National Scenic Byway

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National Scenic Byways Program
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All-American Roads highlighted with red dots, National Scenic Byways with blue dots
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Formed1991 (1991) [1]
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The Frontier Pathways National Scenic and Historic Byway as it passes through Wetmore, Custer County, Colorado Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway.JPG
The Frontier Pathways National Scenic and Historic Byway as it passes through Wetmore, Custer County, Colorado
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A sign indicating the National Scenic Byway designation for the Creole Nature Trail

A National Scenic Byway is a road recognized by the United States Department of Transportation for one or more of six "intrinsic qualities": archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic. The program was established by Congress in 1991 to preserve and protect the nation's scenic but often less-traveled roads and promote tourism and economic development. The National Scenic Byways Program (NSBP) is administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

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The most scenic byways are designated All-American Roads, which must meet two out of the six intrinsic qualities. The designation means they have features that do not exist elsewhere in the United States and are unique and important enough to be tourist destinations unto themselves. As of January 21, 2021, there are 184 National Scenic Byways located in 48 states (all except Hawaii, and Texas). [2]

History

The NSBP was established under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, which provided $74.3 million in discretionary grants. On May 18, 1995, FHWA specified the intrinsic qualities that would serve as criteria for designating road as National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads. In September U.S. Transportation Secretary Federico Peña announced the first 14 National Scenic Byways and six All-American Roads. On June 9, 1998, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) provided $148 million to states so they could develop state roads to take advantage of the program.

On August 10, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which provided $175 million to states and Indian tribes. On October 16, 2009, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood designated 37 new roads as National Scenic Byways and five new All-American Roads. [3] The U.S. Department of Transportation approved the designation on January 19, 2021, of 34 new roads as National Scenic Byways, in addition to 15 new All-American Roads. [4]

Requirements

National Scenic Byways go through a nomination procedure. They must already be designated state scenic byways to be nominated (However, roads that meet all criteria for national designation but not state designation may be considered for national designation on a case-by-case basis). [5]

Intrinsic qualities

For designation as a National Scenic Byway a road must have one of six intrinsic qualities. To be designated an All-American Road, a road must have at least two of the six qualities. [5]

Corridor management plans

A corridor management plan must also be developed, with community involvement, and the plan "should provide for the conservation and enhancement of the byway's intrinsic qualities as well as the promotion of tourism and economic development". The plan includes, but is not limited to:

Corridor management plans for All-American Roads must also include: [5]

The final step is when the highway (or highways) is approved for designation by the United States Secretary of Transportation. [5]

List of byways

TypeNameLength (mi)Length (km)State(s)Southern or western terminusNorthern or eastern terminusDate designatedDescriptionRef(s)
NSB A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway 72116FloridaJune 13, 2002Follows Atlantic coast barrier islands [6]
AAR Acadia All-American Road 41.066.0MaineA loop that begins and ends at the intersection of SR 3 and Paradise Hill Road near Hulls Cove EllsworthTrenton town line on SR 3June 15, 2000 (AAR)Scenic drive providing access to the coastal mountains of Acadia National Park [7]
NSB Alabama’s Coastal Connection 130.0209.2Alabama I-10 and Grand Bay Wilmer Road north of Grand Bay I-10 and US 98 south of Spanish Fort October 16, 2009Scenic and historic drive along Alabama's Gulf Coast [8]
AAR Alaska's Marine Highway 3,500.05,632.7AlaskaFerry terminal in Unalaska Ferry terminal in Metlakatla (with ferry connections to Prince Rupert, BC and Bellingham, WA)June 13, 2002 (NSB)
September 22, 2005 (AAR)
Ferry system connecting Alaskan coastal communities [9]
NSB Amish Country Byway 76.2122.6Ohio SR 3 and SR 39 in Loudonville US 62 near Wilmot June 13, 2002Route forms a double loop through the pastoral countryside of eastern Ohio's Amish communities [10]
NSB Arroyo Seco Parkway Scenic Byway 8.213.2California US 101 in downtown Los Angeles Glenarm Street in Pasadena June 13, 2002The first freeway in the United States connects Los Angeles and Pasadena through the park-like landscape of the Arroyo Seco [11]
NSB Ashley River Road 11.017.7South CarolinaMile marker 5.84 on SC 61 Mile marker 15.75 on SC 61June 15, 2000Traverses a historic plantation district along the Ashley River near Charleston [12]
NSB Baltimore's Historic Charles Street 10.917.5MarylandWinder Street in South BaltimoreBellona Avenue in Lutherville October 16, 2009Travels the entire length of historic Charles Street through downtown Baltimore [13]
AAR Beartooth Highway 68.7110.6Montana, WyomingWyoming–Montana state line on US 212 near Cooke City US 212 and MT 78 in Red Lodge June 15, 2000 (AAR)
June 13, 2002 (extended in Montana)
Scenic high-elevation highway to Yellowstone National Park's northeast entrance [14]
NSB Big Bend Scenic Byway 220.0354.1FloridaFirst discovered in 1528 by Panfilo de Narvaez and was occupied by Spanish, English, American, and Confederate forces [15]
NSB Billy the Kid Trail National Scenic Byway 84.2135.5New Mexico NM 48 and Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso US 70 and US 380 near Hondo June 9, 1998Loop through historic Old West towns in the rugged mountains of the Lincoln National Forest [16]
AAR Blue Ridge Parkway 469.0754.8North Carolina, Virginia US 441 near Cherokee US 250 near Waynesboro September 19, 1996 (AAR, North Carolina)
September 22, 2005 (AAR, Virginia)
Scenic drive along America's longest linear park and the winding spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains [17]
NSB Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway 12.319.8DelawareKing Street and 11th Street in downtown Wilmington Delaware–Pennsylvania state line on DE 52 (western spur) and Delaware–Pennsylvania state line on DE 100 (eastern spur)September 22, 2005Historic drive through the "Chateau Country" of northern Delaware [18]
NSB Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway 66106OregonJune 9, 1998Connects lakes and forests of central Oregon [19]
NSB Cascade Loop 440710WashingtonJanuary 19, 2021Loop around the Cascade Mountains [20]
NSB Catoctin Mountain Scenic Byway 00Maryland, VirginiaSeptember 22, 2005Scenic and historic drive through the Catoctin Mountains; now part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway
NSB Cherohala Skyway 43.069.2North Carolina, TennesseeSeptember 19, 1996 (Tennessee)
June 9, 1998 (North Carolina)
Ridgetop drive in the Appalachians [21]
NSB Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway 119.8192.8South Carolina I-85 west of Fair Play SC 150 in Gaffney June 9, 1998Follows part of the historic Cherokee Path through the Blue Ridge Escarpment of Upstate South Carolina [22]
NSB Cherokee Hills Byway 84.0135.2Oklahoma I-40 south of Gore Oklahoma–Arkansas state line on US 412 2009Situated in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, this route showcases eastern Oklahoma’s tremendous natural diversity and rich Cherokee heritage [23]
NSB Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway 85.5137.6Maryland MD 18 in Stevensville (southern spur) and MD 445 on Eastern Neck Island (northern spur) Chesapeake & Delaware Canal on MD 213 in Chesapeake City June 13, 2002Traverses the historic Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay [24]
AAR Chinook Scenic Byway 91.5147.3Washington SR 164 and SR 169 in Enumclaw US 12 near Naches June 9, 1998 (AAR)Scenic drive with dramatic views of Mount Rainier [25]
NSB Coal Heritage Trail 00West VirginiaJune 9, 1998Historic drive through coal-producing areas of southwestern West Virginia
AAR Colonial Parkway 23.037.0Virginia Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center in Jamestown Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center in Yorktown September 22, 2005 (AAR)Landscaped parkway connecting three Colonial-era historic sites [26]
NSB Colorado River Headwaters Byway 69.0111.0Colorado SH 131 and Trough Road south of Bond US 34 and West Portal Road in Grand Lake September 22, 2005Follows the upper reaches of the Colorado River past alpine reservoirs, lush ranchlands, and dramatic canyon landscapes [27]
NSB Connecticut River Byway 498.7802.6Massachusetts, New Hampshire, VermontSeptember 22, 2005Scenic drive on both sides of New England's longest river
NSB Connecticut State Route 169 32.151.7Connecticut Route 138 in Lisbon Connecticut–Massachusetts state line on Route 169September 19, 1996Scenic and historic route through one of the last unspoiled areas in New England [28]
NSB Copper Country Trail 47.676.6Michigan Portage Lake Lift Bridge in Hancock M-26 in Copper Harbor September 22, 2005Follows US 41 and traverses an area developed for copper mining [29]
NSB Coronado Trail Scenic Byway 123.0197.9ArizonaSeptember 22, 2005Scenic drive through high deserts and forests
NSB Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway 00WashingtonSeptember 22, 2005Passes through coulees formed by receding glaciers
NSB Country Music Highway 144.1231.9Kentucky US 119 near Whitesburg KY 2 in Greenup June 13, 2002Backwoods drive commemorating eastern Kentucky's cultural heritage [30]
AAR Creole Nature Trail 180.0289.7LouisianaSeptember 19, 1996 (NSB)
June 13, 2002 (AAR)
Marshes and prairies of southern Louisiana
NSB Crowley's Ridge Parkway 212.0341.2Arkansas, Missouri Helena Bridge on US 49 near Helena–West Helena J Street and Route 25 near Malden June 9, 1998 (Arkansas)
June 15, 2000 (Missouri)
Scenic and historic drive along Crowley's Ridge through the Mississippi Embayment and the Missouri Bootheel [31]
NSB Death Valley Scenic Byway 81.5131.2California Death Valley National Park west entrance on SR 190 Death Valley National Park east entrance on SR 190June 9, 1998
June 13, 2002 (extended)
Scenic drive through the expansive desert basin of the lowest place in North America [32]
NSB Delaware Bayshore Byway 157253Delaware Lewes New Castle January 19, 2021Scenic and historic drive along the Delaware Bay and Delaware River in Delaware [33] [34]
NSB Delaware River Scenic Byway 34.856.0New Jersey I-195/I-295 in Hamilton Township Trenton Avenue and Route 12 in Frenchtown October 16, 2009Scenic and historic drive along the Delaware River in central New Jersey [35]
NSB Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway 00Colorado, UtahJune 13, 2002Passes many dinosaur fossil sites
NSB East Tennessee Crossing Byway 83.8134.9TennesseeNorth Carolina–Tennessee state line on US 25 near Del Rio Tennessee–Kentucky state line on US 25E near Cumberland Gap October 16, 2009Explores the historic trails, cultural heritage, and recreational opportunities of East Tennessee's Appalachian backcountry [36]
NSB Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway 61.098.2California SR 4 in Arnold SR 89 near Markleeville September 22, 2005Traverses the high-alpine Sierra Nevada through Ebbetts Pass, with access to the northernmost groves of giant sequoia [37]
NSB Edge of the Wilderness 46.875.3Minnesota US 2 in Grand Rapids MN 1 in Effie September 19, 1996Scenic drive through forests and rollings hills of the Minnesota Northwoods [38]
NSB Edisto Island National Scenic Byway 16.827.0South CarolinaPalmetto Boulevard and SC 174 in Edisto Beach Dawhoo Bridge on SC 174October 16, 2009Scenic drive through salt marshes and live oak forests in the South Carolina Lowcountry [39]
NSB El Camino Real 00New MexicoJune 9, 1998
September 22, 2005 (extended)
Historic north–south route through central New Mexico
NSB The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway 00UtahJune 15, 2000Historic drive past coal mining operations
NSB Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway 82.0132.0UtahJune 9, 1998Scenic drive through the Uinta Mountains
NSB Flint Hills Scenic Byway 48.077.2Kansas I-35 near Cassoday US 56 in Council Grove September 22, 2005Scenic drive through the Flint Hills and some of the last remaining tallgrass prairie in North America [40]
AAR Florida Keys Scenic Highway 106.5171.4FloridaMile marker 0 on US 1 in Key West Jewfish Creek Bridge on Key Largo October 16, 2009 (AAR)Scenic route across a system of open ocean bridges connecting the numerous tropical islands of the Florida Keys [41]
NSB Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway 00North CarolinaOctober 16, 2009
NSB Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway 00ColoradoJune 9, 1998Follows the paths of early explorers through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
AAR George Washington Memorial Parkway 24.940.1Virginia, Washington, D.C. SR 235 in Mount Vernon I-495 near McLean September 22, 2005 (AAR)Landscaped greenway connecting national memorials and historic sites along the Potomac River, across from the nation's capital [42]
NSB Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway 154.0247.8New MexicoSeptember 22, 2005Scenic drive past mountains and lakes of southwestern New Mexico
NSB Glenn Highway 135.0217.3AlaskaGambell Street in Anchorage Lake Louise Road near Mendeltna June 13, 2002Terrain shaped by receding glaciers [43]
NSB Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway 00ColoradoJune 15, 2000Follows stage and rail routes to historic gold mining locations
NSB Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway 63.0101.4ColoradoSeptember 19, 1996Climbs to Grand Mesa
NSB Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway 5080MinnesotaLoop routeNortheast spur trail to Cross Golf CourseJune 9, 1998Continuous parkway surrounding Minneapolis [44]
NSB Great Lakes Seaway Trail 518834New York, PennsylvaniaOhio–Pennsylvania state line on US 20 west of Erie, Pennsylvania Seaway International Bridge near Massena, New York September 19, 1996 (New York)
September 22, 2005 (Pennsylvania)
Scenic drive along the shores of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River [45]
NSB Great River Road 2,0693,330Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin LA 23 in Venice, Louisiana Itasca State Park north of Park Rapids, Minnesota June 15, 2000 (Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin)
June 13, 2002 (Arkansas)
September 22, 2005 (Mississippi)
October 16, 2009 (Tennessee)
Numerous scenic, historic, and culturally significant roadways paralleling the entire length of the Mississippi River from its headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico [46]
NSB Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway 57.091.7MinnesotaOctober 16, 2009Scenic drive through the Superior National Forest [47]
AAR Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway 144.0231.7MarylandRosehill Place and Byrn Street in Cambridge Maryland–Delaware state line on MD 287 near Goldsboro October 16, 2009Threads together numerous historic sites in the Delmarva Peninsula commemorating Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad [48]
AAR Hells Canyon Scenic Byway 00OregonJune 15, 2000 (AAR)Provides views of Hells Canyon on the Snake River
NSB Highland Scenic Highway 43.069.2West VirginiaSeptember 19, 1996Scenic drive through mountains and valleys
NSB Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway 88.0141.6MinnesotaJune 13, 2002Historic and scenic drive through southeastern Minnesota
AAR Historic Columbia River Highway 40.064.4OregonCrown Point Highway east of Troutdale (western section); US 30 and I-84 in Mosier (eastern section)I-84 near the Bonneville Dam (western section); US 30 and Hostetler Way in The Dalles (eastern section)June 9, 1998 (AAR)America's oldest scenic highway exists in two discontinuous sections which follow historic routes through the Columbia River Gorge [49]
AAR Historic National Road 824.21,326.4Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia Eads Bridge in East St. Louis Lombard Street in downtown Baltimore June 9, 1998 (NSB, Indiana)
June 15, 2000 (NSB, Illinois)
June 13, 2002 (AAR, all states)
Travels the route of the nation's first federally funded interstate highway along a historic corridor to the American Midwest [50]
NSB Historic Route 66 2,4884,004Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, OklahomaJune 15, 2000 (New Mexico)
September 22, 2005 (Arizona, Illinois)
Historic "Mother Road" linking Chicago to Los Angeles
NSB Illinois River Road 291.0468.3IllinoisWater Street and US 136 in Havana Reddick Mansion in Ottawa September 22, 2005A loop through the scenic Illinois River Valley with routes along both sides of the upper Illinois River [51]
NSB Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway 233375Florida US 1 and 85th Street in Wabasso US 1 and Kennedy Parkway near Oak Hill June 13, 2002Series of connected loops providing access to the most biodiverse lagoon ecosystem in the northern hemisphere, as well as Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral [52] [53]
AAR International Selkirk Loop [lower-alpha 1] 163.2262.6Idaho, WashingtonBritish Columbia–Washington border on SR 31 Idaho–British Columbia border on SH 1 September 22, 2005 (AAR)Internationally designated scenic highway encircles the remote Selkirk Mountains spanning the Canadian border [54]
NSB Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway 00New MexicoJune 9, 1998Scenic drive past geological formations and Indian ruins
NSB Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway 200320Maryland, Pennsylvania, VirginiaA loop that begins and ends at the intersection of SR 20 and SR 231 near Somerset, Virginia PA 394 near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania October 16, 2009Historic corridor featuring hundreds of sites significant to American history, most notably the densest collection of Civil War battlefields in the nation; "Where America Happened" [55]
NSB Kaibab Plateau–North Rim Parkway 43.469.8ArizonaBright Angel Point in Grand Canyon National Park US 89A in Jacob Lake June 9, 1998Scenic drive through ponderosa pine forests to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon [56]
NSB Kancamagus Scenic Byway 26.542.6New Hampshire US 3 in North Woodstock Route 113 in Conway September 19, 1996Scenic drive through the heart of the White Mountains [57]
NSB Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail 00OhioSeptember 22, 2005Follows the south shore of Lake Erie
NSB Lake Tahoe - Eastshore Drive 28.045.1Nevada US 50 in Stateline NV 28 in Crystal Bay September 19, 1996Follows the east shore of Lake Tahoe [58]
AAR Lakes to Locks Passage 234.0376.6New York US 4 and NY 32 in Waterford US 11 and NY 9B in Rouses Point June 13, 2002 (AAR)Parallels the interconnected waterways of the Hudson River, Champlain Canal, Lake George, and Lake Champlain, which form a water corridor between Upstate New York and the Canadian province of Quebec [59]
NSB Lariat Loop Scenic and Historic Byway 4064ColoradoBegins and ends at the intersection of 6th Avenue and 19th Street in Golden October 16, 2009Loops through the historic towns of Morrison, Evergreen and Golden in the foothills west of Denver [60]
AAR Las Vegas Strip 4.57.2Nevada Las Vegas Boulevard and Russell RoadLas Vegas Boulevard and Sahara AvenueJune 15, 2000 (AAR)Urban boulevard lined with the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas' world-famous casinos [61]
NSB Lincoln Highway 00IllinoisJune 15, 2000A portion of America's first transcontinental highway, the Lincoln Highway
NSB Little Dixie Highway of the Great River Road 00MissouriJune 13, 2002Part of the Great River Road in northeastern Missouri
NSB Loess Hills Scenic Byway 00IowaJune 15, 2000 Silt deposits in the Missouri River Valley
NSB Logan Canyon Scenic Byway 00UtahJune 13, 2002Passes through scenic Logan Canyon
NSB McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway 82.0132.0OregonBegins and ends at the intersection of OR 242 and US 20 in Sisters June 9, 1998Loop around Mount Washington crossing two Cascade passes [62]
NSB Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route 00IllinoisJune 9, 1998
June 15, 2000 (extended)
Floodplain where the Illinois, Mississippi, and Missouri rivers meet
NSB Merritt Parkway 37.360.0ConnecticutNew York–Connecticut state line on Route 15 Sikorsky Bridge on the Housatonic River near Milford September 19, 1996Historic parkway through Connecticut's Gold Coast known for its elaborate architecture [63]
NSB Midland Trail 00West VirginiaJune 15, 2000Scenic drive through the New River Gorge
NSB Millstone Valley Scenic Byway 2540New JerseyOctober 16, 2009Scenic and historic drive along the Millstone River in central New Jersey
NSB Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway 00MinnesotaJune 13, 2002Historic drive through the Minnesota River Valley
NSB Mohawk Towpath Byway 00New YorkSeptember 22, 2005Follows the historic Erie Canal
NSB Mountains to Sound Greenway - I-90 100.0160.9WashingtonJune 9, 1998Scenic drive across the Cascades
NSB Mt. Hood Scenic Byway 105169OregonTroutdale Bridge crossing the Sandy River near Troutdale OR 35 near Hood River September 22, 2005Provides scenic views of Mount Hood [64]
AAR Natchez Trace Parkway 444.0714.5Alabama, Mississippi, TennesseeLiberty Road in Natchez SR 100 in Pasquo September 19, 1996 (AAR)Two-lane limited-access parkway through rural countryside commemorating the historic route of the Natchez Trace [65]
NSB Native American Scenic Byway 00North Dakota, South DakotaJune 9, 1998 (South Dakota)
September 22, 2005 (extended in both states)
Traverses four Lakota Sioux reservations
NSB Nebo Loop Scenic Byway 38.662.1Utah SR 132 near Nephi I-15 and SR 115 in Payson June 9, 1998Alpine backroad through the Mount Nebo Wilderness in the southern Wasatch Range [66]
AAR North Shore Scenic Drive 154.0247.8Minnesota Canal Park in Duluth Canadian border on MN 61 near Grand Portage June 15, 2000 (AAR)
June 13, 2002 (extended)
Follows the scenic North Shore of Lake Superior [67]
AAR Northwest Passage Scenic Byway 202325IdahoWashington–Idaho state line on US 12 near Lewiston Idaho–Montana state line on US 12 at Lolo Pass June 13, 2002
September 22, 2005 (extended and became an AAR)
Follows the route of Lewis and Clark's historic search for the Northwest Passage through scenic mountains and river valleys [68]
NSB Ohio & Erie Canalway Scenic Byway 110180OhioJune 15, 2000Historic drive along the Ohio and Erie Canal
NSB Ohio River Scenic Byway 943.01,517.6Illinois, Indiana, OhioSeptember 19, 1996 (Indiana)
June 9, 1998 (Illinois, Ohio)
Follows the north bank of the Ohio River
NSB Old Canada Road Scenic Byway 78.2125.9MaineJune 15, 2000Historic route between Maine and Quebec
NSB Outback Scenic Byway 170.5274.4OregonCalifornia–Oregon state line on US 395 OR 31 and US 97 near La Pine June 9, 1998Scenic drive through rugged backcountry of south-central Oregon [69]
NSB Outer Banks Scenic Byway 131211North CarolinaOctober 16, 2009
AAR Pacific Coast Scenic Byway 363.1584.4OregonCalifornia–Oregon state line on US 101 Oregon–Washington state line on US 101June 9, 1998 (NSB)
June 13, 2002 (AAR)
Scenic drive along the entire length of Oregon's Pacific coast [70]
NSB Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway 54.086.9MinnesotaSeptember 22, 2005Passes through the forests of central Minnesota
NSB Payette River Scenic Byway 112.0180.2IdahoJune 13, 2002Traverses foothills and valleys
NSB Pend Oreille Scenic Byway 33.053.1IdahoJune 13, 2002Scenic drive along Lake Pend Oreille
NSB Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway 68.0109.4South DakotaSeptember 19, 1996Scenic drive through mountains of southwestern South Dakota
NSB Pioneer Historic Byway 127.0204.4IdahoSeptember 22, 2005Scenic route exploring the rich pioneer history of southeastern Idaho, including Mormon settlements and Oregon Trail ruts
NSB Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway 30.248.6NevadaWasheim and Main Streets in Wadsworth NV 447 north of Nixon (north section),
NV 446 and Hardscrabble Canyon Road in Sutcliffe (northwest section)
September 19, 1996 One of the largest desert lakes in the world [71]
NSB Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway 00MaineJune 15, 2000Scenic drive past mountains and lakes
NSB Red River Gorge Scenic Byway 00KentuckyJune 13, 2002Scenic drive through the Red River Gorge
AAR Red Rock Scenic Byway 14.523.3Arizona I-17 north of Rimrock SR 89A in Sedona September 22, 2005 (AAR)Scenic drive through the red sandstone canyons of the Coconino National Forest [72]
NSB Religious Freedom Byway 189304MarylandOctober 16, 2009Provides access to historic churches and the first capital of Maryland, St. Mary's City
NSB River Road Scenic Byway 23.537.8Michigan M-65 and Rollways Road near Hale US 23 in Oscoda September 22, 2005Scenic drive through the Au Sable River Valley [73]
NSB Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway 172.0276.8OregonJune 13, 2002Follows two scenic rivers through southwestern Oregon
AAR Route One, Big Sur Coast Highway 72.0115.9California San Luis ObispoMonterey county lineOcean Avenue in Carmel September 19, 1996 (AAR)Scenic drive along the Pacific coast [74]
AAR Route One, San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway 57.091.7California US 101 in San Luis Obispo San Luis ObispoMonterey county lineJune 13, 2002 (AAR)Scenic drive along the Pacific coast [75]
NSB Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway 40.665.3GeorgiaJune 15, 2000Winds through the southern Appalachians
AAR San Juan Skyway 233.0375.0ColoradoSeptember 19, 1996 (AAR)Loop through the San Juan Mountains, Colorado's most rugged and isolated mountain range
NSB Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway 565.0909.3Colorado, New MexicoJune 9, 1998Follows part of the route of the historic Santa Fe Trail through scenic mountains and high plains
NSB Savannah River Scenic Byway 00South CarolinaJune 9, 1998Scenic drive along the Savannah River
NSB Schoodic Scenic Byway 29.046.7MaineJune 15, 2000Unspoiled coastline through the "quiet side" of Acadia National Park
AAR Selma to Montgomery March Byway 54.086.9AlabamaJ.L. Chestnut Jr. Boulevard and Martin Luther King Street in Selma Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery September 19, 1996 (AAR)Historic route of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches led by Martin Luther King, Jr. [76]
AAR Seward Highway 125.3201.7AlaskaRailway Avenue in Seward East 5th Avenue in Anchorage June 9, 1998 (NSB)
June 15, 2000 (AAR)
Showcases the peaks and fjords of south-central Alaska [77]
NSB Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway 75.6121.7North Dakota ND 32 in Lisbon Barnes County Highway 21 north of Valley City June 13, 2002Historic drive through quaint farmland along the Sheyenne River [78]
NSB Sky Island Scenic Byway 2743ArizonaSeptember 22, 2005Climb from the desert to forests with great biological diversity
NSB Skyline Drive 105.0169.0VirginiaSeptember 22, 2005Scenic drive through Shenandoah National Park
NSB Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike 174280West Virginia WV 47 and WV 618 in Parkersburg West Virginia–Virginia state line on US 250 September 22, 2005Historic drive through West Virginia forests and backcountry [79]
NSB Stevens Pass Greenway 00WashingtonSeptember 22, 2005Scenic drive across the Cascades
NSB Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway - SR 112 61.398.7Washington Makah Indian Reservation boundary near Neah Bay US 101 near Port Angeles June 15, 2000Follows the shoreline of the Olympic Peninsula where it meets the Strait of Juan de Fuca [80]
NSB Talimena Scenic Drive 00Arkansas, OklahomaSeptember 22, 2005Crest drive along some of the highest ridges between the Appalachians and Rockies
NSB Talladega Scenic Drive 26.843.1AlabamaAdams Gap Road southwest of Cheaha State Park US 78 west of Heflin June 9, 1998Scenic drive through the southernmost extension of the Appalachian Mountains [81]
NSB Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway 00FloridaJune 15, 2000Traverses the Florida Everglades
NSB Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat Road 64.0103.0CaliforniaBig Oak Flat entrance gate to Yosemite Tioga Pass entrance gate to Yosemite September 19, 1996High mountain pass through Yosemite National Park [82]
NSB Top of the Rockies 90.4 and 81.5145.5 and 131.2Colorado SH 82 in Aspen I-70 west of Vail (western spur) and I-70 near Copper Mountain (eastern spur)June 9, 1998Scenic high-altitude drive through the Rocky Mountains and historic Leadville [83]
NSB Trail of the Ancients 00Colorado, New MexicoSeptember 22, 2005Scenic drive through the Native American history of the Four Corners region
NSB Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway 00New MexicoSeptember 22, 2005Scenic drive through the mountains of southwestern New Mexico
AAR Trail Ridge Road/Beaver Meadow Road 48.077.2Colorado US 34 near Grand Lake A loop that begins and ends at the intersection of Moraine Avenue and West Elkhorn Avenue in Estes Park September 19, 1996 (AAR)America's highest continuously paved road crosses the alpine tundra of Rocky Mountain National Park [84]
NSB Turquoise Trail 00New MexicoJune 15, 2000Back road between Albuquerque and Santa Fe
NSB Utah's Patchwork Parkway 00UtahOctober 16, 2009Scenic drive through Cedar Breaks National Monument
AAR Utah's Scenic Byway 12 - A Journey Through Time 122.9197.8Utah US 89 near Panguitch SR 24 near Torrey June 13, 2002 (AAR)Scenic drive through canyons, plateaus, and valleys [85]
AAR Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway 500.0804.7California, OregonA bypass around Lake Almanor US 97 and OR 138 at Diamond Lake Junction June 9, 1998 (AAR, Oregon)
June 13, 2002 (AAR, California)
Scenic drive through the Cascade Volcanic Arc [86]
NSB Washington Heritage Trail 136.0218.9West Virginia WV 9 in Paw Paw WV 51 in Harpers Ferry June 15, 2000Scenic and historic drive tracing the footsteps of George Washington and his family through West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle [87]
NSB West Cascades Scenic Byway 220.0354.1Oregon OR 58 in Oakridge OR 224 in Estacada June 15, 2000Intimate backcountry tour of old-growth forests, rivers, and lakes along the west side of the Cascades [88]
NSB Western Heritage Historic Byway 40.064.4IdahoSeptember 22, 2005Scenic drive to the Snake River Canyon
NSB Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway 76.7123.4KansasSeptember 22, 2005Scenic drive through wetlands of central Kansas
NSB White Mountain Trail 00New HampshireJune 9, 1998Passes through the White Mountains and past Mount Washington
NSB Wichita Mountains Byway 93.0149.7Oklahoma2007Guides drivers through the protected valleys of the 550 million-year-old Wichita Mountains
NSB Wilderness Road Heritage Highway 93.8151.0KentuckyJune 13, 2002Follows Daniel Boone's historic entrance to the valleys of Kentucky
AAR Woodward Avenue (M-1) – Automotive Heritage Trail 25.541.0Michigan Jefferson Avenue in Detroit Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard in Pontiac June 13, 2002Connects automobile-related historic sites of the "Motor City" [89]
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Notes

  1. Distance and termini shown refer to the United States portion of the loop. Including the additional 125.5 miles (202.0 km) of the Canadian portion, the total length of the loop is 288.7 miles (464.6 km).

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  58. "Lake Tahoe - Eastshore Drive". Federal Highway Administration.
  59. "Lakes to Locks Passage". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration.
  60. "Lariat Loop Scenic and Historic Byway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration.
  61. "Las Vegas Strip". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration.
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  63. "Merritt Parkway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration.
  64. "Mt. Hood Scenic Byway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration.
  65. "Natchez Trace Parkway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration.
  66. "Nebo Loop Scenic Byway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration.
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  68. "Northwest Passage Scenic Byway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration.
  69. "Outback Scenic Byway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration.
  70. "Pacific Coast Scenic Byway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration.
  71. "Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration.
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