​America Most Scenic Roads - Top 5​​

September 15, 2021

Here are five places to visit that are America most scenic roads. There are so many roads you can travel in America that bring adventure and scenic views. Most of them are on the west coast, so we begin our list with Highway 1 in California.

1. Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway), California - Highway 1 is a state highway that runs along much of the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California. It is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. It starts at Interstate 5 (I-5) near Dana Point in Orange County and runs north to U.S. Highway 101 (U.S. 101) near Leggett in Mendocino County and tops the list on America most scenic roads.

2. Cottonwood Pass, Colorado - Cottonwood Pass (elevation 12,126 feet) is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of south-central Colorado. It is located near the border of Gunnison and Chaffee counties in Colorado and is in the Sawatch Range. The area surrounding the roads is mostly forest, with the San Isabel National Forest to the east and the Gunnison National Forest to the west.

3. Beartooth Highway, Montana & Wyoming - The Beartooth Highway is an All-American Road that has been called “the most beautiful drive in America,” by late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt. Because of heavy snowfall at the top, the pass is usually open each year only from mid May through mid October, weather conditions permitting.

4. Mount Evans Scenic Byway, Colorado - The Mount Evans Scenic Byway begins at the junction of Interstate 70 and State Highway 103 near Idaho Springs, Colorado and continues on State Highway 5 through the Mount Evans Wilderness where it ends near the summit of Mount Evans. The byway is 28 miles (45 km) in length and gains over 7,000 feet (2,100 m) of altitude. Achieving a final altitude of 14,130 feet (4,310 m), this is one of the highest paved roads in North America.

5. Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania & New Jersey - The Delaware Water Gap is on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania where the Delaware River cuts through a large ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. A water gap is a geological feature where a river cuts through a mountain ridge. The Delaware Water Gap is the site of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, which is used primarily for recreational purposes, such as rafting, canoeing, swimming, fishing, hiking, rock climbing with beautiful roads.