By Kimberley Lovato
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See All of America’s Most Scenic Waterside Drives
Whether it’s a Griswold-style family vacation or a simple Sunday cruise, road trips are classic America—especially when looking out your windows at sea upon shining sea. In a country that’s fringed with more than 95,000 miles of shoreline, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to putting the pedal to the water-view metal.
These ribbons of scenic coastal road have inspired artists to paint them, poets to praise them, and even bands to immortalize them in song. The Mamas and the Papas’s “Pacific Coast Highway” is an essential top-down driving jam whether you’re cruising that famous stretch of road or not.
However, rolling rivers and sparkling blue mountain lakes can inspire wanderlust just as much.
From bucket-list classics down the Florida Keys and through 400 years of history on Cape Cod to more-novel waterside routes that circle Lake Tahoe, whiz by alligators in Louisiana, and ply the Maritime Highway in Alaska, it’s time to tune your radio and set your GPS for some of America’s most scenic waterside drives.