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 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...
 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...
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...
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...
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...
 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 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...
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...
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'...
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...
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