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Appendix F: Byway Themes

Byway Name State Theme
A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway FL Florida's Atlantic seacoast and St Augustine, oldest European settlement in America
Acadia Byway ME Acadia National Park and historic seacoast villages
Alaska's Marine Highway AK Only water routed-byway; coastal Alaskan landscape and cultures
Amish Country Byway OH Culture and landscapes of the Amish people of Ohio
Arroyo Seco Historic Parkway CA Southern California Arts and Crafts-oriented urban parkway; grandfather of modern freeway system
Ashley River Road SC Plantation culture and landscape near historic city of Charleston, SC
Beartooth Highway MT/WY Yellowstone National Park and the history and landscape of northern Wyoming and southern Montana
Billy the Kid Trail NM New Mexican villages, culture and the history of a famous outlaw
Blue Ridge Parkway NC/VA National Park route based on Appalachian culture, history and landscape
Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway DE Landscape of 18th and 19th century Delaware Valley gentry
Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway OR Volcanos and lakes of central Oregon
Catoctin Mountain Scenic Byway MD Landscapes and culture of the historic Catoctin Mountains of Maryland
Cherohala Skyway NC/TN NC and TN Appalachian Mountains and Cherokee Nation's history
Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway SC Mountain landscape and culture of western South Carolina
Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway MD Ecosystems and coastal culture of the Mid-Atlantic birthplace of America
Chinook Scenic Byway WA Mt Ranier, its National Park and the surrounding northwestern mountainous landscape and history
Coal Heritage Trail WV Story of coal in West Virginia
Colonial Parkway VA Colonial tidewater history told through Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown
Colorado River Headwaters Byway CO Rocky Mountain's most famous river and its landscape
Connecticut River Byway NH/VT The great river of New England's landscape, culture and history
Connecticut State Route 169 CT Colonial New England towns and landscapes
Copper Country Trail MI Michigan's Upper Peninsula landscape and history
Coronado Trail Scenic Byway AZ High deserts and high altitude forests of Arizona
Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway WA Landscape and geology of prehistoric natural catastrophe that created this region
Country Music Highway KY Birthplace of country music
Creole Nature Trail LA Louisiana's outback - the coastal wilds of the Gulf of Mexico
Crowley's Ridge Parkway AR Unique southern geological and cultural area at edge of Mississippi River Valley
Death Valley Scenic Byway CA Lowest and hottest point in the western hemisphere; part of western lore
Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway CO/UT Premier collection of dinosaur fossils and stories
Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway CA California Sierra Nevada Mountains south of Lake Tahoe
Edge of the Wilderness MN Lake country of northern Minnesota
El Camino Real NM The history and landscapes of the Royal Road of New Mexico
The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway UT History and landscape of Utah's energy-rich high desert lands
Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway UT High desert lake and river dropping through red rock canyons of eastern Utah
Flint Hills Scenic Byway KS The Grassland Sea of America
Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway CO Westward migration history across the Rocky Mountains to the Sangre de Cristos
George Washington Memorial Parkway VA Washington, DC and America's monuments, museums, memorials and history
Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway NM The land and story of the Apache Nation
Glenn Highway AK Gateway to Alaska's interior
Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway CO Rocky Mountain gold rush history and landscapes
Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway CO One of West's largest mesas rising a mile above the surrounding western landscape
Grand Rounds Scenic Byway MN Beautiful urban parkway encircling Minneapolis
Great River Road AR/IL/IA/MN/MS/
MO/WI
Mississippi River landscapes, culture and history from Minnesota to Louisiana
Hells Canyon Scenic Byway OR America's deepest canyon carved by the Snake River in Eastern Oregon
Highland Scenic Highway WV Scenic Allegheny Highlands and Monongahela National Forest
Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway MN Small towns and farms of the bluffs rising above the Mississippi and Root Rivers
Historic Columbia River Highway OR The magnificent river of the Northwest
Historic National Road IL/MD/OH/PA/WV First Federal road to the west for settlers and those who followed
Historic Route 66 IL/NM/AZ The Mother Road: a classic expression of America's love of the automobile
Illinois River Road IL Landscape and history of central Illinois river valley
Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway FL Florida Atlantic coast estuary and Kennedy Space Center
International Selkirk Loop ID/WA/BC Mountains, rivers, lakes and history of northern Idaho and southern British Columbia
Jemez Mountain Trail NM History of the pueblo peoples and New Spain in the landscape of old Santa Fe
Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway AZ Grand Canyon
Kancamangus Scenic Byway NH Heart of the White Mountains
Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail OH Landscape and culture of the coast of Lake Erie
Lake Tahoe/Eastshore NV Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains
Lakes to Locks Passage NY Lake Champlain and its history
Las Vegas Strip NV America's premier neon-lit, glitzy gambling and entertainment street
Lincoln Highway IL First paved transcontinental highway and a window into the historical development of the nation
Little Dixie Highway of the Great River Road MI Vibrant historic villages of Missouri's Mississippi River Valley
Loess Hills Scenic Byway IA Geological formation unique in all of Western Hemisphere
Logan Canyon Scenic Byway UT High mountains and canyon landscape and history of northern Utah
McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway OR The High Cascades
Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route IL Confluence of Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois Rivers
Merritt Parkway CT Eastern Art Deco urban parkway
Midland Trail WV Small town West Virginia history and the New River Gorge
Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway MN Farms of the Upper Midwest and significant settler-Sioux Indian history
Mohwak Towpath Byway NY The waterway west along the Erie Canal
Mountains to Sound Greenway - I-90 WA Backcountry high adventure
Mt. Hood Scenic Byway OR The landscapes of Mt Hood
Natchez Trace Parkway AL/MS/TN Historic route to the West
Native American Scenic Byway SD The land and stories of the Lakota Sioux Nation
Nebo Loop Scenic Byway UT Mountains and history of the Wasatch Front
North Shore Scenic Drive MN Coastal Lake Superior landscapes, history and culture
Northwest Passage Scenic Byway ID Path of Lewis and Clark through the mountains of Northern Idaho
Ohio & Erie Canalway OH History and landscapes of the canal system across Ohio
Ohio River Scenic Byway IL/IN/OH Landscape and history of Ohio River and how it shaped America
Old Canada Road Scenic Byway ME Northern Maine's French Canadian heritage and the north woods
Outback Scenic Byway OR Volcanos, mountains and high desert sculptural landscapes of southeast Oregon
Pacific Coast Scenic Byway - Oregon OR The rugged Pacific coast of Oregon
Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway MN The northern woods of Minnesota
Payette River Scenic Byway ID Lakes and rivers of Central Idaho's mountains and valleys
Pend Oreille Scenic Byway ID Lakeside landscape through the high mountains of northern Idaho
Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway SD Black Hills and Mt Rushmore
Pioneer Historic Byway ID Mormon and other settlement history of southeastern Idaho
Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway NV Great Basin geological and Native American landmark and tribal lands
Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway ME Lakes nestled in the mountains of Maine
Red River Gorge Scenic Byway KY National geological landmark of over natural 1000 arches and bridges
Red Rock Scenic Byway AZ Sedona and red rock country of Arizona
River Road Scenic Byway MI Northern Michigan's landscape told by the AuSable River Valley
Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway OR The wild and scenic rivers of central Oregon
Route 1 - Big Sur Coast Highway CA Pacific coast and redwood forest landscape
Route 1- San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway CA Pacific California coast and historic city of San Luis
Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Byway GA Georgia's Appalachian Mountain landscape and history
San Juan Skyway CO San Juan Mountains of Colorado to Mesa Verde National Park
Santa Fe Trail CO/NM Westward migration history and southwestern landscapes
Savannah River Scenic Byway SC River valley landscape and culture of western South Carolina
Scenic Byway 12 UT Bryce Canyon and Capital Reefs National Parks and the redrock landscape of southern Utah
Schoodic Scenic Byway ME Northern seacoast villages and landscapes
Seaway Trail NY/PA Saint Lawrence Seaway, 1000 Islands, War of 1812 and the Great Lakes of NY and PA
Selma to Montgomery March Byway AL Turning point in civil rights movement
Seward Highway AK Alaskan mountains, lakes and coast
Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway ND Villages and farmlands of the Hidden Treasure of North Dakota
Sky Island Scenic Byway AZ Sonoran Desert
Skyline Drive VA Shenandoah National Park
Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike WV Civil War history
Stevens Pass Greenway WA Recreation and mining history in the Cascades
Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway - SR 112 WA Rugged Pacific coastline of Puget Sound; most western point in the lower 48 states
Talimena Scenic Drive AR/OK Ozark Mountains
Talledega Scenic Drive AL Deep South's Applachian landscape
Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway[1] FL Everglades
Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat Road CA California Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite National Park
Top of the Rockies CO Cross of the Continental Divide
Trail of the Ancients CO/UT Four Corners Region of the southwest
Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway NM The southwestern mountains of New Mexico
Trail Ridge Road/Beaver Meadow Road CO Highest paved road in North America - alpine landscapes of the high country
Turquoise Trail NM The art and geology of central New Mexico
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway CA/OR Volcanic landscape and national parks of northern California to Oregon
Washington Heritage Trail WV Story of George Washington
West Cascades Scenic Byway OR Desert to high mountain landscapes and culture of the western slope of the Cascade Mountains
Western Heritage Historic Byway ID High desert sculpted landscape of the Snake River
Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway KS Rich bird habitats and flyways of the Great Plains
White Mountain Trail NH Highest mountain in New England
Wilderness Road Heritage Highway KY Pathway of Daniel Boone and Kentucky's westward migration history
Woodward Avenue (M-1) MI Heart of the historic Motor City
  1. Please note: This report was drafted prior to August 2008. As of August 26, 2008, the Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway in Florida is no longer a National Scenic Byway. ^ back
Updated: 09/03/2013
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