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2024 NSBF Byway Organization Award Winners

Byway Enhancement: Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway, Cayuga Blueway Trail

Communications: Colorado Byway Collection, Colorado Scenic & Historic Byways Photo Exhibit

Communications: Kentucky Great River Road, Kentucky Great River Road Solar Eclipse

Interpretation: TN & NC Byway Collections, Mountain Byways of TN & NC E-Guide

Leveraging Resources: Amish Country Byway, Heritage Partnership

Partnership: Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Upper Delaware Shad Fest-Festival of the Founding Fish

Viewshed Improvement: Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway, Invasive Species Mitigation

Visitor Experience: Lakes to Locks Passage, War of 1812 Turning Point

Read about their award winning projects and byway best practices on our 2024 Byway Awards Page: https://nsbfoundation.com/nsbf-membership/nsbf-awards/

Spring’s kaleidoscope from Coast to Coast

Springtime along America’s Byways invites a journey through a kaleidoscope of landscapes, from coast to coast. As nature awakens from its winter slumber, vibrant colors burst forth, painting our byway viewsheds with hues of green, pink, and yellow.  Apple and cherry blossoms bloom creating a breathtaking spectacle, while wildflowers carpet the meadows of the Blue Ridge Parkway in a riot of colors. Travelers can witness the rejuvenation of life as migratory birds return to their nesting grounds, filling the air with melodic songs. The iconic Route 66 comes alive with festivals celebrating the season’s bounty, offering a taste of local cuisines and cultures. Whether driving through rugged mountains, sprawling plains, or quaint coastal towns, Spring along America’s Byways promises an unforgettable tapestry of natural beauty and cultural richness, beckoning adventurers to explore its boundless wonders.

Cascade Loop National Scenic Byway – (WA)

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The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a renowned annual event that celebrates the vibrant beauty of millions of tulips blooming in Skagit County, Washington. Established in 1984, our festival has become a beloved tradition, attracting visitors from around the world to experience the breathtaking spectacle of tulip fields and gardens in full bloom.

At the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, we are committed to showcasing the natural splendor of our region while also promoting the importance of agriculture and the preservation of agricultural land. The tulips serve as a visual testament to the rich heritage of farming in Skagit Valley and the vital role that agriculture plays in our community.

Events and Attractions: No matter your interests, our festival offers something for everyone. From the unique Paccar Technical Center Open House, where you can explore semi-truck test labs (it’s free and very family-friendly), to the lively Street Fair, the spirited second annual Tulip Tussle Pickleball Tournament, to engaging Art Shows, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

And of course, our four featured tulip gardens offer stunning displays, each with a unique experience: RoozenGaarde, Tulip Town, Garden Rosalyn, and Tulip Valley Farms (the only U-Pick Tulip Field in the Valley). Plus, don’t miss our annual Tulip Parade on April 6th!

Points of Interest

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: https://tulipfestival.org/

La Conner Daffodil Festival: https://www.visitskagitvalley.com/la-conner-daffodil-festival/

Heritage Barn Tour:  https://www.visitskagitvalley.com/historic-barn-tour/

Little Mountain Park:  https://www.mvpf.org/little-mountain-park

Washington Park:  https://www.anacorteswa.gov/560/Washington-Park

 

Great River Road – (KY)

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Experience the offerings of the Kentucky Great River Road this spring! On April 8th, witness the breathtaking total solar eclipse from prime viewing spots like Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross, overlooking the majestic confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Explore the rich history and natural beauty of Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site and Columbus Belmont State Park, perfect for both relaxation and adventure. And don’t miss the lively Chicken Festival in Clinton on April 26th and 27th, offering a delightful mix of delicious food, vibrant music, captivating arts and crafts, and fun activities like a petting zoo. Immerse yourself in the best that Kentucky has to offer this season!

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site:  https://parks.ky.gov/parks/find-a-park/wickliffe-mounds-state-historic-site-7806

Columbus Belmont State Park:  https://parks.ky.gov/parks/find-a-park/columbus-belmont-state-park-7809

 

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Scenic Byway – (ME)

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While the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Scenic Byway is relatively remote, there are services available in nearby towns such as Millinocket, Patten, Shin Pond and Mount Chase, including accommodations, dining options. Our local Katahdin Chamber of Commerce is always ready to guide visitors. Don’t hesitate to contact them to plan your trip at (207) 723-4443 or to visit their visitors center: 1029 Central Street in downtown Millinocket, Maine (https://www.katahdinmaine.com).

This spring, prepare to visit the Katahdin region for the total lunar eclipse on April 8th! The New York Times recently named Millinocket as a top place to experience the full eclipse. Take the opportunity to participate in the Millinockeclipse RUN (https://www.facebook.com/events/millinocket-maine/millinockeclipse/1396888677055170/). You can also join New England Outdoor Center on Monday, April 8th to experience the Total Solar Eclipse on Millinocket Lake with incredible views of Katahdin, Maine’s Highest Mountain (Get your day pass here: https://www.neoc.com/eclipse-day-pass/).

Note from Baxter State Park: “In early April, there is no access to Katahdin or the Traveler Range, and limited access to other locations within Baxter State Park. Those wishing to view the April 8th solar eclipse should be aware of the seasonally restricted access and consider making alternative plans. We recommend that those interested in viewing the solar eclipse in the Katahdin Region seek viewing locations that are outside of the Park. https://baxterstatepark.org/2024/01/09/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-april-8-2024-solar-eclipse-and-baxter-state-park/

On Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 11am to 4pm, don’t miss the annual Fiddlers and Fiddlehead Festival at the Patten Lumbermen’s Museum, and celebrate the region’s musical and culinary traditions.

– Patten Lumbermen’s Museum: https://lumbermensmuseum.org/ (Fiddlehead and Festival on Saturday, May 18, 2024)

– Baxter State Park (Opens for camping on May 15, 2024). Check https://baxterstatepark.org for trail access & conditions

– Penobscot River Trails: https://penobscotrivertrails.org/spring-summer-and-fall/

– New England Outdoor Center (Eclipse pass, or lots of activities & Trails) https://www.neoc.com/

– Moose Prints Gallery in Millinocket – year-round/fabulous pictures of local wildlife (https://www.mooseprintsgallery.com/)

– River Driver’s Restaurant: quality American fare highlighted by seasonal, local, and fresh ingredients (https://www.neoc.com/river-drivers-restaurant-maine/)

Baxter State Parks re-opens for camping on May 15. We encourage visitors to check baxterstatepark.org for reservation and spring trail conditions, especially if you are planning on visiting the region early in the Spring.

We look forward to seeing you on the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Scenic Byway! For detailed point of interests, experiences and local events, please visit: https://www.katahdinwoodsandwaters.com

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We welcome you to engage with Byways across America at www.travelbyways.com and learn about the National Scenic Byway Foundation at www.nsbfoundation.com.

 

The National Scenic Byway Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving as The National Voice of Scenic Byways and Roads, dedicated to strengthening Byways through education, training and shared expertise. It is the vision of the National Scenic Byway Foundation that our nation’s designated Byways will be recognized and valued worldwide for their distinctive experiences, stories, and treasured places. For more information visit  www.travelbyways.com; www.nsbfoundation.com; or email: info@nsbfoundation.com.

America's Byways Bucket List
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Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road. – Walt Whitman

America’s Byways offers so many travel options, telling the stories of American culture, history and geology along the way. And did we mention Scenic yet?

National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads are designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.  In much of the same way Congress set aside lands to be protected as national parks, the Department of Transportation has designated a network of spectacular drives that are protected as part of the America’s Byways collection.

To become part of this exclusive collection, a road must have: 1) features that don’t exist anywhere else in the United States; and 2) be unique and important enough to be destinations unto themselves.

Qualifying roads must also have one or more of the following six intrinsic qualities:

    • Scenic
    • Historic
    • Archeological
    • Recreational
    • Cultural
    • Natural

Designated byways in states are most frequently designated by their State Department of Transportation but, can also be designated by federal agencies such as the US Forest Service, NPS, BLM, USACE, US Fish & Wildlife as well as tribal organizations.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu

Discover byway itineraries, multiple points of interest and byway stories for each of the 213 America’s Byways collection – here: travelbyways.com.

For byway leaders who want to update (or correct) some of the information presented for your byway, you can update the information presented by pressing the “Update this byway information today!” button at the bottom of each byway page. A representative from the National Scenic Byway Foundation will be in touch with you to verify the updated information before it is posted.  For a revision of the content posted for your byway, please use and submit the downloadable word document update sheets posted here:  Update sheet for a FHWA nationally designated byway.   Update sheet for a state/tribal/federal designated byway.

Not all those who wander are lost. – J.R.R. Tolkien

For information on how you can get involved and support the America’s Byways collection, visit NSBFoundation.com.

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Plan to join us for this special webinar May 22, 4pm ET – sign up here: https://nsbfoundation.com/training-events-advocacy/webinars/

Spring 2024 NSBF Membership Campaign Showcase Your Byway Winners:
April - Flaming Gorge-Green River Basin All-American Road – WY
May - Mohawk Towpath National Scenic Byway – NY
June - Strait of Juan de Fuca 112 National Scenic Byway – WA
July - Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway – CO
August - Cascade Loop National Scenic Byway – WA
September - Indiana’s Historic Pathways National Scenic Byway
October - West Elk Loop National Scenic Byway – CO
November - Route 66 National Scenic Byway – IL
December - Battle Pass Scenic Byway – WY
January 2025 - Great River Road All-American Road – KY

NSBF Memberships for 2025 received between October and December 16, either by mail or by paypal, will be entered into our " 2025 Showcase Your Byway Contest."
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The National Scenic Byway Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving as The National Voice of Scenic Byways and Roads, dedicated to strengthening Byways through education, training and shared expertise. It is the vision of the National Scenic Byway Foundation that our nation’s designated Byways will be recognized and valued worldwide for their distinctive experiences, stories, and treasured places. For more information visit  www.travelbyways.com; www.nsbfoundation.com; or email: info@nsbfoundation.com.