All-American Roads - U.S. Scenic Drives

Selma to Montgomery March Byway
Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel
Journey 69 km (43 miles) through history along the trail that marks one of the major historic events in 20th-century American history: the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Route One, Pacific Coast Highway
Monterey Peninsula Visitors
and Conventions Bureau
Travel the route that provides access to the austere, windswept cypress trees, fog-shrouded cliffs, and crashing surf of the Pacific Ocean as it traverses 116 km (72 miles) of the California coast.

San Juan Skyway
San Juan National Forest Information
The 373 km (233 miles) of the San Juan Skyway snake through Old West towns like Durango and picturesque Telluride, and Mesa Verde National Park—all in the shadow of impressive 14,000-foot peaks.

Trail Ridge Road/Beaver Meadow Road
Rocky Mountain National Park
Trail Ridge and Beaver Meadow Roads connect the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake as they cross through the Rocky Mountain National Park over a distance of 85 km (53 miles).

Natchez/Trace Parkway
Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee
National Park Service
Native Americans, Kaintuck boatmen, post riders, government officials, soldiers, and fortune seekers all moved across this 708-km (425-mile) trail, charting new territory and creating a vital link between the Mississippi Territory and the fledgling United States.

Blue Ridge Parkway
North Carolina
Blue Ridge Parkway Information
Providing spectacular mountain and valley vistas, quiet pastoral scenes, sparkling waterfalls, and colorful flowers and foliage displays, the Parkway in North Carolina extends 403 km (252 miles) through the Blue Ridge, Black, Great Craggy, Great Balsam, and Plott Balsam Mountains.

National Scenic Byways

Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat Road
Yosemite National Park Information
Observe a great diversity of flora and fauna as well as craggy mountains and ruffling meadows crossing the Yosemite National Park valley and ridges for 103 km (64 miles) from east to west.

Grand Mesa Scenic And Historic Byway
Delta County Visitor Information
This "playground in the sky" climbs through the dusty canyon of Plateau Creek to the cool evergreen forests of the mesa top, 11,000 feet above sea level. This 88-km (55-mile) byway offers the visitor a peek at porcupines, mountain lions, coyotes, red fox, elk, and deer.

Connecticut State Route 169
Connecticut Office of Tourism
This 51-km (32-mile), 25-town route traverses one of the last unspoiled areas in the northeastern United States, with rustic farmlands, forests, farmsteads, open spaces, and historic structures and features.

Merritt Parkway
Connecticut Office of Tourism
Transportation buffs will especially enjoy this 61-km (38-mile) corridor's significant design, which brilliantly integrates the craft of the engineer and the artist. Everyone will take pleasure in its recreational offerings and aesthetic beauty.

Ohio River Scenic Route
Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau
Traversing 485 km (303 miles) through the lush hills and farmlands of southern Indiana and paralleling the mighty Ohio River, this route marks a time-worn and history-rich corridor linking historic villages and farms through a picturesque landscape.

Creaole Nature Trail
Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau
Highlights of the 288-km (180-mile) route include four National Wildlife Refuges, salt and freshwater resources, Civil War and archaeological dig sites, and miles of natural beaches, marshlands, and prairie lands, yielding an abundance of wildlife and scenic appeal.

Edge Of The Wilderness Scenic Byway
Grand Rapids Visitors and Convention Bureau
Leave the urban center of Grand Rapids and enter 75 km (47 miles) of the natural wonders of upper Minnesota, including vistas of flat lowland meadows, swamps and lakes, rolling hills of hardwood forests, and remnants of glaciers long gone.

Eastshore Drive
Incline Village/Crystal Bay Visitors and Convention Bureau
The nearly 46 km (29 miles) of Eastshore Drive skirt the edges of Lake Tahoe, providing visitors with breathtaking views of the Lake Tahoe Basin, while the visitors center offers accounts of the pioneer and Indian history of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
As the only byway in the nation entirely within a tribal reservation, this route takes the visitor 59 km (37 miles) around one of the largest desert lakes in the world and provides a unique opportunity to interact with the Paiute tribe.

Kancamagus Scenic Byway
New Hampshire
Saco River District Visitor Center
This 45-km (28-mile) "living museum" of trees and plants highlights the natural elements and their relationship with development, telling an ongoing story of forest regrowth and ecology.

Seaway Trail
New York
Seaway Trail, Inc.
This 736-km (454-mile) touring route along the coast of the eastern Great Lakes demonstrates the forces of nature through a landscape that was formed by glaciers and shaped by wind and water. Historic and picturesque lighthouses dot the trail throughout.

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway
South Dakota
United States Forest Service
The highlights of the 111-km (69-mile) byway include the spectacular Black Hills and Mount Rushmore. The rugged terrain, massive granite outcroppings, and diversity of the landscape are traversed by and through pigtail bridges and narrow tunnels. Wildlife abounds in the mountains that are intermingled with pine, spruce, birch, and aspen trees.

Cherohala Byway
Madisonville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce
Cultural heritage and historic sites of the Cherokee tribe and early settlers are offered throughout the 36-km (23-mile) skyway in a grand forest environment in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Highland Scenic Byway
West Virginia
West Virginia Division of Tourism
The 70-km (44-mile) long highway in the Monongahela National Forest is recognized for its natural and recreational qualities as it traverses through river valleys and up onto mountain ridges, providing breathtaking vistas as well as scenic walks through mountain bogs and cranberry glades. An international mountain biking race is held annually along the byway.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 18 Apr 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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