Scenic Snapshot: June 2023

In this month's Scenic Snapshot: The 2023 edition of our 'America the Beautiful' Photo Contest is open for submissions; a celebration of a local affiliate in Chatham County, GA; unified opposition to digital billboards in San Diego and Los Angeles; a blast from the past from Scenic America's first president; updates from Nevada; and more!

Scenic America Launches 2023 'America the Beautiful' Photo Contest

The 2023 edition of Scenic America’s annual America the Beautiful Photo Contest is officially live as of Tuesday, June 20. Nature photographers from across the country are invited to submit their favorite photos exemplifying our country’s most iconic and scenic views and vistas.

Neon Line Lawsuit Update: Oral Arguments Set for Thursday, June 22

This week a district court judge will hear oral arguments in the lawsuit filed by Scenic Nevada seeking to void a development agreement between the city of Reno and developers of the Neon Line, a loose assemblage of parcels dotting west Fourth Street meant to attract tourists and residents in a new entertainment district.


Scenic America and Scenic San Diego Oppose Approval of Digital Advertising Kiosks

We are disappointed and disheartened at the San Diego City Council’s 7:1 vote to approve up to 75 new digital advertising kiosks in downtown San Diego yesterday. Labeled “wayfinding kiosks” by supporters, these sidewalk billboards will add visual blight, distraction, and confusion to our scenic community beginning in three years.

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Scenic Chatham Celebrates First Annual Scenic Chatham Week

Scenic America affiliate organization Scenic Chatham, which dedicates itself to preserving and enhancing the visual environment of coastal Georgia, celebrated the first annual ‘Scenic Chatham Week’ in early May. The week-long celebration, which began May 7 and lasted through May 13, was highlighted by a Certificate of Appreciation at Savannah City Hall on May 11.

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Billboards: The Case for Control

We are pleased to publish the following article by Edward T. McMahon, former president of Scenic America and renowned placemaking and urban planning expert. The article was originally published by Planning Commissioners Journal in 1998, then updated and republished in 2011. It is a cornerstone piece of literature outlining the causes and effects of visual blight as brought on by billboard proliferation. 

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Classic Summer Road Trips and Vacation Spots in the US

Summer is the quintessential time for exploration and adventure. As the sun shines brighter and the days grow longer, the open road beckons. From awe-inspiring vistas of national parks to charming seaside towns, let’s map out some classic summer road trip destinations and vacation spots in the US.

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