Most Interesting Roads
By: Good2GoPublished: September 9, 2015
What would America be without its roadways? How would we get from one city to the next? There are an estimated 4 million miles of roadway, both paved and unpaved, in the United States. From winding backcountry roads, to busy interstates linking major cities, each has a story to tell. Whether it’s their breathtaking views, or historical significance, some roads are so unique and interesting that people flock to them as the highlight of their trip. Here is a list of some of the most interesting roads in America.
17-Mile Drive, California
What’s funny about 17-Mile Drive is that it’s actually closer to 10 miles than 17. The road is a privately operated highway just off Highway 1 that has an entrance fee of $9. Not only are beautiful ocean and forest views abundant, but there are plenty of beach-dwelling seal colonies along the way. The stretch of road begins at Pacific Grove and ends at Carmel. Tourists and locals both agree – the views are well worth the small fee.
Going to the Sun Road, Montana
It may be seasonal, but that doesn’t take away any of its beauty. One of the main charms about this road is that it goes straight through Glacier National Park, allowing drivers to witness many of its majestic, natural sights without wandering too far off the road. The 52-mile asphalt stretch will also take tourists right through the continental divide at Logan Pass. As for its seasonal nature, the road is only open from May to October since the area sees dangerously heavy snowfall during the other months. The best time to visit this area is during the summer months, when everything is still green and open.
Ocean Drive, Newport, Rhode Island
Ocean Drive offers great views of the Atlantic Ocean, but the beauty of this road is not entirely driven by nature, but in the imposing, historical mansions that dot the shoreline. These mansions belonged to some of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world, the Gilded Age industrialists. A few of these so-called “cottages” are even open for touring. At 10 miles, the drive is not that long and offers a great excursion during a New England vacation.
Anchorage to Valdez, Alaska
While separated from the rest of the country, and in and of itself rather isolated, this 300-mile Alaskan road is well worth the trek. The scenery includes immense snow-capped mountain ranges and ancient glaciers. You may even encounter some unexpected wildlife on your way. Watch out for that moose! At some points during the drive, the trans-Alaskan pipeline will appear and then fade away, gently reminding you of the industrialization continuing to take place. The final stretch of the drive (for drivers approaching Valdez) is a drive down through Thompson Pass where the road reaches sea level.
Highway 143, Tennessee
Highway 143 begins in the Roan Highlands of the Appalachian Mountains. The Appalachian Range is beautiful no matter where you are, but the Roan Highland area is especially charming. The summer is one of the best times to experience the landscape, filled with colorful blossoms in full bloom and rolling hills. This part of Highway 143 is considered the longest stretch of continuous grassy heaths in the world so feel free to stop and explore the trails along the way.
Route 12, Utah
This state road provides travelers with one of the most picturesque desert drives in America, maybe even the world. Drivers will get incredible views of the striking red rock formations common to the southwestern desert region, as well as plenty of signature desert shrubbery. The entire road is a lengthy 124 miles, but it isn’t in complete isolation. Several small towns along the way have become popular rest areas. Stop in for some local grub and shopping.
U.S. 1, Florida Keys
This route is an enchanting 120-mile ocean-view drive. Travelers will be taken through each island from Key Largo to Key West and will drive past numerous different sights – local wildlife, small beach towns, coral reefs, and, of course, the ocean itself. Included in the drive is one of the longest bridges in the world, the informatively named 7-Mile Bridge. Make sure to bring your beach chair!
These roads are certainly bucket-list material. Each route offers a unique journey through America’s landscape, each with its own charm and beauty. Whether you’re cruising down Ocean Drive, or stuck in traffic on your local highway, it’s always going to be important to have auto insurance coverage. Here at Good2Go we recognize that everyone is unique, just like these roads. Do you need a minimum coverage auto insurance policy? Good2Go can help! Need comprehensive coverage for your brand new car? Good2Go can help with that too! Regardless of your car insurance needs, Good2Go Auto Insurance can tailor a policy to your specific situation. Get your free quote today!