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If you want to take a road trip this summer, but you're not sure where to go, look no further. Through years of touring and general road tripping, Elizabeth Seward outlines some of her favorite drives in Iconic Road Trips. These roads will take you all over the continental U.S.A., one scenic lookout stop at a time.

New England's Coastal Drive

Although the term 'New England charm' is used far and beyond New England, true New England charm is, if nothing else, authentic. Experience all of this charm and serene views of the Atlantic Ocean on this drive down the East Coast.

An Unforgettable Trip Down The West Coast

Scenic beaches don't get much better than this drive. Spanning most of the West Coast, this drive will take you through sand dunes and Redwoods. If you're lucky, this drive might change your life.

Enjoying Idaho's Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway

If densely packed Pines, fresh air at high elevations, and rushing waters are your thing, you'll love this drive through Idaho's Boise National Forest. But, whatever you do, don't try it during the winter.

Blue Ridge Parkway Paradise

Exploring the Appalachian Mountains doesn't get easier than the Blue Ridge Parkway. From North Carolina to Virginia, this drive is dotted with rolling hills and great photo opportunities. Bonus: the handmade goods offered along the parkway are wonderful.

Around Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Lake Michigan beaches seem to pop up at every turn on this route, and the white birch trees growing along the road are beautiful. Pristine and far out of the way, this drive is worth the time it'll take to get there.

Route 66's Classic American Countryside

Route 66 is famous for a reason: it's a great path to follow if you want to explore classic America. The scenery is vastly different from one end to the other and some great cities lie in between.

Weaving Through West Virginia and Maryland

This road may be tough on cars, but the steep curves drivers endure is testament to the appealing landscape. The Appalachians roll continuously throughout this drive, which is made even better by the Rocky Gap.

Illustration via Dmitry Samarov

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