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Following a list of American Byways.

Note: The National Scenic Byways Program is no longer funded.

Anyhow, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is conducting a one-time solicitation of nominations for designation to America’s Byways (2020).

More details on the National Scenic Byways Program and the actual byways, see here: National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads — the Scenic Way to Travel

As of now, the following designations are in place:

America’s Byways NameStateDesignationIntrinsic Qualities
Alabama’s Coastal ConnectionAlabamaNSB (2009)S
Natchez Trace Parkway – AlabamaAlabamaAAR (1996)H & S
Selma to Montgomery March BywayAlabamaAAR (1996)H & N
Talladega Scenic DriveAlabamaNSB (1998)S
Alaska’s Marine HighwayAlaskaNSB (2002)
AAR (2005)
C & N
Glenn HighwayAlaskaNSB (2002)S
The George Parks Highway Scenic BywayAlaskaNSB (2009)N
Haines Highway – Valley of the EaglesAlaskaNSB (2009)N
Seward HighwayAlaskaNSB (1998)
AAR (2002)
R & S
Coronado Trail Scenic BywayArizonaNSB (2005)S
Historic Route 66 – ArizonaArizonaNSB (2005)H
AAR (2009)H & N
Kaibab Plateau – North Rim ParkwayArizonaNSB (1998)S
Red Rock Scenic Byway (Red Rock Scenic Road)ArizonaAAR (2005)S & R
Sky Island Scenic BywayArizonaNSB (2005)N
Crowley’s Ridge Parkway – ArkansasArkansasNSB (1998)N
Great River Road – ArkansasArkansasNSB (2002)H
Talimena Scenic Drive – ArkansasArkansasNSB (2005)S
Arroyo Seco Historic Parkway – Route 110CaliforniaNSB (2002)H
Big Sur Coast Highway – Route 1CaliforniaAAR (1996)H & S
Death Valley Scenic BywayCaliforniaNSB (1998)S
Ebbetts Pass Scenic BywayCaliforniaNSB (2005)S
San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway – Route 1CaliforniaAAR (2002)H & S
Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat RoadCaliforniaNSB (1996)N
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway – CaliforniaCaliforniaAAR (2002)N & R
Colorado River Headwaters Byway (Colorado River Headwaters Scenic and Historic Byway)ColoradoNSB (2005)H
Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway – ColoradoColoradoNSB (2002)N
Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic BywayColoradoNSB (1998)S
Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic BywayColoradoNSB (2000)H
Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic BywayColoradoNSB (1996)H
Lariat Loop Scenic and Historic BywayColoradoNSB (2009)H
San Juan SkywayColoradoAAR (1996)H & S
Santa Fe Trail – ColoradoColoradoNSB (1998)H
Top of the RockiesColoradoNSB (1998)
NSB extension (2009)
Trail of the Ancients – ColoradoColoradoNSB (2005)A
Trail Ridge Road/Beaver Meadow RoadColoradoAAR (1996)N & S
Connecticut State Route 169ConnecticutNSB (1996)S
Merritt ParkwayConnecticutNSB (1996)H
Brandywine Valley Scenic BywayDelawareNSB (2005)H
A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway (A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Highway)FloridaNSB (2002)R
Big Bend Scenic BywayFloridaNSB (2009)N
Florida Black Bear Scenic BywayFloridaNSB (2009)N
Florida Keys Scenic HighwayFloridaAAR (2009)R & S
Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Highway (Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway)FloridaNSB (2002)N
Ormond Scenic Loop & TrailFloridaNSB (2009)S
*Tamiami Trail Scenic HighwayFloridaNSB (2000)
de-designated (2008)
Russell – Brasstown National Scenic Byway (Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway)GeorgiaNSB (2000)S
International Selkirk Loop – IdahoIdahoAAR (2005)H & R
Northwest Passage Scenic BywayIdahoNSB (2002)H
AAR (2005)H & C
Payette River Scenic BywayIdahoNSB (2002)R
Pend Oreille Scenic BywayIdahoNSB (2002)R
Pioneer Historic BywayIdahoNSB (2005)H
Western Heritage Historic BywayIdahoNSB (2005)S
Great River Road – IllinoisIllinoisNSB (2000)H
Historic National Road – IllinoisIllinoisNSB (2000)
AAR (2002)
C & H
Historic Route 66 – IllinoisIllinoisNSB (2005)H
Illinois River Road (Illinois River Road: Route of the Voyageurs)IllinoisNSB (2005)N
Lincoln HighwayIllinoisNSB (2000)H
Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic RouteIllinoisNSB (1998)H
Ohio River Scenic Byway – Illinois (Ohio River Scenic Route)IllinoisNSB (1998)H
Indiana’s Historic PathwaysIndianaNSB (2009)H
Ohio River Scenic Byway – Indiana (Ohio River Scenic Route)IndianaNSB (1996)H
Historic National Road – IndianaIndianaNSB (2000)
AAR (2002)
C & H
Great River Road – IowaIowaNSB (2000)H
Loess Hills Scenic BywayIowaNSB (2000)N
Flint Hills Scenic BywayKansasNSB (2005)S
Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic BywayKansasNSB (2005)N
Country Music HighwayKentuckyNSB (2002)C
Great River Road – KentuckyKentuckyNSB (2009)H
Lincoln Heritage Scenic HighwayKentuckyNSB (2009)H
Red River Gorge Scenic BywayKentuckyNSB (2002)N
Wilderness Road Heritage HighwayKentuckyNSB (2002)H
Woodlands TraceKentuckyNSB (2009)R
Creole Nature TrailLouisianaNSB (1996)
AAR (2002)
C & N
Great River Road – LouisianaLouisianaNSB (2009)H
Acadia All American Road (Acadia Byway)MaineAAR (2000)
AAR Trenton extension (2009)
R & S
Old Canada Road Scenic BywayMaineNSB (2000)S
Rangeley Lakes Scenic BywayMaineNSB (2000)R
Schoodic Scenic BywayMaineNSB (2000)S
Baltimore’s Historic Charles StreetMarylandNSB (2009)H
Chesapeake Country Scenic BywayMarylandNSB (2002)C
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad BywayMarylandAAR (2009)C & H
Historic National Road – MarylandMarylandAAR (2002)C & H
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway – Maryland (Catoctin Mountain Scenic Byway)MarylandNSB (2005)R
NSB (2009)H
Religious Freedom BywayMarylandNSB (2009)H
Connecticut River Byway – MassachusettsMassachusettsNSB (2009H
Copper Country TrailMichiganNSB (2005)H
River Road Scenic BywayMichiganNSB (2005)R
Woodward Avenue (M-1) – Automotive Heritage Trail (Woodward Avenue (M-1))MichiganNSB (2002)H
AAR (2009)C & H
Edge of the WildernessMinnesotaNSB (1996)N
Grand Rounds Scenic BywayMinnesotaNSB (1998)R
Great River Road – MinnesotaMinnesotaNSB (2000)H
Gunflint Trail Scenic BywayMinnesotaNSB (2009)N
Historic Bluff Country Scenic BywayMinnesotaNSB (2002)S
Minnesota River Valley Scenic BywayMinnesotaNSB (2002)H
North Shore Scenic DriveMinnesotaAAR (2002)R & S
Paul Bunyan Scenic BywayMinnesotaNSB (2005)R
Great River Road – Mississippi (Lower Mississippi Great River Road; name on original nomination documents: Lower Mississippi Historic Byway and Mississippi Great River Road)MississippiNSB (2005)
NSB extension (2009)
Natchez Trace Parkway – MississippiMississippiAAR (1996)H & S
Crowley’s Ridge Parkway – MissouriMissouriNSB (2000)N
Great River Road – Missouri (Little Dixie Highway of the Great River Road)MissouriNSB (2002)H
Beartooth Highway – MontanaMontanaAAR (2002)N & S
City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Boulevard State Scenic BywayNevadaNSB (2009)S
Lake Tahoe – Eastshore DriveNevadaNSB (1996)S
Las Vegas StripNevadaAAR (2000)C & S
Pyramid Lake Scenic BywayNevadaNSB (1996)N
Connecticut River Byway – New HampshireNew HampshireNSB (2005)H
Kancamagus Scenic BywayNew HampshireNSB (1996)S
White Mountain TrailNew HampshireNSB (1998)S
Delaware River Scenic BywayNew JerseyNSB (2009)H
Millstone Valley Scenic BywayNew JerseyNSB (2009)H
Billy the Kid TrailNew MexicoNSB (1998)S
*Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway – New MexicoNew MexicoNSB (2009)
de-designated (2010)
El Camino RealNew MexicoNSB (1998)
NSB extension (2005)
Geronimo Trail Scenic BywayNew MexicoNSB (2005)H
Historic Route 66 – New MexicoNew MexicoNSB (2000)H
Jemez Mountain TrailNew MexicoNSB (1998)R
Santa Fe Trail – New MexicoNew MexicoNSB (1998)H
Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic BywayNew MexicoNSB (2005)N
Turquoise TrailNew MexicoNSB (2000)S
Lakes to Locks PassageNew YorkAAR (2002)H & R
Mohawk Towpath BywayNew YorkNSB (2005)H
Great Lakes Seaway Trail – New York (Seaway Trail)New YorkNSB (1996)H
Blue Ridge Parkway – North CarolinaNorth CarolinaAAR (1996)H & S
Cherohala Skyway – North CarolinaNorth CarolinaNSB (1998)S
Forest Heritage National Scenic BywayNorth CarolinaNSB (2009)H
Outer Banks Scenic BywayNorth CarolinaNSB (2009)C
Native American Scenic Byway – North Dakota (Standing Rock Native American Scenic Byway)North DakotaNSB (2005)H
Sheyenne River Valley Scenic BywayNorth DakotaNSB (2002)H
Amish Country BywayOhioNSB (2002)C
Ohio & Erie CanalWay (CanalWay Ohio Scenic Byway)OhioNSB (2000)H
Historic National Road – OhioOhioAAR (2002)C & H
Lake Erie Coastal Ohio TrailOhioNSB (2005)H
Ohio River Scenic Byway – Ohio (Ohio River Scenic Route)OhioNSB (1998)H
Cherokee Hills BywayOklahomaNSB (2009)C
*Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway – OklahomaOklahomaNSB (2009)
de-designated (2010)
Historic Route 66 – OklahomaOklahomaNSB (2009)H
Talimena Scenic Drive – OklahomaOklahomaNSB (2005)S
Wichita Mountains BywayOklahomaNSB (2009)N
Cascade Lakes Scenic BywayOregonNSB (1998)S
Hells Canyon Scenic BywayOregonAAR (2000)N & S
Historic Columbia River HighwayOregonAAR (1998)H & S
McKenzie Pass – Santiam Pass Scenic BywayOregonNSB (1998)S
Mt. Hood Scenic BywayOregonNSB (2005)H
Outback Scenic BywayOregonNSB (1998)N
Pacific Coast Scenic Byway – OregonOregonNSB (1998)
AAR (2002)
N & S
Rogue-Umpqua Scenic BywayOregonNSB (2002)R
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway – OregonOregonAAR (1998)N & R
West Cascades Scenic BywayOregonNSB (2000)S
Historic National Road – PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaAAR (2002)C & H
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway – PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaNSB (2009)H
Great Lakes Seaway Trail – Pennsylvania (Seaway Trail)PennsylvaniaNSB (2005)H
Ashley River RoadSouth CarolinaNSB (2000)H
Cherokee Foothills Scenic HighwaySouth CarolinaNSB (1998)S
Edisto Island National Scenic BywaySouth CarolinaNSB (2009)S
Savannah River Scenic BywaySouth CarolinaNSB (1998)H
Native American Scenic Byway – South Dakota (Standing Rock Native American Scenic Byway)South DakotaNSB (1998)C
NSB extension (2005)H
Peter Norbeck Scenic BywaySouth DakotaNSB (1996)S
Cherohala Skyway – TennesseeTennesseeNSB (1996)S
East Tennessee CrossingTennesseeNSB (2009)H
Great River Road – TennesseeTennesseeNSB (2009)H
Natchez Trace Parkway – TennesseeTennesseeAAR (1996)H & S
Woodlands TraceTennesseeNSB (2009)R
Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway – UtahUtahNSB (2002)N
The Energy Loop: Huntington and Eccles Canyons Scenic BywaysUtahNSB (2000)S
Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic BywayUtahNSB (1998)N
Logan Canyon Scenic BywayUtahNSB (2002)N
Nebo Loop Scenic BywayUtahNSB (1998)S
Scenic Byway 12 (Highway 12 – A Journey Through Time Scenic Byway)UtahAAR (2002)H & S
Scenic Byway 143 – Utah’s Patchwork ParkwayUtahNSB (2009)H
Trail of the Ancients – UtahUtahNSB (2005)A
Connecticut River Byway – VermontVermontNSB (2005)H
Blue Ridge Parkway – VirginiaVirginiaAAR (2005)R & C
Colonial ParkwayVirginiaAAR (2005)N & H
George Washington Memorial ParkwayVirginiaAAR (2005)N & H
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway – VirginiaVirginiaNSB (2009)H
Skyline DriveVirginiaNSB (2005)S
Chinook Scenic Byway (Stephen Mather Memorial Parkway)WashingtonAAR (1998)S
Coulee Corridor Scenic BywayWashingtonNSB (2005)N
International Selkirk Loop – WashingtonWashingtonAAR (2005)R & S
Mountains to Sound Greenway – I-90WashingtonNSB (1998)S
Stevens Pass GreenwayWashingtonNSB (2005)R
Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway – SR 112WashingtonNSB (2000)N
White Pass Scenic BywayWashingtonNSB (2009)R
Coal Heritage TrailWest VirginiaNSB (1998)
NSB extension (2009)
Highland Scenic HighwayWest VirginiaNSB (1996)N
Historic National Road – West VirginiaWest VirginiaAAR (2002)C & H
Midland TrailWest VirginiaNSB (2000)R
Staunton-Parkersburg TurnpikeWest VirginiaNSB (2005)H
Washington Heritage TrailWest VirginiaNSB (2000)H
Great River Road – WisconsinWisconsinNSB (2000)H
Beartooth Highway – WyomingWyomingAAR (2000)N & S

Identified Intrinsic Quality(s) are the ones the U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognized when designating the road. IQ’s are A (Archaeological), C (Cultural), H (Historic), N (Natural), R (Recreational) and S (Scenic).

Designations are NSB (National Scenic Byway) and AAR (All-American Road)

Roads with multiple designations and years listed sought for and were granted an extension of the designated route, or a change in designation from National Scenic Byway to All-American Road.

Routes listed with a name in (xxx) were originally designated using that name but requested a name change after designation.

Routes marked by asterisks were later de-designated and removed from the list of America’s Byways. They are included here as part of the designation history.

National Scenic Byways Program Definitions

Intrinsic Qualities

To be designated a National Scenic Byway, a road must possess characteristics of regional significance within at least one of the intrinsic qualities. All-American Roads must possess characteristics of national significance in at least two of the intrinsic qualities.


Archaeological Quality involves those characteristics of the scenic byways corridor that are physical evidence of historic or prehistoric human life or activity that are visible and capable of being inventoried and interpreted. The scenic byway corridor’s archeological interest, as identified through ruins, artifacts, structural remains, and other physical evidence have scientific significance that educate the viewer and stir an appreciation for the past.


Cultural Quality is evidence and expressions of the customs or traditions of a distinct group of people. Cultural features including, but not limited to, crafts, music, dance, rituals, festivals, speech, food, special events, vernacular architecture, etc., are currently practiced. The cultural qualities of the corridor could highlight one or more significant communities and/or ethnic traditions.


Historic Quality encompasses legacies of the past that are distinctly associated with physical elements of the landscape, whether natural or manmade, that are of such historic significance that they educate the viewer and stir an appreciation for the past. The historic elements reflect the actions of people and may include buildings, settlement patterns, and other examples of human activity. Historic features can be inventoried, mapped, and interpreted. They possess integrity of location, design, setting, material, workmanship, feeling, and association.


Natural Quality applies to those features in the visual environment that are in a relatively undisturbed state. These features predate the arrival of human populations and may include geological formations, fossils, landform, water bodies, vegetation, and wildlife. There may be evidence of human activity, but the natural features reveal minimal disturbances.


Recreational Quality involves outdoor recreational activities directly association with and dependent upon the natural and cultural elements of the corridor’s landscape. The recreational activities provide opportunities for active and passive recreational experiences. They include, but are not limited to, downhill skiing, rafting, boating, fishing, and hiking. Driving the road itself may qualify as a pleasurable recreational experience. The recreational activities may be seasonal, but the quality and importance of the recreational activities as seasonal operations must be well recognized.


Scenic Quality is the heightened visual experience derived from the view of natural and manmade elements of the visual environment of the scenic byway corridor. The characteristics of the landscape are strikingly distinct and offer a pleasing and most memorable visual experience. All elements of the landscape — landform, water, vegetation, and manmade development — contribute to the quality of the corridor’s visual environment. Everything present is in harmony and shares in the intrinsic qualities.

[Data source: Federal Highway Administration, retrieved: 2020-March-06]

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