Planning a fall road trip? Here are 6 of the most scenic roads in the US

Fall is the perfect time for an impromptu road trip.

Brisk temperatures, changing foliage and the absence of summer tourism make fall the perfect time for a road trip.

There’s something inexplicably satisfying about packing the car, grabbing a co-pilot, and hitting the pavement.

Here are a few of the standout roads in the U.S., perfect for your next adventure.

Hana Highway, Maui

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Twisting ad turning, the Hana Highway is not for the faint of heart, especially if you have an aversion to 180-degree corners and constant switchbacks.

However, if those don’t faze you, the Hana Highway is one of the most spectacular roadways in the U.S., with the natural flora and fauna of the Hawaiian islands leading you through the landscape.

Highway 12 on the Outer Banks, North Carolina

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“The most alone you will ever feel.” That’s the description that GrindTV staff writer, Ryan Brower gave Highway 12, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and we think it’s an apt one.

The Outer Banks are the remote, northeastern stretch of North Carolina’s coastline, linking the islands and peninsulas that make up the area. Highway 12 is part of the Outer Banks Scenic Byway, and is a must-see for anyone looking to road trip this fall.

Overseas Highway, Florida

Get a bird’s eye view of Florida’s coastline on the Overseas Highway, which stretches 113 miles, carrying U.S. Route 1 through the Florida Keys.

The highway serves as a major roadway between Miami and Key West, taking travelers through a multitude of natural landscapes, including the largest area of coral reefs on the U.S. mainland.

Haines, Alaska

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Few would disagree that Alaska has some of the most awe-inspiring, astonishing natural landscapes on the planet.

The 49th state is world-renowned for its diverse landscapes and wildlife, and if you’re looking for a road that encapsulates that wonder, you’ll want to hit the Haines Highway.

Connecting Haines, Alaska, in the U.S. with Haines Junction, Canada, the highway passes through British Columbia, and is one of the most spectacular drives in North America.

Highway 395, Sierra Mountains, California

Highway 395 is the kind of road that holds your heart forever, if you let it.

Beginning in Hesperia, CA and moving northward into the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and beyond, up towards the U.S./Canada border, the highway covers a variety of landscapes and terrain that captivate the heart and mind of any traveler.

California State Route 1

The Bixby Bridge is one of the many iconic landmarks that line Highway 1. Photo: adrian/Unsplash

No road trip list is complete if it’s missing this iconic drive: one of the longest and most breathtaking in the country.

Known as the Pacific Coast Highway, Highway 1 (or simply “Coast Highway”) the roadway offers pristine views of the Pacific Ocean and coastline, meanders through urban centers as well as secluded countryside, and is one of the most notable highways in the country.

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