Michigan's Scenic Byways

Michigan’s 23 scenic byways showcase the state’s character by highlighting luscious forests, historical landmarks, and the renowned Great Lakes. For example, the 116-mile-long M-22 Byway borders Lake Michigan and offers a range of activities for tourists, including concerts in the park, fishing, boating, and beach access. In addition, Monroe Street spans two miles and highlights historical sites like the Monroe Country Historical Museum, the River Raisin National Battlefield Park, and the Governor Robert McClelland House.

Byways Provide Access to Public Lands

Michigan byways provide access to the state’s most spectacular public lands, including one national park, 103 state parks, four Great Lakes, one national scenic trail, two national lakeshores, and one national battlefield.

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.