Nov 12 2013

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Scenic drives, from sea to shining sea

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Acadia Cliffs

 

Open road, ocean breezes and mile after mile of postcard-perfect shoreline…There’s no road trip like a coastal road trip. From the cool coast of the Atlantic to the tropics of the Keys, from the winding West Coast to the island vistas of Hawaii, these photogenic North American coastlines will keep your camera hand busy.

Make your way to Maine’s Acadia National Park and its 27-mile Park Loop Road for stunning forest, mountain, lake and rugged coastline vistas, finishing with a classic seafood meal in the quaint town of Bar Harbor.

Take in the Northern California coast on 17-Mile Drive between Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea pausing for a meal at the fabled Lodge at Pebble Beach. Follow it up with a relaxing walk along sandy beaches.

Sure, there are endless reasons to go to Hawaii. At the top of the list, though, is a journey along Hana Highway, a 52-mile stretch that reveals black-sand beaches, tropical forests and panoramic views of Maui’s shore.

Canada’s coastal Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia — a 180-mile adventure — offers endless opportunities for hiking and whale watching. Consider a detour to the Bird Islands, where you may see puffins, feed bald eagles and learn about lobster fishing.

Equally impressive is the Overseas Highway, a 160-mile road that connects Miami to the Florida Keys with waterside views at every turn. The aptly named, island-hopping route, part of US Route 1, includes Seven Mile Bridge, which connects Knight’s Key and Little Duck Key.

Or, you might see southern Cape Cod in all its glory from the reaches of Cape Cod Scenic Highway in Massachusetts. Made up of a 63-mile route along Highway 6A, it rambles through picturesque Provincetown and the Cape Cod National Seashore.

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Jennifer Olvera is a culinary travel writer, recipe developer and author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago. Find her on Twitter at @olverajennifer.
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