Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway
The vision of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways Program is “To create a distinctive collection of American roads, their stories and treasured places.” Each byway is driven by its own entities and resources.
The Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway is a grass-roots driven project established by local citizens, elected officials, organizations and agencies interested in and concerned about the attributes of the Minnesota River Valley. The byway was designated as a Minnesota Scenic Byway in 1995 and 1996 by the Minnesota Scenic Byway Commission (an intera-gency committee between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Minnesota Office of Tourism, and the Minnesota Historical Society) and was designated as a National Scenic Byway in 2002 by Congress and the Federal Highway Administration. The byway has a technical assistance contract under which the UMVRDC provides fiscal and staff services.
The Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway Alliance is the managing board of the byway. They meet monthly to work on projects to promote, protect and preserve the natural, cultural, scenic, recreational, historic resources of the Minnesota River Valley. The board is made up of chambers of commerce and convention & visitors bureau staff, state agency representatives, local citizens, elected officials, historical society staff, and local business people.
For more detailed information about the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway and its activities visit their website: www.mnrivervalley.com
For more information about this tourism program at the UMVRDC contact:
Kristi Fernholz, Tourism Planner at 320-289-1981