An imaginary route used to explain otherwise inexplicable lateness.
Francine: "Bob, you're two and a half hours late! What took you so long?!"
Bob: "I took the scenic route."
Francine: "Oh, okay. That excuse makes perfect sense and I have no questions pertaining to the circumstances of your lateness beyond that."
1. the long way
2. the wrong way
We were supposed to turn on 13th Street to get to the Capitol, but I guess we can take the scenic route...through Virginia.
An Elevator ride to or from the top or high floor of a building that stops at every floor on the way up or down.
"I tried to get out of work before those idiots downstairs in accounting so I wouldn't have to take the scenic route in the elevator ride down"
1. The act of plowing your way through a bunch of scene kids at a lame concert out of sheer boredom.
"Man, that show last night was so boring, I took the scenic route all the way to the front just to tell the lead singer how much they sucked."