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Louisiana Scenic Byways

The Louisiana Trails and Byways Network focuses on the relationship between landscapes, cultures, and industries. Louisiana is considered one of the top cultural destinations in the country, as evidenced by the state’s iconic culinary and musical traditions rooted in historic contributions from American Indians, Europeans, and Africans. Louisiana roads play an integral role in the state’s economy, emphasizing the state’s appeal to residents and visitors.  Louisiana is home to four national scenic byways, including the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road and the Louisiana Great River Road, which is also an All-American Road.



Byways Provide Access to Public Lands

Louisana byways provide access to the state’s most spectacular public lands, including four national historic parks, 22 state parks, 14 historic sites, one historical trail, and one national monument.


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.