Highways and Byways


Everyone knows there are great scenic road trips to be had in the state of Utah. Now the federal government has added another official route to their list of National Scenic Byways. Enjoy Utah's Patchwork Parkway everyone!

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U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced 42 new designations to the America’s Byways® collection, including five All-American Roads and 37 National Scenic Byways in 26 states. This increases the number of America’s Byways® to 151.

“By enriching the National Scenic Byways program with their own unique historical or aesthetic quality, these new additions help our national road system tell our country’s story,” said Secretary LaHood. “These routes continue to offer Americans exciting new opportunities to explore the nation – whether they travel close to home or across the country.”

With Massachusetts and New Jersey included in the 2009 designations, 46 states have America’s Byways® in them.

Created in 1991, the National Scenic Byways program is a collaborative effort to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. It has funded 2,672 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

The U.S. Department of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.

The following are the 2009 All-American Road (AAR) and National Scenic Byways (NSB) designations:

Alabama's Coastal Connection

Alabama

NSB

The George Parks Highway Scenic Byway

Alaska

NSB

Haines Highway - Valley of the Eagles

Alaska

NSB

Historic Route 66 - Arizona

Arizona

AAR

Top of the Rockies

Colorado

NSB

Lariat Loop Scenic and Historic Byway

Colorado

NSB

Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway

Florida

NSB

Florida Keys Scenic Highway

Florida

AAR

Big Bend Scenic Byway

Florida

NSB

Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail

Florida

NSB

Indiana's Historic Pathways

Indiana

NSB

Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway

Kentucky

NSB

Woodlands Trace

Kentucky

NSB

Kentucky Great River Road

Kentucky

NSB

Louisiana Great River Road

Louisiana

NSB

Acadia All American Road - Trenton Extension

Maine

AAR

Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway

Maryland

NSB

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

Maryland

AAR

Baltimore's Historic Charles Street

Maryland

NSB

Religious Freedom Byway

Maryland

NSB

Connecticut River Byway

Massachusetts

NSB

Woodward Avenue (M-1) - Automotive Heritage Trail

Michigan

AAR

Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway

Minnesota

NSB

Mississippi Great River Road

Mississippi

NSB

City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Boulevard State Scenic Byway

Nevada

NSB

Millstone Valley Scenic Byway

New Jersey

NSB

Delaware River Scenic Byway

New Jersey

NSB

Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway

New Mexico

NSB

Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway

North Carolina

NSB

Outer Banks Scenic Byway

North Carolina

NSB

Route 66 Byway

Oklahoma

NSB

Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway

Oklahoma

NSB

Cherokee Hills Byway

Oklahoma

NSB

Wichita Mountains Byway

Oklahoma

NSB

Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway

Pennsylvania

NSB

Edisto Island National Scenic Byway

South Carolina

NSB

East Tennessee Crossing

Tennessee

NSB

Great River Road - Tennessee

Tennessee

NSB

Scenic Byway 143 - Utah's Patchwork Parkway

Utah

NSB

Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway

Virginia

NSB

White Pass Scenic Byway

Washington

NSB

Coal Heritage Trail

West Virginia

NSB

Additional information about the America’s Byways® collection can be found online at http://www.byway.org.