Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument Ride: Utah
Distance – 131 miles, 2hr 46mins

Geologists will delight in Scenic Byway 12, which offers 124 miles of sensational eroded scenery as it snakes through Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks and the Petrified Forest State Park.

Fantastical multicolored formations—buttes, canyons, cliffs, and mesas—are visible all along this ever writhing route. Plus, the region has been home to Native American peoples since ancient times.

Begin in Panguitch and follow U.S. 89 south to reach Route 12, then head east to Torrey.

Planning: Allow two days for this drive, including an overnight in the region to savor the mind-blowing colors of sunrise and sunset.

This ride was found at: National Geographic