Byways 101

Part 1: Program Overview


Interim Policy

The Interim Policy is the principal policy guiding the National Scenic Byways Program, published in the Federal Register in 1995. This policy provides the designation criteria for roads as National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads based upon scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archaeological, and/or natural intrinsic qualities, and establishes the 14 points (17 points for All-American Roads) necessary to address in a corridor management plan. Although it is entitled “Interim Policy,” it is still the current and applicable policy for the Program.

America’s Byways Consumer Research and Public Awareness Plan

America’s Byways Resource Center, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, executed three phases of research in association with the development of a Public Awareness Strategy for America’s Byways. Read sections of the report here, including Key Highlights; Personal Vehicular Traveler Analysis; Awareness, Familiarity and Appeal of the America’s Byways Collection; Product Perception vs. Actual Experience; and, Motivating Potential Byways Travelers.

Tribal Resources

• Tribal Cultural Communications: Implementation of NCHRP Report 690