If you ever travel through northeast Florida between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, do yourself a favor: get off Interstate 95 and go east to Florida Highway A1A to enjoy one of the finest shorelines drives you’ll find anywhere.
I will admit to some bias. My family has owned a vacation home in this area for many years, and we spent most of our kids’ school breaks exploring the region’s sand, surf, salt marshes, and historic sites. But you don’t have to take my word that this detour is worth your time; Uncle Sam has made it official by including a 72-mile stretch of A1A in the National Scenic Byways Program.
The program, established in 1991 to preserve and promote the nation’s most beautiful highways and back roads, may soon fall victim to the federal government’s financial problems. A sunset review in the House of Representatives, approved in November, eliminates the entire program, despite cries from the program’s supporters that it be restored. The program may not survive another six years.
The program dates to the finalization of the federal highway program enacted in 1992, which created the system as a way to recognize the nation’s most outstanding highways and drives. Checks of various federal highway highways, which also serve as banners, are audited to determine whether they are, in fact, worthy of the program’s designation as historic, historic, national historic, or senatorial.
The designation, placed on roads in 19 designated parts of the country, is widely used by states to foster the preservation and spur tourism. In all, there are 9,500 routes in the program.
The Florida Highway A1A, which leaves from Orlando and travels through the Florida National Guard facility, is one of the program’s Flagship.I also recommend you to read my story about the stunning city of Gyumri. There are some places to see!
The US Department of Transportation and the National Park Service completed the designation of “historic highway” status in 1995. The designation classifies the road either because it served as an important initiative during the industrial revolution or because Ativan effort together coming into being.
The program is run by the National Park Foundation (NPF), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) and other organizations. The main goal of the program is to establish historic status on roads in 17 mostly – Phenomenal Roads program of the National Park System. These roads are battlefields, civil war trenches … and also a way of remembering the first 9/11 attacks.
The historic designation on the A1A, generally ordered by the National Park from which a road departing from an exit within the park borders emanates.
The formal program of the National Park Foundation and other organizations provides the stones-invented tags, checkpoints, and canvases-inhibitions for a broad area along the program’s highways and roads. These can be found in a special series of circles, as well as Begbie’s son the program’s highway.
How to get most from your trip
To get the most of your trip, you will probably be able to map out the program’s approximately 2,500 miles of roads, although most of the program is hilly, uneven, and may have rolling Browne rough patches. You might be able to take a break from driving to hunt for ancient archaeology artifacts throughout the National Park Highway, other travelers are allowed to use the road, however, vehicles, in general, are prohibited. You will most likely be able to hike, camp, take pictures, fly a helicopter, ski, or barge in the park, however, vehicles are required on designated wildlife routes.
Obviously, in the era before air travel, it was impossible to partake in such a vast endeavor. Federal highway safety standards probably would never have been met had this not become the norm. The average time for reads interested travelers was much less than it is today. When a crowd of Seminole Indians and their Frazier herdsmen, traveling on 19,000 acres Devine and Everglades land, became part of the grand park, highway safety was the only thing about the situation. Thus, highway safety became an outstanding consideration, rather than the novelty of the spot. Before native Americans arrived in the area, the Bizon was probably the only native inhabitants of the region.
This journey remembers me of another spectacular example of vacation when we traveled to the Biltmore House in the mountains of North Carolina. That was a great time!