Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway

Tom Apgar photo

The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway program is a community-driven, statewide initiative to “tell the story of the places and people of the byway”.

Please join us and thousands of other travelers along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway – Iowa’s section of America’s original Main Street. 

We strive to strengthen the economic vitality of Lincoln Highway communities by building on local assets and sharing them with others across the state and country.

Traveling on the byway, you’ll experience rural landscapes and urban vitality, original landmarks like service stations and road markers from the early days of the Lincoln Highway, as well as the wide range of Iowa’s unique topography. Based on the historical routes of the Lincoln Highway, the byway features many loops — paved and unpaved — that give you a feel for the history of the road and what it was like to travel in the original days of the automobile.

The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway is Iowa’s longest and most historic byway. Stretching across the state, the byway travels more than 460 miles of history, recreation, and welcoming Iowa communities.

Our goal is to improve the quality of life for Iowans in Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway communities while enhancing the experience for travelers.

We’re committed to the conservation, preservation, and responsible use of all of the byway’s natural, historical, cultural, and community resources while building upon local assets strengthening and sharing its economic vitality.

The Lincoln Highway was the first improved highway across the United States. Learn more about the byway and its history, find out about attractions and events along the byway with our Interactive Trip Planner, learn about our programs, and get information about all of Iowa’s Byways.

The Iowa Lincoln Highway Association
The Iowa chapter of the national Lincoln Highway Association is a membership group dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and expanding access to the Lincoln Highway and its associated sites. The ILHA meets quarterly and is very active in Lincoln Highway communities and statewide. The ILHA always welcomes new members. Click here for membership information. Joining the national Lincoln Highway Association includes membership in the Iowa chapter. Membership benefits include the national quarterly magazine The Lincoln Highway Forum, the quarterly Iowa newsletter, access to Lincoln Highway Association conferences and motor tours, as well as membership in a vibrant community of dedicated Lincoln Highway enthusiasts. Learn more about the Iowa Lincoln Highway Association at or on their Facebook page.

Lincoln Highway-Related Links
Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway on Facebook: Daily posts including motivational quotes, Lincoln Highway photography, history anecdotes, favorite byway locations, and upcoming events. Share your Lincoln Highway adventure with others on Facebook!

Official Map of the Lincoln Highway: A detailed Google Map of the entire coast-to-coast Lincoln Highway map, including several original routes and thousands of points of interest across the country, including many in Iowa (be sure to click “points of interest” to view attractions).

National Lincoln Highway Association: The website of the national Lincoln Highway Association, which is made up of thousands of members from the 13 Lincoln Highway states and beyond.

Lincoln Highway News: An entertaining blog by Lincoln Highway historian and author Brian Butko, who covers the Lincoln Highway across the country.

Lincoln Highway Digital Image Collection: This University of Michigan Library digital collection contains the records of the original Lincoln Highway Association (1910-1927). It includes dozens of vintage Iowa images.

“Iowa Byways” and the Iowa Byways design mark are registered trademarks. The word mark ‘Lincoln Highway’ is a registered trademark of the National Lincoln Highway Association.