March 14, 2014
State officials may soon be marking a scenic path right through the Valley. Local leaders and tourism officials are teaming up to get Route 11 designated as a scenic byway.
Friday, they met to discuss ways to earn the distinction for a stretch of the road connecting Winchester to Roanoke. They say the highway has a lot of historic significance, and a byway designation would bring attention to landmarks and battlefields along the road.
"Many people are aware of that vaguely but may not know the specific history, and we feel like some of these features could be focused on through the scenic designation."
Officials are hoping to earn the scenic designation in time for the 2007 celebration of America's first settlement in Jamestown, when Virginia will be the focus of national tourism efforts.