To choose the best scenic driving routes, try entering the name of a route you're considering taking into your favorite search engine. You could also check travel guides and tourist information for the area in which you're planning to drive. Be sure to consider weather conditions and the time of year when doing your highway trip planning as well.
Considering the time of year may be important when planning a scenic route — after all, the spectacular fall foliage on some scenic driving routes isn't going to exist on a summer road trip. If there's a chance of foggy conditions, you won't be able to see much of the scenery either. It's best to read up on weather and road conditions as well as the scenery available in an area at certain times of the year. If you're likely to want to stop off the road for a rest break to get a better look at the scenery, make sure there are places to park along your route.
Of course, what some people consider scenic may not be to others, so also think about whether you'd enjoy the drive that you're reading about. Oceanside drives are scenic to many people, but for those who live in this type of environment a chance to drive somewhere different, such as the mountains, may be more interesting. For this reason, asking the locals about where to go for the best scenic driving routes may not prove as helpful as checking with a tourist information center or local travel agency.
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If you'd like to stop and see attractions that may be related to a scenic driving route, plan ahead to make sure they will be open. You could also check out other details such as costs and hours of operation so you can be better prepared. When planning the best scenic driving routes, you may also want to estimate about how long each drive will take, but rather than rush yourself, take time to enjoy the experience.
Travel magazines aimed at drivers are often excellent sources for finding scenic driving routes. In many cases, the writer of the article has personal experience driving along the routes and will offer firsthand experience on what to expect. Some of these magazines also may include helpful maps or lists of places to contact for more information about the driving routes as well as accommodation and dining options in these areas. If you have friends or family who have traveled in the areas that you find interesting, you could also ask them for their recommendations based on the most scenic routes.