Washington State was one of the first states in the country to establish a system of scenic highways. Scenic highways pass through the varied terrain of Washington reflecting the depth of its scenic, cultural and historic landscapes.
The State Scenic and Recreational Highways program seeks to ensure that Washington State's scenic and recreational resources are available and accessible for generations to come. WSDOT is working to identify and initiate effective strategies, partnerships, and policies to protect and enhance scenic and recreational resources along our scenic byways. These resources are key to the health of our local economies as well as our citizens by supporting tourism and recreational opportunities.
What are the goals and priorities for the State's scenic highways? How can the state best meet those needs? The answers to questions like these will help the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) as it begins its update of the Scenic and Recreational Highways Plan, an element of the State Highway System Plan.
Corridor Management Plans can be important for accomplishing a range of community planning objectives. This website provides a links to those existing Corridor Management Plans available for sections of Washington's Scenic and Recreational Highway System.
The National Scenic Byways Program and America's Byways
The National Scenic Byways Program (NSBP) is a grassroots collaborative effort established to help states recognize, preserve and enhance selected scenic routes. From 1992 to 2008, the NSB program has provided funding for almost 2,672 state and nationally designated byway projects in 52 States and territories. Collectively these routes are now known and marketed as America’s Byways.
Washington State Historical Markers page lists interpretive historical markers on State highways and shows a map of their locations, many residing along scenic byways.