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 installment of America’s Scenic Byways focuses on the American Northwest.
Alaska — The George Parks Highway Scenic Byway — This route includes access to Denali National Park, home of Mount McKinley (Denali to Native Americans), the highest peak in North America.
Washington — White Pass Scenic Byway — This enjoyable trip of approximately 120 miles, passes by two impressive volcanoes, Mount Rainier
and Mount St Helens, the most active volcano in the continental United States.
Oregon — Historic Columbia River Highway — This 70-mile drive alongside one of America’s great rivers provides access to waterfalls as well as historic markers.
Oregon — Pacific Coast Scenic Byway— Dramatic coastal scenery is the main draw of this beautiful excursion.
Oregon — Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway — Coupled with California, this scenic byway accesses some of the northwest’s most famous volcanoes. The Oregon portion of the drive features Crater Lake National Park, site of an ancient volcano whose crater filled with water.