Best Scenic Drives Near Phoenix

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From the soaring mountains and plains that go on for thousands of miles to lakes as big as oceans; the United States is one incredibly beautiful place. 

One of the most unique environments is a location that often gets overlooked for more traditionally beautiful locations is the American Southwest. In fact, the desert Southwest simply oozes charisma, and offers stunning sites, with nearly endless opportunities for exploring this diverse landscape. Long the subject of Western movies, and popular TV shows, the Southwest is not only stunningly beautiful but the perfect place to launch a day of exploring the twisting desert landscape via car. 

At the heart of the American Southwest is the lively city of Phoenix, Arizona. Named after a mythological creature that rose from the ashes of its own death to reinvent itself, this dynamic city is growing incredibly quickly and has become the cultural and entertainment oasis of the Southwest. For those that love to drive, the Phoenix area’s lack of dense population, well-kept roads, and stunning natural environments offer some of the greatest driving roads in the entire country.  

Curious about the best driving roads around Phoenix? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with three of the top drives outside Phoenix:

Route #1: The Apache Trail

For sheer impact, there are few roads in the United States (let alone Georgia) that can outshine the Russell – Brasstown Scenic Byway

Winding out for 40.6 miles, this incredible drive envelopes drivers in the dripping beauty of the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Southern Appalachia mountains. Stand-out features along the Russell – Brasstown Scenic Byway include a trek up to Brasstown Bald (the highest point in the state) with a 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape, nearly endless vistas, and short hikes that can bring you face to face with the cooling mists of waterfalls or sheer granite cliffs. Of course, for those that love to drive, there are over 40 switchbacks along the route, along with some serious elevation changes to keep even the keenest drivers on their toes. 

This route is one of the best mixes of nature and pure driving joy in the country and it absolutely deserves to be at the top of any person’s “must drive” list. 

Route #2: 89A From Prescott to Flagstaff

Combining beautiful surroundings with a dose of history and country charm; the Cohutta – Chattahoochee Scenic Byway delivers all things Georgia. 

Snaking for 54 miles through the Northwest Georgia landscape, this stunning road mixes historic sites with stunning mountain roads and quaint country towns. For a true taste of all things Northwest Georgia, this is a can’t miss experience. Praters Mill, an 1855 grist mill, begs an exploration by those who want to see a slice of the way life used to be in America. A run-up to Fort Mountain State Park is a must for not only any nature lover but any driver who enjoys switchbacks and steep elevation changes. At the top, the view is simply stunning! Towns like Dalton and Chatsworth allow drivers a great place to enjoy some local Southern Food, pick up fresh local produce, and even explore some civil war history. 

Nature, history, southern charm, and some unbelievable driving roads; does it get any better? We didn’t think so either. 

Route #3: Salt River Canyon

Conveniently located only a few miles outside of Metro Atlanta, the Georgia Mountain Parkway connects the thriving metropolis with the rugged mountains of North Georgia. 

For 65 miles, the Georgia Mountain Parkway transports drivers from a thriving metro area to a place where time seems to have seemingly stood still for the last 100 years. Along the way, a scenic 4 lane highway divulges into a winding country road that snakes its way into Georgia’s stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. For fall foliage, the Blue Ridge mountains remains one of the country’s top locations due to the region’s dense array of maple, birch, and cedar broadleaf forests. Small towns rule in North Georgia, and they each have their own set of “must-see” attractions, legendary eats, and charming seasonal activities. Cities along the route include Jasper, East Ellijay, Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Morganton, McCaysville, Blairsville, Young Harris, and Hiawassee.

We love this amazing road because it makes it easy to escape the city, and experience a slice of Southern Hospitality; all while enjoying a wide selection of road types. 

Supercars for Super Roads

Look, we know that your family sedan is more than up to the task of hauling your kids to school or getting you through the 9 to 5 grind but it’s not always the greatest dancing partner on roads like The Apache Trail, 89A, or Salt River Canyon To really experience the splendor of these epic drives, you’ll need a proper car. A supercar to be exact, and that’s exactly what Open Road Arizona can offer. 

We’ll put you behind the wheel of some of the most incredible, purpose-built cars on the planet for an unforgettable journey through the unforgettable Southwest landscape around Phoenix, Arizona. It’s just you, some serious horsepower, and the stunning desert landscape for company. 

So, what are you waiting for? There’s no time like now to book this unforgettable experience!