3 of the Best Scenic Drives on the East Coast

3 of the Best Scenic Drives on the East Coast 

When it comes to scenic drives, California usually gets all the attention with its famed Pacific Coast Highway drive. But don’t be fooled — you don’t have to cross the country to get breathtaking views from the seat of your car. From top to bottom, the U.S. East Coast is chock full of scenic drives. The next time you’re planning to hit the road, consider these scenic drives for an unforgettable experience.

The Blue Ridge Parkway

Easily the most well-known of all scenic East Coast drives, the Blue Ridge Parkway spans two states and offers drivers some of the most incredible views this side of the Mississippi. Starting in Virginia in Shenandoah National Park and ending in North Carolina near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Parkway offers the best views of East Coast mountains.

The Blue Ridge Parkway passes through four regions: the Ridge, Plateau, Highlands and Pisgah regions, each offering their own unique scenery. Along the Parkway, you’ll find multiple spots to pull over and stop, allowing you to take in the stunning scenery, and you’ll drive through multiple tunnels and pass by popular cities and attractions like Roanoke, VA, and Asheville, NC, Chimney Rock State Park, the Biltmore Estate, and countless breweries, hiking trailheads and much more.

The Overseas Highway on U.S. 1 in Florida

If you prefer saltwater and palm trees to rivers and mountains, then driving the Overseas Highway on U.S. 1 in Florida is a must. This stretch of highway takes you into the famous Florida Keys, starting in Miami and ending in Key West. Totaling 113 miles, the Overseas Highway features 42 bridges and all the blue ocean water and sunshine you could hope for. Along the way, you’ll cross the famous Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon. Be sure to check out the History of Diving Museum in Islamorada, too!

Once you reach Key West, get ready to relax. Grab some Key Lime Pie as a reward for completing the drive, dip your feet in the water or just enjoy the breathtaking views.

Skyline Drive

The Blue Ridge Parkway isn’t the only mountain drive on the East Coast that’s worth your time. Covering 105 miles of Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive gives drivers an abundance of gorgeous scenery, worthy of taking up your iPhone’s photo storage. The journey begins in Front Royal, VA, and ends in Rockfish Gap, VA, and includes 75 overlooks. If you finish at the southern end of the Skyline Drive, be sure to head east and explore Charlottesville, VA, a college town full of history, culture and great food and beer.