Road trips are about a great many things. Cool playlists of the best song about every state. Excuses to eat more fast food in a week than you have since 2014. Gas station bathrooms. But they’re also about breaking up the monotony of the open road with a rest at a scenic lookout over something you’ve never seen before. It could be a mountain range, sprawling desert, or sweeping view of a modern city, but there’s something about scenic viewpoints that make us want to take a few minutes and appreciate the magic. After we post a picture, of course.
Each state offers plenty of these scenic overlooks, but we hit up locals and worked with the folks at Geotab — who found the highest paved road in every state — to find the best scenic viewpoints in every state that don’t require more than a car to reach.