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North Carolina Route Named One of the Best Scenic Drives by Reader’s Digest

If you're looking for a low-budget vacation, taking one of America's most scenic drives could be just what you need. As it turns out, North Carolina has one of the best scenic drives in the country, according to Reader's Digest. The publication picked 40 drives to highlight, so not every state got the honor. That said, it's pretty special that North Carolina is getting recognized, and the route is totally worthy of the acclaim, too. Reader's Digest Says North Carolina Has One of the Best Scenic Drives in America The experts at Reader's Digest put together a list of the most scenic drives in the U.S., and in it, they point out the country's incredible sights. "This country is full of natural beauty, and road trips are one of the best ways to experience it," they write. "Any of these scenic drives will take you past stunning landscapes and breathtaking views." Before we get to our main route on the list, let's look at some of the other routes that made the cut for the best scenic drives. One is U.S. Highway 41, also called "Lake Shore Drive." Reader's Digest says that this route has "all the best Chicago has to offer. Drive south to north on the 15-mile urban parkway to see Navy Pier, Millennium Park, the Windy City's famed skyline, and more on one side and stunning Lake Michigan on the other." So, if you're planning a trip to Chicago this upcoming season, don't miss that route. It's especially glorious in the fall months. Reader's Digest also notes that one American route stands above the rest: Historic Route 66. They call it "America's most ultimate road trip," adding that "you can get your kicks on Route 66 starting in downtown Chicago" and, believe it or not, take this 2,450-mile trip all the way to Santa Monica, California. That's a once-in-a-lifetime kind of drive. I'm determined to at least drive some of Route 66 at some point in my life, God willing. Now, let's get to the North Carolina drive that Reader's Digest calls one of the best scenic drives in America. It's U.S. 441 through the Great Smoky Mountains, which "sits along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee and offers 66 miles of sweeping views of the Great Smoky Mountains." That's such a famous route and deserves to be on this tally. Another route they highlights hits Charlotte, North Carlina, in Woodpecker Trail. That rout "stretches from Charlotte, North Carolina to St. Petersburg, Florida." They add that, "The stretch through Georgia on Highway 121 is known as Woodpecker Trail because of all the woodpeckers that inhabit its wooded landscape." I think it's fantastic to have both of these routes highlighted among the best scenic drives. [select-listicle listicle_id="458486" syndication_name="secret-tips-to-save-money-on-your-next-vacation" description="no"]

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