Road to Houston Airport

Texas' Scenic Byways

Texas adopted its scenic byways program in May 2021 through the enactment of Senate Bill 941. The 19 routes previously protected under the Texas Transportation Code are all eligible to be designated as state scenic byways. Designation at the state level, with the creation of a corridor management plan which identifies the intrinsic qualities of the roadway, is the first step to becoming a national scenic byway. Both state and national byways are eligible to receive federal byway funds. These federal grant funds allow local communities and organizations to promote tourism and beautification efforts such as welcome centers or promotion materials, and other projects to enhance visitor experiences.

Byways Provide Access to Public Lands

Texas byways provide access to the state’s most spectacular public lands, including 14 national parks, 80 state parks, 47 national historic landmarks, seven accessible mountain ranges, and more than 350 miles of coastline.


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.