As the state of Oregon owns the entire coast, drivers can soak up amazing unobstructed natural vistas along the roughly 300 miles of picture-perfect beaches, wind-sculpted dunes, seaside cliffs and marshes.On the south end between Brookings to Port Orford, dramatic sea cliffs stand in contrast to pastoral farmlands, while the north end is marked by lush rain forests and a rugged coastline dotted with quaint beach towns.Be sure not to miss any must see stops along the Pacific Coast Highway.Unlike most highways, this nearly century-old route was built purely for the scenery, and it definitely delivers in a big way.If you have a fear of heights, you may want to avoid this one, but most travelers on this road find that the fear felt while navigating the twists and turns at the edge of very steep cliffs – without benefit of guard rails- is worth the reward of what may be some of the most awe-inspiring vistas on the planet.Each time you turn a corner, it seems the views just get better and better, with the towering, jagged peaks of the San Juan Mountains and multitude of interesting historic mining structures to gaze at.The byway crests at nearly 11,000 feet in elevation, at the aptly named viewpoint, Top of the World.There you’ll enjoy magnificent views of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, open high alpine plateaus dotted with nearly endless glacial lakes, forested valleys, waterfalls and a ton of wildlife, including moose, bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain goats, mountain lions and bobcats.
When it comes to places to take a break to enjoy a bite to eat or fuel up, you won’t have to worry as there are plenty along the way.
You’ll find plenty of lookout points so that you can pull over and get a closer look too.
Though the section of the roadway referred to as the Million Dollar Highway stretches for about 25 miles in southwestern Colorado, following U. 550 between Silverton and Ouray, don’t miss the section between Durango and Silverton, as it’s rather spectacular as well.
It’s internationally renowned for its abundance of breathtaking waterfalls, brilliant wildflower displays in the summer and fall foliage in autumn, as well as impressive overlooks of the Columbia River Gorge.
Sometimes referred to as the “King of Roads,” many call it “one of those drives that must be done before-you-die.” Discover ever-changing perspectives of the gorge, which includes sweeping panoramic vistas from 900 feet above the water, and take time for at least one hike on the numerous trails along the byway, many of which lead to hidden falls.