20 drives in the US with stunning mountain views

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The Valley of Fire in Nevada. Denis Tangney Jr/Getty Images
  • Though the CDC still recommends avoiding non-essential travel, some restrictions are beginning to lift.
  • Driving has been deemed one of the safest modes of travel during the pandemic, making a road trip a potential option for those looking to get out of town.
  • These roads across the United States all have stunning mountains views that you won’t want to miss.
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The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention currently advises against non-essential travel, but as restrictions begin to lift across the US, many will be looking for affordable travel options.

Though international vacations might be off the table this summer, road trips across the United States could offer a welcome respite from months of lockdown.

Roads across the US, from Alaska to Arkansas, offer spectacular mountain and mountain range panoramas.

Take a look at all the roads with stunning mountain views.


Nevada State Route 169 goes into the Valley of Fire in Nevada, which is full of bright red peaks.

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Valley of Fire, Nevada. Denis Tangney Jr/Getty Images

The Valley of Fire State Park is 40,000 acres of land full of red sandstone mountains.


Stunning mountain views in Olympic National Park can be reached by US highway 101.

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Olympic National Park, Washington. aaaaimages/Getty Images

Olympic National Park encompasses nearly a million acres, and it has many glacier-capped mountains.


The Blue Ridge Parkway runs through the Blue Ridge Mountains along the eastern United States.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina. Pierre Leclerc Photography/Getty Images

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs for 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina.


North Cascades Highway in Washington runs along the Cascade Mountain Range.

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North Cascades Highway, Washington. Edmund Lowe Photography/Getty Images

The Cascade Mountain Range extends for more than 700 miles through California, Oregon, Washington, and up to British Columbia, Canada.


The Mount Hood Highway leads to stunning views of Mount Hood in Oregon.

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Mount Hood in Oregon. Richard Schafer/EyeEm/Getty Images

The Mount Hood Highway stretches for 100 miles. Mount Hood is Oregon’s highest peak at 11,245 feet.


Utah State Route 9 goes right through Zion National Park.

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Zion Canyon in Utah. Ed Bannister/Getty Images

Zion National Park covers 146,597 acres and is full of red mountains and canyons.


Going-to-the-Sun Road drives through Glacier National Park in Montana.

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Glacier National Park in Montana. YinYang/Getty Images

Going-to-the-Sun Road is 50 miles. The highest point on the road is on Logan Pass, at 6,646 feet. According to the National Park Service, mountain goats and bighorn sheep are often seen along Logan Pass.


Big Oak Flat Road goes through Yosemite National Park in California.

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Yosemite National Park, California. YayaErnst/Getty Images

Yosemite National Park covers about 1,200 square miles and is full of mountains, valleys, meadows, and giant sequoia trees.


Highway 1 in California has stunning ocean and mountain views.

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Highway 1, California. Thomas Winz/Getty Images

Highway 1 runs for more than 600 miles and has stunning views of Big Sur, a mountainous region of the California coastline.


The San Juan Skyway has views of Colorado’s mountains.

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Red Mountain Pass, Colorado. tristanbnz/Getty Images

The road runs through the San Juan Mountains, a mountain range in southwestern Colorado that is a part of the Rocky Mountains.


Parks Highway in Alaska has plenty of mountain views.

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Parks Highway, Alaska. Edwin Remsburg/VW Pics via Getty Images

Parks Highway extends 358 miles from Anchorage to Fairbanks. It also leads to Denali National Park, named for Denali, America’s tallest mountain.


Trail Ridge Road has views of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

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Trail Ridge Road, Colorado. Ronda Kimbrow Photography/Getty Images

Trail Ridge Road runs for 48 miles between Estes Park and Grand Lake, and it reaches an elevation of 12,183 feet.


The Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire cuts through White Mountain National Forest.

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Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire. Denis Tangney Jr/Getty Images

Kancamagus Highway stretches for 34.5 miles along New Hampshire’s Route 112. It’s regarded as one of the best fall foliage viewing spots in the country.


Highway 101 runs through Oregon and has both coastal and mountain views.

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Highway 101, Oregon. Didier Marti/Getty Images

Highway 101 runs along the Pacific Coast.


Interstate 15 runs through the Beaver Dam Mountains in Arizona.

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Interstate 15, Arizona. Ed Freeman/Getty Images

Interstate 15 cuts through the northwest corner of Arizona for 29 miles.


Skyline Drive runs through Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.

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Skyline Drive, Virginia. Bill Koplitz/Getty Images

Shenandoah National Park is over 200,000 acres of protected land full of mountains, waterfalls, and wildflower fields.


Highway 240 in South Dakota leads to Badlands National Park.

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Park Loop Road, South Dakota. Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Badlands National Park covers 244,000 acres and is home to bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets.


The Racetrack has views of the mountains of California’s Death Valley.

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The Racetrack, California. Jaroslav Sugarek/Getty Images

The Racetrack is a rough road that runs over a dry lake bed in Death Valley.


Hells Canyon Scenic Byway in Oregon has beautiful mountain vistas.

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Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. Shutterstock

Hells Canyon Scenic Byway runs for 213 miles and passes Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains.


Talimena Scenic Byway runs through mountains in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

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Talimena Scenic Byway, Arkansas. zrfphoto/Getty Images

Talimena Scenic Byway runs for 54 miles and passes Rich Mountain and Winding Stair Mountain.