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

6 Responses to “National Scenic Byways and All American Roads –”

  1. I went to that NSBP site. Pretty amazing. Thanks for the link. Some of the picts make me want to jump on the ride and just take off. If I wasn’t handcuffed to responsibility I would already be long gone.

  2. Great information! H and I are planners. We will submerge in guides, maps, and books for weeks prior to a trip. We feel that it is the best way to get the most out of your travels. Sometimes, we take a pretty good ribbing from some of our pals who would rather go with the flow and not have a plan. I guess everyone has their own traveling style. We would rather not get caught with unpleasant surprises,or miss something great. Usually, that can be avoided if you just look at the area’s information first. Thanks for adding more reference material to the library! Lady R

  3. I’ll be happy to take advantage of that information, if I ever get to plan a real ride that is! Right now, just getting my bike back would be a good start.

  4. Joker, you will be back on the road in no time. Check out this link when you get a chance
    And this one too
    And this one too
    Also, chack out the Harley Owners Group Touring Handbook that they sent you when you bought your bike. The little green marked scenic routes are all over Massachusetts. You have alot of good riding around you, so you don’t even have to go on an overnighter.
    Harley Owners Group Touring handbook

  5. If you join The Motorcycle Riders Club of America you will receive their version of the free brochure called the Member Touring Directory. It features a list of Motorcycle Museums. Try going to this link and possibly printing the brochure out free right from your computer at home:

  6. […] are big fans of  Scenic Byways.  There are many (often free) brochures and books that map out state and national […]

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