Go RVing®’s 20 Best American Byways®

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You can go RVing on over 150 roads designated America’s Byways® by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.  Go RVing® has selected the following 20 as “the best of the best” of America’s Byways®!

1.   Selma to Montgomery March Byway (Alabama)
This 43-mile byway follows the trail of the 1965 march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
2.   Talladega Scenic Drive (Alabama)
Get a bird’s-eye view of mountains, rock outcroppings and small rural settlements along this 26-mile road through the Talladega National Forest.
3.   The Seward Highway (Alaska)
This 127-mile highway passes jagged peaks, alpine meadows and crystal lakes in south central Alaska between Anchorage and Seward.
4.   Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway (Arizona)
This 42-mile byway travels along the spectacular north rim of the Grand Canyon.
5.   Crowley’s Ridge Parkway (Arkansas)
See dramatic views and archaeological and historical sites along this 198-mile ridge byway.
6.   Death Valley Scenic Byway (California)
This 55-mile road journeys through one of the driest and hottest environments in the Western Hemisphere.
7.   Route One, Big Sur Coast Highway (California)
This 72-mile route treks through windswept cypress trees, fog-shrouded cliffs and the crashing surf of the Pacific Ocean.
8.   Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat Road (California)
This 64-mile road journeys across Yosemite National Park, past views of granite peaks, pristine lakes and Giant Sequoia groves.
9.   Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway (Colorado)
Find intact ranches, unspoiled meadows and plenty of history of the American West along this 103-mile byway.
10.  Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway (Colorado)
The 135-mile Gold Belt Tour follows historic railroad and stagecoach routes leading to North America’s greatest gold camp, three world-class fossil sites and numerous historic sites.
11.  Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway (Colorado)
This 63-mile byway climbs through the rugged Canyon of Plateau Creek to the cool evergreen forests of the mesa top, 11,000 feet above sea level.
12.  San Juan Skyway (Colorado)
The 233-mile Skyway travels through Old West towns and picturesque national parks, all in the shadow of impressive 14,000-foot peaks.
13.  Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway (Colorado)
Find old trading posts, stage stops, graves and ruins along this 184-mile old trader route.
14. Top of the Rockies (Colorado)
This 75-mile byway crosses the Continental Divide twice and passes through the historic mining town of Leadville, the highest incorporated community in the U.S.
15. Trail Ridge Road/Beaver Meadow Road (Colorado)
America’s highest continuously paved road, this 53-mile byway offers spectacular views of craggy peaks and passes through the alpine tundra.
16. Connecticut State Route 169 (Connecticut)
This 32-mile, 25-town route traverses one of the last unspoiled areas in the northeastern United States with rustic farmlands, forests, farmsteads, open spaces and historic structures and features.
17. Merritt Parkway (Connecticut)
Art Deco bridges and magnificent foliage in both spring and fall are highlights of this 37-mile designed corridor. RVers take note of low bridges.
18. Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway (Florida)
This 49.5-mile highway traverses the Florida Everglades, one of the largest remaining tropical wildernesses in the continental U.S.
19.  Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway (Georgia)
This 40.5-mile byway winds its way past waterfalls and through the fertile valleys and mountain gaps of the southern Appalachians.
20.  Great River Road (Illinois)
Follow the Mississippi River for 557 miles through cities, historic sites and cultural artifacts.

The National Scenic Byways Program was created “to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States”.  Roads are recognized as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on “one or more archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities”.  America’s Byways® is used to include all of these under one term.  For more information, visit their website www.byways.org.

We would love to hear about your RVing experiences on America’s Byways®! Let us know by email or post below about your favorite sights, campgrounds, scenic drives and activities!  Send us your photos of RVing across America here:  reines@reinesrv.com .  RVing is the best way to enjoy America’s Byways®!

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