Scenic America Celebrates Announcement of New Scenic Byways Designations

New Designations Announced for the First Time since 2009

WASHINGTON, DC—Scenic America celebrates the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)’s announcement today of 34 National Scenic Byways and 15 All-American Roads, the first additions to the program since 2009. The new designees– ranging from Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters Scenic Byway to California’s Historic Route 66 Needles to Barstow Scenic Byway– traverse 28 states, bringing the total of America’s Byways® to 184 in 48 states.

Established in 1991, the National Scenic Byways Program recognizes roadways with notable scenic, historic, cultural, natural, recreational, and archaeological qualities. Scenic America, a national environmental nonprofit that preserves and enhances the visual character and scenic beauty of America, led the charge to revitalize and restore funding for the program.

“The National Scenic Byways Program brings new jobs, tourism, and other benefits to communities along these scenic roads, which are often located in parts of the country where such resources are desperately needed and harder to come by. We are grateful to Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), and the nine Members who led the way to pass Public Law No. 116-57, The Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act, making today’s announcement possible,” said Scenic America President Mark Falzone. “We are excited to partner with the new designees as they tap into the program’s benefits, and we look forward to helping other byways across the country in applying for future byways designations.”

Recognizing the potential impact of the National Scenic Byways Program on America’s travel and tourism industry and on its own scenic conservation mission, Scenic America took the lead to work with Congress to open a new nominations process and establish funding for the program. Through the leadership of Sen. Collins and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Congress included $16 million in funding for the program in the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act enacted on December 29, 2020—its first dedicated funding since 2012.

The program’s revitalization comes at a critical time for the travel and tourism sector as it contends with the devastating impacts of COVID-19 on communities that rely on a robust hospitality industry. In 2019 alone, travel and tourism generated $2.9 trillion in economic impact according to the U.S. Travel Association. Scenic byways contribute strongly to those figures. For example, the Blue Ridge Parkway generated $1.4 billion in economic output and supported 16,300 jobs in North Carolina and Virginia in 2019, according to the National Park Service. During the same year, the Natchez Trace Scenic Parkway brought $13.1 million in economic output to Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi, supporting 161 jobs. As Americans look for safe ways to return to travel, road trips and visits to parks and natural places are expected to have widespread appeal.

Scenic America will continue to advocate for the National Scenic Byways Program’s long-term funding, as well as for it to be included in the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill that Congress will take up this session.

Newly designated National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads are listed below. You can view a map of the new designations here.

StateNameDesignation
ArkansasGreat River Road National Scenic BywayAAR
CaliforniaCalifornia Historic Route 66 Needles to Barstow Scenic BywayNSB
ColoradoScenic Highway of LegendsNSB
ColoradoSilver Thread Colorado Scenic and Historic BywayNSB
DelawareDelaware Bayshore BywayNSB
FloridaA1A Scenic and Historic Coastal BywayAAR
FloridaRiver of Lakes Heritage CorridorNSB
FloridaScenic Highway 30ANSB
IowaGreat River Road National Scenic BywayAAR
IowaLincoln Highway Heritage BywayNSB
IllinoisGreat River Road National Scenic BywayAAR
IndianaWhitewater Canal Scenic BywayNSB
KentuckyGreat River Road National Scenic BywayAAR
KentuckyOld Frankfort Pike Historic and Scenic BywayNSB
LouisianaGreat River Road National Scenic BywayAAR
LouisianaBoom or Bust BywayNSB
LouisianaBayou Teche Scenic BywayNSB
MassachusettsThe Battle Road Scenic BywayAAR
MassachusettsMohawk Trail Scenic BywayNSB
MassachusettsOld King’s Highway (Route 6A)NSB
MarylandChesapeake CountryAAR
MaineKatahdin Woods and Waters Scenic BywayNSB
MaineSt. John Valley Cultural Byway/Fish River Scenic BywayNSB
MaineBold Coast Scenic BywayNSB
MinnesotaGreat River Road National Scenic BywayAAR
MissouriHistoric Route 66 MissouriAAR
North CarolinaNewfound Gap Road BywayAAR
NebraskaSandhills Journey Scenic BywayNSB
NebraskaLincoln Highway Scenic and Historic BywayNSB
New JerseyWestern Highlands Scenic BywayNSB
New JerseyBayshore Heritage BywayNSB
New JerseyPalisades Scenic BywayNSB
New JerseyPine Barrens BywayNSB
New MexicoTrail of the Ancients Scenic Byway – New MexicoNSB
New YorkPalisades Scenic BywayNSB
OhioHocking Hills Scenic BywayNSB
PennsylvaniaBrandywine Valley Scenic BywayNSB
Rhode IslandRevolutionary Heritage BywayNSB
TennesseeNewfound Gap Road BywayAAR
TennesseeGreat River Road National Scenic BywayAAR
TennesseeSequatchie Valley Scenic BywayNSB
TennesseeCumberland Historic BywayNSB
TennesseeNorris FreewayNSB
UtahZion Scenic BywayNSB
WashingtonCascade LoopNSB
WisconsinGreat River Road National Scenic BywayAAR
WisconsinDoor County Coastal BywayNSB
WisconsinWisconsin Lake Superior Scenic BywayNSB
WyomingFlaming Gorge – Green River Basin Scenic BywayAAR

The National Scenic Byways Program is administered by the Federal Highway Administration. Details about today’s announcement and additional resources for awardees and future applicants can be found on the FHWA website. To learn more about Scenic America and its support of the National Scenic Byways Program, visit www.scenicbyways.org.