October 22, 2012 by Rider Newsletter Staff
Every once in a while, you come across something that is so amazing; you can’t wait to tell people about it. Now, many of you may already be aware of the Web site byways.org. If so, you’ll be pleased to have a reminder. If not, you’ll soon be thanking us for this tip.
Most of us are aware that there are special roads that are maintained for the purpose of helping us connect with the history and beauty of our country. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a particularly famous example. Although the 469-mile road has a starting and ending point (Shenandoah National Park or Great Smoky Mountains National Park depending, of course on which way you’re going), it isn’t really designed to “go” anywhere. It’s designed for relaxation, adventure, beauty and as a reminder of the history of the places through which it passes.
In addition to the Blue Ridge Parkway, byways.org features 150 special roads in 46 states. Although they are all designated as historic, they are as different as you can imagine. For one thing, they are not all surrounded by nature and beautiful scenic vistas. The Las Vegas Strip, for example, has a very distinct history behind it and a beauty all its own. Woodward Avenue in Detroit features historical automotive sites. Kentucky’s Country Music Highway combines scenic drives, natural beauty and sites related to the history of country music.
Many of the byways will peak your interest simply because of their names:
Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway – covering 480 miles through Colorado and Utah, this road passes through some of the most interesting locations on earth, if you’re interested in learning about dinosaurs.
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway – According to the description on byways.org, this may be the most historic roadway in America. In 180 miles, through Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, it includes sites related to the Revolutionary War, The Civil War and a transition zone for the Underground Railway.
Billy the Kid Trail – With a length of only 84 miles, this New Mexico roadway offers a relatively short trip through the one million acre Lincoln National forest and enables visitors to explore the city of Lincoln, home of Billy the Kid and lawman Pat Garrett. New Mexico also hosts the Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway (154 miles) and the famous Santa Fe Trail (565 miles).
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway – This 500-mile road connects Crater Lake National Park in Oregon and Lassen Volcanic National Park in California. The landscape along this route was formed by pre-historic geological forces which left behind many unique and beautiful views.
The Energy Loop – Also known as the Huntington/Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway, this 86-mile road visits many historic industrial and mining areas that fueled America’s growth. The roadway rises to 10,000 feet above sea level in Utah’s Manti-La Sal National Forest.
As we so often do, we’ve only scratched the surface of this subject. For example, when you get to byways.org, it will ask to use your current location, and then show you a list of byways within 100 miles.
For motorcycle enthusiasts, there’s nothing better than a road that is a destination in itself. No matter what interests you or helps you feel good, you’ll find it on America’s byways. And you’ll find America’s byways on byways.org.
Click here to visit byways.org. Just do it. Now.