Scenic byways in the United States

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The Catalina Highway climbing Mount Lemmon in the U.S. state of Arizona

Many roads and highways in the United States are labeled scenic byways for having exceptional scenic, historical, archaeological, natural, cultural, or recreational significance. These scenic routes are usually formally designated by national, state, or local agencies in recognition of these qualities, and many are also preserved or managed with special legislation and funding beyond what is required for ordinary road maintenance.[1]


Marker used for National Scenic Byways

Several agencies of the United States federal government are authorized to designate and manage scenic byways. The National Scenic Byway Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2003 to support efforts for development, management and marketing of scenic byways by the Federal Highway Administration and byway organizations.[2][3] National scenic byways include:


Many individual state governments also sponsor programs for designating scenic byways, which is often the first step towards the designation of a National Scenic Byway by the Federal Highway Administration.[9] Generally the state byways are nominated by local communities with the assistance of the state's department of natural resources and tourism offices and then designated by the state's department of transportation. Forty-eight U.S. states and the District of Columbia manage scenic byways programs that operate as part of the National Scenic Byways Program.[9]


The Navajo National Scenic Byways were developed by a task force including the Arizona Department of Transportation and Bureau of Indian Affairs[10] and are administered with the cooperation of the Federal Highway Administration.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "What is a scenic byway?". Navajo Scenic Roads. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  2. ^ "About Us". National Scenic Byways Foundation. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  3. ^ "America's Byways". Byways 101. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  4. ^ "BLM Back Country Byways". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  5. ^ "Tour USA" (PDF). United States Forest Service. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  6. ^ "National Scenic Byways". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  7. ^ "About America's Byways". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  8. ^ Staff. Learning About the National Park System and The National Park Service (PDF). National Park Service. p. 4. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  9. ^ a b "State Scenic Byways Programs". Scenic America. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  10. ^ Aztec Engineering; Corral-Dybas Group; Intrinsic Consulting (August 15, 2008). "Diné Biítah 'Among the People' Scenic Road Corridor Management Plan" (PDF). Transportation Enhancement & Scenic Roads Section, Arizona Department of Transportation. pp. 3, 8. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  11. ^ "Navajo Nation Scenic Byways" (PDF). Kimley Horn Consulting. Retrieved August 15, 2014.

Further reading

External links

  • America's Byways, a complete list of the federally designated National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads