By Miriam Carey
Experiencing America through its back roads and scenic byways provides a unique glimpse into the personality, culture, and history of the nation. Scenic drives that wind past unforgettable landscapes, along coastal scenes, and even through moments in history create memories that last a lifetime. They make an excellent argument for opting out of the fast lane for a few days to take the road less traveled.
We have compiled articles on more than 100 scenic drives, taking you through every state in the nation. Helpful route maps accompany thorough descriptions of the scenic drives. Also included are links to places to stay and eat along each route. Browse our state-by-state guide at the bottom of this page to find a scenic drive that suits you.
As you look at these scenic drives, remember that each route we’ve chosen is a road designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as a National Scenic Byway or an All-American Road. To earn the distinction, a road must meet high standards for combining scenic beauty with recreational, natural, historical, cultural, and archaeological significance -- the essential elements of a memorable road trip.
Here's our state-by-state guide:
Find more useful information related to scenic drives:
- Mobil Travel Guide Star-Rated Hotels: You'll probably need a place to stay when you're on your scenic drive. Check out these hotels throughout the United States.
- Mobil Travel Guide Star-Rated Restaurants: We have restaurants covered, too. See a wide variety of restaurants in each state.
- How to Drive Economically: Fuel economy is a major concern when you're on a driving trip. Learn how to get better gas mileage.