The “National Scenic Byway” program in the US is designed to highlight the nation’s roads which have special significance for historical and/or aesthetic reasons. At this time there are 150 roads in 46 of the 50 states which have earned this designation. Take a tour with me of some of America’s Scenic Byways and see what they have to offer.
This particular post will highlight some of America’s Scenic Byways which can be found in New England.
Maine — Acadia All-American Road — This route involves only a distance of 28 miles but includes a significant amount of time at various stops within Acadia National Park.
The journey begins and ends in the town of Bar Harbor.
New Hampshire — Kancamagus Scenic Byway — This mountain road, closed in winter, connects the towns of Lincoln and North Conway. Much of the road winds along the Swift River and is especially scenic in the autumn.
New Hampshire — White Mountain Trail— Beginning in North Woodstock, this route traverses Franconia Notch State Park which was the home of the symbol of the state, the Old Man of the Mountains.
Unfortunately the rock formation collapsed a few years ago and has not been rebuilt yet.
New Hampshire/Vermont — Connecticut River Byway Heritage Trail— This scenic route follows the Connecticut River, New England’s longest along the border of New Hampshire and Vermont.
Connecticut — Connecticut State Route 169— This rural road winds through the quiet northeastern corner of the state passing adorable villages and pristine woodland.