Byways & Historic Trails – Great Drives in America

 

Eagle Nest Lake, New Mexico

Eagle Nest Lake, New Mexico by Kathy Weiser

There are wonderful drives all across America including National Scenic Byways, Back Country Byways, and State Scenic Byways. A National Scenic Byway is recognized by the United States Department of Transportation for one of the six “intrinsic qualities”: archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and/or scenic. The most scenic byways are designated All-American Roads, which must meet two out of the six intrinsic qualities. Currently, there are 120 National Scenic Byways and 31 All-American Roads. In addition to these there are hundreds more designated by individual states, as well as scenic drives and back-country byways designated by the Bureau of Land Management.

 

Scenic Byways & Historic Trails:

Arkansas

Scenic 7 Byway

Scenic 7 Byway in Arkansas, Kathy Weiser

Scenic 7 Byway in Arkansas, Kathy Weiser

Arizona

Route 66

California

California Trail

Pony Express

Route 66

Colorado

Alpine Loop Back Country Byway

Santa Fe Trail

Idaho

 California Trail

 Illinois

Route 66

White Cloud, Kansas Overlook, viewing the Missouri River, Missouri and Iowa, by Dave

White Cloud, Kansas Overlook, viewing the Missouri River, Missouri and Iowa, by Dave Alexander

Kansas

California Trail

Glacial Hills Scenic Byway

Pony Express

Route 66

Santa Fe Trail

Kentucky

The Wilderness Road

Mississippi

Natchez Trace Parkway

Missouri

California Trail

Cliff Drive Scenic Byway

Pony Express

Route 66

Santa Fe Trail

Pony Express Route Map

Pony Express Route Map

Nebraska

California Trail

Lewis & Clark Scenic Byway

Pony Express

Nevada

California Trail

Pony Express

New Mexico

Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway

Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

Route 66

Santa Fe Trail

Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway

Route 66 near Afton, Oklahoma, Kathy Weiser

Route 66 near Afton, Oklahoma, Kathy Weiser

Oklahoma

Route 66

Santa Fe Trail

Texas

Route 66

Texas Forts Trail

Utah

California Trail

Pony Express

Wyoming

California Trail

Pony Express

Additional Reading:

The National Road – First Highway in America

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road & enjoy the journey.

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