Massachusett's Scenic Byways

Massachusetts is home to 14 scenic byways, four of which are designated as national scenic byways. All of Massachusetts’ byways play an integral role in the economic development of many smaller communities in the state by funneling visitors to historic seaports and village centers with a wealth of culturally significant architectural and historical landmarks. Overall, the Bay State’s scenic byways offer visitors from around the country and the world a unique and exciting experience while simultaneously benefitting local economies.

Byways Provide Access to Public Lands

Maryland byways provide access to the state’s most spectacular public lands, including seven state parks, seven state forests, three national wildlife refuges, the Cape Cod National Seashore, and the Minute Man National Historical Park.


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.