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Top 10 Skyscraping Drives Top 10 Skyscraping Drives
Nothing tests a car and its driver to the limit like taking a twisting, turning road past sheer drops.
Top 10 U.S. Wildlife Drives Top 10 U.S. Wildlife Drives
Along with excellent roads through delightful scenery, the U.S. is blessed with some of the world's finest wildlife drives.
Top Ten Untamed Roads Top 10 Untamed Roads
Celebrate extremes of human—and automotive—endurance with these bone-rattling rough tracks.
Top 10 Mediterranean Drives Top 10 Mediterranean Drives
Explore the facets of this important sea, from its easternmost shore to the cliffs and coves of its islands.
Top 10 City Circuits Top 10 City Circuits
Follow in the tracks of some of the world's greatest drivers in a selection of famous auto-racing street circuits.
Top 10 Historic Trails Top 10 Historic Trails
Experience the rich history of the U.S., from Native American culture and the Civil War to the civil rights movement.
Top 10 Ancient Roads Top 10 Ancient Roads
Not all roads lead to Rome, but there are still many ancient monuments waiting to be explored by car.
Top 10 European Castle Drives Top 10 European Castle Drives
Europe's castles and other fortified buildings have mellowed with time, making them perfect for driving tours.
Top 10 Lakeside Drives in Europe Top 10 Lakeside Drives in Europe
Discover the finest of Europe's lakes, from Sweden's freshwater archipelago to England's evocative Lake District.
Top 10 Asian Coast Drives Top 10 Asian Coast Drives
The coasts of Asia provide some of the world's greatest beaches, bays, islands, and coves.

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Insider's Guide to Getting Behind the Wheel »
The sheer scale of unexplored remote wilderness is mind-boggling—more than 100 million acres are protected under the National Wilderness Preservation System. With 388 national parks here in America, and more than 40 across the border to our north, there is enough pavement to clock some serious Road Runner hours. Here is our guide to fueling up, buckling up, and setting your sights on the horizon—where to go, when to go, and how to get there (safely).
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Get Outta Town: Los Angeles »
Cross creeks, traverse semi-arid desert, and delve through thick forest, all on the doorstep of metropolitan Los Angeles.
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Get Outta Town: Atlanta »
Away.com and the road-trip gurus at MAD MAPS have teamed up to bring you the beta on the best scenic drives around the country for the fall season. First up: Atlanta. Trade the city for Southern charm on this 178-mile loop, exploring historic and natural attractions to the south of the city.
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One Big, Traveling Family »
Unless your last name is Jolie-Pitt, traveling with more than three kids is next to impossible; but with the right mindset and travel tools your larger-than-average family can take an amazing, affordable vacation all together.
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An Upstate State of Mind »
There?s more to New York than the city of eight million. Hit the road for a week to discover the hiking, climbing, boating, and beauty of the Empire State.
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Inspiration Point »
Excerpts from Utah Byways: 65 of Utah’s Best Backcountry Drives (Wilderness Press).
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Jawbone to Lake Isabella »
Excerpts from California Desert Byways: 68 of California’s Best Backcountry Drives (Wilderness Press).
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Mediterranean Moments »
Mountain drives, bustling street markets, and deserted villages typify shoulder season on the French Mediterranean coast.
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Three for the Road »
Amazing family-friendly scenic drives in Alaska, Hawaii, and Wyoming.
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11 Classic U.S. Road Trips »
Introduction.
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Sun, Vineyards, and Peaks: The San Francisco Loop »
See the California heights by striking the Yosemite- and Tahoe-blessed interior before a taste of the decadent in a Napa-Sonoma home stretch.
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Trees, Caves, and the Capital »
Head out from family-friendly Washington, DC, into Virginia's nearby and utterly opulent Shenandoah Valley for underground marvels and above-ground hiking and horseback riding. Then loop through the wilds of West Virginia before returning to the nation's capital on this seven-day Mid-Atlantic jaunt.
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Canyon Craziness »
The state of Utah is proof that Mother Nature has a surreal streak--hoodoos, arches, deep canyons, and vertigo-inducing overlooks just brush the surface of this weeklong foray into the wonderfully odd world of canyons and national parks.
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Tex-Mex Americana »
Drive through Texas, New Mexico, and the iconic lands of the American Southwest.
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Rocky Mountain Playground »
In Colorado's banner national park, you'll traverse the country's highest continually-paved highway, trek to raging waterfalls, grind over sinewy singletrack, and get in touch with your inner Audubon.
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The Bay and the Beach »
Florida and SoCal may get more sun-blasted fanfare, but the honeycombed coves of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, and the wide stretches of Delaware beaches are ripe for family-centric exploration. And that's even without mentioning the crabs....
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Revolution and Revolt on the Historic Trail »
Envision American history as a living thing, and this route would be a tour of its central nervous system, from the staging ground of the American Revolution to the nation-forming Civil War to the breeding ground of the States' current political climate.
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Drive-O-Saurus Rex »
If CGI-enhanced T-rexes gets your family excited, then head into the fossil-dense realm of Wyoming and Montana, where the real dinosaurs once roamed.
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West Texas Multisport »
On most atlases, this expansive Lone Star landscape appears as featureless as a pancake-flat mesa. But head into this region of Texas, and you'll find a brave new world of rugged family adventures.
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Native Lands »
Drive into the past and capture your family's imagination by visiting the ancient abodes of the Native Americans as you drive across the southwestern stretches of the United States, from Durango to Dolores and beyond.
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The Northwest Passage »
Start with a sip of Seattle but then launch into an amazing Pacific Northwest tableau of coastal mountains, rainforest, glaciers, volcanoes, and more!.
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Down Under in Florida »
From Miami's sun-splattered hedonism to the otherworldly realms of Everglades and Collier-Seminole national parks to the string of islands dangling like a row of pearls off Florida's tip, this road trip will take you and your car-camping brood to the best of the Sunshine State.
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Water Worlds »
Start underneath the shadow of the mouse's giant ears, then flee the amusement park mania by heading to the seldom-experienced, truly unique aquatic wonders of Central Florida, the Panhandle, and state's Big Bend.
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Wildlife and Wild Sights in South Dakota »
The unfettered wilderness of South Dakota ushers forth a road warrior's world of wicked-looking parks, American icons, herds of bison, and more than one opportunity to indulge your inner cowboy. Giddy up!.
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Vermont's Light Show »
Take your family into quintessential New England autumn by leaving the main roads to the hoards and heading out of your vehicle and into the Vermont backwoods.
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Michigan, The Great Lake Escape »
This tour along the closest thing North America's got to an inland ocean leads to placid shores, self-propelled water exploration, giant sand dunes, and the end of are-we-there-yet wining.
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New York Beyond Manhattan »
NYC's five boroughs may grab more than its share of the spotlight, but consider that a blessing as you and your brood leave the urban chaos behind for a healthy dose of outdoor hedonism.
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A Shore Thing in Maine »
Up and down and all around quintessential New England's rugged, honeycombed coastline will lead you and your family to windjammers, banner national parks, and more lobster than your entire brood could eat in a lifetime.
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Getting to Know Alice »
Wayoutback Desert Safaris.
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Colorado Top Picks »
Backpack, gallop, drive, and then stop, drop, and roll.
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Spain Off Track »
Leaving behind the urban environs for a little good, old-fashioned flirtation with Madre de la Naturaleza.
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Treasures of the Four Corners »
Discovering the Anasazi.
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The Enchanted Land »
Magical Nova Scotia.
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Exploring the In-Between Spain »
Three Trips off the Tourist Track on the Spanish Meseta.
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Going with the Ebb and Flow »
Fundy National Park to Sussex.
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Cruising Norway's Fjords »
Scenic Driving, Scandinavian Style.
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In the Mountains of Andalucia »
Looking for Spain's White Villages.
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Discovering the Otways »
Lush Mountain Scenery by way of Victoria's Great Ocean Road.
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Wreckreational Diving »
Miami Style.
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Vermont Outdoors »
What to Do.
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Regional Guide »
Driving - Tahoe.
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High Desert Sun »
Santa Fe.
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Regional Guide »
Driving - North Carolina Coast.
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Rainbows »
In the Trees.
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South-of-Yosemite Wonders »
The World's Second Largest Tree and More Sierra Spectacles.
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Pure Poetry »
GORP Picks For Outdoor Inspiration in Massachusetts' Berkshires.
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Autumn in Minnesota »
Exploring the North Shore of Lake Superior.
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Baja South, Unplugged »
Driving into Deepest Mexico.
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Rhode Island Ramble »
The Making of a Scenic Byway.
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Hawaii Solitude on Molokai »
Tourist-free and Loving It.
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On the Trail of the Pony Express »
Following the Pony Express National Historic Trail.
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Regional Guide »
Driving - Yellowstone-Teton Reginal Guide.
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Portland Outdoors »
What To Do.
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Badlands National Park »
Scenic Driving.
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Greater Yellowstone »
GORP Favorites in America's Preeminent Outdoor Playground.
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Regional Guide »
Driving - North-Central Colorado.
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By the Light of the Midnight Sun »
The Dalton Highway.
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Texas Primavera »
Springtime Bluebonnets, Birds and Fishing.
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Regional Guide »
Glacier National Park and Northwest Montana - Scenic Driving.
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Regional Guide »
Northern Vermont & Lake Champlain - Family.
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Silent Otherworld »
Contacts & Practicalities.
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Regional Guide »
Smoky Mountains Driving.
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Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway »
High Mountain Wilderness Views in North Carolina - French Broad River to Mount Pisgah Picnic Area.
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Regional Guide »
Driving - Grand Canyon Reginal Guide.
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On Zion's Edge »
First, Get Ready.
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Regional Guide »
Driving - Southern Cascades.
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Exploring the Anza-Borrego Desert »
A 4WD Sidetrip Adventure.
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Driving the Trail of Tears »
Cherokee in Exile.
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Not Exactly a Day at the Beach »
The Otherworldly Landscapes of America's Sand Dunes.
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Foliage Time inVermont's Northeast Kingdom »
A Piece of Genuine Authenticity.
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To Hell with Tijuana »
Take Northern Baja by Storm.
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Regional Guide »
Driving - Central Colorado and Ski Country.
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Regional Guide »
Scenic Driving - Southern Oregon Cascades and the Southern Coast.
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Weekend Backpacker: Milwaukee »
Newport State Park.
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Regional Guide »
Overview - Monterey and the Central Coast.
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On the Wild Side »
KwaZulu-Natal.
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Regional Guide »
Scenic Driving - Southeast Utah and Canyon Country.
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Yellowstone National Park »
Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris.
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Mexico Road Rules »
Twelve Tips for Travel South of the Border.
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On Falls Trail in Massachusetts »
What to Do & Where to Do It.
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On Fall's Trail in New Hampshire »
What to Do & Where to Do It.
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On Fall's Trail in Wisconsin »
What to Do & Where to Do It.
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On Fall's Trail in Michigan »
What to Do & Where to Do It.
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On Fall's Trail in Minnesota »
What to Do & Where to Do It.
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On Fall's Trail in Washington »
What to Do & Where.
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On Fall's Trail in Pennsylvania »
What to Do & Where to Do It.
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On Fall's Trail in Kentucky »
What to Do and Where to Do It.
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On Fall's Trail in Wyoming »
What to Do & Where to Do It.
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Zen of Ten »
Discovering Ten Of Southern California's Best Eco-Touring Adventures.
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On Fall's Trail in West Virginia »
What to Do and Where to Do It.
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On Fall's Trail in Maine »
What to Do & Where to Do It.
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Asheville Outdoors »
Into the Heart of the Blue Ridge.
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On Fall's Trail in New York »
What to Do & Where to Do It.
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On Fall's Trail in Vermont »
What to Do & Where to Do It.
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RV Trip Prep »
What to Do Before You Go.
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RVing in the Rough »
Escape the Campground Crowds.
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On Fall's Trail in Arkansas »
What to Do and Where to Do it.
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Doing the Dalton »
Driving Alaska's Haul Road.
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Nomadic Morocco »
Off — Way Off — the Beaten Path.
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Escaping Winter's Chill »
Scenic Driving through the Great Smoky Mountains.
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Driving Through History »
Touring Four Civil War Battle Sites.
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Alaska Regional Roundup »
365 Million Acres of Adventure.
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Blue Ridge Parkway Map »
Skyline Drive to Mile 10+.
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Autumn Adventures »
Scenic Driving & Wildlife Viewing.
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Sylvan Pennsylvania »
Scenic Driving in the Fall.
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Winter Wandering »
The West.
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Accessible, Incredible Kenai »
Experience The Best of Alaska, No Bush Planes Required.
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Starting Out »
Easy Family Outdoor Sports.
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San Juan Skyway »
Drive Through the Clouds on a High-Altitude History Lesson.
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Beaverhead National Forest »
Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway.
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Deerlodge Area »
Montana Scenic Drives.
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Missoula Area »
Montana Scenic Drives.
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Australia beyond Sydney »
There are gold medal adventures all over this continent.
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