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Slideshow: Most Scenic Road Trips

U.S. News & World Report

Slideshow: Most Scenic Road Trips

Instead of flying from one destination to another, why not hit the open road? We compiled a list of the world's must-see drives that are all about the journey, not the destination.
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Pacific Coast Highway, Calif.

Pacific Coast Highway, Calif.

Meandering 123 miles along California's central coast, the Pacific Coast Highway stands as one of the most iconic drives in the United States — and it's easy to see why. This scenic road snakes past redwood forests and along Big Sur's swirling coastline. Read More:
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Instead of flying from one destination to another, why not hit the open road? We compiled a list of the world's must-see drives that are all about the journey, not the destination.
See the Most Scenic Road Trips»

Pacific Coast Highway, Calif.

Meandering 123 miles along California's central coast, the Pacific Coast Highway stands as one of the most iconic drives in the United States — and it's easy to see why. This scenic road snakes past redwood forests and along Big Sur's swirling coastline. Read More:
10 Most Scenic Road Trips

Overseas Highway, Fla.

Florida's Overseas Highway stretches 113 miles across the turquoise waves from the tip of the state's mainland to Key West. Along the way, road trippers can collect kitschy Americana from roadside souvenir stands, or hit the open water armed with dive gear and an underwater camera. Read More:
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Great Alpine Road, France

As it snakes through the French Alps from Lake Geneva southbound to the Mediterranean coast, the Great Alpine Road slips by snowcapped mountaintops and shimmering lakes. The road reaches over 9,000 feet at its highest point, so don't forget your camera. Read More:
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Scenic Byway 12, Utah

Scenic Byway 12 boasts gorgeous views of Utah's red-rock canyons and geological formations, some of which date back millions of years. This is why the route is often referred to as the "Journey Through Time Scenic Byway." Read More:
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Hai Van Pass, Vietnam

Winding its way along central Vietnam's coast, the Hai Van Pass afford gorgeous views of the South China Sea and the surrounding greenery — and you'll probably have much of the road to yourself! It's no wonder Jeremy Clarkson, host of the British car program, "Top Gear," called Hai Van Pass "a deserted ribbon of perfection." Read More:
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Amalfi Coast Drive, Italy

The Amalfi Coast Drive winds past pastel-hued towns and boasts dazzling vistas of the Mediterranean on Italy's eastern coast. Just keep an eye out for hairpin turns and aggressive drivers as you admire the surrounding scenery. Read More:
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The Atlantic Road, Norway

The mind-boggling Storseisundet Bridge isn't the only sight to see on Norway's Atlantic Road. Keep your eyes peeled for playful seals and soaring sea birds during your drive. Read More:
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Seward Highway, Alaska

The Seward Highway — which extends northward from Seward, Alaska to Anchorage — doesn't offer much in the way of civilization, but it does tender stunning vistas. Out your window, you'll catch sight of Mt. Alyeska and Chugach State Park. Read More:
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Forgotten World Highway, New Zealand

The 93 miles of the Forgotten World Highway showcases New Zealand's green, crinkly landscape spectacularly — along with its thriving sheep population. Stop at Whangamomona's famously friendly hotel for the night if you're planning a two-day trip. Read More:
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Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii

The Hana Highway's 52 mile journey from Kahului to Hana hugs the lush cliffs of northern Maui, affording road-trippers views of the azure Pacific Ocean around every bend. And the waterfalls and black-sand beaches along the way are just as breathtaking. Find out more about:
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