Illinois’ seven scenic byways will be calling attention to themselves for a week. This is the second annual Illinois Byway Week. Anaise Berry, director of the Illinois River Road Byway, says the term “scenic” tells only part of the story. “They’re not designated just because of the beautiful scenery folks see when they drive, but they’re designated because they have natural intrinsic qualities to them – a lot of history, archaeology, culture, recreation, and yes, some scenery too,” she said.
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They byways have been designated over time since the National Scenic Byway program began in 1995. The byways are on state and local roads.