What is the highest paved road in each US state?

From the rugged peaks of Colorado to the lush heights of the Appalachians, America is a land of vast and varied elevations. Yet, not all adventures require hiking boots or mountain climbing gear. Some of the nation's most breathtaking vistas are accessible through the winding stretches of tarmac that ascend its mountain ranges. Buckle up as we take you on a coast-to-coast journey, state by state, unveiling the USA's highest paved roads. Whether you're a motor enthusiast, a road trip lover, or someone in search of unparalleled scenic drives, this guide promises to elevate your travel experiences—literally.

Highest paved roads of the USA


State Elevation (ft) Highest point
Alabama 2,405 Cheaha Mountain
Alaska 3,332 Eureka Summit on Glenn Hwy (AK 1)
Arizona 9,553 Arizona Snow Bowl
Arkansas 2,681 Polk coHP
California 10,320 Rock Creek Road from Toms Place
Colorado 14,130 Mount Evans
Connecticut 1,555 Bald Mountain (CT 272)
Delaware 448 Ebright Azimuth
Florida 340  Lakewood
Georgia 4,784 Brasstown Bald gate (GA Alt 180)
Hawaii 13,803 Mauna Kea
Idaho 9,261 Mount Harrison
Illinois 1,142 1 mi. S of Scales Mound on CR 67
Indiana 1,253 Elliot Road by Hoosier Hill
Iowa 1,654 2 miles south of Bigelow, Minn. (IA 60)
Kansas 3,920 at state line by Kanorado (old US 24)
Kentucky 4,145 FAA site on Black Mountain
Louisiana 456 Old Athens
Maine 2,280 a mile north of Appalachian Tr (ME 17)
Maryland 3,080 near Conneway Hill (US 50)
Massachusetts 3,491 Mount Greylock
Michigan 1,790 3/4 mile SE of Watersmeet Park (US 2)
Minnesota 2,040 ~4 miles south of Isabella (MN 1)
Mississippi 680 US 72 at jct. with road to Benton LO
Missouri 1,730 next to the Webster coHP (Road P)
Montana 10,200 Beartooth Hwy (US 212) at WY state line
Nebraska 5,105 Bushnell Exit (I-80)
Nevada 10,163 Wheeler Peak trailhead GBNP
New Hampshire 6,286 Mount Washington Auto Road
New Jersey 1,803 High Point
New Mexico 10,678 NM 532 at Sandia Crest
New York 4,865 Whiteface Mtn Mem Hwy on 431
North Carolina 6,684 Mount Mitchell
North Dakota 3,220 1.5 miles NW of Rhame (US 12)
Ohio 1,540 Hi Point Career Center
Oklahoma 4,846 state line west of Mexhoma
Oregon 7,877 viewpoint-east Crater Lake rim
Pennsylvania 3,160 0.2 mi. E of Baughman Spring on 2004
Rhode Island 812 Jerimoth Hill on Hartford Pike
South Carolina 3,520 F Van Clayton Mem Hwy to Sassafras Mtn
South Dakota 6,712 O'Neil Pass on US 85
Tennessee 6,643 Collins Gap GSMNP on Clingmans Dome Rd
Texas 6,790 McDonald Observatory (Mt Locke)
Utah 10,715 just SW of Bald Mountain Pass on UT 150
Vermont 3,840 Mount Equinox
Virginia 4,880 Grayson Highlands SP at Haw Orchard Mtn
Washington 6,400 Sunrise Ranger Station MRNP
West Virginia 4,840 Snowshoe Ski Area
Wisconsin 1,930 Sugarbush Hill spur off Bradley Lake Rd
Wyoming 10,947 Beartooth Pass on Beartooth Hwy (US 212)