Americans who travel cross-country have the opportunity to see a variety of amazing sights along the way. From the rocky coastlines of the East to the soaring mountains of the West, they can experience the vast changes in landscape, climate, flora and fauna that occur from state to state. Several routes scattered around the country are widely recognized as the most spectacular vistas in the nation.
Hana Highway, Maui
Hana is a small, secluded town on the island of Maui, Hawaii’s coast. To get there, visitors must travel the 52-mile route that can be an adventure in itself. Leave plenty of time for travel and sightseeing because the road has narrow, one-lane bridges; hairpin turns; waterfalls, ravines, natural pools and a variety of other photographic opportunities. Snorkeling off the shore off Waianapanapa State Park with its black sand beach is a popular activity. Stop at a Hawaiian temple or botanical garden along the way.
Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Chicago, the crossroads of the nation, offers an iconic, urban drive that provides visitors with the true flavor of the city. With views of some of the most representative architectural in the city on one side and beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan on the other, visitors wind their way through 26 miles of the heart of this great American city.
Bluebonnet Trail, Texas
During the first weeks of April, visitors to Texas can enjoy vast fields and meadows full of the state’s famous bluebonnet flowers. The hill country offers the best views, on a looped drive between Austin and San Antonio or San Marcos and Fredericksburg. Even if you are a little early, in March, you can enjoy this quintessential Texas attraction.
Turnagian Arm, Alaska
Visitors to this extraordinary state, The Last Frontier, should ensure they take the 45-minute drive from Anchorage to Girdwood to see the spectacular scenery of Turnagain Arm on Cook’s Inlet. Here you will see views reminiscent of Norway, between soaring mountains that plunge into the sea and steep cliffs that sport unexpected waterfalls. Wildlife viewing is common in the area, and there are many turnoffs for taking photos and enjoying this unique scenery.
Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania and New Jersey
One of the most surprising scenic drives in the country lies between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Here the Delaware Water Gap that stretches along the Delaware River between the two states. The S-shaped gap cuts a deep path through Kittatinny Ridge, with wooded vistas, ravines, rock slopes and waterfalls.
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