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Top 5 U.S. Scenic Driving Routes

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Fall break is nigh, and the kids will once again be available for memory-making travel itineraries.  Plan one of the most beautiful rides for the family, and choose a route that has more to offer.

Some of the most breathtaking travel plans include the journey to your destination.  Look outside are you ride, and plan a scenic road trip this season. Here is a brief look at some of the most desirable U.S. routes to take on your next adventure.  

UFO Stopover Loop – Las Vegas to Alamo to Tonopah Pahrump

If you and your family are big fans of the extraterrestrial experience, the UFO Stopover Loop will be an exciting drive.  Travel through the real-life X-Files landing zones, and pass through Lincoln County’s Extraterrestrial Highway (which is located just north of the famed Area 51). 

Check out the landscape of the Valley of Fire State Park, and get the sense that you’re walking on the surface of Mars.  It may not be quite as hot, but the views are much like that of the Red Planet.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail – Lexington to Louisville

Leave the kids at home, and check out the Kentucky Bourbon trail, featuring a total of ten distilleries to explore.  Plan a weekend trip to tour the Jim Beam and Woodford Reserve distilleries.

The Bourbon Trail also happens to be located in a prime leaf-peeping location.  Go in late September to experience the true, natural beauty of the area. Fall brings a fresh vibe to Kentucky, with the color spread of nature leading the way.  

Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway

Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway is 122 miles of scenic bliss.  Stop for a slice of High Mountain Pies in Leadville along the way, and feel the height of an elevation of 10,200 feet.  The town has an interesting history, as is used to be a hotspot for silver mining.

See the sights on your ride, but make sure to keep your eyes on the road.  This travel route is a great place to take your motorcycle for a ride, and people do.  Be considerate of those around you, and always look twice before making moves. 

Snowy Range Scenic Byway – Laramie to Saratoga

Get high on the beauty of the Snowy Range Scenic Byway.  The route is only opened from late May to mid-November for safety reasons, but it’s been labeled a “sky-high feast for the eyes.”  Travel east to west to catch the most appealing first glimpse of Medicine Bow Peak over Lake Marie.

Life and times of Lincoln loop – Bloomington to Springfield

Take the kids on an educational journey, and run a route through the life and time of Lincoln loop from Bloomington to Springfield, Illinois.  Two of the most notable places to stop off on your journey are Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Bicentennial Plaza.