Everyone who’s ever piloted a car for very long in this massive country of ours -- and its 4 million-odd miles of roads and highways -- will develop some favorite drives based on sheer looks alone. Maybe you’re a sucker for ocean views, and flip out at the soaring panoramas of pastel-green water beneath the Seven Mile Bridge through the Florida Keys. Maybe you’re more of a mountain person, and look forward to downshifting through the Sierra Nevada, waiting for that glimpse of Lake Tahoe to make the altitude worth it. Or perhaps you’re a sucker for lonely, colorful spaces -- in which case the painted hills of eastern Oregon are your trippy, Dr. Seussian jam.
Where, though, are the best of the country’s most beautiful drives? We put the question to veteran long-haul truckers, who were taking their break at the world’s largest truck stop: the I-80 Truck Stop in Walcott, Iowa. They offered their tips for favorite landscapes, from an iconic California coastline to under-the-radar Rocky Mountain roads. Here’s where to go the next time you feel like taking the truly scenic route across America.