Quirky and Unexpected Scenic Byways for Road Trip Adventures

While many of the 184 designated national scenic byways and All-American Roads are touted for their natural beauty and spectacular scenery, other byways have earned recognition for distinctive qualities beyond aesthetics. Here’s a list of quirky and surprising scenic byways that make memorable destinations for road trip adventures. Boom or Bust Byway (Louisiana)In addition to…

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History and Archaeology Along the Trail of the Ancients

Trail of the Ancients is a 480-mile scenic byway that winds through the Colorado Plateau in Colorado and Utah and invites exploration of Native American history and geographic wonders. Travel this byway to admire the scenic beauty of the American West, and to visit these awe-inspiring locations along the way. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park…

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Midwest Governors Announce Plans for a New Lake Michigan Scenic Byway Designed with Electric Vehicles in Mind

Recognizing the growing need for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure near the region’s top road trip destinations, governors from Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois recently announced their intent to create a new scenic byway, the Lake Michigan Electric Vehicle Circuit Tour. The proposed byway would travel more than 1,100 miles of scenic Lake Michigan shoreline…

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House of Representatives Funds Scenic Byways in FY 23 Appropriations Bill

On July 21, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a six-bill appropriations minibus package which includes $30 million in funding for the National Scenic Byways Program (NSBP). Scenic America applauds the House’s inclusion of funding for this critical program, which brings economic benefits to communities located along the more than 1,200 designated routes across all…

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Scenic America Applauds House Appropriations Committee for Including Byways Funding in FY 23 Bill

Today, the House Appropriations Committee approved the  FY23 House Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill, which includes $30 million in funding for the National Scenic Byways Program (NSBP). Scenic America celebrates the House’s inclusion of funding for this important program, which stands to deliver critical economic benefits to communities located along the more…

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Billboard-free States Rank Tops in Traffic Safety for Summer Road Trips

A study released June 22 by WalletHub ranks all 50 states by their road trip appeal, considering factors such as gas prices, the number of activities (including scenic byways), and traffic safety. While New York and Minnesota ranked at the top of the list when considering all factors, two billboard-free states, Maine and Vermont, led…

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The History of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

Harriet Tubman is a legendary historical figure, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway in Maryland is the best place to learn about her life and history. Here’s a look at Tubman’s incredible legacy and the byway that honors her achievements. Who Was Harriet Tubman? Harriet Tubman was born into slavery as Araminta Ross sometime…

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The Allure of Historic Route 66

Since the late 1920s, droves of Americans have been getting their kicks on Route 66. Traversing eight states and three different time zones, the historic highway has long captured the imagination of the American traveler and the essence of the American road trip. Here’s a look at the history of Route 66 and its enduring…

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Scenic America Wins 2022 Gold Circle Award for Excellence in Association Communications from ASAE

Scenic America has been recognized by the American Society of Association Executives with a 2022 Gold Circle Award in the Media/Public Relations Campaign category for its communications work promoting the National Scenic Byways Program. The Gold Circle Awards competition is the premier association marketing, membership, and communications award that recognizes excellence, innovation, and achievement in…

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The Best US Road Trips

With temperatures warming up and summer on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to start planning for a quintessential American pastime: the road trip. Here are six of the best road trip ideas for your next getaway. 6 Best American Road Trips Pacific Coast Highway, California The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is one of the…

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