- Iowa offers two National Scenic Byways, Great River Road and Loess Hills Scenic Byway, close to ten state designated byways, the Lewis and Clark Trail and the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail.
The Iowa section of the long route, the Great River Road, along the Mississippi River, travels past wildlife refuges, some of Iowa's oldest communities, and several working dams and locks. The Loess Hills Scenic Byway weaves through a landform of windblown silt deposits along the eastern edge of the Missouri River Valley. This unique American Treasure possesses natural features that are found in only two places in the world.
Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.
Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.