Post Date - Jun 21, 2021
The 7 most scenic routes for truck drivers in the Northeast
If you’ve driven through the northeastern part of the United States before, then you already know that it’s a stunning part of the country. There’s New England beach towns, tree-topped peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, buildings that are centuries old and sprawling farmland. This area of the country is particularly beautiful in the fall, but the views are incredible all year long. We’ve pulled together seven of our favorite scenic routes you can find in the Northeast.
Again, it’s important to remember that planning ahead is key. You’ll need to check for road closures during the winter season and inclement weather, know about any vehicle or weight restrictions, and ensure you’ll have access to fuel when you need it.
1. The Maine Coast - Route 1
U.S. Rte. 1 in Maine is arguably one of the most scenic routes in the entire country. It travels up Maine’s coastline, through picturesque cities, past historic buildings, and there are plenty of places to stop and get fresh seafood for lunch along the way. If you have the time, take a shuttle bus or your bicycle through Acadia National Park (tractor-trailers are prohibited here in most areas) and explore more of Maine’s rocky coastline and lush green Northwoods.
2. Historic National Road in Maryland
The Historic National Road is an 820-mile road that spans from Illinois to Maryland. It was the first federally-funded road building project in the U.S. The Maryland portion of the Historic National Road spans 170 miles and takes you past vibrant towns that were founded in Colonial America and early stone bridges, brings you views of the Appalachian Mountains and through stunning mountain valleys. This roadway primarily follows along U.S. 40.
3. Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire
The Kancamagus Highway is 34.5 miles and travels along New Hampshire’s Route 112 from Lincoln to Conway. Known as one of the best routes to view fall colors, this scenic byway takes you through the White Mountains and White Mountain National Forest. Before you go, it’s important to note that there are portions of this highway with steep grades. There is also a significant hairpin turn on the Lincoln side of the byway. Make sure you’re prepared and comfortable driving the winding roads, pay attention to posted speed limit signs, and that you’ve completed a full truck inspection.
4. Route 6a in Massachusetts
Also known as Old King’s Highway, Cape Cod’s historic Route 6a in Massachusetts is a scenic route not to be missed. It’s a 62-mile stretch of road that passes through Provincetown and the Cape Cod National Seashore. You’ll be treated to four centuries of architecture, charming fishing towns, and views of marshes, the coastline, sand dunes and tidal ponds.
5. Delaware Route 9
Delaware Route 9 is just shy of 60 miles long and runs from Dover to Wilmington. The road passes through farmlands and wildlife areas, across creeks and rivers, and along the bayshore - the largest section of preserved marshland on the East Coast. If you’re an avid bird watcher, this route is one to add to your list.
6. Catskills, NY
The Catskills in southern New York is known for its vast wildlife, tree-topped mountains and deep valleys. Although the area has many scenic drives available, you don’t have to venture off the main highway to enjoy the scenery. I-87 will take you right through the Catskills, treating you to some incredible panoramic views.
7. Route 40 in New Jersey
Route 40 may span across much of the country, but the portion in New Jersey that runs from Atlantic City to the Delaware Memorial Bridge looks like it stepped right out of a postcard. This area of rural New Jersey is full of small towns, lush farmland, and roadside stands. You’ll also pass Cowtown, the oldest running rodeo in the country.