3 of the Best Scenic Drives on the East Coast
You might think that California and the West Coast are the only places you can find stunning drives. But thankfully, you don’t have to cross the country to see some of the best views in the United States. The U.S. East Coast is full of scenic drives, so the next time you want to hit the road in search of the best scenery, check out these three scenic East Coast drives.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
Easily the most popular East Coast drives and one of the most visited places in the nation, the Blue Ridge Parkway stretches between two states and offers some of the most incredible views in America. Starting in Virginia in Shenandoah National Park and ending in North Carolina near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway is hard to top. Comprised of four regions (the Ridge, Plateau, Highlands and Pisgah regions) the Parkway is full of unique scenery. Along the way, you’ll find multiple spots to pull over and take in the views. Plus, you’ll drive through multiple tunnels and pass by popular cities and attractions like Roanoke, VA, and Asheville, NC, Chimney Rock State Park, the Biltmore Estate, and countless breweries, trailheads, historic sites, and much more.
The Blue Ridge Parkway isn’t the only mountain drive on the East Coast that draws a crowd. Skyline Drive spans 105 miles of Shenandoah National Park and offers drivers an abundance of gorgeous scenery. Skyline Drive begins in Front Royal, VA, and heads south, ending in Rockfish Gap, VA, and includes 75 overlooks along the way. If you finish at the southern end, head east and explore Charlottesville, VA, a beautiful college town full of history, culture and great dining and drinking options.
The Overseas Highway on U.S. 1 in Florida
If you prefer the beach to the mountains, then the Overseas Highway on U.S. 1 in Florida is the scenic drive for you. Starting in Miami and ending in Key West, the aptly-named Overseas Highway totals 113 miles and features 42 bridges and all the blue ocean water you could dream of. You’ll cross the famous Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon along the way, too!
Once you reach Key West, grab some authentic Key Lime Pie as a reward for completing the drive and sit back and relax.