Acadia All-American Road

Maine's Scenic Byways

Maine boasts one of the oldest scenic byway programs in the nation.  Maine’s 14 scenic byways provide Mainers and visitors with spectacular views of the state’s natural landscape.  As a means of encouraging tourism, Maine’s scenic byways act as an important economic developmental tool for the state’s more rural communities.

Byways Provide Access to Public Lands

Maine byways provide access to the state’s most spectacular public lands, including Acadia National Park, White Mountains National Park, eight state parks, 18 national recreational trails, and two wildlife refuges.

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.