Historic National Road
States: Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia
Length: 824.1 mi / 1326.3 km
Time to Allow: Use daytrips or multi-day itineraries to enjoy portions, or allow 2.5 days to simply drive the entire byway.
The Historic National Road was the nation's first federally funded interstate highway. It opened the nation to the west and became a corridor for the movement of goods and people. Today, visitors experience a physical timeline, including classic inns, tollhouses, diners, and motels that trace 200 years of American history.
America's Byways take you to some of the best hiking trails across the nation, including the greatest of them all, the Appalachian Trail. As you begin the ambitious journey, you'll wind your way across 2,160 miles of the East's most impressive terrain.
Whether you're an enthusiastic history buff or a more future-oriented individual, you will find a visit to the Historic National Road an exciting way to spend your present. Follow the "road that built the nation" through six states--Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois--and find yourself caught up in the spirit of the byway.
to Enjoy the Ride...
1-Day Trip: Historic National Road - Pennsylvania Tour
Travel the Pennsylvania section of the Historic National Road and discover some of the region’s compelling history. Your tour will take you...
2-Day Trip: Culture and History Along Historic National Road
Experience American history and natural beauty while on the Maryland section of the Historic National Road.
The following byways are part of the designated byway Historic National Road: