National Scenic Byways

The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States.

Natural and man-made panoramas; electrifying neon landscapes; ancient and modern history coming alive; native arts and culture; and scenes of friends, families.

The Program recognizes over 100 outstanding byways that celebrate the pride and diversity of our communities as well as the stunning landscapes that have shaped our lives.

Ten Scenic Drives:

  1. (Alabama) Selma to Montgomery March Byway
    (43 miles) Trail of the 1965 march of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. (Alabama) Talladega Scenic Drive 
    (26 miles) Through the Talladega National Forest: You'll see mountains, rock outcroppings and small rural settlements.
  3. (Alaska) The Seward Highway
    (127 miles) You will see jagged peaks, alpine meadows, crystal lakes of south central Alaska between Anchorage and Seward.
  4. li>(Arizona) Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway
    (42 miles) The north rim of the Grand Canyon - it's closed during winter check their website for travel dates and deadlines.

  5. (Arkansas) Crowley's Ridge Parkway
    (198 miles) Great views and archaeological and historical sites along this way.
  6. (California) Death Valley Scenic Byway
    (55 miles) One of the driest and hottest locations in the Western Hemisphere. Make sure your vehicle is serviced before attempting this drive and bring extra water for the vehicle!
  7. (California) Route One, Big Sur Coast Highway
    (72 miles) Through cypress trees, fog-shrouded cliffs and the Pacific Ocean waves.
  8. (California) Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat Road 
    (64 miles) Across Yosemite National Park, views of granite peaks, pristine lakes, and Giant Sequoia groves. We took this trip and it was outstanding. It's definitely a must see.
  9. (Colorado) Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway
    (103 miles) Ranches, meadows and American West history.
  10. (Colorado) Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway
    (135 miles) Follows historic railroad and stagecoach routes to North America's greatest gold camp, three outstanding fossil sites and various historic sites.
For a full list go to: National Scenic Byways