1. The PCH, California
The first time I drove the PCH through Big Sur with my dad, it took about fourteen hours. Part of that was due to driving so slow as to take in the scenery; the other part was due to running over a boulder and destroying our axle while taking in too much of the scenery.
2. The 101, Olympic National Park, Washington
When it reaches the Pacific Northwest, the 101 freeway cuts straight through Olympic National Park, home to the only major temperate rainforest in the United States, along with a hive of Bigfoot hunters who set up shop along the road as a means to spread the gospel.
3. Interstate 70, Pennsylvania
Interstate-70 carves a path through the vast majority of the continental United States, but it’s Pennsylvania stretch cuts through the hills of both Shawnee State Park and Laurel Hills State Park, and puts you without spitting distance of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Falling Water residence.
4. Route 163, Utah
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Route 163 is one of many that skirts the national parks of Southern Utah, but the particular stretch of Route 163 that runs through five miles of Monument Valley has been featured in everything from Forrest Gump to Doctor Who.
5. Park Blvd, Joshua Tree National Park, California
The primary attractions of Joshua Tree–the giant, previously submarine rock stacks and the joshua trees that inspired Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax–are immediately visible from the road that bisects the park. At the end of the road lies Keys View, a massive lookout point where everything from the Salton Sea to the San Andreas fault lies visible.
6. Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas
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By the time you reach the end of Las Vegas Boulevard, there’s a good chance a drunkard will try to lean in your window to buy coke. But at the beginning of the drive, your shitty little beater blasting Miley Cyrus can feel like a ’69 mustang, blasting through the desert with Hunter S Thompson by your side.
7. Interstate 70, Colorado
Denver is one of the few places in America where you can buy premium, recreational kush. I-70 carries cars straight out of this hotbox – hotbed, sorry – of legal weed and straight into the Arapaho National Forest and the mountainous ski resorts of Breckenridge, where there are no doubt plenty of spaces to pull off the road for two or three hours.
8. Route 97, New York
Route 97 is also called the Hawke’s Nest because of the birds of prey that nest in the area. This particular area is so windy that the speed limit drops from 55 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour for the duration of the road.
9. Skyline Drive, Virginia
The entire stretch of Skyline Drive was named a National Scenic Byway, as it rides directly next to the Shenandoah Valley region. Over two million people visit the road each year for purely touristic reason.
10. Manhattan Bridge, New York City
Guy de Maupassant hated the Eiffel Tower so much that he ate his lunch there every day just so he wouldn’t have to see it. So while the Brooklyn Bridge is the more popular and oft-visited bridge in New York City, if you actually want to be able to see the damn thing, you’ll need to drive the Manhattan Bridge.