Best Scenic Drives Destinations

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in North America. Use this list to plan your next scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Deep Creek


A cluster of natural hot springs in an isolated canyon in the high desert. Deep Creek has become a favorite spot for those who like to go without clothing. Requires a gradual 6-mile hike or a steeper…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
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#2. Carson Hot Springs Golf & Spa Resort


A once sleepy Victorian-era hotel and bathhouse that features a regimen of therapeutic hot mineral baths reminiscent of old European spas. The resort had a major renovation in 2013 and opened new gue…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
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#3. San Antonio Hot Springs


Yet another fabulous collection of hot springs in the Santa Fe National Forest. Flowing out of a steep hillside, the springs form several bathable pools.…
From the guidebook "Touring New Mexico Hot Springs"
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#4. Boiling River


Yellowstone National Park’s most popular soaking area. A 6-foot-wide stream of hot water plunges over travertine rocks into a 50-yard-long band of thermal soaking pools along the Gardner River. The la…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#5. Gold Strike Hot Spring


A picturesque hot spring in a fabulous narrow valley near the Colorado River. The spring can only be reached by a technically difficult hike, or by boat. Once you hike the 2 miles down-canyon you will…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
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#6. Harbor Springs to Cross Village: Tunnel of Trees


One of Michigan’s most spectacular drives, Michigan Highway 119 leaves the exclusive resort town of Harbor Springs, whisks you through an area once largely inhabited by the Odawa, or Ottawa Indians, a…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Michigan"
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#7. Big Caliente Hot Spring


A natural hot spring piped into a cement pool in the rugged mountains above Santa Barbara. Well-known, Big Caliente experiences heavy visitation on weekends. Despite its rather rugged location, Big Ca…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
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#8. Independence Pass Scenic Drive: Twin Lakes to Aspen


This 44-mile-long drive climbs over 12,095-foot Independence Pass, Colorado’s highest paved pass, and the Continental Divide between the upper Arkansas River Valley and Aspen. This scenic drive crosse…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Colorado"
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#9. Olympic Hot Springs


A half-dozen wilderness soaking pools sprinkled along a hillside above Boulder Creek in Olympic National Park. Locals used to call the area “Triple 21 Hot Springs”—2,100 feet in elevation, 21 miles fr…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
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#10. Cottonwood Pass Scenic Drive: Buena Vista to Altmont


A 60-mile-long paved and gravel road that crosses 12,126-foot Cottonwood Pass on the Continental Divide and follows the Taylor River to Almont. The Sawatch Range lines the west side of the Arkansas Ri…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Colorado"
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#11. Icefields Parkway: Lake Louise to Jasper, Alberta


The Icefields Parkway, stretching 230 kilometers (138 miles) between Lake Louise and Jasper through the heart of two world-famous Rocky Mountain national parks, is one of the premier mountain drives o…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving British Columbia"
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#12. Quinn's Hot Springs Resort


A quiet family resort set in a grove of ponderosa pine trees on the banks of the Clark Fork River. Located about 200 yards above the Clark Fork River, the hot springs are 120 degrees F at their source…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#13. Great Smoky Mountains National Park


This park is close to major population centers, but its lush greenery and pleasantly rounded peaks create a soothing aura of tranquility. And, of course, there is the famous “smoke” that seems to perp…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
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#14. Jerry Johnson Hot Springs (Idaho)


A series of primitive hot springs pools scattered along the banks of a rushing creek in a valley of statuesque cedar trees. Like neighboring Weir Creek Hot Springs, Jerry Johnson is not technically a…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#15. Belknap Hot Springs Resort


A well-known commercial resort on the banks of the McKenzie River. Belknap Hot Springs has been a popular destination resort for Oregonians for more than 125 years. Since the 1870s the scalding hot…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
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#16. Upper Potosi Hot Springs


Two primitive high-country hot springs pools with outstanding views of the surrounding Tobacco Root Mountains. This is one of the few hot springs in Montana on public land. The two primitive soaking p…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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#17. Travertine Hot Springs


A series of natural hot springs, bolstered to provide several bathing opportunities. Popular in the Eastern Sierras, Travertine Hot Springs are most notable because of the multicolored travertine form…
From the guidebook "Touring California and Nevada Hot Springs"
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#18. Waterfalls of the Southern Valley and Ridge Region


This region doesn’t have very many waterfalls, which seems a little unusual since most of it is mountainous. But what it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. If it had no other fal…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide"
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#19. Glacier National Park: Going-to-the-Sun Road (West Glacier to Saint Mary)


This spectacular 48-mile mountain drive switchbacks up and over the Continental Divide, following glacial river canyons and crossing an alpine mountain pass. Not only are there not enough words to des…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Montana"
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#20. Chico Hot Springs Lodge


A romantic turn-of-the-century resort that combines Victorian refinement with easy-going Western hospitality. The hot springs feed a large sheltered soaking pool and an adjacent outdoor swimming pool.…
From the guidebook "Touring Montana and Wyoming Hot Springs"
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