Byways 101

Part 4: Planning, Action & Nomination

Demonstrating The National Significance Of Your Byway

For byways considering nomination to the National Scenic Byways Program as an All-American Road, remember that the demonstration of significance increases dramatically from the regional to the national level. All-American Roads must meet the criteria for at least two of the intrinsic qualities, and the significance of the features contributing to the distinctive characteristics of the corridor’s intrinsic qualities must be recognized nationally.

All of the considerations for demonstrating regional significance should be thoroughly evaluated. In addition, the argument for national significance should also evaluate and demonstrate the following points:

  • How the road or highway is considered a destination unto itself.
  • How the road provides an exceptional traveling experience that is so recognized by travelers that they would make a drive along the highway a primary reason for their trip.
  • How the characteristics associated with the intrinsic qualities are those that best represent the nation and which may contain one-of-a-kind features that do not exist elsewhere.