With the invention of the muscle car, Americans could travel faster and further than they ever had before. To compliment this new freedom, they found new places to drive and new parts of the country to see. As almost an echo to the beauty of the muscle car, these scenic drives are as American as the Corvette and as breath-taking as one as well.
10. Hana Highway, Hawaii: The highway is among the most popular attraction in Maui. Many tourists use this highway to travel along the eastern side of Maui, stopping along the way to take in many of the picturesque waterfalls and attractions. At the end of the road is the Ohe’o Gulch, or “Seven Sacred Pools.” This family of pools and waterfalls is located in Haleakala National park. Always check driving conditions, as the highway can be closed from time to time due to landslides.
9. North Cascades Loop, Washington: Beginning less than 30 miles north of Seattle, this loop through the Cascades, along the Columbia River, past Lake Chelan, through Methow Valley and North Cascades National Park, and right into the Puget Sound. This is no day trip, the loop is 440 miles, so expect to stay at least a night somewhere in transit. It’s also not some drab stretch of the highway either, it has the most iconic scenes of the Pacific Northwest all roadside.
8. Loneliest Road in America, Nevada: The Lincoln Highway or US 50 in Nevada was named by Life magazine because of its desolate surroundings and lack of civilization. Steven King drove across it and was inspired a ghost town, not to mention it seeing millions of drivers a year. There are only a few gas stations along the stretch so make sure you plan your stops accordingly. You don’t want to be stranded a place like this.
7. Redwood Highway, California: Located on US Route 101, the Redwood Highway spans from the Golden Gate Bridge to its end near Crescent City, traveling along the coast of California. Millions of redwood trees, thousands of years old surround the highway that stretches across some of the most beautiful views in northern California. Be ready, you actually get to drive through a couple of trees when you’re on this highway. It’s truly breath-taking.
6. Badland and Black Hills, South Dakota: Boasting the home of Mt. Rushmore and the Sturgis motorcycle rally, the sprawling canyons of the Badlands are American beauty at its finest. Whether you are traveling from Florida or Ohio, getting to the Badlands is awe-inspiring and truly majestic as you cut through the Black Hills. There is plenty of local flair and culture in Rapid City as you enter the Black Hills