Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Scenic Routes in Plates Across America®

Plates Across America Scenic Route Sign
In the Plates Across America® game, you (virtually) travel across and throughout the country.  There are the country-spanning routes that serve as the main travel options, but as you travel these longer routes, you will unlock shorter ones, most of which are famous scenic routes and byways.

The Scenic Routes

There are over 180 different scenic routes in the game. These were chosen from some of the popular and most scenic highways and byways that exist across the United States.  Here's a sample of some of the scenic routes available in the game:

  • Beartooth Highway
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway
  • Connecticut River Scenic Byway
  • Country Music Highway
  • Dalton Highway
  • Flint Hills Scenic Byway
  • Going to the Sun Road
  • Great Basin Highway
  • Hamakua Coast Drive
  • Michigan Gold Coast
  • Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Ohio River Scenic Byway
  • Overseas Highway
  • Pike's Peak Highway
  • Red Rock Scenic Byway
  • San Juan Skyway
  • Selkirk Loop
  • Seward Highway
  • Texas Hill Country
  • Top of the Rockies
  • Utah Route 12
  • Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

Scenic Route Signs

One of the main goals of designing our game was to instill a sense of traveling. One way we have done that is to reproduce the type of signs you would see along the way. We have a Blog Article that discusses the road and route number signs we added, but for the scenic routes and byways, they often have their own special sign designs. 

For example, the Texas Hill Country Trail scenic route includes these road number signs:

Plates Across America Texas Hill Country Route Signs

However, you will also occasionally see these special signs along the way which look like this:

Plates Across America Texas Hill Country Trail Scenic Route Sign

In the game, we reproduce this experience by also occasionally showing the special signs instead of the road sign numbers.

State-wide Scenic Route Signs

Plates Across America Colorado Scenic Route Sign

For many scenic routes, like the Texas Hill Country Trail, they are special enough that to have a dedicated sign, but not all scenic routes take this approach.  Many states will have their own scenic highway designation with a corresponding state-wide sign. For example, in Colorado, many of the scenic routes, like Top of the Rockies, will use the the same sign as shown at right.

National Park Road Signs

Plates Across America National Park Scenic Route Sign

Some of the game's scenic routes are road inside National Parks. These do not usually have any special designation along the road, but we did create a sign for them that fits in with the other signage you typically see along the roads in the parks (see image at right).


We hope this gives you a little extra insight into Plates Across America®.  There's a lot of game design work that went into creating these route signs and though this is not a prominent feature of the game, we feel that these subtle additions are important to give the players a better sense of the traveling dynamics of the game.

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Happy Travels!

Plates Across America Route Sign Collage