Peak to Peak Highway: Colorado
Distance – 81 miles, 2hr 5mins

Sure, it’s barely 60 miles long, but this ride combines sensational twisties with some of the finest scenery that Mother Nature can offer. You’ll marvel at dazzling Rocky Mountain vistas as you crest the Continental Divide through the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park.

The road scythes into glacier-cut valleys and switchbacks up through thick forests to reach alpine meadows—gloriously ablaze in Monet colors in springtime.

From Golden take Highway 6 through Clear Lake Canyon Park to reach Highway 119, the beginning of the Peak to Peak, which extends north along Highways 72 and 7 before dropping to Estes Park.

Moose and elk are often seen here; keep to a safe speed, as hitting one could seriously ruin your day.

Planning: Pack your hiking boots and take a break to walk a scenic trail, or pack camping gear for overnight.

This ride was found at: National Geographic