Take the Scenic Route
Are you currently suffering from the winter blues? There may not be any plans for travel in your near future, at least not via automobile. However, if you're looking for beautiful routes to take once the weather breaks and spring finally comes into full swing, then you may find this article to be quite helpful. From the State of California to the Florida Keys, these highway tips and trips should not be skipped over.
Highway 1 - Big Sur, California
This route is famously known for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the United States. For some 90 miles, this highway will effectively expose you to the various cliffs offered by Big Sur, including a range of parks in the area. You'll be pleased to know that you'll even get the chance to see the Big Sur River valley, as you'll momentarily leave the coast and enter a redwood forest. A range of historic bridges can also been seen. Built between 1919 and 1937, Highway 1 enters the Big Sur region by crossing the San Carpoforo Creek, which is south of the Monterey County line.
White Rim Road - Utah
This 100-mile road offers beautiful views that anyone will be able to appreciate. You've even got travel choices -four-wheel drive vehicles or mountain bikes. By car, it's recommended to give yourself two or three days to travel, while using a mountain bike could take three to four days. Vehicles and bikes must remain on roads and pets are not permitted, even inside a vehicle. Though the scenery is worth the experience, it's noted that you will have to work for the rewards offered on this route. Weather can often have a negative influence, as the Shafer Trail, Lathrop Canyon Road, Murphy's Hogback, Hardscrabble Hill, and the Mineral Bottom Switchbacks are known for being steep, meaning traveling with caution is a must.
Seven Mile Bridge - Florida Keys
If you've ever traveled to (or through) Marathon, Florida, then there's a good chance you're familiar with the famous Seven Mile Bridge. Connecting Knight's Key in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower keys, the Seven Mile Bridge was once considered to be one of the biggest bridges in the world. Not only an attraction for tourists, as well as a popular means of travel, the Seven Mile Bridge has even appeared in several Hollywood movies, such as: License to Kill, True Lies, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Mission Impossible 3.
Going-to-the-Sun Road - Montana
Completed in 1932, this is the only road that crosses Glacier National Park in Montana, using the Continental Divide at Logan Pass to do so. Stretching 50 miles in length, it allows you to experience glacial lakes, cedar forests, and even windswept alpine tundra. This paved, two-lane highway successfully splits the Glacier National Park in east and west sections. It's highly noted that this is one of the most difficult roads to plow in North America, with some 80 feet of snow being able to lie on top of Logan Pass. Therefore, it's recommended to wait until winter passes before choosing this route.
Take Advantage of the Beautiful Surroundings
Sure, when traveling, "Are we there yet?" may be one of the most popular questions ever asked. However, when you're surrounded by beautiful scenery and wildlife, why wouldn't you take your time reaching your destination and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere? Life moves quite quickly, so it's time to hit the brakes and start appreciating it!