The best scenic routes for truck drivers
Posted: September 7, 2021
One of the many perks of being a CDL-A truck driver is the ability to see the most beautiful parts of the country. Looking to add a couple more routes to your trucking bucket list? Here are some of our favorite scenic routes for truck drivers:
Pennsylvania Route 6
This state-wide roadway covers 400 miles and 11 counties in northern Pennsylvania. National Geographic called it “one of America’s most scenic drives.” See forested hillsides, quant small towns, lakes, waterfalls, cliffs and the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. It’s worth the drive during any season.
Rim of the World Scenic Byway
At the rim of the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California, this 110-mile route is full of incredible panoramic views. The byway includes parts of California Highways 138, 18 and 38 and is open year-round. If visiting in the winter, however, tire chains are recommended.
Angeles Crest Scenic Byway
The 55-mile Angeles Crest Scenic Byway runs long the San Gabriel Mountains and offers unparalleled views of the Los Angeles Basin (on clear days) and includes access to the Mt. Wilson observatory. The highway climbs over 8,000 feet to its highest point at Dawson Saddle.
This quick, 19-mile stretch from Fountain City to Arcadia, WI, showcases Wisconsin’s rolling hills and foliage. If you can, visit in the fall -- the changing colors are breathtaking. In Fountain City, the route offers gorgeous glimpses of the Mississippi River.
Chinook Scenic Byway
Starting in Naches and running through Mt. Rainier National Park and the Wenatchee National Forest to Enumclaw, the Chinook Scenic Byway covers diverse landscapes and offers amazing views. See dense forests, lakes, waterfalls, cliffs and, of course, Mt. Rainier on this 107-mile byway. Part of the Chinook Scenic Byway is closed in the winter so plan a trip between May and November!
Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway
The Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway follows the Yakima River for 18 miles through the Umatnum Canyon. This area is home to deer, elk, bighorn sheep and coyotes, and treats drivers to stunning views of rolling desert hills and basalt cliffs. The scenery on this quick route is breathtaking year-round.
William Faulkner Scenic Byway
The William Faulkner Scenic Byway is a 15-mile section of Mississippi Highway 30 that runs directly through the beautiful Holly Springs National Forest. Stop at the Tanglefoot Trail, the Puskus Lase Recreational Area or the Little Tallahatchie River for a secluded and serene stop.
Let us know what your favorite routes are! And check out our top-paying CDL-A jobs in your area at drive4ashleydistribution.com.