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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.
District of Columbia Byways
The District of Columbia’s Byway Program was developed and administered by the District Department of Transportation and includes a variety of roads primarily located within National Park Service lands in DC. One prominent byway is Canal Road, an extension of the C&O Canal Scenic Byway which follows the Potomac River into the center of the city. The George Washington Memorial Parkway, an All-American Road, is also partially located in DC.
- The District of Columbia is home to 1 national scenic byway and 5 district and federal agency byways.
- Pennsylvania Avenue is a primary artery in L’Enfant’s 1791 Plan for the City of Washington and has become a major thoroughfare, often referred to as America’s Main Street.
- In part of L’Enfant’s 1791 design, the Capitol building as well as the White House are on a sight line via Pennsylvania Avenue.
District 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.