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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.
Kentucky Scenic Byways
- There are 37 scenic byways in Kentucky, with seven national and 30 state byways.
- In 2018, the tourism and travel industry in Kentucky supported 94,583 jobs and generated $5.1 billion in state GDP, representing 4.4% of jobs and 2.2% of total GDP.
- The tourism sector generated about $787 million in state and local taxes and $669 million in federal taxes, saving each Kentucky household an average of $456 a year in taxes.
State 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.