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Five fabulous US scenic drives

Overseas Highway in Florida.

Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/AP Photo

Overseas Highway in Florida.

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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

Connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, 469 miles with scenic outlooks, hiking trails, picnic areas, and interpretive exhibits along the way.

www.blueridgepark
way.org

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GOING TO THE SUN HIGHWAY

Across the interior of Glacier National Park and the Continental Divide in northwest Montana, 50 miles with some of the park’s most stunning scenery, including towering mountains and deep valleys, Jackson Glacier, and rugged Logan’s Pass.

www.nps.gov/glac

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OVERSEAS HIGHWAY

The sea-level, southern tip of US Highway 1 (pictured above) runs about 126 miles from Florida City to Key West, Fla., across 42 bridges, with sprawling ocean views, scenic harbors, and dramatic sunsets.

www.fla-keys.com

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OUTER BANKS SCENIC HIGHWAY

Travels some 55 miles through the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, home to two historic lighthouses, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve; continue with a ferry ride to Ocracoke, Blackbeard’s favorite hideaway.

www.visitnc.com

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PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY

Twisting coastal route from Los Angeles to San Francisco winds through scenic seaside towns, with ocean and rugged sea cliff views, beaches, parks, and preserves.

www.visitcalifornia.com

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