7 Breathtaking Summer Road Trips

Looking to make your summer memorable? Check out these must-see routes and byways. You’ll witness towering buttes, endless evergreens, pristine lakes and untamed wildlife, all fit for fantastic adventures you are sure to embellish upon later. So sit back, relax and enjoy this ride through some of the most beautiful roads in the U.S.

Silver Thread Byway, Colorado Take in Colorado via the Silver Thread byway, a scenic and historic route that weaves through mountains past old mining settlements. Panning for precious metals optional.

Route 66, Arizona Kick up gravel on historic Route 66, on the longest original stretch that passes through Flagstaff. This scenic route overlooks the Colorado River and kitschy wigwam motels. And the famous corner in Winslow, Arizona, of course.

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina Known as “America’s Favorite Drive”, Blue Ridge Parkway’s scenic splendor is not to be taken lightly. Running through North Carolina and Virginia, the Appalachian parkway is most popular in autumn but gorgeous all year long.

Old Canada Road Byway, Maine Follow in the footsteps of Benedict Arnold up Maine’s 102 to Quebec, an old river trading route with endless wildlife, forestry and rivers. If anything, it’ll make you more patriotic.

High Plains, Montana Just between Glacier and Yellowstone, Montana’s vast landscape is riddled with eye-catching landforms and badlands waiting to be explored. Suddenly no postcard will impress you.

Door County, Wisconsin Nicknamed the “Cape Cod of the Midwest,” Door Peninsula boasts 298 miles of beautiful limestone shoreline and lighthouses. Bring your own lobster rolls.

Cascade Lakes, Oregon Journey through endless evergreen forests, wildflower prairies, colossal volcanoes and lava flows, all on this scenic Oregon trail. Oh yeah, there are gorgeous lakes, too.