1. Pacific Coast Scenic Byway — Oregon
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This 363-mile stretch of U.S. Route 101 spans Oregon’s entire Pacific coastline (pictured above).
Highlights include the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport and the Sea Lion Caves in Florence, which boasts the nation’s largest sea cave and, yes, sea lions. Other worthy pit stops include the 630,000-acre Siuslaw National Forest and the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, where you can ride a dune buggy and go sandboarding.
If you’re on the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway on Aug. 21, you have a chance to witness the total solar eclipse that will grace a sliver of the nation that day.