How to Use Scenic Routes On Waze (And How They Work)

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Are you trying to take all the possible scenic routes while using Waze?

That’s really cool! Exploring is a big part of dealing with the routine and spicing things up when you’re feeling in a rut.

Waze is an amazing tool that helps millions of people reach their destinations safely every day while providing the shortest path from point A to point B. And while this is typically what most users want, sometimes taking a little detour is also fun. Sadly, working this out can be easier said than done, and occasionally, you might have a hard time navigating the platform’s interface.

If that’s your case, don’t worry. You’re about to get all the answers you came for.

Below, I’ve prepared a small article that will guide you through the process of using this feature to make your driving time more enjoyable.

When trying to use scenic routes on Waze, you should first plan your trip, then make a list of all the routes you want to drive by and get behind the wheel.

Keep reading to discover new horizons!

#1 Plan Your Trip

Planning your trip is key, not only when you’re trying to mix things up and discover new scenic routes, but also when you’re about to drive to work or get to an appointment with your dentist. As you might already know, Waze can help you estimate how long it will take you to drive from your location to your destination depending on the time and the day that you’ll be driving.

This is really useful to consider how early you have to wake up or how big a time window you need to give yourself to not be late. It can also tell you how many minutes your scenic route detour will add to the trip, which is always welcome.

Planning your trip also means taking into account potential dangerous areas you might have to cross while driving, and finding a way to avoid them if at all possible. It’s crucial that you think of all these things before taking a scenic route, as preparation will always lead to success.

#2 Make a List

When trying to use scenic routes on Waze, you should also make a list of all the stops and destinations you want to visit, as this will make it a lot easier for you to keep track of them.

Some you might not find on the platform, but you can always look up businesses or gas stations that are near them to reach them easily.

Solution: Once you’ve planned your trip and have a list of all your points of interest, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use scenic routes on Waze:

  1. Launch Waze on your mobile device and search for your destination.
  2. Tap on “Go” to start the trip.
  3. Open the destination search bar again by swiping right on the left side of your phone’s screen and search for the point of interest.
  4. Select the scenic route (point of interest) you want to drive by.
  5. Tap on “View Routes”.
  6. Select “Add Stop”.
How to add a stop on Waze
You can add as many stopping points as you want throughout your scenic route

Are Scenic Routes an Option Everywhere?

In theory, yes. But it can be a little more complicated than that.

You see, since using scenic routes is not really a feature, but rather a “detour” that you set up on your way to your destination, you should, on paper, always be able to take advantage of this. However, Waze doesn’t have enough coverage or Map Editors in some countries, which can make it harder to have every road and alley mapped out.

This, in turn, makes it more likely that you’ll have trouble finding a specific point of interest and even businesses or landmarks near it for reference.

So, while you might be able to use scenic routes everywhere, how much you’ll struggle to set up your trip will greatly depend on how well your country and living areas are mapped out.


That about covers it!

Using scenic routes on Waze can be a refreshing experience that brings variety and excitement into your daily life as you discover new horizons and alternate routes. However, this can be easier said than done.

I hope this piece has helped you better understand how setting up scenic routes works and how you can use the platform’s capabilities to your advantage. In most cases, planning your trip ahead of time and listing all your points of interest is all it takes to do this successfully.

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I wish you the best of luck.

— Gerry.