Scenic Roads

Designating a National Scenic Road

National Scenic Byway

To be designated as a National Scenic Byway, a roadway must meet certain requirements and criteria.


The nominated roadway should be a state-designated scenic road (parkway, historic or scenic road). However, roads that meet all criteria for national designation, but not state or federal agencies' designation criteria, may be considered for national designation on a case-by-case basis.

The road or highway must safely and conveniently accommodate two-wheel-drive automobiles with standard clearances.

The road or highway should accommodate, wherever feasible, bicycle and pedestrian travel.

A corridor management plan must be submitted.

The road or highway should not have too many gaps, be as continuous as possible and minimize intrusions on a visitor's experience.


The road or highway must significantly meet at least one of the six byways intrinsic qualities.

The characteristics associated with the intrinsic qualities are distinct and representative of the region. The significance of the features contributing to the distinctive characteristics of the corridor's intrinsic qualities are recognized throughout the region.

Civil RightsTitle VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)