America's 25 Most Beautiful Scenic Byways

After all, it's about the journey, not the destination.

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These famous routes across the country are the ultimate road trips, thanks to some truly awe-inspiring landscapes. Sightseeing doesn't get any easier than this...

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Hells Canyon Scenic Byway

Trace the steps of the right through North America's deepest canyon. You'll follow the Snake River straight past cliffs, fields and snowy mountaintops.

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Route 100 Vermont

Even without snow on the ground, attracts tourists year-round. Visit picturesque Stowe when the leaves begin to turn or wait for colder temperatures to tackle the slopes at Killington Ski Resort.

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Red Rock Scenic Byway

Legend has it that the famous sandstone formations of , appear to glow when the sun rises and sets.

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Curving through the , this national parkway connects North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Virginia's Shenandoah National Park.

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Historic Route 66

While no longer an official U.S. highway, the stretches from Chicago to Santa Monica, with four separate sections designated as national scenic byways.

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Chain of Craters Road

It looks a little apocalyptic, but is indeed open to the public. Just beware of the advancing lava flow from .

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Trail of the Ancients

Starting at the Four Corners Monument, this 480-mile route connects 's greatest archaeological treasures. Mesa Verde National Park features 4,000 sites alone, including 200 Pueblo cliff dwellings.

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Route 1 Big Sur Coast Highway

The famous crosses multiple historic bridges, including the 320-foot Bixby Creek Bridge. And don't forget to stop at the Piedras Blancas Rookery for a glimpse of the native elephant seals.

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Death Valley Scenic Byway

See the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America in one fell swoop. 's inhospitable basin holds the title for all three extremes.

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Florida Keys Scenic Byway

Go island-hopping in your car via "the Road to Paradise," or the southernmost portion of You'll want to make plenty of stops for swimming, fishing and stargazing along the overwater path between Key Largo to Key West.

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Las Vegas Strip

It may not be a natural landscape per se, but does have the official title of "scenic byway." Walk through it at night for the true neon-filled experience.

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Kancamagus Highway

Join the "leaf peepers" this fall and traverse 's narrow width. The east-west route through White Mountain National Forest stars some of the best autumn foliage in New England.

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Alaska's Marine Highway

You don't need a car for this trip. runs its own public ferry service along 3,500 miles of coastline, with 33 different ports. Book your own cabin and explore some of the country's most remote spots inaccessible by road.

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Scenic Byway 12

Explore in the heart of Utah. There's tons of soaring plateaus, but you'll definitely want to snap a postcard pic in front of the distinctive "hoodoos," or tall rock towers.

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Amish Country Byway

The rolling hills of rural never looked so pretty, but keep an eye on the road for the horse-drawn buggies.

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San Juan Skyway

The "road to the sky" loops around Colorado's , passing by ancient Pueblo ruins and historic Victorian towns.

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Acadia All American Road

On 's Mount Desert Island, visit the quaint seaside town of Bar Harbor or hike through Acadia National Park. Either way, you'll pretty much have to stop for a lobster roll at some point.

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Northwest Passage Scenic Byway

Lewis and Clark made their way through modern-day over 200 years ago looking for a viable path to the West Coast. The famous explorers encountered the Nez Perce, who still live along Route 12 today.

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Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

Stick to for a view of epic rock formations and an occasional lighthouse.

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Trail Ridge Road

Welcome to America's highest continuously paved road, reaching heights over 14,000 feet within . But plan your visit accordingly — the stretch of highway is closed during the winter through late spring.

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Turquoise Trail

Go the long way between , and you'll be treated to Cibola National Forest and the Sandia Mountain Wilderness Area.

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West Elk Loop

Although Mount Sopris anchors one end of the , the marks the other side. The bottom of the eerie gorge receives only 33 minutes of sunlight a day.

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Natchez Trace Parkway

Native Americans originally blazed the trail through through the dense forests of modern-day . Later on, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned an official road along the path, which soon attracted conniving bandits called "Kaintucks."

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High Road to Taos

Wind through 's Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the way from Sante Fe to — yep, you guessed it — Taos. The "Low Road" follows the river valleys of the Rio Grande.

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Lake Champlain Byway

Starting all the way up at the Canadian border, this scenic byway traces straight down the middle of the lake — via Grand Isle — toward Burlington, .

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