American’s scenic byways are a FANTASTIC way to see some of the best the US has to offer when you’re tight on time and/or unable to go on long hikes with young kids. National Scenic Byways are defined based on having archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Four years ago, when our oldest was 8 months old, we took a cross country road trip to Vermont and back (while that wasn’t exactly the plan, it turned out to be a beautiful silver lining). We were fairly tight on time in both directions AND had an infant, so we weren’t able to dedicate time in every area we wanted to see. And then we discovered the myriad of scenic byway scattered about the US. Were it not for these thruways, we would have never been able to see places like Shenandoah National Park in Virginia or the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. We were able to see dozens of incredible places solely because we could drive straight through and onto our next destination, rather than making a timely loop.
For a full list of US Scenic Byways, visit America’s Byways.