Country’s 2013 Best Scenic Roads

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Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

Country magazine's 2013 Best Scenic Roads

    From the first days of mass-marketed motor cars, the miracle of the internal combustion engine has fed our wanderlust. Sometimes it’s a simple need to get out of town for a spell, away from the monotony of everyday chores. Inside some folks it’s an aching desire to explore the country, to see what wonders may await over the next horizon.

    Over the years our love affair with the automobile led to better roads, stop-and-shop stands, odd roadside attractions and the birth of the motel. Improved highways provided us a permanent passport to the scenic grandeur spread across this vast, glorious country of ours. We could now discover for ourselves the majestic mountain peaks, tumbling waterfalls, lush forests, plunging canyons, splendid seashores and rolling desert sands that no travel pamphlet can truly re-create.

    For the explorer in you, we’ve chosen our top 10 intriguing drives from an impressive list of byways suggested by some of our favorite scenic photographers. Whether you prefer quiet country roads or highways with vast skylines, there’s something for everyone. Click on the links below for more information and photos about our 10 best scenic roads. We hope you get to one or all of them as you feed your need to experience the magnificent horizons open to us all.

    Oregon Coast Highway
    Door County Coastal Byway
    Utah’s Red Rock Country
    Natchez Trace Parkway
    Blue Grass Valley Road
    Going-to-the-Sun Road
    Mount Desert Island Loop
    Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway
    Alaska’s Seward Highway
    Mount Rainier’s Route 706

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