Traveling by car is a fantastic way to see and experience the grandeur of the United States. There are many natural and man made wonders in this great country. The Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways Program provides a distinctive collection of American roads, their stories, and treasured places. These scenic and historical byways are some of the best road trip destinations in the United States.
The Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway is eighty-four miles of the “old west,” mountain scenery, and recreational activities. Some of the attractions on this byway are the Billy the Kid Interpretive Center in the town of Ruidoso Downs, the Hubbard Museum of the American West, a race track where quarter horses race from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Billy the Kid Casino, Dowlin’s Historic Old Mill which is one of the last working water-powered mills in the Southwest, the rustic mountain resort town Ruidoso, Ski Apache a winter playground, Inn of the Mountain God’s Resort which provides golfing and hunting, and the Smokey Bear Museum and Smokey Bear Historical Park. Your destination can be one of these or all of these making the trip a very enlightening and enjoyable journey.
Baltimore’s Historic Charles Street is a twelve mile journey through the heart of Baltimore and its history. There are many museums with eye opening exhibits such as the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center. You can drive or walk to the Mount Vernon Place National Historic Landmark District and visit the Washington Monument and Museum. This is just the beginning of the history and fun that is available on Baltimore’s Historic Charles Street.
The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is a fifty-four mile paved highway with six routes. This scenic route goes through several cities and townships in Minnesota. It has year round recreational activities, thirteen interpretive kiosk sites, miles of walking and biking trails, and access to lakes, brooks, and rivers. Resorts, restaurants, golf courses, shopping, local events, and cross country skiing are also available on the Paul Bunyan Byway.
Route 66, which is also known as the “Mother Road,” is one very famous National Byway that extends from Illinois to California. Your destination could be to travel the entire route as many did in the 1930s or you can choose several attractions on the route to visit. This iconic highway was formed in 1926 and flows through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Route 66 is filled with many historic sites, great historic stories, and a variety of recreational fun.
There are 150 designated Byways in 46 states including the White Pass Scenic Byway in the Pacific Northwest, the Amish Country Byway in central Ohio, the Selma to Montgomery March Byway in Alabama, and the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Byway and they all provide magnificent and breathtaking road trip destinations. Visit the National Scenic Byways Program online and choose your next road trip destination.