Byways 101

About Byways 101

America’s Byways Resource Center*, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), developed Byways 101 as an online education and training curriculum to introduce byway basics. Learn key information and skills essential to building sustainable byways—or refresh your byway knowledge.


Byways 101 covers fundamental information to help byway practitioners of all skill levels to develop sound byway management strategies, including:

  • New byway organizations or individuals joining the byway community
  • Experienced byway leaders and volunteers looking to enhance their byway efforts
  • Byway groups considering designation of their route within the National Scenic
    Byways Program or a State, Federal lands or Indian tribe byway program
  • State, Federal or Indian tribe scenic byway coordinators developing and managing their scenic byway programs


Based on practices and principles that have evolved since the National Scenic Byways Program’s inception in 1991, Byways 101 uses four sequential Parts to cover important byway topics.

The majority of information reflects the National Scenic Byways Program Interim Policy. Byways seeking designation as a National Scenic Byway or All-American Road will find Byways 101 especially useful.

If you are not seeking national designation under the National Scenic Byways Program, you will certainly find helpful information in Byways 101. However, we recommend that you also check with your State, Federal lands, or Indian tribe byway program for specific criteria relating to those programs.

* The America's Byways Resource Center was established by Congress in 1999 to serve national, state, and tribal scenic byway orgaizations and programs throughout the United States. In June 2011, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation determined that the Resource Center had been sufficiently funded to achieve its authorized purpose. The Resource Center closed to the public in June 2012. Any reference to America's Byways Reource Center in this learning tool was intended for the original version. Please contact the National Scenic Byway Foundation for more information.