5 Stunning Coastal Road Trips

Open the sunroof, crank up the tunes, and hit the road with our top five scenic water-view drives.

California's Highway 1

Photographer: Michael Hanson, Writer: Sarah Latta

California's Highway 1

Highway 1 from Jenner to Fort Bragg spans 96 miles and boasts pastoral coasts and humble towns that are fun to stop in for photos and a bite to eat. Pull over for the Point Arena Lighthouse, which gives you some of the best ocean views in the state.

North Carolina's Outer Banks

Writer: Sarah Latta

North Carolina's Outer Banks

The endlessly curving roads of the Outer Banks make it a fun ride for those with a strong stomach. Small beach towns dot the landscape with dunes and long beaches in between. Create a circuit by taking U.S. highways 17, 158, and 64.

Mobile, Alabama to New Orleans Road Trip

Writer: Sarah Latta

Mobile, Alabama to New Orleans

The trip from Mobile to New Orleans begins with antebellum homes and boutique shops and transforms into energized artist's enclaves of Ocean Springs and Bay St. Louis. Continue along wetlands separating Mississippi from New Orleans and then treat yourself to a beignet in the Big Easy.

Eastern Maine

Writer: Sarah Latta

Eastern Maine

Only a few hours from Boston, Eastern Maine is worlds away from the hustle and bustle. Cruise along the broken coastline from a granite dome in Acadia National Park and then follow U.S. 1 to the iconic red-and-white striped West Ouoddy Head Lighthouse.

Alaska's Highway 1

Writer: Sarah Latta

Alaska's Highway 1

Embark on an adventure along the 127-mile stretch between Anchorage and Seward on Alaska's Highway 1. This trip is ideal for true nature lovers. You'll drive past picture perfect views like alpine meadows with hanging glaciers in the background.

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