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N.C. Scenic Byways Guidebook

Explore North Carolina's less-traveled roads with this free guidebook, available for download, or by writing to:

NCDOT Scenic Byways Program
1557 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1577

Donations to the NCDOT Scenic Byways Program are appreciated.

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Scenic Byways Teacher's Guide

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North Carolina Scenic Byways are featured on UGoTour, a free mobile tour guide app for your mobile device.

NC Scenic Byway sign The N.C. Department of Transportation has designated 60 scenic byways to give visitors and residents a chance to experience a bit of North Carolina history, geography and breathtaking scenery while raising awareness for the protection and preservation of these treasures.

The routes are carefully selected as safe and interesting alternates to the faster-pace and commercial areas found along the state's major highways and interstates.

Travelers can really get to know North Carolina's people and communities and see the diverse beauty the Tar Heel state has to offer – from the high peaks of the Appalachian Mountains to the fertile hills of the Piedmont to the marshes and sounds in the Coastal Plain.

Featured Byway

Outer Banks Scenic Byway

byway outerbanksYou might think it is all about the drive, but it is so much more. From N.C. 12 at Whalebone Junction to U.S. 70 in Beaufort, the Outer Banks Scenic Byway traces the easternmost coastline of North Carolina. Enjoy sandy dunes and tall marsh grasses, diverse wildlife, numerous lighthouses and the unique culture as you "island-hop" your way along the narrow strips of shifting sand known as North Carolina's barrier islands. With 138 miles and two ferry rides, this nationally recognized scenic byway will not disappoint.

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