Transportation and tourism contribute to economic vitality

Scenic byway sign
Oregon Outback Scenic Byway
Scenic byway sign
Oregon Outback Scenic Byway

Transportation and tourism are natural partners in the state’s economic vitality. Oregon’s tourism industry is one of the state’s largest industries contributing $3.5 billion to the state’s GDP. Recent Travel Oregon research shows “taking a scenic drive” as the second most popular activity among Oregon overnight visitors.

ODOT’s partners with many group to enhance scenic byways, scenic bikeways and provide transportation related services for travelers. Read more about this in the State of the System report (page 24).

Speaking of scenic byways, videos of eight of Oregon’s beautiful scenic byways are posted on the OregonDOT YouTube channel.