SENIORS DISCOVER AMERICA’S ALL-AMERICAN ROADSAug 17th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel
Seniors Love Road Trips
My wife Jeannine is the editor of my daily travel blog for senior citizens. She enjoys reading them and has fallen in love with several states and cities. She particularly enjoys road trips and it was her idea that I take a look at America’s All-American Roads. She thinks that we need to pack our bags and check out a few of these roads. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as America’s Byways® — All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways-based on one or more archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic intrinsic qualities.
Vision and Mission of the National Scenic Byways Program (NSBP)
The NSBP Vision is “to create a distinctive collection of American roads, their stories and treasured places.” The Mission is “to provide resources to the byway community in creating a unique travel experience and enhanced local quality of life through efforts to preserve, protect, interpret, and promote the intrinsic qualities of designated Byways.”
Coming from Iowa, I know well the “Great River Road” that runs through ten states, following the Mississippi River. Throughout history, the Mississippi River influenced many lives: the Dakota, Chippewa, and Hopewell cultures; early French voyagers; African-Americans seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad; and many more. Through its charming river towns and metropolitan cities, historic sites and cultural artifacts, today’s Great River Road links resources, people, and history.
Shake It All Out Seniors and Explore
Shake out your sneakers and your sweaters, break out the cameras and load up your cars, because soon the hot and dry days of summer will ripen into the colorful panorama of fall. From New York to California, America’s Byways come to life with a variety of memorable possibilities for seniors of all ages.
Here’s a listing of those Byways that you might want to drive, seniors. You can check them out state by state. Hwy 66 is one that most all of us recognize. The Historic Route 66 is full of charm, history, and atmosphere that make up “The Mother Road” bringing senior travelers from all over the world to experience America the way it should be experienced – down a stretch of highway where “anything goes” is literal. Many older model car collectors get their “kicks” by driving the entire road that stretches all the way from the Midwest to the California coast some 1,410 miles. U.S Route 66 is also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the “Main Street of America.”
Two More Well-traveled Byways Welcome Senior Travelers
America’s Byways take you to some of the best hiking trails across the nation, including the greatest of them all, the Appalachian Trail. As you begin the ambitious journey, you’ll wind your way across 2,160 miles of the East’s most impressive terrain.
I’ll end up here highlighting Route 101 in California that many of you may have already traveled known as the Big Sur Coast Highway. Follow Route One through the Big Sur area and take in the California coast the way it is meant to be experienced. From rocky embankments jutting into the clear blue waters of the Pacific to sea lions and other marine life playing in the coves and on the beaches, Big Sur is arguably the best way to appreciate the natural wonders of the western coast.
So tank up seniors and set out for some memorable journeys on some of America’s most historic and most scenic roads. Do check your own state and see if you have driven that route. Enjoy America’s All-American Roads. jeb