Wondering where you should go on that next drive?
You’re in luck! Ensurify.com has put together a list of some of the prettiest places to drive in the country, and interviewed local residents to find out what makes their hometown so beautiful, in their own words.
Hopefully one of these beautiful places is close enough for your next sightseeing tour.
Pictured: The Capitola Venetian, on the beach in Capitola Village
“I love that we’ve been able to preserve Capitola’s unique character and small-town feel while sharing it with visitors. Driving down Cliff Drive, I’m always struck by the panoramic views of the City’s wharf, beach, the quaint village and the historic homes of Depot Hill across the way. I’d recommend parking at the City parking spaces on Cliff Drive and then exploring Capitola Village by foot.”
-Mayor Dennis Norton, long-time Capitola resident
Pictured: Cathedral Rock
“Driving into Sedona is a viewing feast! Nestled against multi-colored cliffs that rise over 2,000 feet above the high desert floor, Sedona’s breathtaking scenery is a unique blend of deep narrow canyons, meandering streams and arroyos, and spectacular towering rock formations which create unforgettable images that glow in dramatic arrays of vivid rusty-reds, oranges, and pinks when lit by the rising and setting sun. Contrasted against brilliant blue skies and green vegetation, Sedona’s fascinating geological features create a wondrous affecting presence.”
-Fran Beltz, Sedona resident
Pictured: The Tavern, Abingdon Historic District
“Abingdon is beautiful because it combines small town charm with gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The historic downtown streets are lined with beautiful old oak trees, brick sidewalks, and historic buildings, and then just outside of downtown you can drive through some of the most beautiful mountains in the world.”
-Amanda Livingston, Abingdon Resident
Pictured: Downtown Golden
“Golden is such a beautiful place because of its geography and natural amenities. Golden sits in a valley surround by the Rocky Mountain foothills and two towering mesas, with Clear Creek at its center. Visitors enjoy the uninterrupted views of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains from the top of Lookout Mountain, and miles and miles of trails on North Table Mountain. Although it’s only minutes from Denver, it seems miles from reality with its lush landscape and thousands of acres of open space. Golden’s original visitors came looking for gold, they still do…it’s just found in Golden’s vistas, tree-lined paths and majestic fields.”
-Jenifer Doane, Community Marketing Manager
Pictured: Hastings Building, Port Townsend Historic District
Port Townsend, WA
“What makes Port Townsend so special, and beautiful, is its authenticity. The Victorian buildings in downtown and uptown Port Townsend (in our National Historic Landmark District) have been loved, restored and maintained over the years so that visitors and residents alike can enjoy them. We’re proud to be one of only three Victorian seaports in the US. In addition to these lovely, stately buildings, our peninsula is surrounded on three sides by water, offering magnificent vistas of islands, and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. At this time of year, autumn leaves boast bright reds, yellows and oranges, framing streets and neighborhoods with vibrant color. Port Townsend shines in every season–it’s hard to pick a favorite! Those of us who get to live here, love the changing seasons.”
-Christina Pivarnik, Director of Marketing for the City of Port Townsend
Pictured: Downtown Marfa
“The City of Marfa sits in the high desert of Texas, surrounded by distant mountains in daylight and mysterious ghost lights at night. On any given day you can find us in one of the many fine restaurants, galleries or cultural events Marfa offers, along with visitors from all over the world who come in for urban dislocation. On the surface, it is a typical rural town – a main street, a county courthouse , churches and well-kept houses. Look deeper and you will find restaurants and art collections to rival New York or Berlin, Historical Hotel Paisano a hotel filled with movie stars’ memories and unrivaled eclectic accommodations (El Cosmico’s renovated vintage trailers, tents, teepees and campsites or uber-modern Hotel Thunderbird).”
-Minerva Lopez, Director, City of Marfa Visitor Center
Pictured: Chautauqua Institution
It’s hard not to start with Chautauqua Lake, which stretches 17 miles. This beautiful body of water is where you’ll find many of the town’s residents in the summertime, where they sail, motor boat, and jet ski. It’s a great place to fish too. The wonderful Chautauqua Institution is offers summer programs in arts, education, religion, and recreation, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
Pictured: Blue Ridge Mountains
“Asheville is nestled amid some of the highest mountains in the Eastern U.S. which means you are surrounded by lush landscapes, spectacular views and something different around every scenic bend of interesting byways, including America’s favorite highway, the Blue Ridge Parkway with its overlooks and access points to outdoor adventure. Adding to Mother Nature’s offerings are the city’s vibrant downtown, innovative culinary scene and iconic attractions such as Biltmore, the 250-room historic home of George Vanderbilt.”
-Marla Tambellini, Deputy Director and Vice President of Marketing, Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Pictured: Michael Scanlan House
The town’s excellent hospitality has earned it recognition as the ‘Bed & Breakfast Capital of Minnesota’. Residences like the Scanlan House, shown above, offer a charming Victorian feel. Sylvan Park and Riverview Park offer a variety of outdoor activities to visitors and residents alike.
“Lanesboro is nestled in a deep valley of the Root River amidst towering bluffs and hardwood forests. While known for the beautiful scenery the town charm is equally as beautiful!”
-Cheryl Krage, Lanesboro resident
Pictured: Sunset Crater Volcano National Park
Flagstaff appeals to a wide variety of tastes. For the outdoorsy type, a host of adventures await at the Walnut Canyon, Wupatki, and Sunset Crater Volcano national parks. The historic downtown and railroad district offer interesting architecture for a look into the past. And if you are looking to have fun indoors, Northern Arizona University’s domed stadium allows you to experience the excitement of a college football game without braving the elements.
Pictured: City of Hood River
Hood River County, OR
“Located at the crossroads of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the magnificent Cascade Range, Hood River is the perfect launch pad for some of Oregon’s most spectacular drives. Visitors can explore the Hood River County Fruit Loop, which takes them past acres of orchards, plus numerous farm stands, wineries and cideries. Another drive with breathtaking views is along the Historic Columbia River Highway, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. No matter which direction you head from Hood River, you’ll be treated to an amazing experience.”
-John Melesko, Chair of the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
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