Economic Impact of Scenic Byways
Driving Tourism and Economic Development
Scenic byways help communities by driving tourism and economic development, which results in job creation. Scenic byways are stewarded by local stakeholder groups who volunteer countless hours in support of byways, and federal dollars are often combined with local public and private investment to improve the byway experience, increasing the draw to visitors and creating a large return on investment.
An increasing number of studies demonstrate the economic benefits to identifying, protecting, and promoting scenic byways. Click on any study listed here to learn more.
Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia/North Carolina)
A National Park Service report found that in 2021, an estimated 15.9 million visitors to the Parkway spent around $1.3 billion in local gateway regions, supporting 17,900 local…
Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway (Minnesota)
Visitors to the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway contributed $21.2 million in sales and directly funded 331 full-time and seasonal jobs and $7.2 million in labor income.
Cherokee Hills Scenic Byway (Oklahoma)
In 2010, visitor spending totaled $35,153, which directly and indirectly supported 925 jobs in the area around the byway.
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway (California/Oregon)
This study indicates that in the six-county byway region in California and Oregon, the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway is generating $163.6 million in total business sales, more than…
Louisiana Scenic Byways
Every dollar spent on Louisiana scenic byways generated a $1.56 return on investment in both direct and secondary impacts. This study suggests that many people in Louisiana do…
Natchez Trace Parkway (Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama)
In 2021, nearly 6.4 million visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway spent $178 million and supported 2,100 jobs in the local area. 80% of this spending was in…
Scenic Byway 12 (Utah)
In 2014, visitors driving Utah Scenic Byway 12 spent over $12 million in the region which created 420 jobs.
Beartooth Highway (Wyoming)
The Beartooth Highway is a nationally designated “All-American Road” situated in south-central Montana and north-central Wyoming. In the summer of 2012, visitors to the Beartooth Region spent $44.96…
About the National Scenic Byways ProgramLearn more about this important tourism and economic development program.
List of All National Scenic Byways and All-American RoadsView a list of all nationally designated roads, organized by state.
Explore Byways by StateSee the national, state, and federal agency byways that are located in each state.