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Mount Evans Road named highest road with second best scenic view

Posted at 4:36 AM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 13:27:07-05

Every state in the country has a highest road. In Colorado the highest road takes you to the top of Mount Evans at 14,130 feet. Not only is the Mount Evans Scenic Byway the highest paved road in North America it has been named the highest road with the second best view by outdoor photographer Tony Bynum.

“When I went to Mount Evans, it felt like a total experience where there is wildlife, a couple of lakes. For me, if I was going to have this overall mountain experience in Colorado, I would choose Mount Evans,” Bynum told me in an interview on the Driving You Crazy podcast.

When asked why he picked Mount Evans over the more famous Pikes Peak, Bynum told me Mt Evans offered a more deep and broad experience. “I never felt like I was trying to get to the end of the road. Pikes Peak is well known for car races and excursions and you just want to go to the end of the road. I’m a slower guy and like to pick my way up to the top.”

Bynum ranked the highest point of Alaska’s Dalton Highway at Atigun Pass as having the most stunning view in America. Bynum used a list created by connected transportation company Geotab that identified the highest paved road in every state in America.

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Rounding out the top five according to Bynum is the Beartooth Highway in Wyoming, National Forest Development Road 5400 in Washington State and Steens Mountain Loop Road in Oregon.

“This piece serves as a useful reminder of the sheer beauty that can be seen across America’s world-leading road network,” said Maria Sotra, VP of Marketing at Geotab. “Thanks to the nation’s ever-growing infrastructure system, you no longer have to embark on a grueling hike or commit to climbing a mountain in order to take in an awe-inspiring view. Instead, breathtaking views can often be seen from behind the wheel of a car.”

You can hear the full interview with Tony Bynum about this list as well as his other adventures on this link to the Driving You Crazy podcast or access the full list of the highest road in every state here.

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