Byways 2021: A project of the Scenic Byways Coalition and America’s Byways Resource Center
Aug
31
2006

About the National Scenic Byways Program

Although routes offering premier scenic recreational and historic opportunities date back to the early 1900’s, today’s National Scenic Byways Program began with the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors (1985-1987). That commission noted the high level of public interest in seeing the nation’s beauty and diversity along and adjacent to a network of existing roads, and called upon transportation and natural resource agencies to cooperate in identifying, improving and protecting outstanding byways across the nation.

The National Scenic Byways Program attracted prominent and passionate advocates from the beginning. President George H. W. Bush personally championed the program, calling byways “the roads Americans love.” His support was mirrored by Congressional champions including U.S. Representative Jim Oberstar and Senators Moynihan and Rockefeller.

The National Scenic Byways Program was created through the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) in 1991. It has enjoyed the active support of Federal Highway Administrators and Secretaries of Transportation who developed and implemented the legislation - Federico Pena, Rodney Slater, Mary Peters, Norman Mineta and others.

The National Scenic Byways Program, administered by the Federal Highway Administration, oversees the designation of routes offering outstanding scenic, recreational, cultural, archeological, natural and historic opportunities as National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads. Scenic byways grants and technical assistance began in 1992; the first designations of routes were done in 1996. The popularity of the program was illustrated in 1998 when the program was expanded significantly and re-authorized under TEA-21 and again under SAFETEA-LU in 2005. In September 2005, Transportation Secretary Mineta designated an additional 45 byways, bringing the total to 126 America’s Byways in 44 states.

Financial support for national Scenic Byways and All-American Roads is provided through a national grant program financed by SAFETEA-LU, the national surface transportation act. Funds are available annually on a competitive basis for enhancing visitor experiences along designated and prospective scenic byways, including interpretive sites, access improvements to sites along the byways, roadway improvements to boost safety and enjoyment (shoulders, passing lanes, roadway design improvements, guardrails, bridges, etc.), and byways marketing efforts. Technical assistance and training for byways managers and others is available through the America’s Byways Resource Center in Duluth, Minnesota.

US DOT FHWA National Scenic Byways Program Office
Federal Highway Administration
HEP-10, Room 3222
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20590
(202) 366-1862 or (800) 429-9297, FAX (202) 366-7660
Rob Draper, Byways Team Leader
www.bywaysonline.org

America’s Byways Resource Center
394 lake Avenue South, Suite 600
Duluth, MN 55802
(866)974-6403 or FAX (218) 625-3333
Michelle Johnson, Executive Director
www.bywaysonline.org

A listing of State Byway Coordinators is available at http://www.bywaysonline.org/contacts/states.html

National Scenic Byways Program
Collection of America’s Byways R
Designated by U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Byway Name State Year

Natchez Trace Parkway

AlabamaMississippiTennessee 1996 1996 1996

Selma To Montgomery March Byway

Alabama 1996
Talladega Scenic Drive Alabama 1998

Alaska’s Marine Highway

Alaska 2005(2002)
Glenn Highway Alaska 2002

Seward Highway, The

Alaska 2002(1998)
Coronado Trail Scenic Byway Arizona 2005
Historic Route 66 ArizonaIllinoisNew Mexico 200520052000
Kaibab Plateau - North Rim Parkway Arizona 1998

Red Rock Scenic Road

Arizona 2005
Sky Island Scenic Byway Arizona 2005
Crowley’s Ridge Parkway Arkansas Missouri 1998 2000
The Great River Road ArkansasIllinoisIowa       

Minnesota

Wisconsin

200220002000       

2000

2000

Talimena Scenic Drive ArkansasOklahoma 20052005
Arroyo Seco Parkway Scenic Byway California 2002

Big Sur Coast Highway, Route One

California 1996
Death Valley Scenic Byway California 1998
Ebbets Pass Scenic Byway California 2005

San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway - Route 1

California 2002
Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat Road California 1996
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway CaliforniaOregon 2002 1998
Colorado River Headwaters Byway Colorado 2005
Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway ColoradoUtah 20022002
Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway Colorado 1998
Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway Colorado 2000
Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway Colorado 1996

San Juan Skyway

Colorado 1996
Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway ColoradoNew Mexico 19981998
Top of the Rockies Colorado 1998

Trail of the Ancients

ColoradoUtah 20052005

Trail Ridge Road/Beaver Meadow Road

Colorado 1996
Connecticut State Route 169 Connecticut 1996
Merritt Parkway Connecticut 1996
Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway Delaware 2005
A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Highway Florida 2002
Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway Florida 2002
Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway Florida 2000
Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway Georgia 2000

International Selkirk Loop

IdahoWashington 2005 2005

Northwest Passage Scenic Byway

Idaho 2005(2002)
Payette River Scenic Byway Idaho 2002
Pend Oreille Scenic Byway Idaho 2002
Pioneer Historic Byway Idaho 2005
Western Heritage Historic Byway Idaho 2005

Historic National Road, The

IllinoisIndianaMaryland       

Ohio

Pennsylvania

West Virginia

2002(2000) 2002(2000) 2002       

2002

2002

2002

Illinois River Road: Route of the Voyageurs Illinois 2005
Lincoln Highway Illinois 2000
Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route Illinois 1998
Ohio River Scenic Route Illinois 1998
Loess Hills Scenic Byway Iowa 2000
Flint Hills Scenic Byway Kansas 2005
Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway Kansas 2005
Country Music Highway Kentucky 2002
Red River Gorge Scenic Byway Kentucky 2002
Wilderness Road Heritage Highway Kentucky 2002

Creole Nature Trail

Louisiana 2002(1996)

Acadia Byway

Maine 2000
Old Canada Road Scenic Byway Maine 2000
Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway Maine 2000
Schoodic Scenic Byway Maine 2000
Catoctin Mountain Scenic Byway Maryland 2005
Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway Maryland 2002
Woodward Avenue Michigan 2002
Edge of the Wilderness Minnesota 1996
Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, The Minnesota 2000
Historic Bluff Country Scenic Minnesota 2002
Minnesota River Valley Scenic Minnesota 2002

North Shore Scenic Drive

Minnesota 2002
Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Minnesota 2005
Lower Mississippi Great River Road Mississippi 2005
Little Dixie Highway of the Great River Road Missouri 2002

Beartooth Scenic Byway

MontanaWyoming 2002 2000
Lake Tahoe – Eastshore Drive Nevada 1996

Las Vegas Strip

Nevada 2000
Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway Nevada 1996
Connecticut River Byway New HampshireVermont 20052005
Kancamagus Scenic Byway New Hampshire 1996
White Mountain Trail New Hampshire 1998
Billy the Kid Trail New Mexico 1998
El Camino Real New Mexico 1998 (Extension 2005)
Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway New Mexico 2005
Jemez Mountain Trail New Mexico 1998
Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway New Mexico 2005
Turquoise Trail New Mexico 2000
Lakes to Locks Passage, The Great Northeast Journey New York 2002
Mohawk Towpath Byway New York 2005
Seaway Trail New YorkPennsylvania 19962005

Blue Ridge Parkway

North CarolinaVirginia 1996 2005
Cherohala Skyway North CarolinaTennessee 19961996
Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway North Dakota 2002
Standing Rock Native American Scenic Byway Standing Rock Native American Scenic Byway Native American Scenic Byway, The North DakotaSouth DakotaSouth Dakota 200520051998 (extension 2005)
Amish Country Ohio 2002
Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail Ohio 2005
Ohio & Erie Canalway Byway (CanalWay Ohio Scenic Byway) Ohio 2000
Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway Oregon 1998

Hells Canyon Scenic Byway

Oregon 2000

Historic Columbia River Highway

Oregon 2000
McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway Oregon 1998
Mt. Hood Scenic Byway Oregon 2005
Outback Scenic Byway Oregon 1998

Pacific Coast Scenic Byway

Oregon 2002(1998)
Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway Oregon 2002
West Cascades Scenic Byway Oregon 2000
Ashley River Road South Carolina 2000
Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway South Carolina 1998
Savannah River Scenic Byway South Carolina 1998
Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway South Dakota 1996
Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway Utah 1998
Logan Canyon Scenic Byway Utah 2002
Nebo Loop Scenic Byway Utah 1998
The Energy Loop: Huntington and Eccles Canyons Scenic Byways Utah 2000

Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 - A Journey Through Time

Utah 2002

Colonial Parkway

Virginia 2005

George Washington Memorial Parkway

Virginia 2005
Skyline Drive Virginia 2005
Chinook Scenic Byway (Stephen Mather Memorial Parkway) Washington 1998
Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway Washington 2005
Mountains to Sound Greenway - I-90 Washington 1998
Stevens Pass Greenway Washington 2005
Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway - SR 112 Washington 2000
Coal Heritage Trail, The West Virginia 1998
Highland Scenic Highway West Virginia 1996
Midland Trail West Virginia 2000
Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike West Virginia 2005
Washington Heritage Trail West Virginia 2000

Notes:

  • Routes listed in bold have been designated as All-American Roads
  • Routes listed in normal text have been designated as National Scenic Byways
  • Roads with a date listed 2000 (1998)were originally designated as National Scenic Byways in the year shown in parenthesis but then sought and were designated as All-American Roads in a subsequent year
  • Routes listed with a name in (xxx) were originally designated using that name but requested a name change after designation