Many Americans will be traveling by vehicle to go to the 2012 AAIF Biennial Conference which will take place in Collegeville, MN from July 13- 15, 2012. You will be welcomed upon your arrival.
Have you planned your driving route yet? Many “back roads” have been designated as “Scenic Byways.”
Below is a photo image of a view from one of America’s Scenic By-Ways. Sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination.
Allowing ourselves the luxury of getting lost in God’s Creation from time to time can be a delightful and healing experience. There is so much beauty in the world around us.
At the following link, you will find listed alphabetically by states, the U.S. Scenic By-Ways
That list is then expanded to include even more scenic byways in the USA at this link:
The list is then expanded to highlight specific areas of interest and activities for travelers who may be planning to drive this summer to the conference:
The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States.
Since 1992, the National Scenic Byways Program has funded 3,049 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.
What does the term America’s Byways® mean?
America’s Byways® is the umbrella term we use for marketing the collection of 150 distinct and diverse roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. America’s Byways include the National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads.
Why “Scenic” Byways?
Our definition of “scenic” reaches beyond breathtaking vistas. All of America’s Byways® are “scenic”, representing the depth and breadth of scenery in America–natural and man-made panoramas; electrifying neon landscapes; ancient and modern history coming alive; native arts and culture; and scenes of friends, families and strangers sharing their stories.
America’s Byways® are gateways to adventures where no two experiences are the same. The National Scenic Byways Program invites you to come closer to America’s heart and soul…
Minnesota: America’s Byways®
• Edge of the Wilderness
Travel this spectacular, winding byway by many pristine lakes, forests, swamps, rolling hills, and other unique features. Outdoor recreation, interpretive sites, and other exciting opportunities await the traveler. During fall, the northwoods is adorned with the brilliant colors of red sugar maples, bronze oak trees and glowing gold aspen and birch.
• Grand Rounds Scenic Byway
The country’s longest continuous system of public urban parkways, this has been the preeminent urban parkway system for more than a century. Lovely parks, trails, lakes and parkways surround the city of Minneapolis. Enjoy the Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha, Minnehaha Falls, and much more.
• Great River Road
Throughout history, the Mississippi River influenced many lives: the Dakota, Chippewa, and Hopewell cultures; early French voyagers; African-Americans seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad; and many more. Through its charming river towns and metropolitan cities, historic sites and cultural artifacts, today’s Great River Road still links resources, people, and history.
• Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway
The Gunflint Trail is best known as the eastern entrance to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), a unique wilderness of more than a thousand lakes and streams joined by short overland trails called “portages.”
• Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway
In the small communities and scenic beauty of this byway, visitors find art galleries, antique shops, Amish tours, historic sites, cave tours, and museums. Parks, forests and the Root and Mississippi Rivers provide opportunities for many recreation options, including canoeing, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, cycling, wildlife watching, fishing, and photography.
• Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway
The Minnesota River Valley is rich with stories of American Indian lifestyle changes entangled with the struggles of Euro-American immigrants making a home in this unfamiliar land. The establishment of agricultural cooperatives, railroad and river transportation, and land stewardship practices make this one of the most productive agricultural civilizations anywhere.
North Shore Scenic Drive
This byway follows the majestic shoreline of Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake. Experience some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.
The drive provides access to eight state parks, and the Superior National Forest and offers unlimited opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in all seasons.
Like nature’s table of contents, the lakes and woods of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway are chapters filled with many recreational opportunities and adventures just waiting to be discovered. With the wink and wit of Paul Bunyan lore slipped in for fun, sites and events turn easily into sparkling memories.
Other Byways in Minnesota
As a service, we strive to include information on all byways or backways in Minnesota on this website. This list may be incomplete or contain byways that overlap.
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Please, Enjoy the journey