This week, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced 49 new designations to the America's Byways collection, including 15 All-American Roads and 34 National Scenic Byways in 28 states. This increases the number of America's Byways to 184 in 48 states.

“We’re proud to have supported legislation that led to the announcement of 49 new Scenic Byways and All-American Roads, the first additions since 2009,” said RV Industry Association Senior Manager of Government Affairs Samantha Rocci. “RVing is about many things—freedom, flexibility, exploration— but it all comes back to the majesty of the open road. The revitalization of this program ensures that millions of RVers will continue to be able to experience the magic of roads like Historic Route 66, Skyline Drive, and the Blue Ridge Parkway for years to come.”

“The designation of these new All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways is a victory for organizations that share Scenic America’s commitment to preserving and protecting our nation’s most beautiful roadways and fueling economic development through tourism,” said Scenic America President Mark Falzone. “We are grateful to the RV Industry Association for their leadership and partnership in this effort which was instrumental in making today’s historic announcement possible.”

Thanks to action taken by Scenic America and the RV industry, the Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019 was signed into law in September of 2019. Congress had stopped funding the program in 2012, but the new law required the Secretary of Transportation to start the application process for new byways within 90 days and to designate a round of new National Scenic Byways within one year. This week’s announcement is a result of that process.

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"Through their many unique qualities, each of these new additions to the National Scenic Byways program helps America’s roads tell our national story," said FHWA Executive Director Tom Everett. "These special routes offer travelers exciting new opportunities to explore the nation, from coast to coast or close to home."

Created in 1991, the program is a collaborative effort to help recognize, preserve, and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recognizes certain roads based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities.

“Scenic roads have always been popular with travelers, and support a wide array of area businesses too,” Everett added. “Whether hotels, eateries, or gas stations, Scenic Byways and All-American Roads support the nation’s small business community and are economic drivers for entire regions.”

Newly designated National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads include:

State Name Designation
Arkansas Great River Road National Scenic Byway AAR
California California Historic Route 66 Needles to Barstow Scenic Byway NSB
Colorado Scenic Highway of Legends NSB
Colorado Silver Thread Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway NSB
Delaware Delaware Bayshore Byway NSB
Florida A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway AAR
Florida River of Lakes Heritage Corridor NSB
Florida Scenic Highway 30A NSB
Iowa Great River Road National Scenic Byway AAR
Iowa Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway NSB
Illinois Great River Road National Scenic Byway AAR
Indiana Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway NSB
Kentucky Great River Road National Scenic Byway AAR
Kentucky Old Frankfort Pike Historic and Scenic Byway NSB
Louisiana Great River Road National Scenic Byway AAR
Louisiana Boom or Bust Byway NSB
Louisiana Bayou Teche Scenic Byway NSB
Massachusetts The Battle Road Scenic Byway AAR
Massachusetts Mohawk Trail Scenic Byway NSB
Massachusetts Old King’s Highway (Route 6A) NSB
Maryland Chesapeake Country AAR
Maine Katahdin Woods and Waters Scenic Byway NSB
Maine St. John Valley Cultural Byway/Fish River Scenic Byway NSB
Maine Bold Coast Scenic Byway NSB
Minnesota Great River Road National Scenic Byway AAR
Missouri Historic Route 66 Missouri AAR
North Carolina Newfound Gap Road Byway AAR
Nebraska Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway NSB
Nebraska Lincoln Highway Scenic and Historic Byway NSB
New Jersey Western Highlands Scenic Byway NSB
New Jersey Bayshore Heritage Byway NSB
New Jersey Palisades Scenic Byway NSB
New Jersey Pine Barrens Byway NSB
New Mexico Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway – New Mexico NSB
New York Palisades Scenic Byway NSB
Ohio Hocking Hills Scenic Byway NSB
Pennsylvania Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway NSB
Rhode Island Revolutionary Heritage Byway NSB
Tennessee Newfound Gap Road Byway AAR
Tennessee Great River Road National Scenic Byway AAR
Tennessee Sequatchie Valley Scenic Byway NSB
Tennessee Cumberland Historic Byway NSB
Tennessee Norris Freeway NSB
Utah Zion Scenic Byway NSB
Washington Cascade Loop NSB
Wisconsin Great River Road National Scenic Byway AAR
Wisconsin Door County Coastal Byway NSB
Wisconsin Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway NSB
Wyoming Flaming Gorge – Green River Basin Scenic Byway AAR

 

 

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