Many people first think of New York, Florida and Los Angeles when they want to travel around the country. The United States is big, and it might take years for a traveler to cover the whole of it, but there are roads that you can take and still enjoy the beauty of our motherland. It’s not just in cities where you can cruise through enjoying breathtaking views, you can also drive out of your town and enjoy the jaw-dropping scenery of the countryside. Here are some of the roads you should explore.

1. Highway 1

Highway 1 stretches from San Francisco to Fort Bragg for 175 miles, according to Visit California.

The route offers windswept beauty, just like the Central Coast road. The whole adventure begins when you cross the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito and Marin County. You get to view the fantastic landscape, coastal hills, and the Muir Woods National Monument’s redwoods. Furthermore, you won’t be able to resist the fantastic view of the beaches and cliffs of the Point Reyes National Seashore. Other places you will likely see are Napa Valley, Mendocino Headlands State Park and the town of Mendocino.

2. The Blue Ridge Parkway

According to Travel and Leisure, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a winding road that stretches for about 470 miles to link the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

Traveling on this highway is a memorable experience, not forgetting that it runs from one attraction site to another. As you cruise on the Blue Ridge, you will see the split-rail fences, mountain meadows, old farmsteads, and scenic views. You can stop along the way and go hiking for a few hours or visit a local farm. You can also visit Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello.

3. Route 66

If you are planning a perfect trip, one of the best highways would be Route 66. The road is historic and spellbinding, according to Hostel World. The ride starts from Chicago and goes all the way through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico and finally, ends at Los Angeles in California after 2,451 miles.

The path is a subject of pop culture, making it one of the people’s favorite roads. Along the highway, you will drive past some of the US iconic cities, for instance, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Santa Monica and Albuquerque.

4. Highway 101

Highway 101 stretches for 120 miles from Malibu to Lompoc, according to Visit California. You get to travel across beach and wine regions after you leave Malibu. The breathtaking Santa Monica Mountains and Channel Islands National Park are some of the attractions sites you will see. You will pass through Oxnard, Ventura and the idyllic Santa Barbara. The road turns and heads inland where you can view ranch lands and everything that is in Lompoc including flower fields and the Lompoc Wine Ghetto where you can visit and have a taste of their wine.