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June News from Scenic America

As we get ready to celebrate our nation’s birthday, we have good news to share: the House Appropriations Committee voted today to include $30 million in funding for the National Scenic Byways Program. We are grateful to all of you who took action, urging your representative to support this funding. Read on for more news and updates and have a safe and happy Independence Day.  


House Appropriations Committee Approves $30 Million for Byways

Today, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY23 House Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill, which includes $30 million in funding for the National Scenic Byways Program (NSBP).


Billboard-Free States Rank at the Top of the Listfor Safe Road Trips

According to WalletHub, the best states for summer road trips are New York and Minnesota. Billboard-free Maine and Vermont ranked at the top of the list for traffic safety, while Florida, home to the most billboards, ranked at the bottom of the safety list.


A New Greenspace in Pittsburgh

Scenic Pittsburgh completed a greenspace redevelopment project earlier this month, transforming a blighted 2.2-acre lot in the city’s Fineview neighborhood into an asset for the surrounding community. City officials and community partners joined Scenic Pittsburgh for a dedication event on June 21.


The Allure of Route 66

Since the late 1920s, have been getting their kicks on Route 66. Traversing eight states and three different time zones, the historic highway has long captured the imagination of the American traveler and the essence of the American road trip.


Scenic Heroes: Cooke Kelsey

When the City of Austin took on Reagan National Advertising in a landmark billboard case, Houston attorney Cooke Kelsey took the lead on an amici brief that caught the U.S. Supreme Court’s attention, and ultimately swayed their decision in favor of Austin.


Placemaking Spotlight: Monterey, California

The scenic and sunny city of Monterey embraces its history as a Spanish settlement and multicultural port town with its contemporary appeal as a popular tourism destination. 


Native History and Public Lands

Some of the nation’s best-known national parks and monuments boast strong Native American connections. Here’s a look at nine other fascinating scenic sites where you can learn more about our nation’s earliest inhabitants.


Coming Soon: 2022 America the Beautiful Photo Contest 

Scenic America's second-annual photo contest kicks off in just a few weeks. Share your favorite photos of places that capture America's beauty for a chance at national recognition. 


Join Us in Nashville

Registration is now underway for the 2022 Scenic Symposium, which takes place October 19-21 in Nashville. Hear from leaders and luminaries on scenic issues, from byways to billboards and beyond. View the schedule and register now.


Help Us Create a More Scenic America

We've got an ambitious agenda ahead of us, and we're counting on friends like you to help us. Every dollar makes a difference in our work to keep our country safe and scenic. 



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