… driving along a scenic byway, enveloped by majestic trees and suddenly emerging overlooking an ancient, broad lush valley where – on a clear day it looks like you could see forever. A doe and her fawns are grazing quietly, appearing not to notice your presence. You stop for a moment, emerging noiselessly to hear the silence and see the beauty of the mountains.
… following a winding country road and coming upon an historic town that appears to not have changed in 400 years. In an authentic tavern, delighted by gourmet cuisine, you learn you are sitting in the very place where America’s founding fathers plotted their victory in the American Revolution, just down the road from the oldest plantations on American soil.
… watching sunlight skimmer across the bay on a crisp, golden afternoon, a sailboat gliding by and waves gently lapping at your feet. You’re settled in to spend a few quiet moments relaxing in a colonial waterside village, before going to dinner at a restaurant James Michener rated the highest of any on the Eastern Shore.
Imagine taking a historic journey across this whole beautiful land, traveling on scenic byways instead of freeways. Driving cross-country starting at the Atlantic Ocean. As you meander through a serene coastal community, roll down the car window. Passing quaint wooden beach cottages, you can smell the salt air and hear the waves crashing against the shore.
Next, you’re off to the majestic mountains of the Blue Ridge Parkway. As you wind through valleys and over peaks, get ready to see the golden sun setting over the top of the mountain range. Cool night air gently blows red and gold leaves that rustle in the wind. As you make your way to the end of the road, you hear a tinkling stream lazily making its way around glistening rocks.
As you approach the hot, arid desert of the great southwest, you see the sun rising over towering cliffs and wind carved earth where Mother Nature put on her best sculptor’s apron to create these dazzling shapes. Listen closely to hear a prairie dog bound toward the comfortable shade of a desert cactus.
As you approach the northwest corner of America, the lush green of ancient fir trees, aside waterfalls and wild rivers comes into view. At the edge of the forest you see quaint farms, vineyards and orchards heavy with fruit.
All of this is just a Sunday Drive away! Every road has a story to tell. It begins with the people who settled and the landscape they found. Culture is what has evolved since. And on these Scenic Byways, there are so many stories to tell – every mile tells a story. What makes your heart race? What is your made to order moment? Enjoy every minute of this renaissance in driving travel.
SCENIC BYWAYS – DELIVERING EXPERIENCES THAT TRULY TELL THE STORY OF THE PLACES YOU VISIT