State Scenic Byways Programs and Guides to Creating Byways

Scenic byway designation is one of the most powerful tools available to Americans for preserving scenic landscapes. The byway designation process starts with concerned and active citizens who come together to protect a scenically valuable roadway. The process for achieving official designation is different for each state, but all have a few requirements in common. A scenic byway candidate must demonstrate intrinsic value according to the state’s byways program criteria, it must have a byway managing organization, and it must have a corridor management plan which provides detailed information about what the route’s scenic assets are and how they will be protected. 

In addition to protecting local scenic areas, the state byway programs play the crucial role of providing candidate roads for the National Scenic Byways Program. The national scenic byways are some of America’s premier travel and tourism destinations, and the nationally-designated roads each started as state scenic byways. 

Please review the links below for more information on each state’s byway designation process.

Federal Highway Administration Information for States:

Section 9 Controlling Criteria

Funding a Scenic Byways Program

Alabama                                                                                                       

Alaska                                                                                                          

Arizona

Arkansas                                                                                                       

California                                                                                                      

Colorado                                                                                                       

Connecticut                                                                                                   

Delaware                                                                                                       

District of Columbia                                                                                       

Florida                                                                                                          

Georgia                                                                                                         

Hawaii                                                                                                          

Idaho                                                                                                                                                

Illinois                                                                                                                                              

Indiana                                                                                                          

Iowa                                                                                                             

Kansas                                                                                                          

Kentucky                                                                                                       

Louisiana                                                                                                      

Maine                                                                                                                                               

Maryland                                                                                                                                         

Massachusetts                                                                                                                                

Michigan                                                                                                       

Minnesota                                                                                                     

Mississippi                                                                                                    

Missouri                                                                                                        

Montana                                                                                                        

Nebraska                                                                                                       

Nevada                                                                                                         

New Hampshire                                                                                             

New Jersey                                                                                                    

New Mexico                                                                                                  

New York                                                                                                     

North Carolina                                                                                               

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma                                                                                                      

Oregon                                                                                                                                             

Pennsylvania                                                                                                 

Rhode Island                                                                                                  

South Carolina                                                                                               

South Dakota                                                                                                 

Tennessee                                                                                                      

Texas                                                                                                            

  • Currently does not have a state scenic byways program.

Utah                                                                                                             

Vermont                                                                                                        

Virginia                                                                                                        

Washington                                                                                                   

West Virginia                                                                                                

Wisconsin                                                                                                     

Wyoming                                                                                                      

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