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Legendary Drives Archive

Alabama #1

This route showcases six of Alabama's ten covered bridges and both of its natural bridges. That is only one aspect of this scenic, 140-mile drive across the state.

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Alabama #2

Start at U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, head to Dauphin Island and Fort Gaines, and take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico before ending up at Fort Morgan.

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Alaska #1

Trying to see Alaska by motor vehicle certainly has its limitations. When looking at a map of the state, only a relatively small section is accessible by road. Nevertheless, the scenery of Alaska can still be experienced from the highways, and Rte. 1 is one of the best.

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Alaska #2

Driving the length of Alaska north to south is not a proposition for the faint-hearted. We take it in three stages.

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Arizona #1

Think of the American Southwest and you're likely to picture the cactus-strewn beauty of Arizona's Sonoran Desert. Seeing it on a picture postcard is one thing; experiencing it with a leisurely desert drive is quite another.

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Arizona #2

Mother Nature spent some extra time in Northern Arizona when she created the wondrous sights between Chambers and Winslow. They're visible along I-40, with a twist of nostalgia tossed in for good measure as Historic Rte. 66 weaves its way along this colorful 75-mile stretch of high desert country.

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Arkansas #1

Route 7, from Hot Springs to Harrison, is a 160-mile stretch over wooded hills and through mountain towns.

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Arkansas #2

Most agree the Ozark area is a great area to drive in Arkansas, but sometimes taking a new route will find you even better driving.

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California #1

The California Rte. 1 south drive from Monterey to Morro Bay is a 123-mile, six-hour trip along the Pacific coastline.

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California #2

The Rim of World Scenic Byway aptly describes the drive along Southern California's highest mountain range, the San Bernardinos, with their spectacular view of the surrounding mountains as well as the Los Angeles Basin.

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Colorado #1

Colorado's San Juan Skyway is a one- to two-day trip that loops from Ridgeway through Ouray, Silverton, Durango, Cortez, Dolores, Telluride and Placerville.

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Colorado #2

The Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway is a five-hour or longer drive from Whitewater to Placerville via Rte. 141 and 145. Side trips can add many miles to what is one of the most breathtaking drives anywhere in the Colorado Mountains.

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Connecticut #1

The foliage in the Harford area is so spectacular, the state has designated this drive the Hartford Region Foliage Loop. The moniker is well deserved.

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Connecticut #2

The sights on this drive have more to do with culture and history than vistas viewed from winding roads on mountaintops or coastline drives. And if you are checking out some of the fine wines at vineyards en route, please assign a designated driver.

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Delaware #1

The Delaware River is an important shipping waterway, but there is a lesser-known aspect to it, as it meanders through historic small towns and salt marshes on the northern end of the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) Peninsula.

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Delaware #2

Starting in Milford, about 20 miles south of Dover, head south on Rte. 1 to Lewes. The Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, between Milford and Milton, is full of geese and ducks in the fall and spring, and white-tailed deer are often seen.

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Florida #1

If you are in the Miami area, the place to be is South Beach. With its pastel, bright-colored, art-deco design buildings and ocean views, this place is hot.

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Florida #2

This 3.5-hour, 103-mile drive never strays far from the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and its string of white sandy beaches. The drive showcases rows of live oaks and the occasional tourist strip.

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Georgia #1

This is indeed a scenic byway that circles through the Chattahoochee National Forest, heading up to the highest point in Georgia.

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Georgia #2

The Georgia coastline is interlaced with salt marshes, swamps, tidal estuaries and shrimping villages, all linked by a maze of causeways and bridges leading to the state's "golden isles."

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Hawaii #1

Anyone who's traveled to our westernmost state will tell you that this is a trip that's not to be missed. The 100-mile, round-trip excursion clocks in at six hours, and offers 54 bridges and more than 600 curves sure to delight the adventurous driver.

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Hawaii #2

Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes, with steam rising from its massive caldera, and a landscape pocked with craters, cinder cones and cooled lava flows. This 11-mile, two-hour drive circles the rim and includes a rain forest and a desert.

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Idaho #1

This is a gorgeous route, encompassing mountains, deserts and river valleys. It also touches on historical themes like exploration, trapping, mining, settlement and Indian conflicts.

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Idaho #2

This 101-mile, two-hour drive is only accessible spring through fall and winds through forested mountains in Idaho's panhandle, skirting the shoreline of Lake Coeur d'Alene and over the hills to Potlatch.

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Illinois #1

If you live in the Chicagoland area, a popular day trip is to Illinois' second largest city, Rockford. But if you want some truly scenic roads and an unique and quaint destination town, head west from Rockford to Galena, near the Mississippi River.

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Illinois #2

Kick off this portion of the Great River Road (GRR) drive in the town of Savanna, Illinois, on the Mississippi across from Iowa.

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Indiana #1

Serving as the drive train between South Bend and Auburn, Indiana is U.S. 20, a 62-mile stretch of cracked and weathered two-lane referred to by Hoosiers as the "Avenue of the Classics."

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Indiana #2

U.S. 50 is known to "road warriors" as "the loneliest road" in America. This 3,200-mile ribbon of two-lane blacktop links both coasts, passing through a dozen states and four state capitals, traversing nearly a straight line from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco.

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Iowa #1

The next time you find yourself traveling in Central Iowa, get off the interstate and treat yourself to a beautiful scenic drive through America's Heartland.

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Iowa #2

The Great River Road is one of the longest, and possibly one of the most famous, scenic and historic drives in the country.

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Kansas #1

For a true glimpse of America's Heartland, this two-hour, 90-mile jaunt passes through the heart of the limestone Flint Hills and into the largest remaining tracts of tallgrass prairie in the United States.

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Kansas #2

On this drive you are sure to see many cowboys doing what cowboys have been doing for many years.

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Kentucky #1

Depart Lexington to the south on Rte. 68 and drive to Harrodsburg over some of the best rolling roads lined with field-stone fences in the heart of the Bluegrass part of Kentucky.

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Kentucky #2

For a fascinating start to this trip, begin in Morehead with a visit to the Kentucky Folk Art Center.

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Louisiana #1

Originally a section of a 19th Century Spanish frontier trail, this 109-mile, three-hour trip through southern Louisiana Cajun country is best accomplished in the spring and fall, as summers are hot and humid.

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Louisiana #2

This 105-mile, 2-1/2 hour route winds through marshes, prairies, wildlife refuges and Gulf shoreline in southwestern Louisiana and is a favorite of birding and shelling enthusiasts.

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Maine #1

Maine's Acadia National Park may be familiar to you from the countless postcards that document its rugged, rocky coastline. This drive will show you some of the best Maine has to offer.

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Maine #2

Many people envision Maine as a rugged coastline peppered with quaint seaside villages, but the state of Maine also has some of the most remote wilderness in the country.

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Maryland #1

A drive along the upper eastern shore of Maryland will take you through farm country, historic towns and nature preserves; you will never once be far from the water.

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Massachusetts #1

What is now designated Massachusetts Rte. 2 will take you through forested wilderness and historic towns, and along the way introduce you to the region's rich arts scene.

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Massachusetts #2

This drive will take you through the central Berkshires, an area filled with lush forests as well as quaint New England towns.

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Michigan #1

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan offers a variety of remote and rugged scenic drives through the harbor cities along Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. The most popular and fulfilling of them all is the Black River Scenic Byway, which is recognized as a National Scenic Byway in the beautiful state of Michigan.

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Michigan #2

This 27-mile scenic drive through part of the Keweenaw Peninsula offers the beauty of the Michigan countryside and the luxury of an all-weather, black-topped and well-maintained highway.

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Minnesota #1

Duluth may not be everyone's idea of an ideal vacation spot, but it's a great starting point for this spectacular experience in Minnesota's North Country.

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Minnesota #2

Driving through Minnesota on the Great River Road takes you past the northern boreal forest, tree farms and hayfields, running along the Mississippi River.

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Mississippi #1

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 429-mile drive from Franklin, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi. The trip takes two to two-and-a-half days.

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Mississippi #2

This is a short drive, but there are so many good opportunities to stop and see or do things that it will take at least a day to accomplish most of them.

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Missouri #1

U.S. 61 to Herman is a trip through the heart of Missouri wine country west of St. Louis.

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Missouri #2

The drive from Salem to Eminence on Rte. 19 is a 44-mile, one-hour trip best driven in the spring through fall. You will see lots of gorgeous scenery everywhere along this drive, as you slice through a small portion of the Ozarks.

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Montana #1

Located within the confines of Glacier National Park is Going-to-the-Sun Highway, one of the most beautiful of all the national parks, and a 50-mile stretch of winding, incredibly scenic roadway.

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Montana #2

It would be hard to pick a road that represents the character of such a massive and diverse state as Montana, but U.S. 89 comes close.

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Nebraska #1

The scenery of the Great Plains on a Nebraska drive is some of the best anywhere in the United States.

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Nebraska #2

It seems everything in Nebraska is along straight lines, and you have very few curves in this drive. It is scenic, though, as you follow the North Platte River and The Oregon Trail much of the way.

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Nevada #1

The two-hour Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway heads into the Ruby Mountains on Forest Road 660. This drive is Mother Nature's scenery at its best with mountains and desert.

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Nevada #2

The Moapa Valley Drive offers excellent views of Lake Mead. The 110-mile long Lake Mead and the 1.5 million-acre recreation area were created with the building of Hoover Dam.

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New Hampshire #1

The Lakes Country has more than 270 lakes and ponds, including Lake Winnipesaukee, the state's largest, as well as the Ossipee Mountains.

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New Hampshire #2

The best and worst time to drive the Kancamagus Highway is in the autumn, when you'll more than likely be caught in a convoy of tour buses loaded with "leaf peepers," all admiring the fury of color along this mountainous road.

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New Jersey #1

Nestled just over an hour between New York and Philadelphia, this serene shoreline drive along the Delaware River is amazingly remote for such a densely populated area.

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New Jersey #2

This public beachfront drive stretches 127 miles like a pointing finger along the Atlantic Ocean from the Sandy Hook Peninsula in the north to Cape May at the southern tip.

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New Mexico #1

Heading through the 13,000-foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this 58-mile trek is the most scenic route between Santa Fe and Taos.

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New Mexico #2

Continuing on the drive from Espanola to Taos, this route takes you from the hustle and bustle of Taos into high, remote forests, lakes, valleys and Wild West towns.

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New York #1

The Catskill Mountains have been celebrated in paintings for their gentle slopes and serene trout streams.

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New York #2

This 2-1/2 hour drive through the densely forested, six million-acre state parkland of the Adirondack Mountains, with 42 peaks rising more than 4,000 feet, will literally take your breath away.

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North Carolina #1

This wild and remote southernmost stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway will keep you alert at elevations above 6,000 feet with long stretches of high-flying ledges and rocky cliff faces.

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North Carolina #2

This winding, 61-mile drive through the Nantahala National Forest is custom fit for the water sport enthusiast and angler.

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North Dakota #1

Killdeer to New Town on Rte. 22 is about 95 miles and takes two hours if you don't stop.

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North Dakota #2

Are you hungry for some history and a relaxing short drive? The Kathryn Road drive from Valley City to Fort Ransom State Park is a brief 42-mile trip, which is filled with history of the early settlers to the area.

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North Dakota #3

The Sakakawea Trail is 115 miles, starting in Washburn and finishing in Grassy Butte. Most of the drive is on Rte. 200A and Rte. 200.

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Ohio #1

Locals call the first 20 miles of this drive "the rim of the world." It may be one of the best up and down, left to right, rolling drives anywhere in the Midwest.

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Ohio #2

Twisty roads, lots of antique shops, Amish food, handmade quilts and Amish furniture will hold your attention on this route.

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Oklahoma #1

For a scenic view of the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma, travel I-44 to Rte. 49 west just outside Medicine Park.

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Oklahoma #2

The Talimena Scenic Byway is a 54-mile trip from Talihina, Okla. to Mena, Ark. The two-lane highway was built specifically for sightseeing through the 1.6 million-acre Ouachita National Forest.

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Oregon #1

For you city slickers who crave a little outdoor adventure on the weekends, the Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge Loop is a "must see" scenic getaway.

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Oregon #2

The Elkhorn Mountains are the backdrop for this beautiful and diverse 106-mile loop through rich scenery with wildlife, historic landmarks, and recreation abounding.

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Pennsylvania #2

Part of the Grand Army of the Republic Highway, this drive takes about five hours.

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Pennsylvania #1

The Amish Drive is a trip from Gap to Marietta on Rte. 722. The 35-mile drive runs through the heart of Amish country in Lancaster County.

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Rhode Island

Although Rhode Island is the smallest state, its coastline and sandy beaches top the list for beauty. And even though the coastal drive is short, you will find it's long on charm and scenic views.

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South Carolina #1

Start your drive in South Carolina's state capitol of Columbia, where you'll find an abundance of southern-style food, history, and even nightlife.

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South Carolina #2

This route is a mountain-lovers dream. It features an abundance of deep blue streams, densely forested hills and beautiful scenic overlooks. Make sure to pack plenty of film, your hiking boots and perhaps a fishing pole or two.

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South Dakota #1

The Black Hills drive is a four-hour trip from Devil's Tower Junction in Wyoming to Custer, South Dakota.

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South Dakota #2

The southwest corner of South Dakota is a tourist's dream. Since the rest of the state is a little flat and unspectacular, both our drives are in the southwest.

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Tennessee #1

Tennessee's Newfound Gap Road is a 40-mile trip from Sugarlands Visitor Center to Oconaluftee Visitor Center in North Carolina. The two-hour trek through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was constructed in the 1930s.

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Tennessee #2

This looks like a short trip, but there is enough to see and do to take up at least a day.

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Texas #1

There is natural beauty unlike any other in the somewhat barren landmass that lies between Fort Stockton and Big Bend National Park, but Big Bend country is the best.

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Texas #2

El Camino del Rio, the River Road, leads through mountains and canyons as it follows the Rio Grande. The 1.5-hour, 51-mile trip goes from Lajitas to Presidio on Rte. 170.

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Utah #1

Everyone should explore the desert southwest and the natural wonders that await you across southern Utah. A bit ambitious for a day's drive, one could easily spend a whole day exploring any one of the parks and monuments along the way.

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Utah #2

There are two ways to get down to Moab, Utah, from I-70 or U.S. 191. The latter route is the fastest especially if you are coming from the west, and it's a quick half-hour blast through the desert. However, eastbounders and others not in a hurry should take Rte. 128 instead.

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Vermont #1

What is now Vermont Rte. 9 was the route taken by General Stark as he lead his troops across Vermont to defeat the British, August 1777. To confuse the enemy, General Stark referred to the route they were taking as "The Molly Stark Trail."

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Vermont #2

Ranked by many as one of the ten best roads in America to drive, Rte. 100 stretches from the southern edge of Vermont to its northern border. And what's not to like?

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Virginia #1

The Delmarva Peninsula lies between Chesapeake Bay on the west and the Atlantic on the east. While the area touches three states: Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, this drive will take you through a small part of Virginia.

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Virginia #2

The Blue Ridge Parkway travels along the crest of the Appalachian Mountains from Virginia's Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina, offering breathtaking views along the way.

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Washington #1

This four-hour trip, without breaks for shopping and eating, is from Sedro Woolley to Winthrop and takes you through the breathtaking North Cascades National Park and surrounding national forest lands.

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Washington #2

This route is a mountain-lovers dream with scenic overlooks, roadside picnic areas, parks and even a car ferry. Make sure to pack plenty of film, your hiking boots and some rain gear as it rains a lot!

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Washington #3

This is a great drive in itself circling Olympic National Park, but you must take some side trips into the park. There are several recommended excursions into the park that include Port Angeles up to Hurricane Ridge and the Hoh Rain Forest.

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West Virginia #1

This 100-mile trip takes you from Blackwater Falls State Park to the Virginia border through Monongahela and George Washington National Forest. Your drive takes you through what many refer to as "God's Country" because of its natural beauty.

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West Virginia #2

Most people think of the Grand Canyon when whitewater rafting is mentioned, but the most exciting rafting is in southern West Virginia. You might also realize that driving there could be fun, too.

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Wisconsin #1

Although maybe not for everyone, driving the Great River Road offers much compared to the average interstate. It changes direction often, crossing the Mississippi River when it can, and dallying in towns all other roads have forgotten.

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Wisconsin #2

While Northern Wisconsin is full of lovely scenery, Rte. 70 is the best choice, as it takes you across the Nicolet National Forest for unbroken majestic views of the Northwoods.

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Wyoming #1

The 60-mile drive on U.S. 14 from Dayton to Shell takes about two hours.

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Wyoming #2

Crowds of people visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks each summer. If you plan to be one of them, you might appreciate getting out of the crowds for a day or two during your visit.

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