With international travel restricted over much of the last year and fewer travelers boarding planes, many Americans seeking fresh scenery have rediscovered a love for hitting the road. Among sought-after routes are the 150 scenic byways designated in 46 states.
Congress established America’s National Scenic Byways program 30 years ago to recognize, preserve, and enhance select roads throughout the United States based on one or more archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities.
“Scenic byways are paths to adventure and meaningful experiences for all of us,” writes National Park Foundation President and CEO Will Shafroth. “They offer opportunities to explore national parks, admire stunning geologic features, connect with our shared heritage, and #RecreateResponsibly.”
Those opportunities are likely to grow. The Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019 sought nominations for new roads to be designated, and 63 proposals were under review at press time.
In the meantime, pack the car and hit the road. Here are four beauties: scenic routes where the journey is the destination. Visit fhwa.dot.gov/byways for more information.