10 Best Scenic Routes for Truckers
As truck drivers, we get to see some of the most gorgeous landscapes while on the road. Drivers see so many different parts of the country throughout their careers, and you won’t find a carrier that says he/she hasn’t had their breath taken away on multiple occasions. We’ve compiled a list of “the most beautiful” routes so you can look out for them on your next trip.
San Juan Skyway
This loop goes through San Juan National Forest and always provides truck drivers with stunning views of mountains and landscapes. To accompany this scenery, a few quaint mountain towns lie throughout the route including Silverton and Telluride. The road is windy but rewarding.
Westbound routes from Montana to Idaho
As one driver put it, “The most peaceful 700 miles on the road.” This stretch has wonderful mountainous ranges, meadows, and forests with never-ending greenery.
I-70 through Utah and Colorado
This interstate is a landscape that goes from the mountains of Colorado to the high desert of Utah with shocking rock formations for miles. It includes gorgeous drives through Glenwood Canyon, Arches National Park, and Goblin Valley State Park.
Seward Highway — Alaska
We’ve heard this highway described as miles of snow-capped mountains, beautiful beaches, and a glimpse of local wildlife. You’ll drive through famed landmarks such as Beluga Point: a view of mountains in the background covered with fog and clouds and railroad tracks in foreground, Moose Pass: a breathtaking Alaskan countryside in Chugach National Forest, and Turnagain Arm: a spot of gorgeous coastlines with an abundance of wildlife. It is a drive full of views you won’t get at home or in an office.
California Coastline - Highway 1 or called PCH
Highway 1, or better known as PCH (the Pacific Coast Highway) is one of the most iconic drives in the US. The coastal scenery is unlike anything else and you have a perfect view of the road going either direction. On this stretch, you pass over some incredibly famous bridges: The Bixby Bridge in Big Sur (pictured) and The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
US 83 aka the Road to Nowhere
This four-lane interstate crosses 1,885 miles of rolling grasslands and countryside between Canada and Mexico. A quiet drive, but there’s lots to see. Whether you stop in at The World’s Largest Buffalo Skull in Abilene, Texas, or see the Dismal River running through the Sandhills of Nebraska from the road, this route has a countless number of unforgettable sights.
Utah’s Route 12
Utah’s Route 12 is a 122-mile stretch of beauty, passing through stunning parks such as Bryce Canyon National Park and Dixie National Forest.
Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean (PP-OO) Highway
This historic road takes you from San Francisco all the way to New York City, tying the industrial centers of the U.S. to the mountains and more. Stop in Colorado Springs and you’ll catch a stunning view of snow-capped Pikes Peak. Or, stop in Springfield, Illinois, for some historical sights. Along this road, you’ll see everything from agriculture to mining districts.
I-64 in WV
West Virginia will take you through overlooks of valleys that make you feel like you’re driving in a painting. Also make sure you take a pit-stop at Tamarack, a rest stop just off of I-64 in Beckley. It has a taste of Appalachian sights and sounds.
Blue Ridge Parkway - VA & Carolinas
If you’re ever on the lower East Coast heading through the Carolinas and Virginia, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a must-drive. It takes you through the Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks. Pictured above is the Linn Cove Viaduct which is a 1,243 feet long bridge that snakes around Grandfather Mountain in western North Carolina. This is a highway made up of scenic overlooks, colorful trees, and unique wildlife.
The US has so many beautiful sights to offer and carriers are lucky to drive through these stunning scenic routes on a daily basis. If you’re new to the trucking industry, join SmartHop to get started the right way—profitable from the beginning! And along the way, learn a thing or two from our friendly carrier network. Truck smarter, not harder.