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10 Scenic US Road Trips for Families

Let's get back to the basics of traveling and discover the beauty of our own country. That’s right, we’re talking about road trips the whole family can enjoy. Although Covid has put a damper on many travel plans, you can experience the thrill of a new place in your own backyard – or at least in your own country without going on a plane. Here are our top 10 most scenic road trips in the US that are perfect for families.

1. Blue Ridge Parkway

Where:

The Carolinas and Virginia Length: 500 miles The long and picturesque road takes you through Virginia all the way to Cherokee, North Carolina. You and your family will love the diversity of the drive as you have panoramic views of limestone caves, clear blue lakes, and majestic mountain peaks.

2. Kancamagus Highway

Where:

New Hampshire Length: 36 miles This road trip is best completed in the fall, where the burst of autumn colors will dazzle you. You can also chase some waterfalls. Sabbaday Falls is near Waterville and well worth the half-mile gaunt through the forest to reach them.

3. Ocean Drive

Where:

Newport, RI Length: 10 miles A short but gorgeous route on the coast of Road Island, when you’re not gawking at Narragansett Bay, you’ll be admiring the spectacular cottages overlooking the rippling shore.

4. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

Where:

Michigan Length: 7.4 miles Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is an excellent trip for families of all ages. While the road is not long, you'll love the intense forests, an expansive lake, and giant sand dunes. Take a break from the drive to climb up The Dune Climb, a 450-foot sand dune that you're free to trek.

5. US 1

Where:

Florida Keys Length: 120 miles This ocean drive takes you through the breathtaking Florida Keys, meandering past lighthouses, coral reefs, and the famed 7-mile bridge – one of the longest in the world.

6. Going to the Sun Road

Where:

Montana Length: 50 miles One of the most scenic mountain routes in the country, Going to the Sun Road, takes you on a paved road through Glacier National park. You'll be inspired by the stunning Rocky Mountains and ancient glaciers as you make your way through the park.

7. Trail Ridge Road

Where:

Colorado Length: 50 miles This road is a must-drive at least once in your lifetime. As the highest paved American road, you'll be on top of mountains without even leaving the comfort of your car. The highest point sitting at over 12,000 feet. You're sure to see some wildlife and gorgeous scenery from up above.

8. Route 12

Where:

Utah Length: 124 miles The scenery on this drive is unlike your typical road trip. With sandstone canyons, petrified forests, prehistoric villages, and fun little towns along the way, you’re sure to be surprised on this trip.

9. 17-Mile Drive

Where:

California Length: 10 miles A privately owned coastal highway, the $10 entry fee is well worth the views of jutting sea cliffs, crashing waves, harbor seals, and breathtaking sunsets.

10. Highway 101

Where:

Oregon Length: 300 miles You can drive down the entire protected Oregon Coast for Pacific Ocean views you'll never forget. The crisp blue sea contrasts against the peaceful farmland and the tiny Oregon towns offer a relaxing break from the drive. You can also pull over to see the 23 life-size dinosaurs replicas at the Prehistoric Gardens on this drive.

 

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