Top 10 Most Beautiful Drives in the United States

Seward Highway -- Alaska
Four to five days a month, you can view the famous Turnagain Arm bore tide from the Seward Highway. Heather Nicaise/iStock/Thinkstock

If you're looking for something really different, try Seward Highway in Alaska. This road is 127 miles (204 kilometers) long and connects the cities of Anchorage and Seward. It takes about five hours to make the drive, but many people will spread the trip out over a few days in order to explore the area in depth.

Seward Highway holds a triple designation in the United States: USDA Forest Service Scenic Byway, Alaska Scenic Byway and All-American Road. The highway begins at the base of the Chugach Mountains and the shore of Turnagain Arm. In addition to gorgeous waterfalls and glaciers, tourists might see sheep, eagles, moose and even beluga whales. The most popular time to visit Alaska is during the summer, when the most sunlight is available.

The highway ascends 1,000 feet (304 meters) into the mountains and back down to sea level within an hour. The rest of the drive winds up, down and around the wilds of Alaska. You'll see fishing villages, mining towns and national forests. You can even stop off at a place called Crow Creek Mine to pan for gold.