Great Lakes Road Trips
Drive Trips of the Great Lakes
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Northwest Michigan Coast
0 leg - miles: hours, min
Cool summer breezes, sandy beaches and inviting lakefront resorts draw visitors ...
Grand Ole Music
5 legs - 1141.3 miles: 19 hours, 27 min
This road trip covers four states and more than 1,000 miles. There’s a mus...
Niagara Falls Lake Ontario
3 legs - 244.9 miles: 6 hours, 7 min
The Buffalo-Niagara area is shaped by one of nature’s most powerful forces...
4 legs - 373.7 miles: 7 hours, 27 min
New York’s gorgeous Finger Lakes region is full of must-see attractions...
2 legs - 106.3 miles: 3 hours, 27 min
The scenic highlights of this trip are the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Lake Erie—two of northern Ohio’s best features. To get the most scenic bang for your buck, visit this area in autumn, when the trees display their finest colors.
Route 66 - Northern Illinois
2 legs - 145.2 miles: 4 hours, 3 min
You may hear the rumble of high-speed traffic running parallel on Interstate 55,...
Green Bay and Door County
4 legs - 197.9 miles: 4 hours, 43 min
Forget the Packers and get packing for a sojourn from lively Green Bay to a more...
Route 66 - Eastern Missouri
2 legs - 88.3 miles: 3 hours, 5 min
“The Mother Road” wraps up its trek across the breadth of The Show M...
Route 66 - Southern Illinois
2 legs - 161.5 miles: 3 hours, 50 min
It’s all about the open road on this Route 66 journey across Illinois. Alo...
3 legs - 255.1 miles: 5 hours, 26 min
The Adirondacks encompass not only rugged mountains but tranquil meadows and scores of picture-postcard lakes. Recreational pursuits span every season, and the fall foliage viewing is second to none. Saratoga Springs, Lake George and Lake Placid (where the U.S. ice hockey team won a “Miracle on Ice” at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games) are tourist hot spots.
Cincinnati to Columbus
3 legs - 305.4 miles: 6 hours, 23 min
Lying between Cincinnati and Columbus—two of Ohio’s biggest cities...
2 legs - 205.4 miles: 6 hours, 27 min
A favorite trip for Manhattanites eager to swap traffic noise and asphalt for bi...
North Shore Scenic Drive
1 leg - 148.3 miles: 2 hours, 45 min
Pullouts along SR 61 let you stop and admire the wild beaches edging Superior's ...
Copper Country Trail Scenic Byway
1 leg - 45.6 miles: 0 hours, 56 min
The Copper County Trail Scenic Byway passes through several small historic towns...
Illinois and Indiana State Capitals
2 legs - 213.7 miles: 4 hours, 2 min
One nickname for Illinois is the Corn State, and this trek across its central swath passes mile after mile of farmland. Corn and soybeans planted in the region’s rich black earth in spring are flourishing by summer; in fact “silty clay loam” is Illinois’ official state soil. Plan your trip for when the crops are at their verdant peak.
Upper Peninsula Scenic Drive
1 leg - 23.8 miles: 0 hours, 41 min
Towering trees line both sides of the Upper Peninsula Scenic Drive and eventuall...
Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway
1 leg - 95.4 miles: 1 hours, 51 min
Begin your relaxing drive through farmland and dense forests of white spruce, as...
Hocking Hills Scenic Byway
1 leg - 25.1 miles: 0 hours, 40 min
The meandering byway (SR 374) zigzags through valleys, past massive sandstone ou...
Lake Superior South Shore Scenic Highway
1 leg - 42.2 miles: 0 hours, 44 min
The massive Lake Superior is the star of this portion of SR 28. It’s not i...
Watertown, NY to Canada Scenic Highway
1 leg - 28.0 miles: 27 min
Some 1,800 islands, ranging from the size of a boulder to a whole town, occupy the St. Lawrence River, which can be reached from I-81 and Thousand Islands International Bridge. It’s a resort area, so along the way, visitors on the Watertown, N.Y. to Canada Scenic Highway can enjoy the idyllic countryside as well as activities such as boating and fishing for salmon and lake trout.
Adirondack Trail Scenic Drive
1 leg - 153.6 miles: 3 hours, 0 min
SR 30 carves its way through the heart of the rugged Adirondack Mountains, provi...
Loop Road Scenic Drive
1 leg - 18.0 miles: 0 hours, 22 min
SR 37 (Center Road) zigzags across the Old Mission Peninsula, offering views of ...
Tunnel of Trees Scenic Byway
1 leg - 24.3 miles: 0 hours, 45 min
Some of the breaks in SR 119’s tree tunnel reveal beautiful Lake Michigan....
Indiana's Scenic Backcountry Route 135
1 leg - 49.5 miles: 1 hours, 10 min
Begin in the Salem Downtown Historic District, where a cannon on the courthouse ...
Lower Wisconsin River Road Scenic Highway
1 leg - 80.8 miles: 1 hours, 33 min
Sample a taste of Wisconsin along the Lower Wisconsin River Road Scenic Highway through the countryside. Prairie du Sac and Sauk City share terrain ranging from gently sloping farmlands to dramatic, rocky bluffs where bald eagles soar. Silver maple, cottonwood and American elm trees flourish along the tranquil Wisconsin River.
Indiana's Ohio River Scenic Byway
1 leg - 66.4 miles: 1 hours, 29 min
Once a busy river port, Newburgh now offers historic charm set against the backd...
Rock River Scenic Drive
1 leg - 41.4 miles: 0 hours, 55 min
In Rockford, Rock River Scenic Drive winds through forested areas, and lovely ho...
Southern Tier Scenic Expressway
1 leg - 39.8 miles: 0 hours, 35 min
Winding through valleys and over tree-blanketed mountains, this section of the S...
Sandstone Scenic Highway
1 leg - 44.1 miles: 0 hours, 37 min
Sandstone Scenic Highway is speckled with dairy farms that lead to Wisconsin Riv...
High Peaks Scenic Byway
1 leg - 28.6 miles: 37 min
Along SR 73 are the beautiful Upper Cascade Lake and Lower Cascade Lake, which are flanked by mountainsides creating a stunning view. There are entrances to several hiking trails in Adirondack Park, and in Lake Placid the route passes by the Olympic Jumping Complex and the Olympic Sports Complex.
Catskills Foothills Scenic Highway
1 leg - 109.5 miles: 1 hours, 35 min
This pleasant drive through eastern New York passes through many charming towns,...
Minnesota Heartland Scenic Drive
1 leg - 90.8 miles: 1 hours, 29 min
From Fargo, US 10 heads east past seemingly endless swaths of prairie grassland ...
Belle Plaine Scenic Highway
1 leg - 19.4 miles: 0 hours, 21 min
Belle Plaine Scenic Highway takes you through the heart of Minnesota’s far...
Lake George Scenic Byway
1 leg - 37.2 miles: 0 hours, 52 min
Two-lane Lake Shore Drive/SR 9N veers closest to beautiful Lake George at its no...
Adirondack Northway Scenic Highway
1 leg - 107.4 miles: 1 hours, 35 min
The Adirondack forest lines the road and stretches over the tops of the mountains along much of I-87, creating a spectacular fall display. South of Plattsburgh, the route crosses the Saranac River, popular for kayaking and canoeing. A slow-moving section of the Ausable River flows under the interstate toward the Ausable Chasm. South of Keeseville, mountains begin to emerge, forming a stately backdrop to Butternut Pond.
Minnesota Grains Scenic Highway
1 leg - 47.1 miles: 0 hours, 42 min
Warmer seasons bring ever-changing palettes to the hilly pastures along this 47-...
Montauk Scenic Highway
1 leg - 29.3 miles: 0 hours, 51 min
Vacationing in the Hamptons? Montauk Highway is unavoidable. Locally owned busin...
Letchworth State Park Scenic Road
1 leg - 19.5 miles: 0 hours, 37 min
Within Letchworth State Park the Genesee River rushes through a gorge with verti...
Gunflint Trail Scenic Highway
1 leg - 55.0 miles: 1 hours, 22 min
The 55-mile Gunflint Trail showcases the beautiful features of northern Minnesot...
Olympic Trail Scenic Route 3
1 leg - 72.3 miles: 1 hours, 24 min
SR 3 passes through forests of balsam fir, beech, red and sugar maples, and white pine. Colors vary according to the season, from soft spring greens that deepen in brilliance during summer to cozy autumn hues like amber and copper. Winter’s sparkling white scenery is picture-postcard lovely, but definitely check weather and road conditions before setting out.
Central Adirondack Trail Scenic Drive
1 leg - 53.1 miles: 1 hours, 7 min
Central Adirondack Trail Scenic Drive encompasses wilderness areas and a few sma...
Chagrin Scenic River Road
1 leg - 6.9 miles: 0 hours, 11 min
SR 174 (Chagrin River Road) is named for the river, but you won’t get too ...
Drovers Trail Scenic Byway
1 leg - 12.4 miles: 0 hours, 21 min
Sprawling farmlands and the occasional farmhouse surround this curvy two-lane by...
Eastern Waters of the Dancing Sky Scenic Byway
1 leg - 11.8 miles: 0 hours, 17 min
“Dancing Sky” in the name of the Eastern Waters of the Dancing Sky S...
Grape Belt Scenic Thruway
1 leg - 27.8 miles: 24 min
Grape Belt Scenic Thruway affords plentiful views of vineyards alongside I-90, a four-lane, divided highway; rows of grapevines extend far into the distance. Expansive fields include an occasional barn and silo dotting the landscape. Near the end of the byway you’ll see Chautauqua County Fairgrounds and a small portion of The State University of New York at Fredonia.
Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway
1 leg - 52.3 miles: 1 hours, 1 min
The Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway (SR-16) in the southeast corner of the s...
Ohio's Scenic Interstate 470
1 leg - 6.8 miles: 0 hours, 6 min
Take an easy drive on I-470 past rural farms and dense wooded areas to the wide ...
Indiana's Scenic & Historic Michigan Road
1 leg - 22.2 miles: 0 hours, 27 min
A sea of wheat and corn waves in the breezes as you journey into the tranquil fa...
Michigan's Scenic Route 31
1 leg - 65.8 miles: 1 hours, 19 min
Michigan’s Scenic Route 31 travels along the Lake Michigan shore through n...
Ohio's Scenic Route 800
1 leg - 18.5 miles: 28 min
Watch your speed as you wind your way on SR 800 from Woodsfield to Barnesville. You may pass a horse and buggy or two—Ohio is Amish country, after all. This region of Ohio is known for its irregular hills, which provide plenty of scenic beauty. Stretch your legs at Monroe Lake Wildlife Area, which offers fishing, swimming and bird-watching.
Olympic Trail Scenic Byway, Keeseville to Lake Placid
1 leg - 34.5 miles: 0 hours, 48 min
The Olympic Trail Scenic Byway (SRs 9N and 86) winds through small towns in Upst...
Storm King Scenic Highway
1 leg - 7.2 miles: 0 hours, 13 min
SR 218 leads you past the natural beauty of the Hudson River to the United State...
Upper Delaware Scenic Byway
1 leg - 22.3 miles: 0 hours, 27 min
New York's SR 97 slips beside the Delaware River, offering stunning river vistas...
Eastern Ohio's Historic National Road
4 legs - 108.6 miles: 3 hours, 13 min
The nation’s first federally funded highway, the Historic National Road st...
Western Ohio's Historic National Road
4 legs - 149.8 miles: 4 hours, 35 min
Western Ohio’s Historic National Road is a straight-as-an-arrow drive from Kirkersville to the Illinois border. The majority of the trip follows US 40, which was built on top of the National Road in the 1920s. Break up the rural scenery with a stop in Columbus, the capital and largest city in Ohio.
Eastern Illinois' Historic National Road
1 leg - 81.1 miles: 1 hours, 47 min
Dreamed up by George Washington, signed into law by Thomas Jefferson and built b...
Western Illinois' Historic National Road
4 legs - 121.1 miles: 3 hours, 25 min
The Western Illinois' Historic National Road, part of our nation’s first f...
Ohio's Eastern Lake Erie Coastal Trail
1 leg - 0 miles: 0 hours, 0 min
Begin your trek along the eastern portion of Ohio’s Lake Erie Coastal Trai...
Ohio's Central Lake Erie Coastal Trail
3 legs - 105.7 miles: 4 hours, 52 min
Ohio’s Central Lake Erie Coastal Trail glides past the southern coast of L...
Ohio's Western Lake Erie Coastal Trail
3 legs - 130.3 miles: 3 hours, 55 min
The diverse scenery on Ohio's Western Lake Erie Coastal Trail runs the gamut from the marinas and beach-lined shores of massive Lake Erie to the nature-preserving Metroparks and verdant farmland of the Toledo outskirts. The route also meanders past golf courses, wineries and picturesque historic districts.
Indiana's Ohio River Historic Byway
5 legs - 291.4 miles: 7 hours, 23 min
Indiana’s Ohio River Historic Byway covers 286 miles of the nationally des...
Western Ohio River Historic Byway
3 legs - 228.3 miles: 5 hours, 20 min
Encompassing 219 miles of the nationally designated 943-mile Ohio River Scenic B...
Eastern Ohio River Historic Byway
3 legs - 228.0 miles: 5 hours, 9 min
The 229-mile Eastern Ohio River Historic Byway overlaps part of the 943-mile nat...
Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route
1 leg - 56.0 miles: 1 hours, 27 min
Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route takes you from the confluence of the Mi...
Seaway Trail Scenic Drive, Lakeside Beach State Park to Lewiston
The New York Seaway Trail (SR 18) provides access to several state parks along Lake Ontario. East of Youngstown it is mainly a quiet, two-lane country road bordered by fields and solitary farmhouses. The trail turns south near Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site and passes homes with neat lawns, tall shade trees and views of the Niagara River.
Seaway Trail Scenic Drive, Rochester to Lakeside Beach State Park
0 leg - miles: hours, min
Tantalizing glimpses of Lake Ontario through the trees alternate with sweeping l...