Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, ColoradoThis scenic drive boasts the highest continuously paved route in the United States. On your journey, you’ll reach a maximum height of over 12,000 feet! Along the way, you’ll encounter majestic views of the Continental Divide, flowering columbine, and autumnal golden aspens. Keep an eye out for elk year-round and other wildlife, especially at dusk and dawn.
Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, MontanaThis 50-mile highway crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, where you’ll come face-to-face with magnificent scenery, as well as mountain goats and sheep. A park-operated bus tour can help you avoid road congestion in the summertime, or drive it during the spring or fall to avoid traffic. The Montana national parks truly can’t be beat!
Park Loop Road, Grand Teton National Park, WyomingMountains, meadows, and lakes, oh my! Grand Teton’s star attraction offers a spectacular scenic drive through diverse plains and mountains. You’ll also see plenty of wildlife. Be careful as the bison and elk don’t always look both ways when they cross the road!
Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine
Travel up this mountain for the first glimpse of the sun’s rays as they brush the eastern coast first thing in the morning, and the first tentative appearances of the stars as they emerge in the night sky. You won’t be able to help feeling awed and peaceful here. Moose sightings are not uncommon in this area, especially at peak sunrise and sunset time.