Breathtaking Routes: Six Of The Best Drives Across America

Bison-jam: Bison captured on camera crossing a road in Yellowstone National Park

No matter what state you find yourself in, America offers up some of the most scenic and memorable drives in the world. From coastal cruises to mountain passes, heritage routes through small towns, and nostalgic trips back through time, America’s vast network of open roads makes it perfectly suited for epic road trips.

In this blog, we’ll highlight some of the greatest driving routes across the U.S. and showcase the country’s diverse landscapes and cultures. We’ll travel along country backroads with views of rolling farms, through deserts and canyons, beside the sparkling ocean, and along historic roadways.

These spectacular American drives offer nonstop views and adventures, from can’t-miss roadside oddities to hiking trails and photo ops, as well as the nearby diners and events that capture notable eras. Meander with us off the main freeways and find out what makes hitting the open American road such a soul-stirring experience.

Rolling Through Time On The Mother Road

Cruising along Route 66, the famed Mother Road, is one of the greatest driving experiences America has to offer, as the route is lined with a treasure trove of history and iconic memorabilia, including vintage gas stations playing 60’s music and 1950s-style diners. 

Drive along the legendary Route 66 and be sure not to miss all the fascinating stops along the way ©Erica Zhao

Start off your journey in Kingman, home to the Arizona Route 66 Museum, and continue on through Seligman and Williams to the Grand Canyons South Rim. Stop off at Delgadillo’s Snow Cap, a 1953 drive-in, and check out the retro-worthy old road signs, bars, and shops—and, if you’re planning to travel in June, make a date with the annual Williams Historic Route 66 Car Show.

Drive back through time on The Canyons and National Parks 17-night fly-drive, with the itinerary taking you through Utah, Arizona, and Colorado.  Get ready for 2026, as the eight states traversed by America’s defining highway are getting ready for its 100th anniversary.

The Coast With The Most: California’s Bucket List Pacific Coast Highway

With its stunning bluffs, winding roads, magnificent mountain passes, and sparkling ocean views, California’s Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most spectacular coastal drives to be found anywhere in the world.

Situated along the Pacific Coast Highway (California State Route 1) in the Big Sur region, the Bixby Bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in California ©Karl MPhotography

Custom made for anyone seeking the classic American road trip experience, its crowning glory is the 90-mile drive through Big Sur—one of the longest and most undeveloped stretches of coastline in the country, featuring redwood forests, seaside cliffs, and gorgeous sandy beaches.

Upgrade to a convertible and watch out for surfers and sea lions as you drive along this stretch of paradise on our 13-night California Coast fly-drive, the itinerary taking you from San Francisco to San Diego.

Go Wild In The American West

Connecting the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, get ready for a wild ride on Wyoming’s John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway.

Drive between two of the United States’ most beautiful national parks on the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway ©National Park Service

This scenic 27-mile route is located at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, where grizzly bears, black bears, and moose roam. Reel in some trout as the Snake River that flows through the lands of the Parkway is home to world-class fly fishing, and there’s also whitewater rafting in the summer. 

Hit the gas on our 18-night Great American West fly-drive and size up the Teton’s stunning jagged peaks on your camera, the steep mountain range running parallel to this unforgettable stretch of road.

Historic Harbours and Rocky Shores

Located in northeast Maine, the 40-mile Acadia All American Road Byway encompasses Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. Considered among the most beautiful drives in the country, the route is punctuated with crystal lakes, beaches, craggy shorelines, lighthouses, spruce-fir forests, and granite-capped mountains.

The 40-mile Acadia All-American Road is so special that it’s been designated an All-American Road, considered the gold standard of scenic routes ©Edwin Chase

Along the way, there are plenty of hiking routes and historical sites, and out on the water, there’s whale watching too. Watch sailboats bobbing about in Frenchman’s Bay and stay at Salt Cottages near Bar Harbor, voted one of the best 100 new hotels in the entire world by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Our 12-night Along the Maine Coast fly-drive allows you to discover by land and sea with the inclusion of an optional 3-day Windjammer Cruise.

Taking It Slow Through Bluegrass Country

Just over 20 miles long, the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway is a dive into the heart of Kentucky and Bourbon Country, the route taking you through Bardstown (voted America’s most beautiful small town by USA today). 

Known for its stunning scenery and historic pitstops, the Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway runs from Elizabethtown, Kentucky to Lexington Woodford County, Kentucky ©Kentucky Tourism

Spy pastures and rolling hills carpeted in blue-green grass and thickets of trees, with the route bringing the region’s history to life—the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln is nearby.

Horse farms, wineries, and distilleries dot this scenic stretch of roadway, so you might want to take it slow on our 14-night Kentucky Country Flow fly-drive holiday.

A Heavenly Drive Along Hells Canyon

Designated as one of only 31 All American Roads throughout the United States, Oregon’s Hells Canyon Scenic Byway is guaranteed to take your breath away.

Float the deepest river canyon in North America, the Snake River, through Hells Canyon on a rafting adventure, the river forming the boundary between Idaho and Oregon ©Winding Waters River Expeditions

Located in Northeast Oregon, the 218-mile horseshoe route encircles the lofty Wallowa Mountains (rising to above 9,000 feet) and winds its way along the east side of Hells Canyon—the deepest canyon in North America, 3,000 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon.

The drive also passes by the pristine Wallowa and Snake rivers, and through the ancestral homeland of the Nez Perce tribe. From the river’s edge to the mountaintop and down to the valley floor, expect to be impressed on The Seven Wonders of Oregon 14-night fly drive.

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