Scenic Byways

Drive along the Adirondack's 14 New York State Scenic Byways and discover off-the-beaten-path attractions, charming hotels and historic sites.
Scenic Drives in Tupper Lake, Adirondacks

Route 28 coming south from Tupper Lake to Long Lake.

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Scenic Drives in the Adirondacks

The Adirondacks are full of scenic drives, like the Veteran's Memorial Highway.

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Scenic Drives Along Lake Champlain

Take a drive (or bike ride) along Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Coast!

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The Adirondacks by Car or Motorcycle

The Scenic Byways are an exclusive system of 14 scenic driving tours that continue to be an Adirondack attraction for many looking to take in the scenery from a unique perspective. A Scenic Byway is a road with a story to tell. Whether you're looking for a shimmering blue lake with majestic mountain views, a historic fort to explore, or a charming hamlet, all roads lead to fresh experiences and gorgeous scenery in the Adirondacks. 

History of the Adirondack Byways

The byways each represent a different theme: scenic, natural, recreational, cultural, historical or archaeological. New York state boasts two National Scenic Byways and an All-American Road, the latter passes through the Adirondacks and holds the nation's highest designation.

Travel the route of Vice President Teddy Roosevelt the night he learned that President McKinley had been shot in Buffalo, enjoy a rush from the bobsled track in Lake Placid or learn about the history of the Adirondacks at the museum in Blue Mountain Lake.

And if your into Adirondack motorcycling, the byways are the perfect way to explore the beauty and magnificence of region. A Scenic Byways isn't just a road - it's history, excitement and culture.

Byways Listings

The Southern adirondack Trail is located in two (2) counties, Hamilton and Herkimer, in Central New York. The trail begins at both of the Herkimer County exits from Interstate 90 (NYS Thruway), Exit...
 The 17-mile Blue Ridge Road is low on mileage but makes up for it with lots of scenery and solitude.From North Hudson to Newcomb, the route winds through forests along that the southern fringe...
The drive on Rt. 30 from the Village of Indian Lake to Speculator is one of the most spectacular scenic tours in the Adirondacks. As you descend the western shore of Indian Lake, the surrounding...
The adirondack Trail skirts wilderness and wild forests, mountain ponds, and beautiful lakes as it climbs through the magnificent beauty of the adirondack Mountains. The 188-mile trail runs from...
Part of this  48 mile-long route follows the rushing Hudson River northward. It is a feisty little river at this point, perfect for whitewater rafting and nothing like the broad, deepwater...
Running along the western edge of the adirondacks, the Black River Trail traverses 111 miles of beautiful scenery and striking history from Rome to Ogdensburg's gateway to Canada. along the way you'...
Begin your travels along Lakes to Locks Passage "The Great Northeast Journey" on US Route 4 in Waterford at the Canal Visitor Center, the junction of the Champlain and Erie Canals where the Mohawk...
Teddy Roosevelt loved the Adirondacks. Here he grounded himself in nature and formed the convictions that made him a pioneering conservationist and protector of American natural resources. Having...
Running alongside the Great Lake Ontario and the mighty St. Lawrence River, this stretch of New York's 454-mile Seaway Trail connects sophisticated cities, quaint villages, picturesque bays, and...
This scenic drive starts in Speculator, and travels along the remote Route 30 for almost 24 miles to the Hamlet of Indian Lake. After you leave Speculator, expect your cell phones to die and the...
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