Whether you're planning a couple's road trip or looking for a romantic drive while you're on vacation, your honeymoon, or an anniversary getaway, the varied landscapes in the United States provide several roads with panoramic vistas and stunning backdrops that ooze romance. Below you'll find some of the most romantic roads in the U.S.
Overseas Highway, Florida Keys
The Overseas Highway is the 113-mile stretch of U.S. Route 1 between Miami and Key West, which takes about four hours to complete if you drive straight through without stopping in Key Largo, Islamorada, or Marathon Key. More than 40 bridges make up the Overseas Highway, including the famous Seven Mile Bridge at Marathon Key. The bridges were originally completed in 1938, but 37 of them were replaced with wider and heavier spans in the 1980s. You might feel like you're floating on a magic carpet at many points; the only thing you'll see beside you are the crystalline waters of the Florida Straits dotted with limestone and coral reefs. To squeeze the most romance out of your drive on the Overseas Highway, try to travel at sunrise or sunset when the incredible views over the water will take your breath away.
Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii
Depending on your tolerance for adventure, the Road to Hana might be one of the scariest roads in the U.S. as well as one of the most romantic. Formally referred to as The Hana Highway, HI-360, the Road to Hana has 620 curves and 59 bridges all in the span of 52 miles. The road begins in Kahului and follows Maui's eastern shore to the town of Hana. As you drive slowly around the hairpin curves and across one-lane bridges you will travel through the jungle, see breathtaking waterfalls, deep pools, and stunning seascapes. The most romantic parts of traveling on the Road to Hana are the incredible stops you can make, such as the Maui Garden of Eden Arboretum, the swimming hole at Haipua'ena Falls, and Waianapanapa State Park, where you can hang out on a volcanic black sand beach and relax.
North Shore Drive, Minnesota
Regardless of the time of year you travel along Route 61 from Duluth, Minnesota, to the Canadian border, you will find romantic splendor among Minnesota's Northwoods. North Shore Drive follows Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, and is dotted with lovely towns along the shore. You can find romance in the fall when the leaves turn in the Superior National Forest, in the spring when the buds appear on the trees, in the summer when the breeze from the lake cools you, and in the depths of Minnesota's cold winter, when the trees glisten with frost. Although you will find treasures in each place you stop, two local favorites are Lutsen and Split Rock Lighthouse. Lutsen has a large recreation area but is especially famous for its skiing in the winter, when you can enjoy romantic nights cuddling by a fireplace.
Pacific Coast Highway, California
The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) runs approximately 650 miles. Although you will find gorgeous views that inspire romance along the entire coast, the most dramatic views and storied part of the PCH is the 139-mile stretch between Monterey and Morro Bay, California. Of course, no matter when you visit, you and your partner need to have the quintessential romantic experience by driving a convertible or riding a motorcycle along the scenic cliffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Along the route you will find charming seaside restaurants and inns tailor-made for a romantic couple's getaway. When you cruise along the romantic PCH, make sure to stop and take in the panoramic views at Bixby Bridge, one of the largest, single-span concrete bridges in the world, and one of California's most photographed bridges.
Scenic Route 100, Vermont
Lush foliage, picturesque farms, charming inns, and mouthwatering food are all ingredients for a romantic getaway, making Vermont's Scenic Route 100 one of the most romantic roads in the U.S. This 146-mile stretch of road runs along the eastern edge of the Green Mountains in south-central Vermont. The natural beauty of the area shines throughout the year, offering a plethora of opportunities for couples who love outdoor activities. Several of Vermont's famed ski resorts such as Killington, Sugarbush, and Smuggler's Notch lie along Route 100. Scenic Route 100 also offers several cultural landmarks for couples who find romance in learning together, such as President Calvin Coolidge's birthplace, Black River Academy Museum, and the entire historic town of Weston.
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina & Virginia
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile National Parkway that links the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky National Park in North Carolina. It's difficult to top the romantic sunrises and sunsets, stunning mountain vistas, and incredible flora and fauna found in the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Whether you drive the entire length of the parkway or spend time in only the North Carolina or Virginia portion, you will have the opportunity for trekking and hiking in the mountains, having an intimate picnic, taking a trail ride, and a wide array of romantic couple's activities. Mileposts along the parkway offer many different options, such as a hayride at The Orchard at Altapass at Milepost 328.3, where you can celebrate the culture and beauty of the area, or climbing Chimney Rock at Milepost 385. You can enjoy a lovely meal and glass of local wine at Chateau Morrisette, one of Virginia's oldest wineries located at Milepost 171.
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