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8 great scenic drives

By: Matt Hickman on May 3, 2011, 8:44 a.m.
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Lookout Mountain Parkway

Where: Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia

Length: 93 miles

Recommended drive time: One day

Scenery: Spanning from Gadsden, Ala., to Chattanooga, Tenn., the Lookout Mountain Parkway boasts “waterfalls, canyons, scenic brow vistas, unique towns and villages, state and national parks and preserves and many more natural wonders.” And then there’s the World’s Longest Yardsale that takes place each August along the Lookout Mountain Parkway and U.S. 127 where it stretches all the way to Michigan. Yep, Michigan.

Highlights: Little River Canyon National PreserveCloudland Canyon State ParkDeSoto State Park, Ruby Falls

Refuel at: The Mountain Inn Restaurant at DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Ala.; Bea’s Restaurant, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Sugar’s Ribs, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Pull over (for the night) at: The Mentone Springs Hotel, Mentone, Ala.; Chanticleer Inn, Lookout Mountain, Ga.

Stretch your legs at: Rock City

Cultural diversion: The World’s Longest Yardsale

Required listening: Alabama, “Mountain Music”

Do you remember that town named … Dogtown?