Think “interstate highway” and you’re likely to think “ hours of monotony punctuated by the occasional Stuckey’s.” But America’s ribbons of open road tie together some truly dazzling roadside scenery. Here are seven stunning drives that don’t require you to risk life and limb on hairpin turns.
Some 4,000 wind turbines churn away just north of Palm Springs, one of the most reliably windy spots in North America. Utility companies have been adding windmills here for decades. The tallest stands 300 feet high, with blades approaching 150 feet in length.
Things to Do Along the Way
From the dry desert floor the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (exit at Highway 111) will whisk you nearly to the top of 10,800-foot-high Mount San Jacinto.
The towering concrete dinosaurs at Cabazon were built as an attraction beginning in the 1960s and immortalized in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Now they stand next to a creationist museum.
Stretch Your Legs at: Exit 139
At Shields Date Gardens in Indio, see the 15-minute film The Romance & Sex Life of the Date. — Photo by Minden Pictures/Masterfile