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Fayette Station Road (New River Gorge National River, WV)

Before the New River Gorge Bridge—the longest arch bridge in the western hemisphere—was constructed in 1977, travelers across New River Gorge in southern West Virginia were forced to descend and ascend more than 800 feet in elevation on the slow … Continue reading

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Peninsula Campaign Driving Tour – Part 2

– Civil War Series – The 1862 Peninsula Campaign, intended by the Union to put a decisive end to the Civil War by capturing the Confederate capital of Richmond, began with a slow start. Gen. George McClellan, despite setting out … Continue reading

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Road to First Manassas Driving Tour

– Civil War Series – At the start of the Civil War in 1861, both the Union and the Confederacy foresaw a quick conflict, expecting to be done fighting by summer’s end. Politicians in the North believed the Federal Army … Continue reading

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Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway

California Route 89—also known as the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway or Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway—spends nearly 30 miles weaving through Lassen Volcanic National Park. In addition to circling the park’s namesake (Lassen Peak, 10, 457’), this scenic drive connects … Continue reading

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Allied Encampment Auto Tour (Colonial National Historical Park, VA)

– Revolutionary War Series – As the Battle of Yorktown raged to the east, George Washington and his French ally Comte de Rochambeau set up their encampments in the woody perimeter around Yorktown in 1781. After hitting the key sites … Continue reading

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Peninsula Campaign Driving Tour – Part 1

– Civil War Series – Nearly a year after the onset of the conflict at Fort Sumter in April 1861, the Civil War had seen very few significant military engagements in the Eastern Theater. Following the Battle of Bull Run … Continue reading

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“Million Dollar Highway” – Ouray to Silverton

Southwest Colorado’s “Million Dollar Highway”—also known, less memorably, as Route 550—traverses some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state. With sharp curves, steep grades, and a conspicuous lack of guard rails, it is also one of the most harrowing … Continue reading

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Quebec-Saguenay Loop Drive

At 595,400 square miles—roughly double the size of Texas—the French Canadian province of Quebec is enormous. Yet, because the vast majority of population centers are in Quebec’s extreme south, it is hard to get a sense of perspective unless you … Continue reading

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Colorado Highway 82 and Independence Pass

The 58-mile drive between Leadville and Aspen, Colorado is one of the finest scenic byways in the state. Highlights include the rushing waters of the Roaring Fork River, a stop at the mysterious Grottos, and stunning panoramas from Independence Pass, … Continue reading

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Interstate 70 through eastern Utah

Interstate 70, a principal artery for long-distance travelers across the United States, covers 2,153 and crosses nine state lines between Utah and Baltimore, Maryland—and most of the route, admittedly, is less than scintillating. After all, America’s mega-highways were built primarily … Continue reading

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