To be designated as a National Scenic Byway, a road must possess at least one of the scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archaeological, and/or natural intrinsic qualities . The significance of such qualities must be recognized through the multi-state region. The National Scenic Byways Requirements for national scenic byways designation are summarized by and explained below:
- State Designation
- Vehicle Accommodation
- Bikes and Pedestrians
- Corridor Management Plan Submittal
- Regional Significance
Any highway or road submitted for designation under the National Scenic
Byways Program by state or federal agencies should be designated
as a State scenic byway. However, roads that meet all criteria
and requirements for National designation but not state or
federal agencies designation criteria may be considered for
national designation on a case-by-case basis. Any road nominated
for the National Scenic Byway will be considered to be a designated
State scenic byway.
A road or highway must safely and conveniently accommodate two-wheel-drive automobiles with standard clearances to be considered for designation as a National Scenic Byway.
Bikes and Pedestrians
Roads or highways considered for National Scenic Byways designations should accommodate, wherever feasible, bicycle and pedestrian travel.
Corridor Management Plan Submittal
A scenic byways corridor management plan, prepared in accordance
with Paragraph 9 of the Interim
Policy for National Scenic Byways (published in the Federal
Register on May 18, 1995) must be submitted in order for any
road or highway to be considered for the National Scenic Byway
An important criteria for the National Scenic Byways is continuity.
They should not have too many gaps but rather should be as
continuous as possible and should minimize intrusions on the
To be designated as a National Scenic Byway, a road or highway
must significantly meet at least one of the six scenic byways
intrinsic qualities. The characteristics associated with the
intrinsic qualities are those that are distinct and most representative
of the region. The significance of the features contributing
to the distinctive characteristics of the corridor's intrinsic
quality are recognized throughout the region.