You Will Love These 6 American Byways
Winter is a wonderful time for travel, and America’s scenic byways provide some of the most interesting drives, rich with historical and cultural stops, wildlife viewing opportunities, and gorgeous scenic views. From Florida to California, here are some of America’s best southern scenic byways.
1. A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway, St Augustine, Florida
72 miles. This byway moves between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway along the Atlantic coast of Florida. Stop in St Augustine to tour the oldest European settlement in North America. Bring your binoculars for the birds and wildlife viewing!
2. Ashley River Road, Charleston, South Carolina
11 miles. The Ashley River Road is a short scenic byway rich in Colonial history. The byway moves through a National Register Historic District. You can visit several Charleston landmarks, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Drayton Hall and Middleton Place.
3. Natchez Trace Parkway
Part of the National Park System and an All-American Road. 440 miles. The Parkway moves from Tennessee through Alabama and into Mississippi, tracing the foot paths of Native Americans and the routes of westward expansion and settlement.
4. Geronimo Trail, New Mexico
154 miles. Explore the land of the Apache with their secret springs, and the abandoned silver and copper mining towns across the rugged mountains of southern New Mexico.
5. Sky Island Scenic Byway AZ
72 miles. The Byway starts in the Sonoran desert of southern Arizona and climbs into the White Mountains.
6. Arroyo Secco Historic Parkway, Pasadena California
10 miles between Los Angeles and Pasadena. This short drive shows the pretty landscape of last century’s California drives, with gentle curves, lush landscapes, and art deco architecture.