• Randy Smythe

65 Top Scenic Byways in the US

Updated: Aug 30, 2019

In addition to visiting all 61 of our nation's National Parks over the next 12 months, I'm also going to be driving as many of the top scenic byways as possible. I hope to capture most of these beautiful drives with my new GoPro Hero 7 Black so you can experience the drive with me. You can catch each drive here on this site or at my YouTube channel Travels with Randy.


Old Frankfort Pike between Lexington and Frankort

Where did I get the list?

Country Living Magazine published the list with a slide show here.


While I suggest you plan on driving most of these byways yourself. Thanks to the power of technology, you can experience them here on your computer.



Here's the list:

I will add a review of each drive after I've had a chance to actually drive it and will include video of the drive.


Alabama: The Coastal Connection

Alaska: Richardson Highway, Seward Highway

Arizona: Highway 89A

Arkansas: Pig Trail Scenic Byway

California: The 17-Mile Drive, Pacific Coast Highway, Route 395

Colorado: San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway

Connecticut: Litchfield Hills Loop

Delaware: Delaware Bayshore Byway

Florida: A1A Florida State Road. Overseas Highway

Georgia: Woodpecker Trail-Highway 121

Hawaii: Hana Highway, Hamakua Coastal Drive

Idaho: Northwest Passage Scenic Byway

Illinois: Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Route 66

Indiana: Parke County

Iowa: Great River Road

Kansas: Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

Kentucky: Lincoln Heritage National Scenic Highway

Louisiana: Bayou Teche Byway

Maine: Acadia All-American Road, Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway

Maryland: Historic National Road

Massachusetts: The Old King's Highway

Michigan: M-22

Minnesota: North Shore Drive, Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway

Mississippi: Great River Road

Missouri: Missouri Ozarks Getaway

Montana: Going-to-the-Sun Road

Nebraska: Highway71 - Fossil Freeway

Nevada: Highway 50

New Hampshire: Kancamagus Scenic Byway

New Jersey: Palisades Scenic Byway

New Mexico: The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

New York: Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway

North Carolina: Tail of the Dragon

North Dakota: Theodore Roosevelt National Park's South Unit

Ohio: Ohio River Scenic Drive

Oklahoma: Wichita Mountains Scenic Byway

Oregon: Historic Columbia River Highway

Pennsylvania: Route 6

Rhode Island: Route 77

South Carolina: The Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway

South Dakota: Spearfish Canyon Byway

Tennessee: Newfound Gap Road, The Sunny Side Trail

Texas: Bluebonnet Trail, Gateway to Big Bend, The Lonesome Highway

Utah: Scenic Byway 12, “Scenic Drive” through Capitol Reef, All-American Road

Vermont: Highway 100, Green Mountain Byway

Virginia: Blue Ridge Parkway

Washington: Cascade Loop, Olympic Peninsula Loop

West Virginia: Highland Scenic Highway

Wisconsin: Great River Road

Wyoming: Snowy Range Scenic Byway


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