The art of scenic driving has been in our national parks’ DNA since their beginning. Park roads have always been designed to be more than just expeditious ways to reach a destination. They represent a clear landscape ethic, a deliberate intent to reveal the beauty of the parks as unobtrusively as possible.
America is blessed to have dozens, if not hundreds, of examples—scenic drives that show off some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes. Our list here is a cross-section, not a top 10 list. But all represent the visionary credo that makes driving in our national parks such an irresistible pleasure.