Favorite scenic byways and roadways traveled

Going to the Sun Road in Montana – Source: usatoday.com

Below, listed in alphabetical order, are my favorite scenic byways and highways that I’ve traveled from across the United States. Those shown in bold would be at the top of my list. No freeways, toll roads, or interstate highways allowed on this list. States with the most appearances on this list include Colorado and New Mexico with five (5) routes each and then Michigan with three (3). Multiple other states have two (2) routes, including Arizona, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia. Enjoy!

Acadia National Park All-American Road – Maine

Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway – South Dakota

Big Thompson River Scenic Corridor – Colorado (unbelievably not listed as a state or national scenic byway!)

Big Thompson River Scenic Corridor (along US 34) in Colorado

Blue Ridge Parkway – North Carolina and Virginia

Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway – Colorado

Colonial Parkway – Virginia

Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway – Colorado

Corrales Scenic Byway – New Mexico – added 10/18/21

El Camino Real National Scenic Byway – New Mexico

Along the El Camino Real in New Mexico

Flathead Valley Scenic Drive – Montana

Going to the Sun Road/Glacier National Park – Montana

Granville Scenic Byway – Ohio

High Road to Taos Scenic Byway – New Mexico – Added 8/11/22

Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway – New Mexico

M-22 Scenic Byway – Michigan

M-37/Old Mission Peninsula Scenic Byway – Michigan

Natchez Trace Parkway – Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee

Outer Banks National Scenic Byway – North Carolina

Peter Norbeck National Scenic Byway – South Dakota

Pierce Stock Drive/Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Michigan

Historic Route 66 Scenic Byway – multiple states (Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California)

Sedona/Oak Creek Road Scenic Byway – Arizona

Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway – Colorado

Trail Ridge Road/Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado

View from Trail Ridge Road in Colorado

M-119/Tunnel of Trees Scenic Byway – Michigan

Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway – New Mexico

Along the Turquoise Trail in New Mexico

White Pole Road Scenic Byway – Iowa

White Pole Road in Iowa

Wild Rivers Scenic Byway – New Mexico

Zion National Park Scenic Byway – Utah



If you enjoy the call of the open road and traveling our nation’s lovely scenic byways as much as I do, these two (2) guidebooks are available through Amazon.com.* *A small commission is earned from purchases that are made using these links to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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