Designated New York State Scenic Byway
The unique landscapes, lifestyles and cultures of the northern Adirondacks will compete for your attention along this striking east-west route, which stretches from the shores of Lake Champlain to Lake Ontario. A mix of woodlands and waterways unfolds as the Olympic Byway winds through mountain villages, including Lake Placid and Wilmington, sites of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games. This scenic route encompasses a multitude of lake communities making for relaxing visits, and also offers some amazing natural wonders such as rock formations that have been carved by mighty rivers over the course of time.
- Counties: Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence, Lewis (Keeseville, Wilmington, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Cranberry Lake, Star Lake, Natural Bridge)
- New York State Routes 9N, 86, 3
- Learn Olympic history at the Olympic Museum in Lake Placid and visit the Olympic Arena where the US Olympic Hockey stunned the word with the "miracle on ice." Be sure to stop at the Wild Center, a natural history museum of the Adirondacks, in Tupper Lake, and then learn about the evolution of the New York maple syrup industry at the American Maple Museum, a short drive off the route in Croghan.
- Explore the natural wonders at Ausable Chasm near Keeseville, marvel at High Falls Gorge and take a scenic gondola ride up Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington. Take time to hike one of the High Peaks in the Lake Placid area, and spend some time in Natural Bridge at an artist cooperative representing regional and Native American artists.
- Harvest apples and savor a refreshing glass of cider while tasting local cheeses in Keeseville, shop for Adirondack fare at the Farmer's Market, and sample the local brews, in Lake Placid. Enjoy wonderful soft and hard ice cream at Treats & Tiques, an area favorite in Natural Bridge, and satisfy your sweet tooth at Wicks Maple Products in Lake Bonaparte.
- Hungry Trout
- Lisa G's, Caribbean Cowboy and Pub and Brewery
- Eat ‘n Meet and Red Fox
- Park Street and Little Italy
- Thirsty Moose
- Backwoods Inn
- Cranberry Lake Lodge
- Zig Zag's
For lodging and complete information:
Day one: Start the day by exploring the historic bridges in Keeseville, tour Ausable Chasm, then head west to Wilmington for a drive up the Whiteface Memorial Highway and enjoy the panoramic views, do some mountain biking on the many trails, or fish for native trout in the West Branch of the Ausable River. Spend the night in Wilmington.
Day two: Off to Lake Placid for a casual walk around Mirror Lake, a tour of the Olympic facilities including the Olympic Center and Ski Jumps, or take an exciting Bobsled ride, a swim at the town beach, or a boat cruise on spectacular Lake Placid. Spend the night in Lake Placid.
Day three: Continue west to Saranac Lake and visit the Robert Lewis Stevenson Cottage, or explore the River Walk and shops, then on to Tupper Lake and the Wild Center. Stay in Tupper Lake.
Day four: Follow route 3 as you wind through numerous lake communities, visit the historic hamlet of Wanakena, shop for native art and carvings at the Adirondack Artworks in Natural Bridge, or head south on route 812 towards Croghan and the Tug Hill Plateau.