National Scenic Byways and All American Roads –

National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration National Scenic Byways Program began in 1991 to recognize roads having outstanding archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, rereational and scenic qualities. In 1996, the first roads were designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as national Scenic Byways and All-American Roads – recognized today as America’s Byways.

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes 126 distinct and diverse roads as National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads.

For detailed information and maps on each of the 126 Scenic Byways visit where the byways are listed by state. Be sure to order your free brochure which is really a 124 page paperback book listing all 126 scenic drives. This is a very extensive website and should be a key resource in your ride planning.

The Bureau of Land Management has designated several adventurous routes within public lands as Back Country Byways. These are typically unpaved and more remote than other byways.

Follow America’s Byways into the heart of the remarkable landscapes of National Wildlife Refuges to catch a firsthand glimpse of soaring bald eagles, stampeding bison, and snoozing alligators.

For even more information get a copy of National Geographic’s Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways, The 275 Best Drives In The US. This is a high quality glossy book listing the best roads in America with pictures and information on each. They include All-American Roads, National Scenic Byways, State Byways, National Forest Service Scenic Byways, National Park Roads and more. I bought it at Borders for $25. You can buy it from at $16.50