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Nevada’s Scenic Byways

Nevada established its scenic highway system in 1983, making it one of the oldest scenic byway programs in the country. With over 360 miles of scenic byways, the diversity of available experiences is incredibly broad. From the magnificent views of Lake Tahoe to the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada’s scenic byways offer something for everyone. Nevada’s byways showcase the history and roadside charm and encourage visitors to the state to engage with local communities in a meaningful and immersive way.

Byways Provide Access to Public Lands

Nevada byways provide access to the state’s most spectacular public lands, including two national parks, 27 state parks, three national historic trails, and 200 lakes, including Lake Tahoe.

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.