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Designation: National Scenic Byway
Fees: There are no fees along the byway proper.
Length, One-Way: 156 Miles (260.0 Kilometers)
Time: 3 hours at posted speed, 6 hours as a leisure driv

General Information

Description - As one of America's earliest roads, the National Road holds history and heritage that travelers will enjoy. The National Road was built between 1828 and 1834. It established a settlement pattern and infrastructure that is still visible today. There are 9 National Register Districts found along the route, and 32 individually designated National Register Sites along the route. A traveler along Indiana's National Road today will find a landscape that has changed little since the heyday of the route in the 1940's.

Scenes From the National Road
Historic villages with traditional main streets and leafy residential districts still give way to the productive fields and tranquil pastures that brought Indiana prosperity. From the Federal-style architecture of an early "Pike Town" to the drive-ins and stainless steel diners of the 1940's, visitors can literally track the westward migration of the nation in the buildings and landscapes that previous generations have left behind. These serve as a testament to their hard work and creative spirit.

Places Along the Way
Along the way, visitors will find many of the same buildings and towns that were here during the earliest days of westward expansion. A new addition to the Indiana National Road tradition is Antique Alley. Visit Antique Alley and find the item that will be a reminder of the olden days of nationwide development and expansion of which the National Road was a part.

Attractions - The National Road - Indiana is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural and Recreational Attractions.

Directions from : The National Road (or U.S. 40) runs east/west across central Indiana from Richmond to Terre Haute. Within Indianapolis, the National Road is called Washington Street (note: U.S. 40 follows I-465 around Indianapolis). To get to the byway, it is important to note that I-70 intersects the National Road at the Indiana-Ohio border. The old National Road Welcome Center at that junction makes this a logical starting point for visitors. In the west, I-70 intersects with the National Road just west of Terre Haute, also providing a logical starting point for visitors at the Indiana Welcome Center.

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The National Road - Indiana , , , , Phone: 765-478-3172

Additional Information:
Indiana Scenic Byways - Indiana offers two National Scenic Byways: The Ohio River Scenic Route and The National Road.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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