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Old 06-27-2006, 06:41 PM   #1
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Wink What is your favorite scenic drive?

Just got back from a trip out west and on our way back we went through the Big Horn Mountains, Which I had never heard of and which don't seem to get a lot of publicity. What a spectacular drive, better than Yellowstone and no crowd.

What are some other hidden gems out there ?
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Too many to count in Arizona. But one of our favorites is 89 north of Flagstaff you will drive through the Painted Desert which looks like you are on the moon. Lees Ferry which is the only bridge crossing the Colorado River for over 600 miles! You'll see the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument (pictured below) You have likely seen this area on TV every major car company does their commercials here breath taking and remote. Then climb 4000 feet in elevation to Jacob Lake and head south to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
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Old 06-27-2006, 07:11 PM   #3
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Just got back from a trip out west and on our way back we went through the Big Horn Mountains, Which I had never heard of and which don't seem to get a lot of publicity. What a spectacular drive, better than Yellowstone and no crowd.

What are some other hidden gems out there ?

Did you go through Ten Sleep Canyon or the northern route?
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..... the Painted Desert which looks like you are on the moon. .
Where do you think NASA got the moon walk footage?
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The best alpine road that we have seen is in Montana---it's called the Bear Tooth Scenic Byway. The Bear Tooth is one of the highest alpine roads in the world. The elevation reaches 10,950ft. Lots of switchbacks and absolutely breathtaking views!! We were there the first week of June '06. The road had just opened the week before. Snow drifts of 10 to 15 feet could be seen in some of the areas--many of the lakes were still frozen.
We had no trouble handling the roads with our Sierra Denali 6.0 AWD truck and 21ft. Sovereign. Our combo handles extremely well at altitude. It could be a bit dicey with larger rigs, so use good judgement.
The road ultimately connects to a highway that will lead you to the NE entrance of Yellowstone. Hope you get a chance to travel this road! Juergen
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Old 06-28-2006, 03:38 AM   #6
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The Skyline Drive/Blue Ridge Parkway in late October!
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Old 06-28-2006, 12:06 PM   #7
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There are so many spectacular drives in the West, it would be hard to choose just one. However, one of the most spectacular would have to be SR-12 in Utah!

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Not sure if this counts...

My favorite scenic drive has got to be along the west side of Mille Lacs Lake going up US 169. When I hit that stretch of highway I'm only about 30 miles away from Aitkin where my AS is waiting for me.
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California Hwy 101 going north, starting at Pismo Beach.
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Old 06-28-2006, 04:09 PM   #10
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ANYWHERE we are driving with our AS in tow!

The Skyline Drive and Going-to-the-Sun Road are faves though!
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Old 06-28-2006, 04:20 PM   #11
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I have to agree with 63air. I came through the Big Horn in 1979, after leaving Yellowstone, and stopped for the night at a campground in Sheridan, Wyoming. A fantastically beautiful drive - but the campground in Sheridan was a somewhat amusing nightmare! All I can say is that the campground owners didn't turn anyone away and, by morning, there were as many as 6 campers plugged in to every 15 amp outlet! Unravelling the mess the next morning was a site to behold - and, with the right attitude, it was fun to watch.
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Old 06-28-2006, 04:39 PM   #12
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i would have to say my favorite scenic drive is the drive between Jasper and Banff National Parks in Alberta,Canada.Included in this drive are Lake Louise and the Columbia Icefields.Breathtaking drive.
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Old 06-28-2006, 08:08 PM   #13
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The Beartooth, Going to the Sun-Montana, North Shore Drive along Lake Superior-Minnesota, over the Big Horns into Ten Sleep-Wyoming, The Snowy Mountains-Wyoming, Blue Ridge Parkway/Shenandoah Valley-Virginia, and in Missouri, any little road that winds through the Ozarks!
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1. Ultradog -- I can't disagree with the west shore drive on Mille Lacs.
2. and maxandgeorgia. Northshore drive was fabulous when the Silver Cliffs part of Hwy 61 (revisited) was still included -- before it started falling into the lake.
3. And most surprising -- Hwy 13 and US 52 in northeast Iowa.
4. Any woodland road in northern Wisconsin when the trillium are blooming (May) or maples are turning (end of Sept).

My personal faves are:
1. Beartooth Pass between Red Lodge MT and Yellowstone.
2. Chief Joseph Pass thru Big Hole Nat'l Battlefield on MT 43 in southwest Montana.
3. Anything near McCall or Stanley, Idaho.
4. All of 'da U.P.' (northern Michigan).
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