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Kentucky scenic drives pay tribute both to early American settlements and modern pop culture. The links at the bottom of this page will take you to articles about three such drives that contain photos, highlights, and detailed maps.

Daniel Boone cut his way through the Cumberland Gap, assuring his place as an American icon, while Loretta Lynn cut a path of her own by introducing Kentucky's version of country music to an international platform. The region's commitment to art -- from crafts to fine painting -- has resulted in new museums and the proliferation of artistic regions. All of this is on display on scenic drives through Kentucky.

Here's a preview of what you'll find in our articles about Kentucky scenic drives:

Country Music Highway

Loretta Lynn, Wynonna Judd, and Dwight Yoakam all emerged from the humble roads around Kentucky's Country Music Highway. Visit the small towns and wonderful museums that preserve the region's commitment to music.

Red River Gorge Scenic Byway

Daniel Boone once roamed here -- now it's a haven for rock climbers, bungee jumpers, and visitors who go to great lengths to gaze at the park's captivating natural stone arches.

Wilderness Road Heritage Highway

The Cumberland Gap National Historic Park tells the story of Daniel Boone, Appalachian heritage, and the first real movement westward. Along this scenic route, you can visit museums that highlight regional culture, music, and history.

For more useful travel information about Kentucky and beyond, see:
  • Kentucky State Guide: Discover all of the things to do in Kentucky, and learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in the state.
  • Scenic Drives: Are you interested in scenic drives in states other than Kentucky? Here are more than 100 scenic drives throughout the United States.
  • How to Drive Economically: Fuel economy is a major concern when you're on a driving trip. Learn how to get better gas mileage.