Also known as Route 179, the Red Rock Scenic byway is a little 7.5-mile slice of desert heaven that starts in Sedona, Arizona and runs south, ending at Interstate 17 near Rimrock. You'll pass through the stunning scenery of the Coconino National Forest, with plenty of opportunities to pull over and take in the beauty of the towering, prehistoric Red Rocks. In addition to hiking trails (try West Fork, touted as the most scenic hike in Sedona) you can fill your adventure quota on a
The 10 Most Essential American Road Trips
There's nothing quite like a pilgrimage to witness the truly awesome beauty of the glaciers in idyllic northern Montana. In Glacier National Park, Going-to-the-Sun Road runs for 50 miles—take at least half a day to drive it in early June or just after Labor Day for an unencumbered tour. Better yet – park at the base, take the shuttle, and let someone else pay attention to the road while you watch the
Lewis and Clark expedition. Passing through 11 states from the Midwest to the Pacific Ocean, traversing this 3,700-mile-long trail took explorers Lewis and Clark over two years—but luckily it won't quite take you as long. Even just traveling a portion of the trail would be a historic experience for any traveler, going through states like Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington where you'll be treated to scenic vistas, historic sites, hiking trails, and
Morning Light - Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah by Jeremy Pierce on Flickr.