Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway Receives Elite All-American Road Status

Governor Larry Hogan Recognizes Partners Involved in Nomination

BALTIMORE (March 10, 2021) Maryland’s Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway has been designated as an All-American Road by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the highest designation a road can receive.  This honor was announced along with 49 new designations to the America's Byways® collection, including 15 All-American Roads (AAR) and 34 National Scenic Byways (NSB) in 28 states.

"With elevation of the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway to an All-American Road, Maryland is now home to three of the 60 All-American Roads in the United States," said Governor Larry Hogan. "I would like to recognize everyone involved in garnering this prestigious designation. It was a rigorous multi-year effort, and the nominating committee members of the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway Alliance worked tirelessly to maximize this opportunity to showcase the byway as one of the best driving tours in the country."

America's Byways®, launched in 1991, recognizes certain roads based on their intrinsic qualities, including archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, or scenic. To receive the most elite designation of All-American Road, a byway must be a destination unto itself, possess multiple characteristics that do not exist elsewhere, and be recognized internationally.

The Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway Alliance, consisting of the destination marketing organizations (DMOs) in Cecil, Kent, Caroline, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester counties and the executive directors from Stories of the Chesapeake, Heart of Chesapeake Country and Beach to Bay heritage areas, joined with the Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration to submit CCSB in its entirety when nominations for America's Byways® program were opened in early 2020 for the first time in 12 years.

“Commerce’s tourism office, our sister state agencies and our many local partners are excited to officially brand the byway in the marketplace as an All-American Road and to generate further awareness of the Chesapeake Region as a world-class tourist destination,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “Roadway signage, maps, travel guides, website content and more will be updated to include the designation and to guide travelers to the attractions along the byway.”

Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway (CCSB) stretches 419 land miles from Chesapeake City to Crisfield (plus 12 nautical miles to Smith Island) and delivers an epic journey through the extraordinary landscapes and waterscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The route was designated a Maryland State Scenic Byway in 1998, the upper portion (Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s counties) was designated a National Scenic Byway in 2002, and is now elevated in its entirety to All-American Road status.

“Maryland’s thousands of miles of roadways not only provide critical links to jobs, education and community life, but also connect every Marylander to the countless treasures of our state – scenic, historic, cultural, recreational and environmental,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Greg Slater. “The designation of the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway as an All-American Road places a region of enormous beauty in a national spotlight, and will no doubt benefit the state economy by increasing tourism and associated jobs on the Eastern Shore.”

There are now six America's Byways® located in Maryland:

        All-American Road -

  • Chesapeake Country
  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
  • Historic National Road

        National Scenic Byway -

  • Baltimore’s Historic Charles Street
  • Journey Through Hallowed Ground
  • Religious Freedom Byway

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About Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism

The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency within the Maryland Department of Commerce. Visitors to the state spent $18.6 billion on travel-related expenses in 2019. The Maryland tourism industry also generated $2.6 billion in state and local taxes essentially saving Maryland households $1,175 in annual taxes. The industry provided Marylanders with 150,000 jobs. For more information, go to www.visitmaryland.org.

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Chesapeake Bay Scenic Byway Partner List

Beach to Bay Heritage Area

Lisa Challenger, Interim Director

[email protected] 

443-783-3035

www.beachesbayswaterways.org

Caroline County Office of Tourism

Tara Hill-Coursey, Director

[email protected]

443-786-4978

www.visitcaroline.org

Cecil County Tourism

Sandy Turner, Tourism Manager

[email protected]

410-996-6299

SeeCecil.org

Dorchester County Tourism

Amanda Fenstermaker, Director

[email protected]

410-228-1000

www.visitdorchester.org

Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area

Julie Gilberto-Brady, Manager

[email protected]

410-228-1000
https://visitdorchester.org/heritage-area/

Kent County Economic & Tourism Development

Jana Carter, Tourism Development Manager

[email protected]

410-778-0416

www.kentcounty.com/visitors

Maryland Commerce's Office of Tourism

Marci Ross, Senior Assistant Director for Tourism Development

[email protected] 

410-767-6286

www.visitmaryland.org

MDOT State Highway Administration

Cheryl Ladota, Maryland Scenic Byways Program

[email protected]

410-545-8552

https://www.roads.maryland.gov

Queen Anne’s County Economic & Tourism Development

Katie Clendaniel, Marketing & Destination Development Specialist

[email protected]

410-604-2100

www.visitqueenannes.com

Somerset County Recreation, Parks & Tourism

Clint Sterling, Director

[email protected]

410-651-4980

www.visitsomerset.com

Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area

Eastern Shore Heritage, Inc. 

Gail Owings, Executive Director

[email protected]

410-778-1460

www.storiesofthechesapeake.org

Talbot County Economic Development and Tourism

Cassandra M. Vanhooser, Director

[email protected]

410-770-8000

www.TourTalbot.org

Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism

Kristen Goller, Tourism Manager

[email protected] 

410-548-4914

www.WicomicoTourism.org

Worcester County Office of Tourism & Economic Development

Melanie Pursel, Director

[email protected]

410-632-3110

www.visitmarylandscoast.org