Senior Roadies Vote For America’s Most Scenic Highways Print

All boasting mucho fun miles behind the wheel, here are senior road warriors’ choices for this year’s most scenic drives in the USA:

Pacific Coast Highway 101:
The road goes all the way from Oregon to the Mexican border. A favorite is the 90 miles between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. The 17-mile drive north of Monterey is also spectacular coastline driving, and makes for a great reason to stop and visit the coastal town of Carmel and the Pebble Beach Golf Resort.

The Road to Hana: On the Hawaiian island of Maui, there’s is a magical road that snakes its way from Kahului to Hana. It crosses over 59 bridges, some above deep canyons, rushing waves and through lush rain forest.

The combination of the rain forest scenery, the cliffs, the mountains and the blue sea below, make this one of the most scenic drives in the world. This is a day-long drive, so be sure to fill your tank before leaving and bring snacks and rain gear.

Mulholland Highway: It runs along the crest of the Santa Monica Mountain foothills, separating the San Fernando Valley from Hollywood and Beverly Hills. It offers views of both the city and the valley with many scenic overlooks to pull over and enjoy the view. Dawn is the best time to find the road all to yourself.

Blue Ridge Parkway: It runs for 469 miles, connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. It boasts great mountain views, with lots of campgrounds and places to stop and explore the wildlife.

US Route 1: Try the southernmost end from Miami, it’s 113 miles across 42 bridges to reach Key West and the southernmost point in the US. The highway was built along the original railroad line laid in 1912 that opened up Key West as a destination resort.