The Acadia Byway accesses Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island. Captivating vistas will surround you, from craggy shorelings and granite-capped mountains to crystal lakes and old-growth forests. The island is perfect for exploring with extensive carriage roads and hiking trails giving access to all areas of the National Park. The island also shelters several small harbor towns, the largest being Bar Harbor, the island's artistic, culinary, and social center. See sailboats of Northeast Harbor or take in the rustic flavor of Bass and Southwest Harbors.
Byways in Parks
Acadia All-American Road All-American Road - Maine
Death Valley Scenic Byway National Scenic Byway - California
A gateway to over 3.3 million acres of spectacular scenery, expansive vistas, interesting and rare desert wildlife, and sites of historical and cultural interest, this byway travels through sculpted hills and shifting dunes and even dips below sea level. Death Valley National Park features the lowest point and hottest place in the western hemisphere. A visitor center and full facilities are available.
El Camino Real National Scenic Byway - New Mexico
El Camino Real trail was the oldest road leading north, having its earliest beginnings as Indian trails. For over 300 years, the trail has been a transportation corridor for Indian and Spanish communities. Take a journey on this commerce and travel road as you visit El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail.
Historic Route 66
All-American Road - Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, and Oklahoma
Travel across America through the Main Street of America or the Mother Road! Route 66 was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. Established in 1926 it served as a major migration path to the west. A great deal of the route remains and a section takes you through Petrified Forest National Park.
Natchez Trace Parkway
All-American Road - Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi
The Natchez Trace Parkway takes you on a journey through history. Native Americans, Kaintuck boatmen, post riders, government officials, soldiers and fortune seekers all moved across this trail, charting new territory and creating a vital link between the Mississippi Territory and the fledgling United States. The Trace passes through forests, cypress swamps, and farmland. You can meander through the rock studded hills of Tennessee, past cotton fields in Alabama, to Mississippi's marsh and bottomland.
National Scenic Byway - Virginia
Skyline Drive is an integral element of Shenandoah National Park. Today, almost 1.4 million visitors a year come from around the world to Shenandoah to enjoy its natural beauty. The creation of the park has allowed natural forces combined with the early efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the continuing efforts of the National Park Service to regenerate an area of scenic mountain terrain. The best way to introduce the Byway would be by the seasons, as each turn into the next season offers something new and enjoyable along the Skyline Drive.