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.
High Falls Gorge Waterfall

Beautiful waterfall at High Falls Gorge.

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Olympic Ski Jump in Lake Placid

Olympic Ski Jump in Lake Placid.

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war and peace

Fort Tigondoroga - 300 years of history of this piece of land as a fortress eventually evaporated into the air. Only the mountains and the lake remain the same - humans are transient as the boat and the canon. One second they are in the picture; the next they are gone.

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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

 This 25-mile byway connects Waterford to Schenectady, traveling along the Erie Canal. The Mohawk Towpath Byway is a series of local, country and state highways that follow the...
Rt. 30 from the Village of Tupper Lake to Long Lake offers sweeping vistas across Big Tupper Lake and the woods and wetlands to the south. This 22-mile stretch of road is broad...
The spectacular 150-mile Central Adirondack Trail can be traveled by car and canoe. Beginning in Glens Falls, the trails runs northwest through the heart of the Adirondacks following historic...
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...
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...
 Take exit 30 off the Adirondack Northway and begin your 30-mile drive on Route 73 to the Olympic Village of Lake Placid. The route climbs through narrow passes flanked by towering mountains,...
Genuine dude ranches thrive on this circuit that begins and ends in Lake George on Rt. 9N. You can wake up to a beautiful morning in the Adirondacks, eat a hearty breakfast and hit the trail. If you...
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'...
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...
Stretching from the Great Lake Ontario to the legendary Lake Champlain, the Olympic Trail is 170 miles of continuous scenic and recreational attractions, including the Village of Lake Placid -the...
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