Scenic byways in the United States

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Scenic byways in the United States are highways noted for their scenic, historical, archaeological, natural, cultural, and recreational qualities. They are designated by national or state agencies.[1]


National byways include:

The National Scenic Byway Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2003 to support efforts for development, management and marketing of scenic byways by the Federal Highway Administration and byway organizations.[6][7]


States also designate scenic byways, which is the first step towards designation of National Scenic Byways by the Federal Highway Administration.[8]

Generally the state byways are designated by the state's department of transportation and are nominated with the assistance of the department of natural resources and tourism offices. The District of Columbia and 48 states are part of the National Scenic Byways Program.[8]

Native American[edit]

The Navajo National Scenic Byways were developed by a task force including the Arizona Department of Transportation, and Bureau of Indian Affairs[9] and are administered with the Federal Highway Administration.[10]


  1. ^ "What is a scenic byway?". Navajo Scenic Roads. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "BLM Back Country Byways". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tour USA" (PDF). United States Forest Service. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ "National Scenic Byways". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "About America's Byways". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "About Us". National Scenic Byways Foundation. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "America's Byways". Byways 101. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "State Scenic Byways Programs". Scenic America. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ Aztec Engineering; Corral-Dybas Group; Intrinsic Consulting (August 15, 2008). "Diné Biítah 'Among the People' Scenic Road Corridor Management Plan". Transportation Enhancement & Scenic Roads Section, Arizona Department of Transportation. pp. 3, 8. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Navajo Nation Scenic Byways" (PDF). Kimley Horn Consulting. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 

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