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Each two-page document includes information about the state’s scenic byways program, in addition to a listitng and map of all state and national scenic byways within its borders.
Alabama boasts 4 national scenic byways and 7 state scenic byways, showcasing the state’s diverse natural beauty and rich history. Initially, byways were implemented and utilized by the governor and state legislature. By 1998 an active citizenry developed a program to help citizens identify and designate additional byways.
- Alabama is home to 11 scenic byways, including four national scenic byways and seven state scenic byways.
- Alabama’s travel and tourism industry annually employs over 200,000 workers every year.
- In 2020, Alabama’s national parks generated $78.2 million in total economic output in gateway communities, supporting 940 jobs and $24.8 million in labor outcome.
National Scenic Byways
About the National Scenic Byways Program
The National Scenic Byways Program, established by Congress in 1991, recognizes historic, scenic, and culturally important roads, all of which promote economic development and tourism in communities around the U.S. There are more than 1,200 byways in all 50 states.
All scenic byways exhibit one or more of six core intrinsic qualities — scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archaeological, or natural. For a road to be named a national scenic byway, it must first be designated a state, tribal, or federal agency scenic byway. Once achieving that, a road may apply for national scenic byway designation, but its intrinsic quality must be of regional significance. All-American Roads are the very best of the national scenic byways, demonstrating at least two intrinsic qualities of national significance.