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America’s ByWays

scenic byways for birders

America’s Byways® is the umbrella term we use for the collection of 150 distinct and diverse roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. America’s Byways include the National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads.


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The Byways web site and map has information on each Byway that typically includes:

  • A short overview of the Scenic or All-american Road.
  • Local information
  • Map
  • Directions
  • Photographs of the area

The Byways guide travelers through scenic and often historic and cultural interest as well as unmatched scenery, and some great birding locations.


What is America’s Byways® ?

America’s Byways® program was established in 1991 by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

America’s Byways® is a national program that recognizes and promotes America’s most scenic and culturally significant roadways. The program was established in 1991 by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration to provide a framework for preserving and protecting America’s most treasured roads.

The America’s Byways® program identifies and designates roads that offer outstanding opportunities for scenic, cultural, recreational, and historic experiences. The program currently recognizes 184 distinct routes in 48 states, each with its unique characteristics and attractions. These routes range from historic highways and scenic coastal drives to breathtaking mountain passes and remote desert landscapes.

The America’s Byways® program is more than just a list of scenic roads; it’s a network of communities, organizations, and individuals working together to preserve and promote the natural and cultural heritage of America. Through the program, visitors can explore the country’s diverse landscapes, learn about its history and culture, and support local economies and communities.

In addition to promoting America’s Byways® through its website and social media channels, the program also offers grants and technical assistance to communities and organizations working to preserve and promote designated routes. These efforts help ensure that America’s most scenic and culturally significant roadways remain accessible and enjoyable for generations to come.

About the Author

Sam Crowe

Sam is the founder of He has been birding for over 30 years and has a world list of over 2000 species. He has served as treasurer of the Texas Ornithological Society, Sanctuary Chair of Dallas Audubon, Editor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds" web site and as a contributing editor for Birding Business magazine. Many of his photographs and videos can be found on the site.

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