The U.S. Department of Transportation has designated new national scenic byways in Washington, Nevada and Colorado.
The While Pass Scenic Byway in Washington runs along U.S. Highway 12 through the Gifford Pinchot and Wenatchee national forests on the south side of Mt. Rainier. It starts at Interstate 5 and runs east 120 miles to Naches in Yakima County. The area has a diverse landscape from lakes and river valleys to alpine mountains and is a good place to view wildlife.
A 3.4-mile section of Las Vegas Boulevard in the City of Las Vegas was added to the scenic byway list, joining the Las Vegas Strip, which was already listed. The new Las Vegas Boulevard State Scenic Byway begins at the Old Mormon Fort, which marks the first European settlement in Nevada, and then passes through downtown Las Vegas and ends near the Stratosphere, the tallest freestanding structure west of the Mississippi River.
The Lariat Loop Scenic and Historic Byway and the Top of the Rockies are the newest scenic byways in Colorado. The Lariat Loop follows a 36-mile route through the historic mining towns of Morrison, Evergreen and Golden on the edge of the Denver metropolitan area. Top of the Rockies is a 75-mile route at altitudes that seldom fall below 9,000 feet and includes a visit to Leadville, a historic mining town and the highest incorporated community in the U.S.
Information about the new scenic byways can be found at www.byways.org.