America’s Best Road Trips

valley at Columbia River Scenic Highway, Oregon
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Terry Frederic Luehmann / Flickr

The country's best ribbons of highway are more than just means to the end. Highways threading the Florida Keys, California valleys, and Hawaiian isles are destinations in and of themselves.

Columbia River Scenic Highway, Oregon

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This road is a concrete realization of the idea that highways can sometimes improve on the work of Mother Nature. Designed and constructed back in the early days of the automobile, the route winds past a series of lovely waterfalls while taking in the best sights of the Columbia Gorge, east of Portland.

Where to Stop: Standing on a stony cliff top, 700 feet above the Columbia River, Vista House is a historic rest stop that doubles as a memorial to Oregon Trail pioneers. vistahouse.com

valley at Columbia River Scenic Highway, Oregon

America’s Best Road Trips

Columbia River Scenic Highway, Oregon

This road is a concrete realization of the idea that highways can sometimes improve on the work of Mother Nature. Designed and constructed back in the early days of the automobile, the route winds past a series of lovely waterfalls while taking in the best sights of the Columbia Gorge, east of Portland.

Where to Stop: Standing on a stony cliff top, 700 feet above the Columbia River, Vista House is a historic rest stop that doubles as a memorial to Oregon Trail pioneers. vistahouse.com

Terry Frederic Luehmann / Flickr
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