Classic Roads: New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

May 15, 2020 View Comments by

This scenic byway in North Central New Mexico consists of a series of connected two-lane roads that encircle 13,161-foot Wheeler Peak, the highest mountain in New Mexico. This area was the destination of feverish prospecting in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Over millions of years, volcanic activity had deposited gold, silver, copper, and lead, […]

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Bucket List Roads: Tioga Pass Road (CA-120) [with Video]

Aug 16, 2019 View Comments by

This California state highway navigates over the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains and, in the process, bisects Yosemite National Park from west to east. The surrounding landscape features pristine glacial lakes, alpine meadows, glacially carved valleys, granite mountain peaks, spectacular waterfalls, and an abundance of native fauna and flora. There are limited services along the route, […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Loess Hills National Scenic Byway

Jan 11, 2013 View Comments by

During the last Ice Age, some 10,000 plus years ago, winds picked up soils, which had been ground as fine as flour from glacial activity, and deposited them in dunes along what is today Iowa’s western border. In time topsoil was formed and anchored by native grasses. The land became exceptionally fertile for farming, which […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Northwest Passage Scenic Byway (Aka US 12)

Oct 05, 2012 View Comments by

This month’s featured Bucket List Road, winding through a remote and rugged section of northern Idaho and Montana, is often found on lists of America’s top ten scenic roads. Unlike some roads that follow rivers, on this route the rider’s panoramic view of the cascading waterways is rarely obscured by foliage. Scenery: The sparkling rivers, […]

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