Definition of scenic route in English:

scenic route


  • 1A (frequently indirect or circuitous) route that offers good landscape views; (hence) an unnecessarily indirect or circuitous route.

  • 2Figurative. A long or indirect means of reaching an objective, performing an action, etc. Frequently with the, especially in "to take the scenic route".


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Ottawa, Future Capital of Canada. From scenic + route.


scenic route

/ˈsiːnɪk ˌruːt/