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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.
Missouri’s Scenic Byways
Missouri established the Missouri Byways Program in 1990. Over the span of three decades, the program has designated 13 scenic routes, all of which showcase the state’s exceptional cultural, historical, archaeological, natural, scenic, and recreational attributes. Under state statute 226.797 any county commission or the governing body of any municipality may nominate a road or highway as a scenic byway and must meet the approval of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
- Missouri is home to 13 scenic byways, including one All-American Road, two national scenic byways, three federal agency byways, and seven state scenic byways.
- The travel industry directly employs 304,329 Missourians and generates $1.46 billion in state and local tax revenues, saving each Missouri household $611 in taxes annually.
- National Parks generated $419 million in total economic output in gateway communities in 2019, supporting 4,690 jobs and $141 million in labor income.
National 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.