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Here are the 5 gorgeous highways you must drive in your lifetime

This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and OnStar. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.

Sometimes hitting any old open road is enough to satisfy those feelings of wanderlust. Other times, the explorer spirit takes over and more epic vistas are necessary. Every state is home to beautiful roads, but these five top the list, with some of the country's most remarkable scenery — from driving over water for miles in the Florida Keys to the remote, rugged wilderness of Alaska's Seward Highway. When you take your scenic road trip, be sure to bring a friend to share the driving duties and make sure your vehicle is equipped with OnStar 4G LTE to help map your route, share photos, and stay connected from the road.

1

State Route 1, California

Topping this list — and many others — is California's State Route 1, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway. Meandering along the Golden State's coastline for more than 655 miles, Route 1 offers a dramatic variety of coastal scenery — from the sleepy surf towns and sandy beaches of Southern California to the dramatic cliffs of Big Sur. Keep an eye on traffic through major cities, but otherwise this road is smooth, relaxed sailing, where you'll want to take plenty of pitstops to drink in the ocean air and views.

2

Overseas Highway, Florida

When Henry Flagler was building the railroads that turned Florida into a popular vacation spot, he was determined to reach all the way to the southernmost point in the state, Key West. So he built a series of bridges connecting the Keys to the mainland, and in 1912 his Overseas Railroad was complete. Since the 1950s, many of those bridges and much of the railbed has been the Overseas Highway, a 113-mile stretch of US Route 1 that skims the Atlantic, allowing a scenic and sea-scented ride south from Miami. You'll want to rent the convertible.

3

Seward Highway, Alaska

Secretary of State William Seward bought Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7 million, and the deal was promptly labeled "Seward's Folly." Opinion changed when gold was struck two decades later. But, either way, Seward has the last laugh, with one of the most beautiful highways in the country bearing his name. Seward Highway begins in the tiny seaside town of Seward, on Resurrection Bay. From there, it meanders 125 miles north to Anchorage. Along the way, it passes mountains and glaciers, waterfalls and placid ponds, fjords and fauna. What it doesn't pass is a toll booth or a billboard. So you can simply enjoy the views.

4

Hana Highway, Hawaii

At just over 64 miles, Hawaii's Hana Highway is shortest on our list but it certainly packs a scenic punch. Located on the island of Maui, the Hana Highway winds up a coastal hillside sandwiched by the turquoise blues of the South Pacific on one side and rushing waterfalls on the other. Just be sure to set aside some time for this drive. There are more than 59 bridges on the road, and 46 of them allow just one lane of traffic at a time. Taking it slow on this road is rarely a concern for visitors, though, as the sites and sounds of the rolling waves and lush tropical rainforest are sure to entertain.

5

US Route 163, Arizona and Utah

One of the most iconic views of the American Southwest — immortalized in Forrest Gump — is US Route 163, the best option for those who crave wide open spaces with their landscapes. Though it's only a few tenths of a mile longer than the Hana Highway, this road feels vast and sprawling. Watch storms roll through the desert or take in the constellations that stretch across the horizon as night falls.

This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and OnStar. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.


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