10. Skyline Drive, VA
Distance: 105 miles
Skyline Drive cuts through Shenandoah Valley and gives travelers a glimpse into what this country was like before Columbus discovered it. Join the State Park of Shenandoah and go past the visitor center. A few miles further on, you’re going to start climbing the Blue Ridge Mountains and that’s where the view really starts.
There are many lookouts to the top of the mountains, so watch for turn-offs as you pass. You could see some of the local wildlife— white tailed deer, skunks, rabbits, and a black bear, if you’re very lucky. Bring a backpack and some good shoes so you can stop and take one of the park’s many hiking trails.
9. Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway, CO-UT
Distance: 480 miles
As you wind through history, the Prehistoric Highway will pique your curiosity. Traveling through Utah and western Colorado, this journey takes you across canyons and valleys, arid plateaus and turns around hairpins.
Take meandering along the loop for a few days and pause to enjoy the many rivers that cross the town. Don’t skip the Dinosaur Quarry at Cleveland-Lloyd. This is the most important field for dinosaur buffs in the Jurassic-era dinosaur fossils. Start seeing thousands of dinosaur bones here and relive Jurassic Park.
8. The Southwest’s Four Corners
Distance: 525 miles
Beginning at Flagstaff, AZ, this journey takes you through all four states— Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. You’ll pass through the Painted Wood, where red and white blend in sky-like layers. Travel through several parks to Telluride, CO, a small town of eccentrics and painters at the Rocky Mountains foundation. Stand on Main Street and look up— when you get there you can see what you’re looking for.
7. Alaska’s Seward Highway, AK
Distance: 127 miles
This route is the distance concept. If you want to get away from it all and spend some time without crowds, cars or traffic, this is the path you have to take.
You’ll go over the Kenai Peninsula from Anchorage, and then on to Seward. Be sure to stop at Bird Point and see the beluga whales. Go on to Mount Alyeska–which in summer becomes a field of wildflowers. Finally, you’ll make it to Seward, a quaint little town with plenty of rooms available!
6. The Loneliest Road, CA – MD
Distance: 3,200 miles
The Loneliest Road is the trip for you if you’re looking for days to end touring the country. This path takes you from San Francisco, California, all the way out to Washington D.C., the nation’s capital.
Utah and Nevada’s barren deserts deliver breath-taking night sky sights. Farmlands stretch from horizon to horizon in the Midwest. You then travel eastwards, and the land rises up to meet the ancient Appalachian Mountains. Click those to find yourself struck by Washington D.C.’s power and prestige, and venture even further to find the calm beauty of Maryland’s Eastern Shore — a picture-perfect end to a life-altering journey.