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Highest drivable roads in America
From coast to coast, the United States is home to some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in North America. While some of these peaks are only privy to hikers and mountain climbers, many feature paved roads accessible to drivers. Here are some car travel tips on locating the highest drivable mountain roads in America.
Mount Evans Byway
Situated along Colorado's State Highway 5 near Idaho Springs, the Mount Evans Byway is the highest paved road in America at 14,130 feet. The path spans about 28 miles and takes travelers through the rocky wilderness terrain before ending at the summit of Mount Evans.
Blue Ridge Parkway
While the highest peaks in the country are located west of the Mississippi River, the East Coast boasts some scenic heights of its own. Running from central Virginia to western North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway follows the Blue Ridge mountain chain, part of the Appalachian Mountains. The byway features the area's famous "smoky" scenery, vast forests and beautiful lakes with its highest point reaching about 6,053 feet.
Marking the Continental Divide near its summit, Cottonwood Pass is one of the highest mountain roads in Colorado. The surrounding area is comprised of beautiful Rocky Mountain terrain and the Gunnison National Forest. Cottonwood Pass' peak reaches about 12,126 feet.