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Historic and Scenic Highways

Avenue of the Giants

avenue-of-the-giants-logoA 32-mile scenic section of old Highway 101 in Northern California.  The Avenue, which stretches from Pepperwood to Phillipsville, passes through a magnificent redwood forest, as well as many historic attractions and businesses.

The original route dates back to the logging trails of the 1850’s.   It was bypassed by a modern freeway in 1960.

Cannon Ball Route

The Cannon Ball Route was a historic auto trail that ran from Kansas City, Missouri east-northeast to Chicago, Illinois.  It is considered one of the earliest examples of a “self-guided travel route” along marked roadways.

Portions of the route were marked in 1912 by the Cannon Ball Trail Association, and the Chicago Auto Club marked the Illinois segment of the highway in 1913.

Dixie Highway

dixie-highway-logoThe Dixie Highway was the first North-South interstate route, connecting the Midwest with the South. It was made up of TWO routes. The Eastern route ran from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to Miami, Florida. The Western route connected Chicago, Illinois with Miami, Florida. The highway passed through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia.

The route was inspired by the Lincoln Highway, and was developed from 1915 to 1927.

Enchanted Highway

A 32-mile stretch of two-lane road in the southwestern part of North Dakota.  The scenic route is known for a collection of enormous scrap-metal sculptures at intervals along the road.

The first sculpture was started in 1989, and artist Gary Greff continues to expand  the collection.

Jackson Highway

The Jackson Highway connected Chicago, Illinois with Nashville, Tennessee, passing through Louisville, Kentucky along the way.

The route was first proposed in 1911.

Jefferson Highway

jefferson-highway-logoThe Jefferson Highway through the central United States from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The route passed through Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Minnesota.  During the later years, a scenic route through Arkansas was added to the optional routes.

The Jefferson Highway was built in the 1910s as part of the National Auto Trail system.

Lincoln Highway

lincoln-highway-logoThe Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental automobile highway.  It ran from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, passing through 13 states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California.

The highway was dedicated in 1913.

Meridian Highway

The Meridian Highway ran from Pembina, North Dakota to Laredo, Texas.

It was originally planned, in 1911, as an international highway, running from Winnipeg to Mexico City, but the ambitious plan was never completed.

National Old Trails Road

national-old-trails-roadNational Old Trails Road, also known as the Ocean-to-Ocean Highway, was part of the National Auto Trail system in the United States. The route ran from Baltimore, Maryland to Los Angeles, California, following the old National Road and the Santa Fe Trail.

The route was establish in 1912; in 1926 parts were supplanted by US 40.

Route 66

route-66-logoAmerica’s most iconic highway has been called “The Mother Road” and “America’s Main Street.”   The 2,448 mile road began in Chicago, Illinois, and passed through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica, California.

The highway was established in November, 1926, and for decades it served as the major route for America’s westward migration.

Ruta Puuc

Ruta Puuc (the Hill Route) is a 25 mile (41 km) network of roads in the Mexican state of Yucatan.  It is best known for the many Mayan ruins, and natural caves and cenotes that are located along its roads.

Victory Highway

The Victory Highway was an auto trail across the United States between New York City and San Francisco.

The route was designated in 1922. When the United States Numbered Highways system was introduced in 1926, the Victory Highway route was supplanted mostly by U.S. 40.