Tag Archive: Scenic Drive

Jul 12

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway


The Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway is twenty-two miles of bliss.  A scenic highway that winds its way through some of the prettiest parts of the Black Hills.  While just a short drive, The Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway packs in a lot of nature’s beauty.  From the colorful canyon walls to three wonderful cascades Spearfish Canyon …

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Jan 13

Rim Rock Drive: Colorado National Monument


Rim Rock Drive, the park road in Colorado National Monument, is one of the most scenic drives that I have been on.  Just 23 miles long.  Rim Rock Road is short and oh so sweet.  There is just something about the crisp blue western sky painted above the sweet red rocks below that gets me …

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Dec 28

Grand Mesa Scenic Byway


Loved… just loved our time driving on the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway.  My humble words could not do justice to this playground in the sky.  Grand Mesa is the largest, flat-topped mountain in the world, and the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway gave us a great preview to what the land offered.  After the drive I realized I …

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Aug 07

Signal Mountain Road: Short Road that packs in the Scenery


Signal Mountain Road is a great short drive to take to get some scenic views of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.  It is a seasonal road that does not open until late May but if you are in the park when it is drivable it is well worth the trip to the summit.  Signal …

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Jul 18

Badlands National Park: Overview of the Badlands Loop Road

The Badlands

Karen and I have traveled west a few times and have never made it a point to stop by Badlands National Park.  I do not know if it was the name of the place or just in hurry to get to the Black Hills and beyond, but this latest excursion west we wanted to make …

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Jul 16

Scenic Drives: Custer State Park

Wildlife Loop Road

Many scenic drives can be found in the Custer State Park area of South Dakota and provide a very stark difference to the plains and badlands to the east and the high plains of eastern Wyoming.  If you have the time, we recommend all three of the scenic roads that go through Custer the Wildlife …

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Nov 06

Road to Hana – Backside of Haleakala – Maui

Paved Road

Karen and I had a decision to make.  Do we continue to drive on and break our car rental agreement or do we take all 600 curves again by retracing our road back the way we came.  We talked it over and decided to push on.  Just because we did it does not mean you should or …

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Nov 05

Road to Hana – Maui

Makahiku Falls

The road to Hana is a 68 mile stretch of Maui highway that connects Kahului to the town of Hana.  It goes through the rain soaked east side of Maui, so check the weather before departing.  The Hana highway is listed on the National Register of Historic Places so it is worth driving.  The Hana …

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Aug 08

Trail Ridge Road – Rocky Mountain National Park

Hiking Trail

Trail Ridge Road is the perfect example of why this is called Rocky Mountain National Park.  The road provides spectacular views of the majestic scenery that is the Rocky Mountain National Park which one of the more spectacular spots in Colorado.  If you are afraid of heights this road might not be the one for you because it …

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May 28

Newfound Gap Road: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Smokies watermark

Newfound Gap Road is the main road through Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  It starts in the town of Gatlinburg and ends at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.  The road starts out with an elevation of 1,400 ft and tops out around 5,000 ft.  While driving the road try not to be in a hurry because there are …

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