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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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 Revolutionary Trail runs through the southern adirondack North Country region, running east west between the state capital of albany and the shores of the great lake Ontario in Port Ontario. This...
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...
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 84 miles between the St. Lawrence Seaway and the great Lake Champlain, the Military Trail offers a dynamic mix of recreation, war history, and scenic beauty. The route, paralleling the border...
 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...
 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 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...
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...
Raquette Lake (raquette is the French word for snowshoe) is the birthplace of Adirondack Great Camp architecture. You can tour the lake on the tour boat W.W. Durant (named after the originating...
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