Taking the Scenic Route: America’s Most Scenic Highways
Summer is just around the corner, and you’re chomping at the bit to hit the open highway in your RV. Don’t make the mistake of making the destination the only worthwhile part of the trip. Make the act of travel just as exciting by going on one or more of America’s top scenic highways. Pack up, saddle up, and hit the road!
This 3-hour, 127-mile stretch between Anchorage and Seward, Alaska, may just be the RVer’s dream drive. You get spectacular views of the glaciated Kenai Mountains for much of the trip and pass through Chugach National Forest and State Park. As getting your RV on the Seward Highway requires getting it to the scenic highway, you’ll have the added bonus of a trip up the Alaska Highway, another great scenic drive.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
One of America’s best known and most loved drives, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers waterfalls, pastoral scenes, spectacular mountain views, and valley vistas below as you travel the length of the Blue Ridge Mountains through Virginia and North Carolina.
Death Valley Scenic Byway
At only 55 miles long, this stretch of road through California’s Death Valley will only take you about an hour to cross. However, in that short period of time, you will pass through one of the hottest, driest, and lowest elevations on the planet, which makes the trip all the more thrilling and worthwhile.
Flint Hills Scenic Byway
The gateway to the tall grass prairie, the Flint Hills Scenic Byway runs between El Dorado State Park and Council Grove Lake in eastern Kansas. Flint Hills offers 48 miles of views and vistas that the pioneers crossing in their Conestoga wagons would have seen—the Great Plains in all their unchanged glory. Another short drive worth adding to a longer road trip.
Florida Keys Scenic Highway
Considered one of the best RV trips around, running your rig down old Route 1 from Key Largo to Key West is the road trip of a lifetime. At 120 miles long and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, the Keys give you the chance to leave the stress and mess of everyday life behind as you sink into oceans views, gorgeous sunsets rivaled only by the following sunrise, and the laid back atmosphere of the islands. With lots of great stops and eateries along the way, the guidebook’s suggested 4 hours will most likely turn into several days. With at least 3 highly recommended RV parks along the tour, you’ll never be too far from home.
Creole Nature Trail
Known as Louisiana’s outback, the Creole Nature Trail meanders through two southeastern parishes. You’ll travel through marshes, coastal communities on the Gulf of Mexico, and salt grass prairies unique to the Mississippi River Delta. With plenty of RV parks and small towns to provide rest and relaxation, as well as good food and fun side trips, the Creole Nature Trail may just be the trip of a lifetime you haven’t considered.
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