Byways 101

Part 1: Program Overview

What Is A Byway Story?

A byway story is the intentional, coordinated message that the byway conveys to visitors about the resources and qualities that it promotes. This message may be interpreted through written materials, signs, information kiosks, guides, videos and other media. Most importantly, the byway story is conveyed through the direct experiences that the visitor encounters along the route.

The quality and continuity of the visitor’s experience distinguishes the National Scenic Byways Program from other landscape protection or land management efforts. The National Scenic Byways Program encourages people to seek out and communicate all of the special qualities of a place: archaeological, natural, cultural, historic, recreational and scenic. Driving the road becomes more than a visual experience: it’s also educational, physical and emotional.

What Is Meant By "Every Byway Has A Tribal Story?"

Native Americans inhabited the United States before Europeans came to this country. Therefore, every byway has Native American history embedded in it. Bringing all history and cutlures out in a deeply woven tale helps to tell a truly authentic place-based story.

Note: See Part 2 of Byways 101 for more information on the Byway Story.

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