It’s hard to beat the exhilaration of driving on the open road—whether you’re admiring gorgeous mountain or riverside views, scanning vast tracts of wilderness for a deer grazing on the verge, spotting a snowy egret gliding above a marsh, or pausing to join shoppers around a lively town square.
Though any road offers possibilities, our national and state scenic byways are in a class unto themselves. Each of these routes—designated by the federal government or state and local agencies for its outstanding qualities—has a distinct personality. The following 10 stellar byways offer a combination of cultural, historic, scenic, archaeological, recreational, and natural splendors. Hit the road and enjoy these memorable experiences.