beauty from some of the most scenic aeas in the state
scenic byways are a part of the larger National Scenic Byways Program
under the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve
and enhance selected roads throughout the United States.
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.
Our definition of "scenic" reaches beyond breathtaking vistas. These routes
represent the depth and breadth of scenery in Oregon - 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.
gateways to adventures where no two experiences are the same.
Lakes Scenic Byway
The towering Cascade Mountains provide the backdrop for this scenic
drive. They offer fabulous hiking and challenging rock climbing. This
Byway also crosses paths with early explorers and trappers like Kit
Carson, John C. Fremont, and Nathaniel J. Wyeth.
Canyon Scenic Byway
Oregon A journey along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway can forever change
your perspective of nature. The dramatic landscape enfolds and inspires
you as the 225-mile journey takes you from the river's edge up to
the mountaintop and back down to the valley floor.
Columbia River Highway
The Columbia River is exquisite, and the Columbia River Highway gives
travelers the chance to follow this beautiful river for nearly 50
miles. You can also sweep past majestic waterfalls, including Multnomah
Falls, the most visited natural site in Oregon.
Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway
This Byway flaunts the highest concentration of snowcapped volcanoes
(and associated glaciers) in the lower 48 states. Broken Top Mountain
and The Three Sisters, along with their waterfalls, tower gloriously
above the route.
an expedition through Oregon's remote and rugged Great Basin Country.
Here you can explore volcanic remnants like Fort Rock, find fossils
at Fossil Lake, see Old Perpetual Geyser, or visit Albert Rim, the
largest geological fault in North America.
Coast Scenic Byway
This Byway sweeps along the full length of Oregon's stunning coast.
Dazzling beaches and hushed temperate rain forests govern the northern
section, while sandy beaches, dunes, rugged cliffs, and farms dominate
the southern portion.
From rolling oak-covered hills to towering coniferous forests, from
roaring white water rapids to inter-canyon lava flows, the Rogue-Umpqua
Scenic Byway, or "highway of waterfalls", entices many with 172 miles
of diverse river and mountain adventures.
Legacy Scenic Byway
Explore the wonder and beauty of a dramatic volcanic landscape, from
Crater Lake in Oregon to Mount Lassen in California. Encounter the
ancient natural forces that shaped exquisite mountain lakes and snow-capped
peaks throughout this driving adventure.
Cascades Scenic Byway
This 220-mile scenic Byway isn't the shortest route between Portland
and Eugene, but it does offer some of the best "up-close and personal"
views of thundering waterfalls, lush ancient forests, rushing whitewater,
and cool, placid lakes.
to include information on all byways or backways in Oregon. This information
may be incomplete or contain byways that overlap.
included in this section was provided by and reproduced by permission
of the National Scenic Byways / U.S. Department of Transportation