While road tripping just about anywhere can be an adventure (yes, even the grocery store), this spot will take your car ride to the next level... literally. Mount Evans Scenic Byway in Colorado is North America's tallest paved road. You can climb almost 9,000 feet to a towering summit in the clouds.

Climbing high peaks is always an exciting way to spend an afternoon, but throw in some good music and comfortable seats, and driving up is just as fun.

Mount Evans Scenic Byway outside of Denver, Colorado, is the highest paved road in the U.S.

The summit, which sits at over 14,000 feet above sea-level, is one of the state's most famous peaks and gives you epic views of the surrounding landscapes.

When you head up the byway, you will climb over 7,000 feet in a short distance of about 28 miles.

Your views from the top can encompass everything from stunning flora and fauna to alpine lakes, and even mountain goats that jump across the jagged rocks dotting the peak.

The highway leading to the summit is normally open Memorial Day until Labor Day, as the snow can make driving conditions difficult in the winter.

At the end of the scenic drive, there's a short hike that leads you the rest of the way to top of the peak, which sits at a 14,264-foot elevation.

Along the way are several stop-offs for photos, as well as more incredible destinations like Summit Lake. Echo Lake is only a short distance away on Highway 103.

To reach the byway, you can take I-70 west out of Denver to exit 240, 32 miles away. From there, you'll enter Idaho Springs, then follow the signs along Route 103.

The cost is $15 to take the scenic drive. You'll want to pack water and be aware of the effects of the higher elevation, but the epic views are worth the trip.

You'll feel like you've driven straight into the clouds, and the dreamy surroundings will transport you to a magical world of lush green peaks.

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Price: $15 per car

When: Memorial Day to Labor Day

Address: 2060 Miner St., Idaho Springs, CO

Why You Need To Go: You can road trip to the clouds on this epic scenic drive that takes you over 14,000 feet above sea level.


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