always get through, but we are having monster snow this year.

Lake Tahoe will still be amazing, but no hiking or exploring unless your a skier!

Definitely should see Grand Canyon and Zion. Could still have snow issues in January though.
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Old 12-24-2021, 07:36 PM
 
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True. I didn’t account for weather. It’s currently in the 70’s - 80’s where I am this Christmas Eve
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Old 12-24-2021, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Consider San Diego, Yuma, Tucson, Orlando, or Miami. Maybe Miami and drive down to Key West on the Overseas Highway. Perfect time of year for that.

Miami, FL to Key West, FL 33040 - Google Maps

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Old 12-24-2021, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Originally Posted by Need4Camaro View Post
-- U.S. 101 / SH-1 between LA and SF -albeit will take aprox 5 - 6 Hours to complete
-- I-90 Snoqualmie Pass just east of Seattle
-- I-70 // U.S 6 -- SH-119 West of Denver .. Also including SH-5 and Mount Evans
-- U.S. 50 between Sacramento CA & Carson City NV
-- U.S. 19 / U.S 74 between Dahlonega GA & Ashville NC
-- U.S. 441 / U.S. 129 - aka Tail of the Dragon just south of Knoxville TN

Some of those will exceed your time threshhold by a fair margin...
Mount Evans is not an option in January or February. US-101 could have a lot of rain. I-90, I-70 and US-50 will likely have snow.
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Old 12-25-2021, 12:57 AM
 
Location: NC
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Buy a book about scenic drives in the USA. Then make your plans based on nearby cities with airports.
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