Common Mistakes You’re Likely To Make While Traveling With Your Pet

For many, pets are an important part of the family – so it only makes sense that you want them to join you on your family vacation. While traveling with your dog or cat may sound fun and Insta-worthy, it requires a significant amount of planning and preparation to ensure that it goes smoothly and everyone stays safe and sane. In order to help you and your fluffy friend get travel-ready, we’re preparing you with 15 common mistakes you’re likely to make while traveling with your pet.

1. Failing To Plan From Start to Finish

You should never travel last-minute with your pet. To make it go as smoothly and safely as possible, you need to think the trip through from beginning to end and come to terms with the fact that you might need to make some sacrifices to tailor the trip to your pet’s needs. If you don’t have a plan for what you’re going to do with your pet while you’re out and about, you shouldn’t bring them.

Bringing your furry friend on vacation can be so much fun, but the decision to bring them along shouldn’t be made lightly. You’ll want to consider your budget and weigh the cost of bringing them (for example, extra fees for pet-friendly accommodations or air travel) versus boarding them at a kennel or staying for free with family or friends. You’ll also want to book early enough, as even pet-friendly accommodations often only have a certain number of rooms available for you and your pet.

Source: Shutterstock

2. Not Double Checking If Your Accommodations Are Pet-Friendly

Nothing can ruin your trip like arriving at your destination only to realize that your pet is not allowed. There are restrictions in place in various countries that permit or bar entry to cats and dogs (which are the most common pet travelers), but also around more “exotic pets” like birds and reptiles. It’s important to find out the pet policy at every accommodation you’ll be staying at because they vary quite a bit, even within one city.

Some places are completely pet-friendly, some don’t allow animals unless they’re service dogs, and some have rules regarding what types and sizes of pets they allow. But almost all accommodations that allow pets will charge a nightly or flat fee or a large damage deposit. Just because a hotel advertises that they’re pet-friendly doesn’t mean they aren’t going to charge you a pretty penny for it!

Source: Shutterstock

3. Not Checking Your Accommodations Pet-Related Rules

Even after you’ve figured out whether your pet can stay with you, you need to consider what other policies they have. Most hotels that allow dogs still require that you don’t leave them alone at any point, which may be a problem if you’re planning on being out at other non-pet-friendly places.

You’ll also want to ask if there are other resident pets, which may affect the comfort and well-being of your own pet (do they get along well with others?). Are there any pet amenities onsite or close by like grassy areas or a dog run/park? Are there pet-sitting or dog walking services available? These are all important questions to ask. Though more pet-friendly hotels are popping up, you may have more luck with Airbnb rentals, where you can search based on a number of different criteria including whether they allow pets.

Source: Shutterstock

4. Your Destination Isn’t Very Pet-Friendly

A huge factor in whether it’ll be okay to bring your pet on vacation with you is whether or not the destination is pet-friendly. Some cities or towns are quite progressive and dogs (the most common travel companion) are allowed in many shops, making sightseeing and touring around very possible. It’s easier to include your pet in some types of vacations such as camping or going to a cottage whereas visiting a big busy city might be quite a bit harder.

Further, the time of year can seriously impact a city’s pet-friendliness. During the summer, many patios are dog-friendly and shops may be more open to having your well-behaved dog inside because their paws and fur aren’t wet or snow-covered. Before deciding whether your pet is going to come with you, do some research to see if where you’re headed is welcoming to furry visitors.

Source: Shutterstock

5. Your Pet Has Never Traveled Before

Your pet may be easy going and low maintenance at home, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be that way when you travel with them. Traveling means new places, people, and scents, as well as a change in routine for your pet, which can be scary!

Before you take them on a big adventure, consider taking some smaller, shorter trips to get them used to travel. You may find that it’s more stressful for them or even you than you anticipated!

Source: Shutterstock

6. You Didn’t Consider The Length of Travel Time

3 hours in the car to the cottage is very different from a multi-day road trip or an international flight. How long is your pet comfortable and settled in a vehicle? If you are all spending a prolonged time in a vehicle, you’ll need to be sure to give your pet regular potty breaks and opportunities for ample exercise before loading back up.

When doing air travel with your dog, book a direct flight if it’s not too long or consider an overnight layover for a long flight so they can decompress in a hotel room with you before being loaded up again. Similarly, consider the amount of time traveling compared to the time spent at your destination. If you’re jumping around from place to place, you’re better off leaving your pet at home.

Source: Shutterstock

7. You Disrupted Your Pet’s Schedule

While a significant disruption in your lizard’s schedule probably doesn’t matter, some animals (especially dogs) thrive on keeping a schedule. Dogs can succeed when they know what you expect of them, so routine, exercise, and rules are super important and can help keep them from displaying undesirable behaviors.

When you travel, do everything you can to keep their schedule the same – meal times, walks or exercise, crating, potty breaks, and so on. Routine and structure will tell your pet that everything is okay so they can feel safe and relaxed, even in a new place.

Source: Shutterstock

8. Change in Stimulation and Exercise Needs

When your pet experiences change in their world, increasing their exercise to drain nervous or anxious energy can help them adjust, but at minimum, you should be keeping their daily exercise the same as it is at home. If you’re headed to a cottage, it might be easy to get in a daily hike or do some dock diving to tire your pooch. But just because you’re visiting a big city doesn’t mean your dog is going to give you a free pass.

If you’re planning on leaving your dog for a few hours, walk or run with them first thing in the morning before you head out solo. If you’re leaving them alone when you head out later, put some peanut butter in a KONG toy to provide some stimulation and fun while you’re gone or play with your pet before putting them back in their enclosure.

Source: Shutterstock

9. Not Preparing For Health and Medical Issues

Just like people, some animals are prone to motion sickness. Other animals may become anxious when traveling. If this is is true for your pet, you should consider whether travel is right for them and then either have them stay with friends or family or a boarding facility. Alternatively, vets can prescribe medication to help curb nausea or anxiety in your pet – for a fee of course.

You also need to be prepared in the case that your pet gets sick or injured while traveling. Have a copy of their health records accessible (e-copies are fine too), especially if they have pre-existing health issues. Be sure to look up at least one 24-hour emergency vet clinic close to where you’ll be staying in case something happens! Too often, people aren’t prepared for the worst-case scenario when traveling with their pets.

Source: Shutterstock

10. Making Sure They’re Appropriately Trained

Okay, so you probably don’t have to train your pet rabbit if you’re bringing them along on a trip, but dogs are a different story. Nobody likes a party animal (pun intended) for a neighbor at a hotel. Make sure that your pet is reliably housetrained and doesn’t scratch or chew on furniture or carpets. Is your pet capable of being quiet? This is an absolute necessity as a pet guest! Dogs who are prone to vocalization or have separation anxiety do not make good travel companions.

Also, be aware of your fellow guests and respect their space. Although you may love your pet, many people are afraid, allergic or plain just don’t like animals. Don’t let your pet approach other people or animals without your direct supervision and the other person’s permission.

Source: Shutterstock

11. Not Understanding The Requirements and Risks of Air Travel

Unless airline travel is absolutely necessary, you should leave your pet at home, as flying is generally quite stressful for animals. But if you are going to bring your pet, doing research beforehand is critical. Determine what the requirements, restrictions or fees are with the airline. They all require some sort of documentation for passage – and don’t assume you already have it.

Small pets (under 10 pounds) can travel in the cabin but need to be inside a carrier that they can move around in and can fit under the seat in front of you (no handbags!). If your pet is larger, they will need to travel in the cargo hold in a hard plastic airline-approved crate. All kennels must have absorbent material in case of accidents. Before boarding, exercise your pet well to drain their energy and feed them well enough in advance that they’ve had a chance to eliminate. And to make life easier, try to book direct flights.

Source: Shutterstock

12. Cage, Crate, and Seatbelt Requirements

When traveling in a car, confine or restrain your pet (with a seat belt, crate or carrier) for safety. Generally, if a dog has been properly introduced to their crate, it becomes their safe space or den, which will help them stay calm on car rides and adjust as they encounter new places when you travel. Carrying your pet on your lap or letting them roam free in the car is unsafe as they can act as a projectile if you’re in an accident, be distracting for the driver, or interfere with the gas pedal or brake.

Moreover, it’s important to keep your pet in the back seat in case the airbag deploys on impact if you get in an accident. If your pet doesn’t like road trips or suffers from car sickness, talk to your vet about medications or behavior modification advice, like starting small with short journeys before working your way up to a full trip.

Source: Shutterstock

13. Your Pet Doesn’t Have Proper ID

Being in a new place can be scary for animals, making them more likely to spook and bolt. When they get lost in a new place, they may not know how to find their way back to you and you likely have a hard deadline when you have to leave by to head back home. If you’re pet is still missing at that point, it becomes more difficult and stressful to try to find them remotely. For these reasons, your pet absolutely must have proper identification.

Make sure your pet is microchipped with up-to-date information on file and has an ID tag securely on their collar. Alternatively, consider a custom collar that has your name and number engraved on the buckle, as tags can get snagged and fall off. Consider getting a GPS tracker for their collar. Finally, be extra cautious by not taking their collar off unless they’re in their crate, making sure they’re indoors and secured during a storm or fireworks, and not letting them off-leash in an unfenced area.

Source: Shutterstock

14. Not Knowing The Signs of Stress in Your Pet

So cute! Your dog is smiling for an Insta-worthy pic! Except they probably aren’t. Smiling, heavy panting (when it’s not super hot out), yawning, drooling, licking, raised hackles, and a high wagging tag are all signs of stress in a dog. Many owners mistake signs of stress for signs of excitement. Similarly, cats may excessively groom themselves, scratch, vocalize, mark, and have digestive issues when under stress.

Before you travel, have an understanding of what your pet might do if they’re stressed and have a plan to help them should they become anxious. You should bring a crate and make it den-like by draping a blanket overtop or carry a natural remedy like Bach’s Rescue Remedy for animals.

Source: Shutterstock

15. Forgetting Vaccinations, Medications, and Preventions

Expect to have to produce the appropriate documentation, including vaccination records if you’re crossing any borders (by airplane or car). Each country has its own requirements around documentation, so give yourself ample time to secure what is required before you leave. There are also rules around re-entry into your own country with your pet after visiting another one so be sure to understand those so you don’t risk them being quarantined.

You should be vaccinating or titer testing your pets at home regardless, but it can be even more important when you’re traveling. Be sure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations, is on heartworm prevention, flea and tick prevention, and (if applicable) bring a pet-friendly bug spray. Consult your vet before the trip to ensure they don’t need any additional vaccinations.

Source: Shutterstock

16. Sedating Your Pet

Only rarely is it actually a good idea to sedate your pet for travel – especially air travel. Pressure and temperature changes in the cargo hold are different than the cabin and your pet generally needs to be alert to handle those changes.

Furthermore, generally no one is allowed to check on your pet in the cargo hold during the flight, so if your pet has an adverse reaction to sedation, they won’t receive appropriate care. If you have concerns about traveling with your pet, consult your vet for safe options.

Source: Shutterstock

17. Forgetting To Pack What Your Pet Needs

Be sure to pack all the basics for your pet, but consider what else they may need. Depending on your destination, some items that you need might not be readily available or may be very expensive, so planning ahead is best. Remember food and water bowls, medication, special toys, leash, a can opener (if your pet eats canned food), grooming tools, bedding, plastic bags/litter box and a pet stain remover (to avoid hefty hotel cleaning charges in the event of an accident).

Pack a couple of days of extra food for them so that they don’t go hungry if your flight is canceled or they get into their food unsupervised. It’s also a good idea to bring along your pet’s usual food since travel signals a change in routine, which can upset their stomachs. Be sure to note any restrictions on what you’re allowed to bring across borders as well, which might (albeit unlikely) require you to change your pet’s food in advance. For example, you are not permitted to bring lamb (even in pet food) across the Canadian-United States border.

Source: Shutterstock

7 Small Alberta Towns with Big Appeal

Alberta; a province teeming with mountains, valleys, prairies, and lakes is bursting with incredible small towns with big appeal. Escape the hustle and bustle of the capital city and get out and explore some of the smaller surrounding towns which offer friendly people, amazing recreation opportunities, and fascinating history. From a UNESCO Heritage Site to a bilingual community, there is something special and unique about all these towns. Whether you are there to visit or to live; these 7 Small Alberta towns have big appeal.

7. Canmore, AB

Boasting a population of just over 13,000 this small mountain town in Alberta features young, energetic, diverse and well-educated people. If you are looking for outdoor enjoyment this town is certainly for you as activities range from hiking to mountain biking to kayaking to skiing in the winter months. All in all the city is home to five different ski resorts and over 71km’s of hiking trails within the city limits.

Artists and photographers flock to this town for inspiration and recreation and tourism are the major economic drivers. Many residents who live here actually work in the neighboring community of Banff, which is a tourism hot spot all year round. Canmore, although popular with tourists offers a more laid-back lifestyle, with a strong sense of community, incredible mountain views and plenty of work available.

6. Legal, AB

This satellite community is located just 50km north of Edmonton and offers a clean and peaceful living environment for all of its residents, especially if you happen to speak French. Originally settled as a francophone settlement the town is still bilingual and the surrounding farms and landscape make this a beautiful place to live. It is known as the French Mural Capital of Canada, featuring 28 colorful murals around town and combined with extremely low crime and clean streets, it is easy to see the appeal here.

The center of town is where the community really gets together, Citadel Park, a 12-acre area features an indoor arena, curling rink, baseball diamonds, and playgrounds. Everywhere the community holds a festival called Fete Au Village, which brings the community together and celebrates its French culture.

Via ReadersDigest

5. Camrose, AB

This town began when one man brought a wagon load of lumber to the area and built the first store, in what is now downtown Camrose. From there more buildings and houses were erected, 40 of them which still stand in the historic downtown. With a population nearing 20,000 there is plenty of unique dining and shopping areas in this town. Residents here range from history buffs to artists to everything in between and although this city is home to almost 20,000 people it still retains its small-town feel.

That may be due largely in part to extensive park and trail system that the community has developed. One would be hard-pressed to find another small town that boasts as many parks as this one including a wonderful trail that leads you to the beautiful Mirror Lake. Playgrounds, arenas, skate parks, great schools and great people make this town appealing to everyone.

Via TheWeatherNetwork

4. Lacombe, AB

With a population of just under 12,000 residents, Lacombe is a town located just 25km’s from Red Deer. The town is set in the rolling parklands of Alberta, with the Rocky Mountain foothills to the west and the prairies to the east. It also happens to be one of the most fertile valleys in the area which both locals and visitors can take advantage of. Expect to see an abundance of “pick your own” farms here that feature local fresh produce including berries, tomatoes, cucumbers and more.

Perhaps even more popular are the excellent farmer’s markets located throughout. This sleepy little town offers its share of modern amenities as well including a recreation center, aquatic center, and arena. If campgrounds, hiking trails, and parks are what you are after, Lacombe offers that too. A strong community, a beautiful landscape and a slow down pace of life are what you will find in the small Alberta town.

Via Century21

3. Slave Lake, AB

At the southeastern tip of Lesser Slave Lake lies a town of just under 8,000 residents. The Town of Slave Lake runs at a much slower pace than most towns in this province but offers lots of appeal for both residents and visitors. It is here where just steps away are the white sand beaches of Devonshire Beach, the lush boreal forests and Marten Mountain Viewpoint.

The region offers numerous outdoor activities all year round including hiking, camping, fishing, boating, ice fishing and off-roading. This town is slowly growing in tourism, creating jobs for residents and superior dining and accommodation choices. With breathtaking scenery, plenty of job opportunities and just 2.5 hours away from Edmonton, this small town truly offers it all. The small town also happens to be a great place to view the aurora borealis (Northen Lights).

2. Pincher Creek, AB

Welcome to the town of Picher Creek, population just under 4,000 and full of incredible scenery including mountains, water, and valleys. This electric small town begs you to swap out your pumps for a pair of cowboy boots, trade in your small fuel efficient car for a pickup truck and makes you forget something called Starbucks even exists.

What it offers instead is a charming small town lifestyle, full of friendly people, great dining options, flower baskets scattered throughout town and endless fresh air. There is no shortage of recreational opportunities and taking advantage of the gusty winds you can find pleasure in kite flying, boating, hunting, water skiing and more. This is a town where everyone will soon know your name, wildlife will stroll down the streets, barn dances happen weekly and the community is strong and like-minded.

1. Fort Macleod

This town is certainly not your average small prairie town, although with a population under 4,000; it at first seems just like one. History is at the forefront of this town and walking down the main street you will find yourself surrounded by significant Western Canadian history that dates back to the 1880’s. It has actually been designated as one of Alberta’s historic sites and just nearby a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is one of the oldest and largest preserved buffalo jumps in North America.

Alberta’s oldest theatre is housed in the town, the River Valley Wilderness Park offers trails and playgrounds and the town is home to an awesome recreation center. Only an hour east of the Canadian Rockies, this small town hosts visitors from all over the province year round, yet still remains true to its small-town roots.

Canada’s 10 Most Scenic Road Trips

Canada has some of the most beautiful roadways in the world. Grab your car keys, rent an RV or hop on a motorcycle to explore the beautiful scenery of the Canadian wilderness, the cities, and the coastline. Here are the top ten scenic road trips in Canada.

1. Pelee Island, Ontario

A road trip that will have you mesmerized is a visit to Pelee Island, Ontario. Located on the southern tip of Canada, it’s the perfect place for nature lovers to congregate and enjoy the beauty of the wildlife of the area. As the seasons change, the wildlife fluctuates and the island plays host to different types of birds and butterflies.

Canada Road Trips - Pelee Island

2. Chatham-Kent Corridor

You may have never heard of the Chatham-Kent Corridor, but you’ll soon fall in love with this scenic region. Comprised of more than twenty-three small towns along the coastlines of the Thames River, Lake St. Clair and Lake Eerie, it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular places for cruisers and motorcyclists alike to visit. Highway 3 extends all the way down the multiple lake shorelines, weaving through the many historical sights in the area, such as the route for the famous historical Underground Railroad and the pathways used by British loyalists during the War of 1812.

Canada Road Trips 2

3. Edmonton

Edmonton is probably one of the better-known scenic spots in Canada, but that doesn’t mean it’s overrated. Far from it! Edmonton offers some of the most stunning natural beauty in the country. There are two UNESCO World Heritage Parks to visit in Edmonton, as well as Jasper National Park and the National Park from Calgary. You can glimpse special sneak peeks of glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, mountains, forests, wildlife and so much more. Just a few hours away, you can visit the urban landscaping of the city, reached after a drive across a wide, open highway through golden prairie lands.

Canada Road Trips 3

4. Sea to Sky Highway (Squamish to Whistler, British Columbia)

Take a drive from Vancouver to Whistler and experience the beauty of the mountainous coastline of British Columbia. Make sure you stop by the many rest stops and turnouts along the road. Many of them hide true tourist treasures, such as the Tantalus Range Lookout, Shannon Falls and Watershed Grill.

Canada Road Trips 4

5. Kelowna, British Columbia

Looking for something outside the norm? Kelowna is known for its many wineries and upscale cuisines. A road trip through this flavorful countryside might be just what you’ve been waiting for. Visit Arlo’s Honey Farm, the Tantalus Vineyards, the famed Wild Apple Restaurant, the Okanagen Lavender and Herb Farm, and so much more!

Canada Road Trips 5

6. Stratford, Ontario

Entertainment is the name of the game in Stratford, Ontario. If you’re looking for a road trip with a little pizazz, check out the Stratford Summer Music Festival and the local theatre festival held in the city every year.

Canada Road Trip 6

7. Eastern Townships, Quebec

Seclusion, nature, and quaint French-style bed and breakfasts await travelers of the Easter Townships route. Gourmet restaurants, isolated wineries, even a Benedictine monastery can be found in this peaceful community.

Canada Road Trips 7

8. Calgary to Lake Louise

It will take you a few hours to travel the highway that winds from Calgary to Lake Louise, but there are plenty of places to stop and rest. The stunning views of the Columbia Ice fields and Sulphur Mountain make it all worth it.

Canada Road Trip 8

9. The Cabot Trail

If golfing, hiking, kayaking, swimming, scuba diving, camping or horseback riding sound appealing to you, check out the Cabot Trail. It winds along Cape Breton Island, giving visitors access to some of Canada’s most diverse coastline.

Canada Road Trip 9

10. Vancouver to Tofino

This is where you’ll find the famous Pacific Rim Highway. Everything from cold mountains to temperate rainforests can be found here. A surfing hotspot along the highway is Ucluelet, and don’t forget to visit the Coombs Country Market or Cathedral Grove.

Canada Road Trip 10

America’s 10 Most Scenic Roadtrips

The lovely country of the United States has so much to offer and is the road trip fanatic’s paradise. It is made up of wonderful cities, charming landscapes, majestic mountains, refreshing rivers and lakes, fabulous beaches, and great people. It’s no wonder why the US is called “America the Beautiful!” In our opinion, these are America’s 10 most scenic road trips listed in alphabetic order by state.

1. Alaska – Highway 1 from Anchorage to Seward

Moelyn Photos / Getty Images

For an exceptional 155 mile journey, travel Highway 1 from Anchorage to Seward. It presents one of the best opportunities to observe animals not only in their natural environment but right on the roadway. The unspoiled country and picturesque coastline are a photographer’s dream. There is so much to see along the way, as well as Chugach State Park, Potter Marsh Wildlife Refuge, Portage Glacier, and Alyeksa Resort.

2. Arizona – Route 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona

JacobH / Getty Images

Without a doubt, this highway is one of the most scenic paths in the United States. The 27-mile paved route 89A runs from the popular tourist town of Flagstaff through the impressive Oak Creek Canyon to the town of Sedona, which is known for its enormous red-rock formations. Oak Creek Canyon is filled with prismatic scenery and has an amazing variety of trees. There are many places to visit here, including the recreation area, Slide Rock State Park and the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness Region.

3. Arkansas – Highway 7 from Harrison to Hot Springs

JeremyMasonMcGraw.com / Getty Images

This all-natural scenic route goes through one national park and two national forests. It is especially striking in the fall when the leaves of the trees are changing colors. Highway 7, from Harrison to Hot Springs, offers 160 miles of extraordinary views of the craggy Ozark Mountains and other gorgeous surroundings, which includes rivers, forests, canyons, lakes and plenty of wildlife.

4. California – Route 1 from San Simeon to Carmel

Thomas Winz / Getty Images

The eminent Route 1 stretches along the entire California coastline, but for an exceptionally intriguing road trip, travel the 90 miles of the highway that runs from San Simeon through Big Sur to Carmel. Big Sur is tucked in the middle of the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The pristine scenery is absolutely astonishing. The road winds through amazing groves of huge redwood trees, stony beaches with sea lions, and along high jagged cliffs. While there are no actual towns, there are small bunches of wayside restaurants and shops scattered along the sides of the road.

5. Florida – Overseas Highway from Miami to Key West

Danny Lehman / Getty Images

This road trip spans the length of about 113 miles and starts from the tip of Florida outside of Miami and goes all the way through Key West. The Overseas Highway takes in 42 fascinating ocean bridges that link the southeast crook of the Florida inland to the islands of the Florida Keys. The Seven Mile Bridge is almost seven miles in length and is the longest of the bridges. These bridges offer outstanding unbroken views of turquoise waters, seaside beaches, and islets. Along the way, there are many things to do and see on the islands; stop to eat at one of the numerous burger stands, visit the many souvenir shops or discover the Keys’ coral reefs on a diving expedition.

6. Hawaii – Hana Highway from Kahului to Hana

Andriy Prokopenko / Getty Images

The Hana Highway follows 52 miles of the northern coast of Maui. The winding road, which runs along the edge of a tropical jungle, begins in Kahului and zigzags eastward to Hana. This is a road trip that offers breath-taking views of extraordinary seascapes, amazing beaches with black sand and incredible waterfalls. There are many places to stop and see, as well as the Garden of Eden and Botanical Arboretum, and the magnificent 80- foot drop waterfall known as Wailua Falls. Moreover, don’t forget to stop and take a walk on some of the trails at Waianapanapa State Park.

7. Minnesota – North Shore Drive from Duluth to Grand Portage

Posnov / Getty Images

The 154-mile North Shore Drive covers a picturesque path through the rough country of the Minnesota wilderness. This road winds through thick forests and serrated Mountains along the far-reaching coastline of Lake Superior. The lake is the biggest freshwater lake in the world, and the North Shore Drive route offers picture-perfect panoramic views with numerous interesting places to stop and visit, including the pretty harbor town of Grand Marais and the remarkable timeworn fur trading post in Grand Portage.

8. Missouri – Route 19 from Salem to Eminence

larrybraunphotography.com / Getty Images

Located in one of the best areas of the Missouri Ozarks, this 44 mile trip is nature at its best. The scenery is absolutely postcard perfect! This road winds along impressive backdrops of countryside farms, lush forests and the beautiful Current River. The road crosses sections of the 1.5 million-acre Mark Twain National Forest and parts of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Missouri has 5,000 known caves and many of them can be found along this route.

9. Wisconsin – Route 70 from Iron Mountain to Eagle River

Adventure_Photo / Getty Images

While Wisconsin is recognized as one of the most scenic states, Route 70 from Iron Mountain to Eagle River is known as one of the prettiest areas. The entire 69 mile stretch is filled with pristine views of primitive woods, rolling hills and an abundance of wildlife. This region is also a place to take a winter road trip because the roads are maintained during harsh weather.

10. Vermont – Highway 7 from Burlington to Bennington

DenisTangneyJr / Getty Images

For an awe-inspiring kaleidoscope of color, take this route during the early fall. Highway 7 runs through the western edge of Vermont, and the path between Burlington and Bennington goes through some exceptionally pretty areas, including Champlain Lake, maple syrup country and Green Mountain National Forest. This road trip features covered bridges, historic towns, and townships that were founded in the 1700s. There are also many interesting small museums scattered along the way.