Who doesn’t love a good road trip, and there’s just something about coastal drives that can lift a journey from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Whether it’s a cliff top road or a sweeping corniche, coastal drives offer some of the most amazing scenery of anywhere. Cliffs, bluffs, dunes, oceans, rocks, lighthouses, harbors – the variety can be astonishing – but, where are the best coastal drives?
1. Kuhio Highway – Kauai, Hawaii
Take in the vast beauty of the garden isle with a short, scenery packed trip along Highway 56. It’s not the longest of coastal drives but it is up there with the best. It runs 28 miles from Lihue to Princeville and along the way offers stunning lookouts. Some portions of Jurassic Park were filmed here, and it’s easy to see the lush foliage as a dinosaur playground. To avoid commuter congestion in the Wailua River crossing area, try to pass that way around noon, or pull off and explore some of the many river activities.