Northeast Iowa Scenic Byways

Since the inception of the Iowa Byways Sustainability Project (IBSP) in May of 2008, Resource Conservation and Development Councils (RC&Ds) across Iowa have been working collaboratively with the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) to preserve, protect, interpret, and promote Iowa’s Byways.  This project will serve as a catalyst for Iowa’s Byways to become engines for economic vitality, historic preservation, and community and transportation planning across the state.

For our portion of the project, Northeast Iowa RC&D is serving as the lead entity to build the capacity of the Driftless Area, River Bluffs, Delaware Crossing, and Grant Wood Scenic Byways. To date, stakeholders and councils have been established, new byway wayfinding and signage has been installed, GIS mapping has been complete, byway photos have been taken, marketing materials have been developed, Interpretive Master Plans and Corridor Management Plans have been completed, and work continues to implement these plans to improve and expand upon each of these byways.

Visitors who travel these routes will have an opportunity to explore landmarks and other sites of interest that truly make this region of Iowa distinctive and diverse.  Byway travelers will experience breathtaking views, unique shopping, year-round outdoor recreation, entertaining festivals, exceptional dining, welcoming people and daily sunsets.

Click on the logos below to learn additional information about each byway:


Pick up or Download Scenic Byways Publications to take with you (Maps, Culinary Passports, Tour Guides, and Guidebooks)


Be sure to check out all of Iowa’s 10 state, 2 heritage , and 2 national byways.  These routes are offered to those who wish to relax and stop often to enjoy Iowa’s scenic beauty and sites of interest.  Estimated driving time ranges from 1.5 hours to 3.5 hours, depending on your speed and number of stops.

To learn more about Iowa’s Byways Program and to plan your trip today, please visit!