A byway is a road less traveled -- away and off the beaten path to experience beauty and history. It may not be the most direct route to where you’re going, but taking it will make your journey more memorable. Kansas has twelve byways, nine scenic -- two of which are National Scenic Byways-- and three historic byways.
Highways in Kansas cross the state like a grid, going in every direction and bringing you to new places. 1-70 bisects the state running east-west, and is nicknamed “The Main Street of Kansas.” The first stretch of 1-70 was laid in Kansas, and it serves an important role in connecting the country.
Over a millennium, geologic shifts shaped the state's landscape to create a scenic backdrop for travelers. Follow the paths of great expedition teams and adventurers to see where history happened along Kansas' 12 distinctive byways. During the journey, visit museums and shops or enjoy local dining and lodging to create your own byway experience.