15 Routes in the West Added to America’s Scenic Highways Program

Monday, November 02 2009 17:14   Trails
Special scenic highway designations have been announced for 15 routes in the West, reflecting either their historic setting or picturesque qualities that travelers should include in their vacation or holiday itineraries.

The new scenic designations in the West, announced by U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, are among 42 new designations to the America's Byways collection, including five All-American Roads (AAR) and 37 National Scenic Byways (NSB) in 26 states. This increases the number of America's Byways to 151.

"By enriching the National Scenic Byways program with their own unique historical or aesthetic quality, these new additions help our national road system tell our country's story," said Secretary LaHood. "These routes continue to offer Americans exciting new opportunities to explore the nation - whether they travel close to home or across the country."

The routes and states in the West (and the designations) include:

The George Parks Highway Scenic Byway, (NSB)
Haines Highway - Valley of the Eagles (NSB)

Historic Route 66 - Arizona (AAR)

Top of the Rockies (NSB)
Lariat Loop Scenic and Historic Byway (NSB)

Louisiana Great River Road (NSB)

Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway (NSB)

City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Boulevard State Scenic Byway (NSB)

New Mexico:
Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway (NSB)

Route 66 Byway (NSB)
Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway (NSB)
Cherokee Hills Byway (NSB)
Wichita Mountains Byway (NSB)

Scenic Byway 143 - Utah's Patchwork Parkway (NSB)

White Pass Scenic Byway

The U.S. Department of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.

Created in 1991, the National Scenic Byways program is a collaborative effort to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. It has funded 2,672 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

Since 1992, the National Scenic Byways Program has funded 2,832 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

Additional information about the America's Byways collection can be found online at


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