New York
Lakes to Locks Passage All-American Road

New York’s Scenic Byways

The New York State Scenic Byways Program was created by the state legislature in 1992. The program encourages not only economic development but also resource conservation. New York was an early pioneer of scenic road development, building four parkways between 1912 and 1930. Since the creation of New York’s scenic byways program, over 3,100 miles of byways have been designated across the state.

Additional Scenic Roads

New York is also home to additional legislated scenic roadways, including 48 New York State Scenic Roads and 37 New York State Parkways.

Byways Provide Access to Public Lands

New York byways provide access to the state’s most spectacular public lands, including 180 state parks, 7 national monuments, 10 national historic sites, 4 national scenic and historic trails, and a national seashore.

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.