In the state of Colorado of the United States of America there’s a special highway built in the late 1880's: the Million Dollar Highway, part of the San Juan Skyway. It's one of the nation’s most spectacular drives. You'll be on the "outside" for a while with a hell of a view to your right (let the passenger look. You'll want to watch the road). Forget standard driving safety measures like guardrails and shoulders, there aren't any on this stretch, so swerving off the road is not advised!
Oh-My-God Road is the name of a very exciting drive located on the boundary between Clear Creek and Gilpin counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. With room enough for barely two cars to pass slowly, this road will surely feel a little dangerous to you.
Hart’s Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.891m (6,204ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Okanogan and Whatcom counties, in Washington, USA. It’s accessible by car and is said to be the highest point in the State of Washington that one can drive a 2wd car. End of the road "after" Hart's pass, at the gate to Slate Peak Lookout, is at 7,488 feet of elevation.
This is the list of the highest paved roads in United States, state by state:
Loveland Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.660m (12,007ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary between Summit and Clear Creek counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s said to be the highest road in the nation that is kept open year-round.
More than 230,000 membership of the American Motorcyclist Association voted for more than 100 roads, to choose the best motorcycling roads in the United States. The roads were voted on the entries via the AMA’s website.
Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the most amazing highlights of Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. This engineering marvel is one of the most scenic drives in the world. It is one of the most difficult roads in North America to snowplow in the spring.
Mosquito Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.026m (13,208ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary between Lake and Park counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. Drive at your own risk. It's one of the highest roads of Colorado.
Kahekili Highway is a strip of one-lane paved road framed by rock on one side and sheer cliff drops on the other with a length of 21 miles, running from Kapalua to Wailuku. It’s a legendary road known for its snaking turns, narrow passages, and dangerous road conditions, though nowadays that last factor is gone, since the road was completely repaved not too long ago.
Zombie Road is a short road located in the City of Wildwood, in St. Louis County, in the eastern-central portion of Missouri, in USA. It’s considered one of Missouri's most haunted places. Its real name is Lawler Ford Road. It's about 2 miles long through a valley of forest oak land hills and ends near the Meramec River in the Glencoe. It's one of the Top Haunted Roads in the world.
Imogene Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.997m (13,114ft) above the sea level located in Ouray County in the southwest part of the US state of Colorado. The road is accessible by four wheel drive vehicles, and is not for the novice drivers. It's one of the highest roads of Colorado.
Deadman Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.104m (3,622ft) above the sea level, located in Umatilla County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. Drivers attempting to negotiate the pass are in for a challenge: heading northwest, you're forced to climb more than 2,000 feet in elevation that's chock-full of double-hairpin turns, as well as 6 percent grades. Heading southeast, the scenario flip-flops, and your brakes need to be operating at their full potential.
Pikes Peak, cheesily called “America's Mountain", is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 4.302m (14,115ft) above the sea level, located in El Paso County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. Along the way you’ll encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as you wind your way through an alpine wonderland of scenic beauty, mountain reservoirs, beyond timberline, overtaking the clouds… It's one of the highest roads of USA.
Opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is an unmatched driving experience you will always remember. The Mount Washington Auto Road is a 7.6 mi (12.2 km) toll road that extends from New Hampshire Route 16 in Pinkham Notch to the summit of Mount Washington in the White Mountains of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. It’s one of the hardest and most epic climbs you can ride on two wheels.
Iron Mountain Road is a very scenic drive located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Just 17 miles with 314 curves, 14 switchbacks, 3 tunnels and 3 pigtails (turns which loop over their own road, allowing the road to climb rapidly).
Overseas Highway is one of the most beautiful scenic drives in America. This highway - the southernmost leg of U.S. 1 - is where the visitors from Florida's mainland can cross countless coral and limestone islets through that special world of the Florida Keys. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world. It's mostly over water, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the ocean and of course, the incredible sunrises and sunsets depending on when you’re driving.
Gold Camp Road is a highly scenic dirt trail from Colorado Springs to near Victor, with a length of 8.6 miles one way. It was easily passable in any passenger vehicle, with gentle grades and usually gentle curves. The two remaining (three if you count the collapsed tunnel) Gold Camp Road Tunnels set into the hills of Colorado Springs' Bear Creek Park are said to be severely haunted, and while this is just superstition, the threatening claws of the fence guarding one of the tunnels aren't doing anything to discourage the stories.
Engineer Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.901m (12,800ft) above the sea level, located in Ouray County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s mostly a first gear ride because the road is rough and rocky. It's one of the highest roads of Colorado.
Alaska has some of the coldest roads in the planet but there’s one more extreme than the rest: the Dalton highway is one of the most isolated roads in the world. If you can drive this road you can pretty much drive anything: a trip to America’s last remain of wilderness. It’s said to be the loneliest road on the planet.
Siskiyou Summit is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.314m (4,310ft) above the sea level, located in Jackson County, in the U.S. state of Oregon.
Shafer Trail Road-Potash Road is the name of an iconic drive located on the east central edge of Utah, in the western United States. It requires extreme caution at the best of times for vehicles and mountain bikes, but especially so in inclement weather and at night. It’s at times so narrow that only one car can pass at a time.
Located in the western United States, Colorado is notable for its diverse geography, from vast prairie grasslands to the majestic mountains, rushing rivers to desert landscapes. It’s classified as one of the mountain states, located in the Rocky upland part of the USA. Colorado is unlike anywhere else, ranging from alpine mountains, arid plains and deserts with huge sand dunes, deep canyons, sandstone and granite rock formations, rivers, lakes and lush forests.
Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is a stunning drive across the Santa Lucia Range on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California. The road is regarded as one of the best motorcycling roads in central California.
Black Bear Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.915m (12,844ft) above the sea level, located in San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado.
Mount Evans is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 4.310m (14,130ft) above the sea level, located in Clear Creek County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. The road to the summit, the iconic Mount Evans Scenic Byway, is said to be the highest paved road in North America.
Apache Trail is the name of a scenic desert drive located in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. It’s said to be one of the most scenic drives near the Phoenix area.
Part of Utah Route 261 Mokee (or Moki) Dugway is a staggering, graded dirt switchback road carved into the face of the cliff edge of Cedar Mesa. It consists of 3 miles of steep, unpaved, but well graded switchbacks (11% grade), which wind 1,200 feet from Cedar Mesa to the valley floor near Valley of the Gods.
Waipio Valley Road is a short steep road located on the northeast coast of Hawaii's Big Island, in USA, restricted to 4x4. It is the steepest road of its length in the United States. The road is steep enough to destroy brakes on the way down, with some 45% grade sections.
Needle’s Eye is a tunnel blasted through sheer granite walls traversed by South Dakota Highway 87 (also known as Needles Highway). As part of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, the Needles Highway stretches 14 miles through granite structures and pine covered mountains. With so much scenery to absorb, don't be surprised if you find yourself driving 20 miles per hour.
Heralded as one of the most scenic drives in the United States, the Beartooth Highway is a 67 mile stretch of US Highway 212 with breathtaking views of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, in Wyoming and Montana, climbing to an astounding 10,947 feet above sea level. With 10,000 mountain lakes, 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation, and 12 national forest campgrounds, the Beartooth Highway is one of America’s most scenic drives.
Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is a portion of State Route 1 (SR 1) running along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. state of California. It is also part of the larger Pacific Coastal Highway that extends along the Pacific coast of the entire Americas. It’s heralded as one of the most scenic drives in USA.
Rampart Range Road is a very scenic unpaved drive through the forested crest of the Rampart Range, on the boundary between Douglas, Teller and El Paso counties, in the U.S. state of Colorado.
Located on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, in the USA, Deals Gap, also known as Tail of the Dragon is said to be one of the most scenic drives in USA. Featuring 318 curves, this winding mountain road is unlike anywhere else in the world.
Red Mountain Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.358m (11,018ft) above the sea level, located in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. The pass is traversed by the US 550 (Million Dollar Highway). At this elevation, the pass is one of the highest paved passes in Colorado.
Schofield Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.268m (10,722ft) above the sea level located in Gunnison County, in the U.S. state of Colorado.