Byways & Historic Trails – Great Drives in America

 

Skyline Drive, Canon City, Colorado by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Skyline Drive, Canon City, Colorado by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

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

Cherokee Trail – Alternate Route to the West

Granada-Fort Union Military Road

Million Dollar Highway

Santa Fe Trail

Canon City’s Skyline Drive

California Trail Map

California Trail Map

Idaho

California Trail

Oregon Trail

Iowa

Mormon Trail

Illinois

National Road – First Highway in America

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

Indiana

National Road – First Highway in America

Kansas

California Trail

Cherokee Trail – Alternate Route to the West

Glacial Hills Scenic Byway

Mormon Trail

Oregon Trail

Pony Express

Route 66

Santa Fe Trail

Kentucky

Wilderness Road north of London, Kentucky

Wilderness Road north of London, Kentucky

The Wilderness Road

Maryland

National Road – First Highway in America

Mississippi

Natchez Trace Parkway

Missouri

California Trail

Cliff Drive Scenic Byway

Mormon Trail

Oregon Trail Re-enactors

Oregon Trail Re-enactors

Oregon Trail

Pony Express

Route 66

Santa Fe Trail

Montana

Cherokee Trail – Alternate Route to the West

Nebraska

California Trail

Lewis & Clark Scenic Byway

Mormon Trail

Oregon Trail

Pony Express Route Map

Pony Express Route Map

Pony Express

Nevada

California Trail

Pony Express

New Mexico

Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

Granada-Fort Union Military Road

Route 66

Santa Fe Trail

Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway

Route 66 near Afton, Oklahoma, Kathy Weiser

Route 66 near Afton, Oklahoma, Kathy Weiser

Ohio

National Road – First Highway in America

Oklahoma

Cherokee Trail – Alternate Route to the West

Route 66

Santa Fe Trail

Oregon

Oregon Trail

Pennsylvania

National Road – First Highway in America

Texas

El Camino Real by the Bureau of Land Management

El Camino Real by the Bureau of Land Management

El Camino Real de los Tejas

Route 66

Texas Forts Trail

Utah

California Trail

Mormon Trail

Pony Express

Wyoming

California Trail

Cherokee Trail – Alternate Route to the West

Mormon Trail

Oregon Trail

Pony Express

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

Also See:

Adventures and Tragedies on the Overland Trail 

The National Road – First Highway in America

Tales & Trails of the American Frontier

Transportation History

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