Pack Up the Car and See America

There are many scenic drives in the United States, but only a few are truly iconic. Some wind through dramatic mountain ranges, others along one coast or another. Some take you to or through national parks, monuments and seashores. Others are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's grassroots America's Byways program. Here are eight unforgettable routes — our picks as some of the most iconic drives in the United States.

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1. Florida Overseas Highway

Built in the 1930s and rebuilt in the 1980s, the 106-mile segment of U.S. 1 from Key Largo to Key West, an official Florida Scenic Highway, offers many breathtaking water views. The engineering marvel that is Seven Mile Bridge just about spans the distance implied by its name — a world record when Henry Flagler financed its construction in the early 1900s — between the middle and lower Keys.

2. Blue Ridge Parkway

This 469-mile road from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is one of the South's most iconic drives. Highlights in Virginia include Rocky Knob and the Mabry Mill. In North Carolina, Mount Pisgah has a network of hiking trails and the historic Pisgah Inn

3. Acadia All-American Road

Beginning at Route 3 just south of Trenton on Maine's rugged coast, this 40-mile American byway loops around Acadia National Park, home of rocky shorelines dotted with tidal pools and dense woodlands rich in diverse wildlife. The route ascends to the summit of 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard, for an unparalleled 360-degree view of the coast (and a spectacular sunrise).