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United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

USDOT Announces New America's Byways® Designations

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

FHWA 03-21
Contact: Doug Hecox
Tel.: 202-366-0660

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

"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.”

The “Reviving America's Scenic Byways Act of 2019,” enacted in 2019, required the U.S. Transportation Secretary to solicit nominations for designation of All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways, resulting in 63 nominations. Each application was reviewed by subject-matter experts on historic preservation, design, cultural resources, and visual impacts, tourism and economic development, highway safety, federal lands, and Native American history and culture. The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Commerce also provided input.

USDOT urges all Americans to follow CDC guidance on safe travel during the COVID-19 public health emergency and is announcing these designations now to allow local tourism boards and small businesses to prepare for when it is safe to travel freely again. The public is encouraged to explore these newly designated distinct and diverse roads once it is safe to do so.

The following are the 2021 AAR and NSB designations:

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

Additional information about the America's Byways® collection can be found at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/.

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