Alaska's Scenic Byways

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Alaska Scenic Byways
Alaska 1 shield.svg Forest Route 13.svg
System information
Formed: 1987 (National Forest Scenic Byway Sysytem),[1]
1991 (National Byway System),[2]
1993 (State Byway System)[3]
Highway names
State: Alaska nn (AK nn or Hwy. nn)
System links

The Alaska Scenic Byways Program is a program designated by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities that is used to recognize and protect the most scenic, historic, or recreational highways located in the U.S. State of Alaska. The program includes National Scenic Byways, National Forest Scenic Byways, both designated by the federal government, and Alaska Scenic Byways, which are designated by the state.

The National Forest Scenic Byway system was created in 1987 by the National Forest Service to protect scenic highways traveling through National Forests.[1] The National Scenic Byway system was created in 1991 by a congressional order, and its purpose is to protect and maintain America's scenic and historic highways.[2] The Alaska Scenic Byway system was created to recognize and protect Alaska's most important recreational highways.[3]

National Scenic Byways[edit]

The National Scenic Byway program is broken up into two different types of byways: National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads. There are currently three scenic byways in Alaska, and two All-American Roads. This includes the only completely non-road highway, the Alaska Marine Highway.[4]

Type Name From To Length
(Mi)
Length
(Km)
Highway Image Notes
All American Road Alaska Marine Highway Bellingham, Washington Unalaska 3500[5] 5600 Alaska Marine Highway System Malaspina At Skagway.jpg The only non-road in the National Byway System
National Scenic Byway Glenn Highway Anchorage Glennallen 135[6] 217 Alaska Route 1 Glenn Highway and Mount Drum.jpg Passes a large series of scenic glaciers
National Scenic Byway George Parks Highway Palmer Fairbanks 230[7] 370 Alaska Route 3 Parks Highway to Fairbanks.jpg Passes through Denali National Park
National Scenic Byway Haines Highway Haines U.S.- Canadian Border 44[8] 70 Alaska Route 7 Chilkat Pass.jpg Travels through the scenic Chilkat Pass to the Canadian Border
All American Road Seward Highway Seward Anchorage 127[9] 204 Alaska Route 1 Seward Highway (1).jpg Passes directly through the scenic Chugach National Forest

National Forest Scenic Byways[edit]

The National Forest Scenic Byway program, created in 1987, is used to protect highways that are considered vital to the National Forest System. Although several routes in Alaska qualify for the program, there is only one highway that is currently part of the program.[10]

Name From To Length
(Mi)
Length
(Km)
Highway Image Notes
Seward Highway Seward Anchorage 127[9] 204 Alaska Route 1 SewardHwyMM97.jpg Overlap with the National Scenic Byway designation

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff. "Tour US: National Forest Scenic Byways Program" (PDF). US Forest Service. p. 2. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Staff. "About the National Scenic Byways Program". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Scenic Byways. "About the Scenic Byway Program". Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ Staff. "Explore the Byways". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ Staff. "Alaska's Marine Highway System". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ Staff. "The Glenn Highway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ Staff. "The George Parks Highway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ Staff. "The Haines Highway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Staff. "The Seward Highway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ Staff. "National Forest Scenic Byways". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 

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